Don’t refuse the aging day’s demise.
This is from an essay called “Here Today,” in Hayden Carruth’s Effluences from the Sacred Caves. In my early years as a poet, I learned more about craft from reading this book than almost anywhere else: “[W]hen poems gain in fluency and intelligibility, and hence in meaning, from being printed as prose, it is because […]
So I’m reading The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry, edited by Rita Dove, in preparation for the poetry workshop I’ll be teaching this semester, and four very different poems, almost all in a row, by four very different poets, took my breath away: “Power,” by Audre Lorde, “The Prediction,” by Mark Strand, “A Stone […]
This is the first guest post I have had on my blog, ever. Back in July of 2017, I posted an open letter to the poet Ravi Shankar. Unfortunately, Ravi did not receive the email I sent him to tell him I was going to post the letter...
I laughed out loud!