Today on Wordplay
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Maps of Poetry and the Surrounding Territories
On the face of it, the life of this New England poet seems uneventful and largely invisible, but there's a forceful, even overwhelming character belied by her still surface. She called it a "still – Volcano – Life", and that volcano rumbles beneath the domestic surface of her poetry and a thousand letters. Stillness was not a retreat from life (as legend would have it) but her form of control. Far from the helplessness she played up at times, she was uncompromising; until the explosion in her family, she lived on her own terms.And she makes a good case that Emily's was indeed a life of considerable emotional depth and complexity in her piece for The Guardian UK. It incites my curiosity and makes me think it might be worthwhile revisit Miss Emily, so she's done her job well.
The bookcovers posted below are from a series of one-of-a-kind books, which I'm printing/stapling/et cet—If you qualify, I'd take him up on it. It's a good excuse to join FaceBook, right? Not that you needed one; you're probably already there.
if you have a poetry venue (a reading series/MFA program/etc) where you can hand out these books free to those who might want them,
please email me with your particulars,
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[W]e are in a culture deprived of spirituality. We hunger for it and are always looking for ways of having the spirit fed. In the best poetry, the spirit will be fed, and it’s the spirit that should be—not the brain. The mind is also a part of it—but [the mind] is the machine that gets the reader to the spirit of the poem. I like to think of a poem as a river of spirit, and every once in a while there comes a current of intellect. I like smart poems, but I don’t want the smartness of the poem to be the main thing. I want to not even notice the smartness of a poem until many readings later.When her interviewer, Julie Funderburk, asked for a model of such a poetic practice, Cathy cited Gerard Manley Hopkins, whom I've heard her cite in other contexts as well. He's clearly one of her favorite poets. Check it out.
Luckily, we have such a vibrant music scene here in Asheville, but we would like to see a parallel development of a solid underground writing scene as well. Diversity, as well as opportunity helps strengthen such objectives.The series this week features six poets: Jaye Bartell, Jennifer Callahan, Ingrid Carson, Chall Gray, Lucy Tobin, and Julian himself. They're sharp, intelligent writers, so I'll certainly be headed over to check them out.