Tag Archives: Charles Simic

Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives – History of Poets

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The Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives have made available videos of a number of poets reading at the Scranton Public Library . These poets visited Scranton from the late 1970s through the 1990s and were filmed as part of the Friends of the Scranton Public Library Poetry Series. You can watch poets such as CK Williams, Belle Waring, Bruce Weigi, Elaine Terranova, Susan Stewart, Henry Taylor, Gerald Stern, Gary Snyder,William Stafford, Charles Simic, Len Roberts, Susan Ray, David Ray, Jean Pearson, Carol Oles, Naomi Shihab Nye, W.S. Merwin, Heather McHugh, William Matthews, Thomas lux, Etheridge Knight, Galway Kinnel, Paul Kelly, Collette Hiestand, Willian Heyen, Emon Greenan, Michael Heller, Robert Hass, Carolyn Forsche, Tess Gallagher, Lawerence Ferlingetti, Lynn Emanuel, W.D. Earhart, Cornilius Eady, Jim Daniels, Stephen Dunn, Robert Creeley, Gerald Constanzo, William Bonk, Robert Bly, Marvin Bell and Dennis Brutus.  If you click the link, scroll down and you will see the wide array of poets reading made available.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR2vj6m_V0K0xkOBAEE74sg

Poetry in the News

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Poetry lovers fear its role in schools is in decline

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/14/critics-call-new-school- 

Trethewey talks to students taking poetry beyond the page

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2014/05/upress_trethewey_pbs_final_install

My View: Gloucester’s underrated poets and poetry

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/opinion/x2117404314/My-View- 

UPenn ‘Writers House’ building recording studio for treasure trove of spoken poetry

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/68146-upenn-

Nuyorican Poet Willie Perdomo Chats About ‘The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon’ and the Poetry Process

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/12761/20140519/nuyorican-poet-willie- 

AMERICAN LIFE IN POETRY: Straightforward language makes this poem

http://www.mywebtimes.com/life/american-life-in-poetry-straightforward-

The Great Poets’ Brawl of ’68

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/apr/23/great-poets-brawl-68/

The Poets Laureate Anthology

Hardcover: 762 pages

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition, edition (October 4, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0393061817

ISBN-13: 978-0393061819

Review by: g emil reutter

Released in 2010 this anthology covers seventy five years of American Laureates from Auslander to Merwin. The value of the anthology is not only a historic look back at who has served in the office but the development and growth of poetry in the United States. Of specific note are each Laureates view of the office, concise biographies and the selection of poems by editor Elizabeth Hun Schmidt.

The office has no specific job description. Auslander viewed the laureates position as, “… a task of building in our national library for the People of the United States a permanent sanctuary for the manuscripts and memorabilia of the poets of our tongue”.  He also launched the first recorded readings, “The Poet in a Democracy”, which succeeding laureates built upon the foundation he created. Frost attempted to use the position as a bully pulpit for the arts while in term. Pinsky and Ryan reached out across America to bring poetry to the people and inspire those who love the art.  William Carlos Williams and Robert Hayden survived political attacks although Williams never served in office.

Stanley Kunitz said, “ If we want to know what it felt like to be alive at any given moment in the long odyssey of the race, it is to poetry we must turn. The moment is dear to us, precisely because it is so fugitive, and it is somewhat of a paradox that poets should spend a lifetime hunting for the magic that will make the moment stay. Art is that chalice into which we pour the wine of transcendence. What is imagination but a reflection of our yearning to belong to eternity as well as to time.”

The Poets Laureate Anthology is a robust collection capturing precise moments in time reflecting not just the past but the future. The anthology is a must read for lovers of poetry and should be on the shelves of poets everywhere.

You can find The Poets Laureate Anthology in bookstores or on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Poets-Laureate-Anthology-Elizabeth-Schmidt/dp/0393061817

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g emil reutter is a Philadelphia Poet