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RIP Franz Wright 1953–2015





RIP Philip Levine

Philip Levine in Fresno in 1999. (Photo by Chris Felver Getty Images)

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R.I.P. Carolyn Kizer 1925-2014

Harry Naltchayan-The Washington Post
No -one explains me because
There are tears in my bawdy song.
Once I am dead
Something will be said.
How nice I won’t be here
To see how they get it wrong.
– Carolyn Kizer
.This 1984 photo provided by David Rigsbee, literary executor for the Estate of Carolyn Kizer(courtesy of abc)

Remembering Sandburg


“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg

This is not an essay on the poetry of Carl Sandburg but acts as a reminder of one of the most influential poets of the last century whose work continues to inspire many in this century. One need only read Chicago Poems by Sandburg to begin to get an understanding of his influence, (http://poetry.eserver.org/chicago-poems.txt).


Additional work can be found on line at Black Cat Poem at this link: http://www.blackcatpoems.com/s/carl_sandburg.html . Harry Golden said of Sandburg, “Trying to write briefly about Carl Sandburg is like trying to picture the Grand Canyon in one black and white snapshot.”


The Poetry Foundation offers an overview at this link: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/carl-sandburg .

Highly Recommended

Sandburg complete


Although there has been some debate, Sandburg is the direct link to Whitman bridging the 19th and 20th centuries in poetry. A writer, historian, poet and pop icon of his time Sandburg’s poetry stands the test of time.  He wrote during a time of changing influences and remained true to the only thing a poet can be true to, himself.


g emil reutter-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa.

On Susan Howe’s reading of Dickinson

Poem Talk released the 32nd episode of “PoemTalk.” In this episode, Marcella Durand, Jennifer Scappettone and Jessica Lowenthal discuss  Susan Howe’s reading of Emily Dickinson’s “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun.” http://www.poemtalk.org


Poem Talk #30

PoemTalk episode #30, which features Robert Grenier, Bob Perelman, and Charles Bernstein discussing two poems by William Carlos Williams selected by Grenier.