I never heard of this woman, born in Philadelphia, and memorialized in British Columbia. This project provides near-constant fascination and education. (Picture here, credit Herb Neufeld) Read part of one of her poems here, The Old Red Shirt.
He introduced a course on the Beat Poets that focused on several writers he had known personally, including Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure and Denise Levertov. Ron was happy to teach about his old friends. His passion for teaching, as well as his witty asides and personal anecdotes, made him a popular, charismatic instructor.
From Delaware Online: (Oct 25) "Yet one of poetry’s many virtues,” she says, “is that it can fly both under and in full view of the radar. You read what’s on the page and you could think, sweet poem. But you read again and it’s raw, double-edged.”
I agree. The poem pats your cheek, then punches you in the gut. “Mystery and strangeness” is the great value of poetry, and all art that urges us to confront in our own terms what it means to be human. Art combats the de-humanizing forces in our lives, of which there are an overwhelming number.
I think about the hundreds of times the short poem “Western Wind” (by Anonymous) has both delivered me to myself and left me utterly bereft. I first fell down its rabbit hole decades ago.
And there’s this stealth bomber by the poet Issa, which arrives in the form of haiku:
(quoted from url) "A short video tour of Norra Begravningsplatsen ("The Northern Cemetery"), accompanied by a reading recorded by Regina Derieva. The graves of Regina Derieva (1949-2013), Ingrid Bergman, August Strindberg, Sofia Kovalevskaya and Alfred Nobel are presented in this video clip.
From a post about her love life: After Cecil Beaton accompanied her to the theater one night in 1930, he wrote in his diary that he sensed people looking at him and questioning why he associated with "that furious lesbian." She often boasted of her sexual prowess, saying "I can get any woman from any man." There was perhaps justification for Alice B. Toklas's observation, "Say what you will about Mercedes de Acosta, she's had the most important women of the twentieth century." Even though these women included Isadora Duncan, Eva Le Gallienne, Greta Garbo, and Marlene Dietrich, she is usually portrayed as something of a perverse psychopath.
Carolyn Kizer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose verse, overtly political and bitingly satirical, came, as she fondly put it, with “a sting in the tail,” died on Thursday in Sonoma, Calif. She was 89.
Ms. Kizer’s poetry could be autobiographical, spanning her childhood, her two marriages, the births of her three children and her friendships. But there was a steeliness to it — and a keen sense of humor — that distinguished it from the self-reflexive work of the confessional poets.
She was sometimes called a poet of love and loss, a description whose murky universality irritated her greatly, for what poet’s work, at bottom, is not about those things?
DPRD is short for Dead Poets Remembrance Day and this year more and more folks are gathering to celebrate. As of Sept 28 there are 7 confirmed events, with more in the works. Check out the National DPRD blog for links to Amherst (9-4),
One of Iran's most vocal and outspoken poets died this morning in Tehran at the age of 87. Known as the "Lioness of Iran," Simin Behbahani reportedly had been in a coma for more than two weeks.
For millions of Iranians all over the world, Behbahani represented the invincible power of the Iranian psyche. Her words were piercing and fierce, lamenting on the lack of freedom of expression through the ages. For six decades, many Iranians found refuge in her poetry as a way to nurture their hunger for dialogue, peace, human rights and equality.
Words can't describe what a fantastic time my film crew and I had on the second leg of the Western States Grand Tour! We met more wonderful living poets and family members who spoke to us on camera, AND each day the surrounding beauty (see pictures) was really quite breathtaking.
Along with Dedgar the Poemobile and my son, Simon, we traversed through nine Western States in 40 days of amazing sights and sounds and the Great Western Tour. Along the journey we documented 57 poets' graves and met so many tremendous people and poets. Thank you to all who met us along the way. Dedgar is parked and ready in Denver to begin the 2nd half of the tour on June 20th.
From the NYT: "Books and reading were encouraged in their small apartment, as Mr. Agüeros recalled in “Halfway to Dick and Jane,” an essay he contributed to “The Immigrant Experience,” an anthology that came out in 1971.
“As I became a good reader they bought books for me and never refused me money for their purchase,” he wrote. “My father once built a bookcase for me. It was an important moment, for I had always believed that my father was not too happy about my being a bookworm.”
Have just come across the remarkable story of poet Mark O'Brien, who lived in the BayArea and had two films made about his life. At the age of 6 he was stricken with polio and he wrote his poetry even though he needed an "iron lung" to stay alive.
Seems as though he has one of the most unique burial places, as he loved baseball and horses, so it is reported that he was buried at Golden Gate Fields, a racetrack near Oakland.
"A Love Story In Stone", the memorial video for Daniel Hoffman, is now online. We had the privilege of showing this at the Swarthmore Quaker Meeting House for the October memorial for former US Poet Laureate, Daniel Hoffman.