Six Poets Who Actually Give Good Readings

There’s a long-standing stereotype in the poetry world that says that poets always give terrible readings of their own work. And while this generalization does bear out for some poets (looking at you, Eliot), this is by no means the rule for all. On the contrary, I’ve found quite a few poets who not onlyContinue reading “Six Poets Who Actually Give Good Readings”

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Robert Hass Reads Czesław Miłosz

Currently, I’m reading Andrzej Franaszek’s biography of Czesław Miłosz, which is utterly fascinating and which I will review at a later date. It reminded me of this video, a poetry reading that former Poet Laureate Robert Hass gave in 2011. Besides being one of Miłosz’s primary English translators, Hass was also a colleague of hisContinue reading “Robert Hass Reads Czesław Miłosz”

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Bookish Links — January 2017

Here’s a fascinating article about how William Shakespeare’s quest for his own coat of arms may help prove his identity. An interview with Ron Padgett, who collaborated with director Jim Jarmusch to write the poems at the center of Jarmusch’s new film Paterson. Here’s something I had never heard of before: W. B. Yeats’s experimentsContinue reading “Bookish Links — January 2017”

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Bookish Links — December 2016

In this article from Harper’s, Annie Dillard reflects on a lifetime of receiving fan mail from many, um, special people. Given my newfound interest in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” I’ve found it much easier to appreciate this essay by Karen Swallow Prior on “When T. S. Eliot Invented the Hipster.” From theContinue reading “Bookish Links — December 2016”

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Rating Readings of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Despite whatever I might have said about it in previous blog posts, I’ve taken quite a liking to T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Things have changed and where I once saw a vague jumble of modernist ramblings, I now see a brilliant piece of verse. A big part of whatContinue reading “Rating Readings of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock””

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