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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“Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia

Here in southern Louisiana, we’ve been experiencing blistering heat (85° on a good day), periodically interrupted by short but fierce thunderstorms. Naturally, I’ve been thinking of Dana Gioia’s poem “Summer Storm.” I only discovered Gioia recently, but I’m quickly falling in love with his work. Below is a video of Gioia reading the poem, whichContinue reading ““Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia”

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Literary Rediscoveries of 2015

It’s not easy being a classic lit fan: besides having to deal with the rarity of some books, we also miss out on the elation other bookworms feel as they anticipate their favorite author’s next release. Since most of our favorite authors are dead (or just refuse to publish again for years), we’ll never getContinue reading “Literary Rediscoveries of 2015”

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Bookish Links — November 2015

In honor of Marilynne Robinson’s 72nd birthday (November 26), the folks at The Englewood Review of Books put together a list of her lectures, readings, and interviews, all available (legally) online. C. S. Lewis had a birthday this month too (yesterday, in fact), which Brenton Dickieson attempted to celebrate by writing about what Lewis didContinue reading “Bookish Links — November 2015”

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Bookish Links — August 2015

Don’t look now, but Cormac McCarthy might finally be publishing his long-awaited novel The Passenger. Before they were married, poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning kept up a long, lively correspondence. Here, Elisabeth Grace Foley of The Second Sentence has compiled a few of the more interesting snippets of those conversations. I once heard an oddContinue reading “Bookish Links — August 2015”

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Malcolm Guite on Charles Williams

Despite having yet to read his books, Charles Williams has become a sort of fascination for me recently. That’s why I was excited to find this video, in which Malcolm Guite, a poet and teacher, gives an excellent overview of this bizarre little man’s life and work.

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“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury”

I saw the name “Ray Bradbury” in the title, so naturally, I had to listen to it. 🙂 I’ve heard a couple of my favorite bloggers rave about Neil Gaiman, and I, having never read a word by him, couldn’t tell what all the fuss was about. Now I know. That ending very nearly madeContinue reading ““The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury””

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Ray Bradbury Is the Coolest

Rejoice, book geeks! It’s the birthday of one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury! It’s a shame, I know, but I never really paid attention to Bradbury until I began seeing his obituary on the internet. I was never a big sci-fi fan (I’m still not a big sci-fi fan), so I never saw anyContinue reading “Ray Bradbury Is the Coolest”

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Robert Browning Recites a Poem (Sort Of)

I found this video a while back while I was meandering around Youtube. If the uploader is to be trusted, it is a recording made in 1889 of Robert Browning trying to recite his poem “How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix.” I say “trying” because after the third line, he completelyContinue reading “Robert Browning Recites a Poem (Sort Of)”

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