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News in Poetry Poet Dylan Thomas' final NYC days recounted in BBC America film
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, October 31, 2014 (07:54:18)

Those who aren’t aware of Dylan Thomas likely know his most famous line of verse — “Do not go gentle into that good night.” The renowned Welsh poet would have been 100 years old on Oct. 27, and to mark the centenary, BBC America is premiering a 90-minute film that explores his final days in New York City.Link!

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News in Poetry Dylan Thomas: Michael Sheen unveils unpublished poem in New York
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, October 31, 2014 (04:51:09)

Michael Sheen has read an unpublished poem by Dylan Thomas as part of the ongoing centenary celebrations for the Swansea writer in New York.Link!

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News in Poetry Pulitzer prize winner in poetry dies at 89
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, October 25, 2014 (04:30:11)

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Carolyn Kizer, a feminist Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who spoke her political mind even at age 7, has died in Sonoma from the effects of dementia, her literary executor said. She was 89.Link!

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News in Poetry Turkey's 'ostinato' song
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, October 24, 2014 (09:20:23)

Nazım Hikmet (1902-1963) is probably the best-known Turkish poet. His poetry has been translated into more than 50 languages and, in the 1950s, Hikmet was compared to Federico Garcia Lorca, Louis Aragon, Mayakovsky and Pablo Neruda. In 1950, he was a recipient of the International Peace Prize, along with Pablo Picasso, Paul Robeson, Wanda Jakubowska and Neruda. Link!

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News in Poetry Berryman, rebooted
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, October 24, 2014 (09:15:27)

Poet John Berryman taught at the University of Minnesota from 1955 until his death in 1972. A centenary conference celebrating his work is being held there this weekend. Link!

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News in Poetry Deirdre Lashgari
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, October 24, 2014 (00:16:00)

Berkeley feminists and world poetry lovers are saddened to learn of the death of a pioneer translator and anthologizer of women’s poetry from around the world. Deirdre Eberly Lashgari, professor emerita of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, died August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. She was 73. Link!

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News in Poetry A look at Lawrence Matsuda's poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (08:38:52)

Lawrence Matsuda is the author of A Cold Wind From Idaho, a book of poems about those of Japanese descent who spent time at internment camps after Pearl Harbor, including his family. His parents were at the War Relocation Center in Minidoka, Idaho, where he was born.Link!

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News in Poetry Tyler woman performs at Kennedy Center, seeking scholarship
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (01:55:57)

Miss Ross’s three-minute performance, Teach Me, is told from the point of view of a frustrated youth who is judged by their socioeconomic background or environment. She said while surveying people for the project, she asked why they believed young people dropped out of school. The responses, she said, was mostly negative, such as the perception that students who drop out would rather sell drugs.Link!

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News in Poetry RiversideUC RIVERSIDE: Poet celebrates end of laureate term
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (01:51:33)

Juan Felipe Herrera said he hopes Californians will remember him for bringing poetry a little closer to their lives.Link!

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News in Poetry Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left: Final Tuesday in September
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (01:48:52)

"The Martha's Vineyard Poetry Society has selected Mr. Arnie Reisman as our island's next Martha's Vineyard Poet Laureate. Mr. Reisman is an award-winning writer, producer, and performer. For decades his work has appeared on television, radio, film, in various publications. and theatre. Link!

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News in Poetry South Dakota Upstart Pushes Independence, and Poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (01:46:31)

"We need to have a poet laureate in Washington, D.C., from South Dakota," Pressler said last month. "Usually that honor goes to an East Coast poet. But if I'm sent back to the Senate, I'm going to urge that we have a poet laureate from South Dakota."Link!

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News in Poetry Laureate role 'rooted' poet in city
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (01:43:34)

For 25 years poet Warsan Shire lived in a part of London but felt like an outsider in the city. Now 12 months after representing the capital as London's first Young Poet Laureate (YPL) she said she feels pride for the city and part of it. Link!

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News in Poetry Tom Alter to play Sahir Ludhianvi
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 23, 2014 (01:40:20)

Abdul Hayee’s transformation into Sahir Ludhianvi happened some years before this “anti war document” surfaced in 1956. The lines from one of his most famous poems, Parchhaiyan (Shadows), describes, in great detail, the annihilation of love at the hands of war. - See more at: indianexpress.com/arti...7I8B0.dpufLink!

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News in Poetry Blogs, videos and verse: an Iraqi poet's quest to ...
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (21:54:26)

Iraqi-born poet Amal al-Jubouri may not have the Hollywood recognition of Angelina Jolie, but both women are artists who have decided to use their talents and profile to help the victims of war.Link!

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News in Poetry Poet shared his life-changing journey as ambassador for BC Culture Days
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, October 16, 2014 (09:08:58)

James, a business-man turned poet and spiritual coach, came to Surrey to represent Kelowna as an ambassador for BC Culture Days. “I spent 20-something years in the business world … experiencing different levels of successes and failures,” James told the Now, explaining that he originally came from Toronto where he was a recruiter. - See more at: www.thenownewspaper.co...F82T6.dpufLink!

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News in Poetry Words as mirrors
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, October 13, 2014 (02:58:44)

Words can change the course of history, including, said Janet Rogers, in healing and restorative fashion. Rogers is a Mohawk descended from the Six Nations of Ontario. She is a B.C. resident from birth and since 1994 has lived on the territory of the Coast Salish people. There, as an active writer, she pens her reflective words as both aboriginal storyteller and mainstream poet laureate of the City of Victoria. - See more at: www.princegeorgecitize...fN0AM.dpufLink!

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News in Poetry Into the Heartland of the Ordinary: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and...
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, October 12, 2014 (01:19:39)

Drawing on personal, archival, and uncollected materials, this lecture by Emory English professor emeritus Ron Schuchard traces Seamus Heaney’s lifelong devotion to the poetry and novels of Thomas Hardy, through whom the poet defined and redefined his own aesthetic of the ordinary world against the magical and religious traditions of Yeats and Eliot.Link!

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News in Poetry Larkin wasna t as prickly as you think
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, October 12, 2014 (01:17:41)

Philip Larkin’s private prejudices shouldn’t matter a jot to admirers of his poetry.Link!

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News in Poetry Deirdre Eberly Lashgari
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, October 12, 2014 (01:16:21)

Deirdre Eberly Lashgari, Professor Emerita of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, died August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. A specialist in ethnic and world literatures, Lashgari translated both classical and modern Iranian poetry, and wrote, published, and lectured on Iranian fiction and film as well as on women writers of fiction and poetry in Iran, China, India, Ghana, and the United StatesLink!

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News in Poetry 100 Years on, The Magical Voice of Begum Akhtar Still Enthralls
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, October 11, 2014 (00:37:49)

These lines are from a ghazal Begum Akhtar wrote though few know just what became of her poetry. It was her voice that people remember. A voice that was almost as dramatic as a thunderclap, as deep as a soul wound, as cathartic as rain, as warm as a glowing ember. More than anything else, it was a 'knowing' voice. Link!

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News in Poetry the Belle of Amherst, Starring Joely Richardson, Begins Performances Tonight
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (05:34:25)

The Belle of Amherst, William Luce's acclaimed one-woman play of the private yet prolific poet Emily Dickinson, begins performances tonight, October 7th, for a new production starring Golden Globe Award nominee Joely Richardson ("Nip/Tuck," Side Effects) and directed by Steve Cosson (The Civilians, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play).Link!

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News in Poetry Visit house of Edgar Allan Poe to understand his poems
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (03:10:59)

Watch a short video biography about Edgar Allan Poe's life and work, including his early life, his macabre short stories, his poem "The Raven," and his mysterious death in Baltimore in 1849. Just outside of downtown Baltimore , the historic house of Edgar Allan Poe offers self-guided tours for fans of his poetry, those inquisitive about his death and others interested in the city's history.

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News in Poetry Tributes paid to 'remarkable' poet
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (22:20:36)

Dr Dannie Abse, who lived in Golders Green, was made a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours for his work. He was born in Cardiff and studied medicine in Wales and Kings College London, before qualifying as a doctor in 1950. Link!

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News in Poetry SA author told stories with humour
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, October 06, 2014 (01:31:48)

Johannesburg - Poet and author Chris van Wyk will be remembered for much more than the deeply rich tales he told – his laughter being one of his most striking and memorable qualities. The writer of more than 20 books, 57-year-old Van Wyk had been suffering from cancer for months and died of the pancreatic form of the disease late on Friday. Link!

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News in Poetry BTG will examine the enigma of Poe
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, October 05, 2014 (08:25:43)

What: ‘Poe' by Eric Hill, Berkshire Theatre Group Where: Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge When: Oct. 2 through 26, press opening Saturday, Oct. 4 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (no Friday performance Oct. 10); 2 Sundays (and Monday, Oct. 13). Link!

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