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News in Poetry Poet Dannie Abse dies
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 (05:47:15)

The Welsh, Jewish poet Dannie Abse has died aged 91. During a successful literary career that began in the 1940s, Mr Abse won a number of awards, while also practising medicine as a chest specialist.Link!

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News in Poetry Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (10:52:22)

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی), and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian[1][6] poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.[7] Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries.[8] Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. Link!

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News in Poetry Dr Dannie Abse, who has died at 91, is made a CBE by the Prince of Wales
Posted by RZS on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (02:14:38)

Poetry News:

Welsh poet and author Dr Dannie Abse, the one-time winner of the Wales Book of the Year award, has died at 91. The writer, who recently lived in north London, was once hailed as being "at the top of the Welsh tree" by the country's literary body and named a CBE for his talents in the 2012 New Year Honours. His agent Robert Kirby said on Twitter: "Very sad news Dannie Abse has died.



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Reviews Poetry Set to Music, I - Martha Redbone
Posted by LostInTranslation on Monday, September 29, 2014 (14:23:56)

Poetry News: From the classical art songs of Schumann and Schubert that used as their text words by great poets of the day to brand-new Appalachian blues music just recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, this New Sounds program explores poetry in song. Sample from Redbone's album, "The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake" and its hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry.CLICK HERE to read more!

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News in Poetry Farewell to Dannie Abse, Welsh Literary Icon
Posted by LostInTranslation on Monday, September 29, 2014 (14:20:15)

Poetry News: Literary experts reveal how the late writer and poet encouraged younger generations of writers until his death at the weekend at the age of 91.CLICK HERE for full story!

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News in Poetry E-books Unearth Buried Treasure of Scottish Writers
Posted by LostInTranslation on Monday, September 29, 2014 (13:08:04)

Poetry News: THE lost works of Scottish authors including James Hogg, Neil Munro and Robert Louis Stevenson are being resurrected by the company behind e-books for the biggest names in contemporary publishing. Palimpsest, a company based in Falkirk that produces e-books for JK Rowling, Stephen King and more than half the current Booker shortlist, is to launch a series of literary classics.CLICK HERE for full story!

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In the Traditional Media UK: Corrymeela centre appoints theologian and poet as leader
Posted by RZS on Sunday, September 28, 2014 (05:13:54)

Poetry News: The organisation released a statement to mark the appointment, saying Padraig brings a wealth of experience from his work in poetry, theology and conflict transformation. The Rev Ray Davey founded Corrymeela, Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation community, in 1965.

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News in Poetry Letter reveals Wilfred Owen's links to the Wirral
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 27, 2014 (09:56:12)

Academics have always cited Owen’s friendship with Siegfried Sassoon as the main influence of his compassionate verse, but evidence shows that it was his mother’s deeply Christian beliefs that engaged with Owen when describing the pity of the men in the trenches.Link!

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News in Poetry A poet returns to her roots
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, September 25, 2014 (08:19:50)

While suffering through algebra class at age 13, Pittsburgh native Lucie Brock-Broido decided to become a poet. So, early in the 1970s, she quit Allderdice High School and enrolled in the Youth Learning Center, which was located in an Oakland church.Link!

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News in Poetry Canada: At 92, Cora Dunn, will become published poet
Posted by RZS on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (21:14:10)

Poetry News: As Cora Dunn, of Green Hill, approaches her 92nd birthday this Saturday, she’s getting closer to becoming a published poet....

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News in Poetry Poet, author Dunn to be honored with Meling Award
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (10:15:43)

Stephen Dunn, American poet and author, will receive the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Edith Davis Eve Memorial Chapel at Penn State Altoona. The award ceremony includes a lecture by Dunn and will be followed by a dessert reception and book signing in the chapel.Link!

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News in Poetry The Compulsive Chronicles of Siegfried Sassoon
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (03:51:28)

The writer Siegfried Sassoon was a compulsive diarist. His notebooks, filled with small, rounded handwriting and the occasional drawing or caricature, passed to George, his only child, when Sassoon died in 1967. George lent them to me in the late 1990s when I was writing the elder Sassoon's biography. After George's death in 2006, they were sold to the Cambridge University Library, which has now put them online, digitizing one of the most comprehensive and extraordinary records of any writer's life.Link!

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News in Poetry Happy Birthday, W.C.W.
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 20, 2014 (23:10:55)

William Carlos Williams‘s birthday was this last week, and Adam Kirsch writes about the poet for New York Review of Books. Though he argues that “today it would be hard to find a reader of poetry who would not acknowledge William Carlos Williams as one of the major American modernists” Kirsch still has to face the question, “why is it, then, that almost fifty years after his death, the reputation of [Williams] still seems to be haunted by a ghost of uncertainty?”Link!

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News in Poetry Celebrating the Works of 104-year-old Poet Peggy Freydberg
Posted by LostInTranslation on Friday, September 19, 2014 (11:50:55)

There is a standard formula for poetry readings. The poet stands at the front of the room holding a copy of a recent book and reads aloud, allowing the audience to take in the rhythms and structures of each work. Less common is a reading that is as much a celebration of the poet as of the poems. Yet that was what took place Tuesday afternoon in Chilmark, as Chilmark Writing Workshop founder Nancy Aronie hosted more than 25 people for a reading of poetry by Peggy Freydberg. Mrs. Freydberg, who is 106, was the guest of honor. CLICK HERE for full story!

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News in Poetry Family, friends and admirers celebrate the work of Dick Brugger, poet laureate
Posted by RZS on Friday, September 19, 2014 (04:29:41)

Poetry News: ... It was a night to celebrate not only the poetry of "wicked Dick," as Backus described her long-time friend, but also the art of daughter Jessie Brugger, whose brilliant paintings drew oohs and ahhs in the gallery outside Council Chambers....

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News in Poetry Five High School Students Receive Nation's Top Honor for Youth Poets
Posted by RZS on Thursday, September 18, 2014 (21:03:30)

Third Class of the National Student Poets Program has been selected by White House Committee to Serve as National Poetry Ambassadors. The 2014 class of the National Student Poets Program , the nation's highest honor for teen poets presenting original work, began their year of poetry events, workshops and service projects with a reading hosted by First Lady in the Blue Room of the White House.

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News in Poetry Media Out to Discredit Benghazi Whistleblower/Poet
Posted by RZS on Thursday, September 18, 2014 (20:57:27)

Poetry News:

The media is out to discredit a former State Department diplomat who turned Benghazi whistleblower, says Emmy-winning journalist and former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. What is the dirt that reporters have on former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell? He's written poetry, she says.



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News in Poetry How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (20:57:45)

Poetry News: The recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" will each receive $625,000 over five years, no strings attached. That made some of us wonder what past MacArthur fellows have done with their money, a question that led us to 1992 winner Amy Clampitt..



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News in Poetry Joe Hutchison, Colorado's New Poet Laureate, Tells the Story of Silas Soule
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (20:34:36)

Joseph Hutchison didn't set out to write a poem about Silas Soule. But he'd been thinking for a while about the Sand Creek Massacre -- a dark chapter in Colorado's past that he'd never learned about when he was a student at Skinner Junior High, writing his first poem. ...

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News in Poetry How I Supported Myself While Getting a Graduate Degree in Poetry
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (20:30:34)

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pirate, an entomologist, or a writer. I don't remember when I lost interest in the first two , but I remember when I realized if I don't write I'm not happy. I especially like writing poetry, which currently, in America, is about the least lucrative form of writing there is...

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Current Poetic Events AZ: Literary Southwest to feature noted poet, author
Posted by RZS on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (05:15:55)

Poetry News: ... her writing to attest to our shared humanity. Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East," "A Maze Me: Poems for Girls," "Red Suitcase," "Words under the ...

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News in Poetry Poet Mary Szybist coming to Washington
Posted by RZS on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (22:29:46)

Poetry News: For the first time since winning last year's National Book Award in poetry, Mary Szybist will be making an appearance in Washington. She'll be my guest for "The Life of a Poet," on Wednesday, Sept. 17

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News in Poetry Haiku and magnolias make award-winning mix in south Mississippi
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (06:01:33)

Who would expect to find the exotic, mysterious world of haiku poetry thriving in south Mississippi? Yet for award winning poets Robert Michael Drouilhet and his wife Rebecca Sue Drouilhet, the South provides a nurturing environment which allows them to share their work with the world.Link!

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News in Poetry The 13 Most Moving Things Said at the Celebration of Maya Angelou's Life
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, September 15, 2014 (03:33:54)

Maya Angelou’s New York friends and family and fans got together to celebrate her life on Sept. 12 at Riverside Church in Manhattan. In a service which ranged from a mashup of “I’m Every Woman” and Angelou’s poetry to a stirring speech from her son, editors, offspring and dignitaries swapped stories and remembrances. Link!

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News in Poetry Sightings: Mortality as Muse
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (00:08:38)

Mr. Sissman's poems are both stunning and disquieting. Their crisply rhyming iambs were a perfect embodiment of the highly individual sensibility of a poet-businessman who looked his fate in the eye without blinking. In "A Deathplace," for instance, he envisioned his ultimate demiseLink!

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