Category Archives: poets

Fourth Sundays at the Claremont Library, October 22

I’m really looking forward to this! As you can probably tell, Carol V. Davis and I have a few things in common.  It wasn’t deliberately planned to have two poets of Russian Jewish ancestry reading on the same afternoon, but … Continue reading

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The Door Was Open and the House Was Dark (Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013)

“The Door Was Open and the House Was Dark” (from Granta) shows you how good even the minor poems of a tremendous poet can be.

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New poet laureate!

Natasha Trethewey! I was fortunate to work with her as her Fellow in her workshop at Bread Loaf in 2007.  She’s a striking poet and a gracious presence.  An exciting choice!

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Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012

Adrienne Rich was a great writer, a great woman, and she changed the landscape of American poetry.  Now that her great voice has finished speaking new words, we will hear anew what was, and is, so necessary about her work. … Continue reading

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Ai, 1947-2010

I think most of us (meaning people of my age, who began to read poetry pre-Internet) tend to remember who were the first few poets of our own time we encountered when we first began to recognize that poetry was still … Continue reading

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Rachel Wetzsteon (1967-2009)

Simone de Beauvoir, on the death of Albert Camus: “It wasn’t the fifty-year-old man I was mourning…it was the companion of our hopeful years, whose open face laughed and smiled so easily, the young, ambitious writer, wild to enjoy life, … Continue reading

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The travelling poet blogs

Brian Turner, author of Here, Bullet, is the 2010 recipient of the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, and he’ll be contributing to the New York Times’ Home Fires blog as he travels.  His first post is on deciding where–and why–to … Continue reading

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A game you can play

Returning to L.A. from Utah on Saturday, I took a JetBlue flight from Las Vegas to Burbank.  I’d finished everything I’d brought to read and entertained myself by watching other passengers board and file past my seat.  I invented the following game, … Continue reading

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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 26-27

I’m thankful to be able to read all the lovely comments people have left about Felicia in the post below.  If you’ve found this blog by searching for her name, please feel free to add your own comment.  You can … Continue reading

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Marilyn Hacker appearing at Antioch next week!

Link to the poster with full details  Marilyn Hacker will read at Antioch University Los Angeles on Saturday, March 8 at 5:30 PM in room A1000.  (Antioch is all one building–next to a large parking structure!–so it’s very easy to visit.  … Continue reading

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