Archive for September, 2011

Ten poets on ‘forever’ stamps

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service has announced a new series of Twentieth Century Poets commemorative “forever” stamps to be released next year. The set includes ten important poets: Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams.

Ron Rash to be honored at Shepherd University

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ron Rash will be writer-in-residence at Shepherd University the week of September 26. Click here to read up about Ron Rash in a piece I quickly pulled together from various sources.

Bly on APR cover

Friday, September 9, 2011

AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW. The Sept-Oct 2011 issue has Robert Bly on the cover. Inside are four of Bly’s poems, an interview with Robert and Ruth Bly, and a piece by Tony Hoagland called “The Village Troublemaker — Robert Bly and American Poetry.” In the center of the magazine you’ll find twelve Chicano/Latina poets introduced by Christopher Buckley and Juan Felipe Herrera. And then, there are new poems by Ira Sadoff, Carol Ann Davis and others. Pick up a copy at Taylor Books (226 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV) or at other fine bookstores.

E-book news and best-selling poets

Friday, September 9, 2011

WHO READS THE MOST BOOKS? For those who wonder about such things, here’s a graphic that tracks the numbers of e-book readers vs. traditional book readers. E-book readers read more books. What about that?

PUBLISH YOUR OWN E-BOOK. In case you’re interested, here’s how to publish your own Amazon Kindle book.

BEST-SELLING CONTEMPORARY POETS, ACCORDING TO THE POETRY FOUNDATION. Billy Collins leads the foundation’s top-30 list (23 weeks on the list) with “Horoscopes for the Dead.” Collins also has “The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems,” now on the list for 225 weeks. Interest in Philip Levine’s “News of the World” is picking up again (he’s the new U.S. poet laureate, beginning in October). Other poets ranking on the list for more than 100 weeks include W.S. Merwin, Charles Bukowski, Mary Oliver and Natasha Trethewey. “She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems” by Caroline Kennedy is at the top of the anthology list, and “Good Poems for Hard Times,” edited by Garrison Keillor, has been on the anthology list for 258 weeks. That, of course, extends way back into the Bush years. Topping the children’s list — “A Light in the Attic: Special Edition” by Shel Silverstein. And high on that list for 110 weeks is “Hip Hop Speaks to Children with CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat” by Nikki Giovanni.

‘Spring and All’ facsimile recommended

Sunday, September 4, 2011

MountainWord recommends:

“Spring and All” (Facsimile Edition) (New Directions Pearls) by William Carlos Williams, with an introduction by C. D. Wright.

A facsimile of the 1923 edition.

Many of the doctor’s most famous poems, including the tiny poem “The Red Wheelbarrow,” which at first seems crystal clear, but then appears to be a lasting riddle.

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

–William Carlos Williams