Monday, April 21, 2008

Poetry Round-Up

In honor of National Poetry Month:

--On Slate magazine, poet Robert Pinksy expresses his irritation with people who don’t “get” poetry.

--In Washington Post’s Book World, poet Edward Hirsch compares writing poetry to taking a walk: “Daydreaming is one of the key sources of poetry -- a poem often starts as a daydream that finds its way into language -- and walking seems to bring a different sort of alertness, an associative kind of thinking, a drifting state of mind.”

--Also in Book World, Li-Young Lee’s poem “To Hold” is a gem (scroll down):
“So we’re dust. In the meantime, my wife and I
make the bed. …”

--Mark Strand, one of my favorite poets, will be reading at the Library of Congress on Thursday, April 24, at 6:45 P.M.:
Poets Mark Strand, author of the new collection Man and Camel, and Charles Wright, author of Scar Tissue and the forthcoming Littlefoot: A Poem, read from their work at the Library of Congress, James Madison Bldg., Montpeilier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE, 202-707-5394.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.