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National Poetry Month!

I suppose it is more than mere coincidence that April is both “the cruelest month” and National Poetry Month. In a world of blingy information inviting you to jump from apps to texts to Facebook, Snapchat, cat videos and yes, blog posts, the pleasure of letting your mind rest on a page contemplating a poem can’t be underestimated. 412 more words

Books

Response to David Orr re: Bob Dylan

I greatly enjoyed reading David Orr’s latest “On Poetry” column, in which he discusses Bob Dylan’s elevation to poet-status by the Swedish Academy. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I feel somewhat compelled to write a rebuttal, although I think I agree on many of Orr’s points. 1,425 more words

Whit Frazier

What the NEA really funds. + what happens when the big cat turns around.

Quick note: last week I put up a link to an article arguing for the abolishment of the NEA.   The author, George F. Will, had interesting arguments, including that the NEA primarily only helps the already-privileged.   327 more words

Rapid Poetry Review: The Road Not Taken

*Originally published 2016/01/24

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN: FINDING AMERICA IN THE POEM EVERYONE LOVES AND ALMOST EVERYONE GETS WRONG Written by David Orr

2015; 192 Pages… 106 more words

Book Review

You, Too, Could Write a Poem

I am closing in on the final page of New York Times poetry columnist (now THERE’S a job) David Orr’s You, Too, Could Write a Poem… 568 more words

Poetry

This is the time of year when students, vying to be their school’s commencement speaker, are furiously Googling “inspirational quotes for speeches.” Invariably, Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken” will pop up. 705 more words

American Writers