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Posts from — September 2009

Lewis Turco: Odd and Invented Forms

Lewis Turco, a wonderful poet both under his own name and as Wesli Court, is the author of The Book of Forms, the first edition of which first introduced me to real formal possibility. He’s started a collection of “Odd and Invented Forms” and he’s asking for contributions. Submission information is on the page.

I’m very pleased that Lew has included a form I concocted for Twitter, the twiplet (formerly twinnet). For a little while at least it’s the last item on his page.

Update 2/22/2010: Changed the URL to Lew’s new location,. Thanks to greywyvern for the heads up.

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September 14, 2009   6 Comments

Wild Geese

I haven’t seen much notice of Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at the World Trade Center site on September 11 this year. He read Mary Oliver‘s poem “Wild Geese,” and I am grateful for the choice. Not that Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets — though she is very good — but that the Vice President, and maybe in particular this Vice President, chose such an apolitical and non-combative poem, a poem, finally, of joy, a rejection of despair and of anger, to read on such an occasion.

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September 13, 2009   No Comments