W.S. Merwin remained politically as well as artistically motivated all his life, often proclaiming the vital importance of activism.
In the age of truthiness, poet Frederick Seidel’s is a welcome voice.
Imagine a combination of Stephen Colbert (the real one, that is) and John Updike.
Part one of this survey looked at one upcoming performance and five CDs where music takes the leading role. This post looks at the other side of the coin, where the words are the wellspring for the music.
2018 saw the release of four ambitious and powerful jazz releases driven by poetic texts.
Mary Oliver’s poetic vision reaches back to the American transcendentalists: it encourages us, by demanding that we pay attention to our now threatened natural world, to find a moral compass.
Leonard Cohen reinforces this dedication to lyricism with striking humility in his final book.
One of the fears of poets and, I imagine, all writers, is that you’ll reach a certain age and you’ll run out of gas.
Despite its occasional confusions, this is poetry I will return to — to re-experience A.E. Stallings’ wit, wisdom, and word-smithing.
Some people fled William Corbett’s bravura; others stayed, laughing.