Poet and editor Matthew Zapruder says poetry doesn’t have to be so inaccessible.
James Richardson is most recently the author of By the Numbers, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award, and During, just published, which won the Poetry Society of America's Castagnola Prize for best book-in-progress. He teaches at Princeton University.
"Someone asked me, "'Why do you write?' And I said, 'Because I wanted to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth.'"
The anxiety of the poet in the information age is to have one's work reduced to that cheapest of technological commodities -- "user-generated content."
There is a rich context for this update of the now-standard anthology of postmodern American poetry, the one Paul Hoover first compiled in 1994, and which now, at nearly 1,000 pages, seeks to be the definitive reference for those seeking a comprehensive overview of the state of experimental American poetry.
You could drive Route 66 from coast to coast to get a feel for the poetry of America. Or you could pick up copies of Fericano and Wallace, and read these poems out loud.
Mark Strand, one of America's leading poets, has died at age 80. "Collected Poems: Mark Strand" was released this year and
Would you like to understand Bob Dylan? Get in line. You can, however, understand, and appreciate more through his view of them, some of the writers who've had an influence on Dylan as an artist. Edgar Allan Poe, the fender-bender poet is a writer who matters to Dylan, and has for a long time.
Edgar Allan Poe: I wanted to do a parrot uttering 'never more' but there wasn't much drama in that. So I changed it to a raven. They're big, black dirty birds capable of anything.
Marilyn the Tortoise, was bequeathed to my brothers and me in '69 by our drug-dealing Cuban building superintendent who, running