231. Song for Baby-o, Unborn: Diane di Prima

The Beats were probably my first introduction to poetry beyond the moon, spoon, june poems that were politely put into elementary school texts. That is to say, the Beat stereotype--not the poems, really. Van Dyke facial hair. Berets. Black clothing. Coffee houses, later basement bars. Bongos. They spoke in lingo, like "coolio" and "hep". Once... Continue Reading →

230. The Poet’s Occasional Alternative: Grace Paley

"The New York Times" wrote a piece called "Why Work When You Can Procrastibake?" It's a nice, light piece that makes one think about all of the things we do to procrastinate when there is work to be done. My students tend to play with fonts.  They spend a lot of time on them, both... Continue Reading →

226. Flag Salute: Esther Poper

My wife was preparing her unit on the Harlem Renaissance and I came up short--I could only name about three artists involved.  Now, I can't name that many writers from most literary movements, but when I called up Wikipedia I was at a loss to even recognize names beyond Hughes or Hurston (so, really, two names).... Continue Reading →

225. April Midnight: Arthur Symons

Another poem and poet I do not know.  Welcome to National Poetry Month! The Victorian poem Arthur Symons was the choice of our local high school's Poetry Out Loud representative, Casey Ober.  She went to the state competition and made the Top 10 regional finalists.  She coupled it with Suzanne Buffam's Enough", a pair of... Continue Reading →

224. Enough: Suzanne Buffam

Suzanne Buffam's Enough", along with Victorian poet Arthur Symons "April Midnight", was the choice of our local high school's Poetry Out Loud representative, Casey Ober.  She went to the state competition and made the Top 10 regional finalists. What was most interesting, in the interview I read, was her passion for the poem.  Ober enjoyed... Continue Reading →

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