Monday, January 21, 2013

What the dead may teach us

Jordan (I)
Who says that fictions only and false hair
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?
Is all good structure in a winding stair?
May no lines pass, except they do their duty
    Not to a true, but painted chair? ...
                                        George Herbert (1593-1633)

Don't have time to read page long poems? I've done a bit of quick digging through some classics and compiled a list of short poems I like that you could read during ad breaks today
1.William Blake - the tyger
2. W  B Yeats - the second coming
3. D H Lawrence - snake
3. Wilfred Owen - anthem for doomed youth
4. John Milton - sonnet XVII
5. Henry David Thoreau - my life has been the poem I would have writ

I know the doctors say you should use the ad breaks to dneak in some life changing exercise.
Think about it, if you read these and simultaneously jump up and down you might live forever.

Monday, January 14, 2013

online poetry seminar

Its very hot, I only have two hands, and it turns out that if I type I can't simultaneously eat icy mangoes so here's a quicky.

The university of Iowa's International Writing Program is offering a FREE, online, seven-week poetry seminar. They are looking for as many international writers to participate as possible.The class is capped at 15.

The seminar which will be conducted in English under instruction by Margaret Ross is offered through the International Writing Program’s Distance Learning Program and is open to anyone with an internet connection. Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (5 pages of poems max) are due by January 28th. Full details are available here:

Break a leg or whatever the poet's equivalent is.