As any English major will tell you, one of the joys of studying literature is that it provides one with plenty to read. Of course, I’ve found that this often means I have little time to explore anything beyond the syllabus once the school year kicks off. Consequentially, I find myself seduced by various literary journals and the minimal time commitment that comes with them, perusing Quimby’s for the quick read I need only to find the hole in my pocket isn’t concealing a hidden cash stash. So, when its time to pay the bills and it comes down to the cost of a literary zine or a light to read it by, Ted Kooser is there to help! (more…)
This week’s free dose of poetic culture October 3, 2011
In celebration of National Poetry Day, W.S. Merwin, the 2010 U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, will give a free reading at the Cindy Pritzger Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, but get there early; audience members will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the Poetry Foundation, which sponsors the event.
Merwin’s work, with its narrative style and straightforward imagery that is accessible to even those who might consider themselves poetry-shy, dates back to the 1950s and includes nearly 30 books of poems. He is also an accomplished translator, having interpreted foreign language poetry for English-speaking audiences. An extended biography and selections of Merwin’s work are available on the Academy of American Poets website. I hope you’ll join me in listening to this legend live!