Friday, October 03, 2008

A brief hiatus

Will likely be offline from today, late morning, until Monday afternoon.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hayden Carruth (1921-2008)

Hayden Carruth, poet, anthologist, sometime editor of Poetry magazine, author of from snow and rock, from chaos (1973) and Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey (1990s), editor of the important anthology The Voice that is Great Within Us (1970), has died at age 87. Vermonter, political radical, better-than-decent poet. See especially the 1973 collection mentioned above.

(Link via the Poetry Foundation.)

Here is his poem Tabula Rasa.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Kenneth Koch (1925-2002) on revision

Some poets and some who think about poetry and many who don't think about it are "opposed" to revision. Poetry, they believe, should come full-fledged like an angel from the Imagination. Anything else is tainted. What can the intellect do that would favorably affect this angel? Well, everyone likes the angel, but why limit the angel to one flight? The angel not only arrives but also may be there during the writing, may disappear and may return for revision. "If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind" is not an example of "First thought, best thought," and neither is Williams's "Among/of/green//stiff/old/bright//broken/ branch." The enemy is not revision but the absence of the angel. By the right kind of work, one can have it there at every stage.

Kenneth Koch, Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry, p. 108

Me too

Hungry for what I was learning, I tended to swallow it whole. Critical thinking has never been my strong suit; I have what, being kind to myself, I will term a capacity to believe whatever I am reading at the moment. When I can spot a logical fallacy, it's a bad one, something a sensible twelve-year-old might question.

Kathleen Norris, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, p. 129

A blogger ...

... who is dear to our heart bows out of the blogosphere.

From today's Communion hymn

I cannot remember
A trial or a pain
That God did not recycle
To bring me some gain.

Comedy and politics

Of course, it doesn't make sense to you, Senator. You're not a maverick.

Darrell Hammond as Sen. John McCain in a parody of the recent presidential debate, on Saturday Night Live last night