Recent Entries:

  • April 13th, 2009

    The first “contemporary” poet I read with avidity was Denise Levertov. In 1966 she wrote, “There is a poetry that in thought and in feeling and in perception seeks the forms peculiar to these experiences,” a definition I inscribed on the inside cover of my undergraduate notebook in 1969.


    Long after you have swung back
    away from me
    I think you are still with me:

  • April 1st, 2009

    Recommended by Robert Wrigley

    One Big Self: An Investigation by C. D. Wright (Copper Canyon, 2007, $15.00 paperback)

  • March 29th, 2009

    “The source of poetry is always some mystery, an inspiration, a sense of unknowing in the presence of the irrational – strange territories,” wrote Cesare Pavese in his essay “Poetry is Freedom.” “But the act of poetry … is an absolute willfulness to see clearly, to reduce to reason, to know.

  • March 25th, 2009

    I predict, like the one who was sucked to sea
    and returned in an Arabian container ship,
    all small worlds will be dashed and drowned.

    I witnessed this deliverance on a silent television,
    my fingers disquieted a bowl of almonds,
    a librarian called to say Constantinople is on hold.

    The entire surface trembled, an oscillation
    like a bell. When the seismologist said the Eurasian plate

  • March 21st, 2009

    Linda Connor is known for trekking around the world in search of places and people that either represent -- or could be made to represent – the spiritual and mysterious. The lamas and gurus say our souls are transcendent but our minds and bodies traffick in a world of illusions.

  • March 18th, 2009

    “For poets, the obliquity of a bewildered poetry is its own theme,” wrote Fanny Howe in her signature essay “Bewilderment.” Essential to the experiment, obliquity is nevertheless rarely the only or even the central theme of a poem. The truancy of language alone isn’t usually the main attraction for the poet who sets it loose.