Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tieger is an American poet, based in Massachusetts, and he lists as his prime influences, Richard Cadell, William Corbett and Robert Creeley, which should give you some idea about his poetry. Here's a sample from "Anxiety Chant":
of boxes and lives
in yellow trucks
and yellow light
coats the empty
room and the last
in the last light
of a living room.
It's fine work, and I can add it to my collection of Tieger pamphlets which have given me a lot of pleasure. I wouldn't say Tieger was minimalist, but he's very sparing in his use of words; layout and white space are significant, and of course, sound is an important factor. This astringency seems to be an American trait, comparitively rare in British poets.
Congratulations to Sam Ward on this new venture.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Peter Hughes says:
"Alistair Noon's writing is characterised by a worldly intelligence, striking verbal dexterity and a technical accomplishment by no means common in today's poetry world. He is a writer to keep a eye on over the next few years."
At the Emptying of Dustbins is available from Oystercatcher Press for £4, inclusive of UK postage. Readers from outside the U.K. can order by PayPal, if preferred, through the publisher's website. Orders to Europe costs £4.50, whilst orders from ouside Europe will cost £5.00 to cover postage.
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Orders sent by post should be addressed to:
Oystercatcher Press, 4 Coastguard Cottages,
Old Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6EL U.K.
with cheques made out to Peter Hughes.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DRAWING IS COPYRIGHTLESS.
you are strongly encouraged to post it, print it, stick it on the walls of your city, and share it by any means with the biggest number of people you may know.
please do mention/tag/link the author and/or his blog (Kerblog) when it is possible.
The author is Mazen Kerbaj, blogger and citizen of Beirut.
Why would someone say that? I mean someone who appreciates and understands poetry, and has learnt the craft of writing it?
Of course, I know why. I've said and thought it myself, as have several poets I know. One reason I think is that the public perception of poetry is still conditioned, after 200 years, by Romanticism, with its notion of the (largely male) poet as a being apart, which obscured the idea of poetry as a craft, and replaced it with the idea that poems were the result of a tortured or particularly sensitive soul. Naturally, it's rather embarrassing to be associated with that notion now.
But there's something else. It's common for writers to lead double-lives, maintaining a career and domestic life that is entirely separate to their poetic activities. Wallace Stevens is a classic example of this, as a successful businessmen who preferred not to discuss his poetry, and certainly kept it out if his office. Stevens famously wrote "I have no life except in poetry". In his introduction to a selected poems of Stevens, John Burnside discusses this statement, and further quotes a letter of Stevens in which he writes: "I certainly do not exist from nine to six, when I am at the office... There is no everyday Wallace, apart from the one at work, and that one is tedious.- At night I strut my individual state once more".
For myself I can say that no-one at the IT company I work for - and I've known some colleagues for many years - has any idea that I've got anything to do with poetry (unless they read this blog, which is unlikely). And I want to keep it that way. I'm not comparing myself with Wallace Stevens - it seems likely that the mental processes which produce major art are essentially the same as those that produce minor art. I'd agree with Burnside when he says, speaking of Stevens' double life, "It is a life every poet leads to a greater or lesser extent. Or, rather, it is the discipline poets must master in order to sustain that mysterious entity, a private life".
Of course, the notion of a private life is becoming more and more marginalised in our culture, but that's a discussion for another day.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
To counter the distorted view through the window of the West's media outlets, here's an account of life at the receiving end: Gaza Blog.