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The Kenyon Review: Interview with Ted Kooser
Ted Kooser on the effects of poetry: "I think we respond to poems the same way we respond to works in a gallery. We walk through a gallery; we may not be crazy about abstract expressionism, but we turn the corner in a gallery and there is an abstract expressionist painting, and there's something that just happens to us, and this is an individual, a private response. There are poems that will immediately move us, emotionally move us. And we don't need to know exactly why that happens." Read the complete interview on The Kenyon Review website!
Poetry Out Loud Competition Heats Up This Month!
Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest competitions are happening all over the U.S. this month. This past Saturday, alone, students in Ohio, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Florida, West Virginia, and Nevada squared off in contests to recite everything from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Kim Addonizio. Contact Ann Weisman, firstname.lastname@example.org, New Mexico Arts, (505) 827-6490, to learn more about NM participation and find out which poems helped students win our state's Poetry Out Loud championship. Winners from each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands will compete in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2008 for the National title. And check out the online anthology and videos on the POL web site...2008 FIELD Poetry Prize
Oberlin College Press announces the 2008 FIELD Poetry Prize, a contest open to all poets, whether previously published or not. Manuscripts of 50 to 80 pages should be submitted in May, with a reading fee of $22, which includes a year’s subscription to FIELD magazine. Previous winners include J. W. Marshall (Meaning a Cloud), Mary Cornish (Red Studio), Jean Gallagher (Stubborn), and Beckian Fritz Goldberg (Lie Awake Lake). For complete details....
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