Monday, February 25, 2013

Tonight, MonFeb 25, Poetry Playhouse

…What would Walt Whitman Do? Featuring Bruce Noll & John Roche…with a hat tip to Billy Brown for the reminder. 

Jules Nyquist invites us to a special night tonight Monday, February 25,  6:30 pm at the Poetry Playhouse 

Poet Bruce Noll will be reciting and interpreting revolutionary poet Walt Whitman live for us at the Playhouse. Bruce, recently retired from the University of New Mexico, still teaches a poetry class in the Honor's Program. For 43 years he has performed "Pure Grass . . . an experience with Leaves of Grass" across the U.S. and abroad. Come hear him give excerpts from his program and talk about his years of presenting Whitman.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Poetry International News

…yesterday for Valentine's Day would have been appropriate but it is never too late for any kind of poetry…ever…I've been following PI for years, sharing here occasionally but not often enough. Is it too late for a resolution?  PSplease link below for PT on Facebook and Twitter.

    It's been a busy month so far here at Poetry International. We kicked off February with the first annual Dutch-language Poetry Week. During this week all kinds of poetry activities took place in the Netherlands and Flanders, including the VSB Poetry Prize awards, which saw Ester Naomi Perquin take home the prize for her collection Celinspecties (Cell Inspections). This year we also saw former Dutch Poet Laureate Ramsey Nasr replaced by Anne Vegter, and attended the very first national Poetry Ball in Amsterdam.  
  Anne Vegter (photo: Merlijn Doomernik)          
    Now, to help you celebrate (or ignore) Valentine's Day in style, we've collected a number of articles, poems, audio recordings, and videos for the occasion.

In several articles from our substantial archives, poets from India, Israel, and Japan talk about
having to fight those we love, the torments of love, and poetry as love.

You can also take our
love poem tour. Below are a number of poems from around the world, selected by our staff and covering love from all different angles:

"I LOVE SLEEP" by Ouyang Yu (Australia)
LOVE'S BANKS by Leonard Nolens (Belgium)
THE 50 LOVERS THAT LIVE IN MY BODY by Chen Kehua (China)
5. THE SKY LOVES YOU SILENTLY by Milko Valent (Croatia)
AGAINST LOVE by Charl-Pierre Naudé (South Africa)
TO A LOVE POET by Dennis O'Driscoll (Ireland)
MY FIRST PROPER GIRLFRIEND by Robert Adamson (Australia)
PORTRAIT OF THE HUSBAND AS FARMERS' MARKET by Tiffany Atkinson (United Kingdom)
THE POET'S FRIEND by Jotamario Arbeláez (Colombia)
LINOLEUM AND LOVE by Noel Rowe (Australia)
LOVE IS A HABIT by Megan Hall (South Africa)
NEW LOVER by Shuijing Zhulian (China)
LOVE by Cecilie Løveid (Norway)
LOGIC IN LOVE by Esther Jansma (Netherlands)

Our video pick of the week is Thomas McCarthy's
'How to Recognise Your Lover'. Be sure to check our homepage (or our Facebook page) every day for the next week for a new love-related audio Poem of the Day.
    The release of Anne Enquist's new poetry collection Een kook van klank (A Cage of Sound) marked the start of the 2013 Dutch-language Poetry Week. Readers who bought poetry in the Netherlands during the Week of Poetry also received Anna Enquist's collection as a gift.

All of the poems in
Een kooi van klank also appeared on the Poetry International website, accompanied by English translations and readings by Enquist herself.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Poet’s Parable

…reblogging a reblog, even if via delish Daily Dish, may represent less post-modern bricolage )mashup in more contemporary terms, post modern is not really that modern anymore) than perilous descent into the borderlands of content mills, slippery slopes, primrose paths, and such. Ample local notices in mailbox and feed reader await attention as well. I am working on an inconsistent explanation. The short version: I blog that which catches my fancy by sheer chance...serendipity.

Andrew Sullivan notes,

Stumbling upon a nearly forgotten anthology of fiction by and about women, Bitches and Sad Ladies, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan found herself transfixed by the late poet Anne Sexton’s tale, “The Letting Down of The Hair,” the story of “a modern Rapunzel who has locked herself in a stone room”:
Her hair receives fan letters, pilgrims, and gawkers. The hair is filmed for television. Although the setting is modern, Sexton plays with fairy tale logic. Honey is preferred to shampoo. A woman is only a vessel for her hair. A wish causes a death. 
Sexton has the poet’s skill of condensing meaning. The speaker informs us: “I’d had a normal life, men and lipstick, daiquiris and sunburns.” And we immediately know the sort of woman she has been—without names of men, without dates, or history—we know. Ruth, the speaker’s shorthaired confidant, becomes emotionally vivid in two lines: “After years of therapy, [Ruth] gave it all up for Zen. She watched her mind as a cat watches over a fish tank.” The sentences stay thrumming in the reader’s mind. 
The prose is as wild and strange as the woman it describes: “I have never cut my hair. That’s something you ought to know right off. It fills the room the way ten giraffes would, twisting and twisting, their long and innocent necks.” Before Ruth dies, she writes to the speaker telling her that Christ has revealed the hair is a parable for the life of the poet. The speaker doesn’t know what to do about this, doesn’t even fully understand it. And after Ruth dies, she has no one to ask.
A Poet’s Parable

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Mexico Film Festival

  …at #UNM_VC in Tomé, Fri Feb 8 (Free admission to all). Featuring Classic and Innovative NM Movies, and John Nichols! HT to #ABQSlams & Bill Nevins.  

Final Schedule for Feb 8 2013 New Mexico Film Festival at UNM Valencia Campus, Tome. SCC Student Community Center. Admission free to all

9 am-9:05 am Opening Remarks: Dean Sax.

9:05 am: film "Indian Day School"(2 min) made by Thomas Edison 1898

9:10 am film Milagro Beanfield War (1 hour 58 min) directed by Robert Redford 1988 based on novel of same name by John Nichols.

11:10 am film The Milagro Man (77 min, link to trailer) directed by Kurt Jacobsen 2012 (NM premiere of the finished film) about the life of author/screen writer John Nichols of Taos, NM. The Milagro Man explores the colorful literary career, screenwriting escapades and social activism of John T. Nichols.

12:30 pm-1:30 pm  in SCC:  Panel Discussion on "Film and New Mexico" featuring:
...John Nichols (special honored guest); Steven Gould, Albuquerque author, whose book became the movie Jumper; Ann Lerner, director, Albuquerque City Film Office; Jay Torrez, Tome-NM born and based stuntman-actor-SAG member who has worked in Sons of Anarchy and many features shot in NM and Hollywood; Kimberly Salicos, UNM VC student who is working in the NM film industry; Prof. Richard Meltzer, UNM VC faculty on NM History and Film; (tentative) David Lindblom, NM film maker, editor of "Road Kings"; Michael Miller, NM actor and film maker Photographer/ Videographer/ Producer/ Director/ Actor and Coach at 9 Point Productions; Jonathan Sims UNM VC faculty
1:30 pm-2 pm Book Signing with John Nichols, Levi Romero and other authors.

More screenings:

2 pm-2 :30  pm with Q and AGoing Home Homeless and Acequia Poem ( total15 minutes) films by NM Centennial Poet Levi Romero and Daniel Sonis.

2:30-4 pm film "Easy Rider" (95 min) 1969 directed by Dennis Hopper. Classic "road movie" shot largely in New Mexico.

4 pm—5:30 pm "Road Kings" 2004. (90 min) Edited by David Lindblom. An updated 21st Century tribute "version" of the classic 1960s New Mexico film Easy Rider (excerpts from which will also be screened). David Lindblom will attend the screening for Q & A. (Lions Gate Films may also send a representative.)
 Room A 133 ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS  with Q and A by film makers9 30 am--noon

9:30 am to 10 am  Original short documentary films by UNM VC faculty member Jonathan Sims: 
Rugged Guy 10min. Dir. Jason Asenap (comanche) DP Jonathan Sims (Acoma): A lost writer seeks out his mentor only to find out he's not everything he hoped for...  
Written in Rock- 17min Doc. Dir - Jonathan Sims DP jonathan sims. Follows the journey of discovery by New Mexican Pueblo people and students from Azerbaijan during the Smithsonian Institute's Office of Policy and Initiatives Cultural exchange program... 12 people from two different cultures finding common ground, studying cultural resource management of petroglyph and rock art sites.
10 am to 10: 15 Good Luck Mr. Gorski, 2012 16 minutes. Slyly comic New Mexico made satire about an Astronaut and the power of love. Written by Allegra Huston of Taos. Director Arron Shiver10:15 to 10:30 am  short film by Catherine Fridey titled All in a Day's Work  shot in Albuquerque

10: 30 to 11:30 am Generation Red Nation—documentary film by Albuquerque film maker Olga Valanos
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