Month: October 2006

  • The All Time Top Ten Greatest Poems of Scotland

            In their article called Jeelie Piece Song is among our best poems, The Sunday Times of Scotland reports that “listeners of BBC Radio Scotland” have chosen Scotland’s favorite all time top 20 poems. These are included in the new book, edited by Stewart Conn, titled 100 Favourite Scottish Poems: The Nation’s […]

  • Daniel Webster: Great American Orator on Poetry

        Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury or Franklin, New Hampshire in 1782, and died in Marshfield Massachusetts in 1852. He was a constitutional attorney, a US Senator, and a great orator. He opposed war, and sought compromise. Some say it is because of his compromising that he did not attain the presidency. It […]

  • The Gifts of Donald Hall: "Retriever"

    _____     by Donald Hall     Retriever                 Two days after Jane died             I walked with our dog Gus             on New Canada Road             under birchy green     […]

  • David Kirby: his poetry, Kirbyisms, & video

    _____     by David Kirby     The Search for Baby Combover                 In Paris one night the doorbell rings,             and there’s this little guy, shaking like a leaf             and going “uh-uh-uh-UNH-ah!” and his eyes […]

  • Ko Un

    _____         Born in 1933, Ko Un is a former Zen monk, a former prisoner, and a poet. Here we sample from, his web site:     Ko Un     There, on the page called “Ko Un on Ko Un“, he writes: For instance, who today would contradict someone who insists […]

  • A Conversation on Experimental Fiction and Now Poetry

    _____     The argumentative aspect of a conversation on experimental fiction and now poetry, began with Scott Esposito’s posting the following in his blog, about an article John Freeman wrote: Stunning lack of experimentation in American fiction in the past 20 years? John, you’ve been reading The New York Times too much, amigo. Below […]

  • Mark Doty Physically: "Heaven for Paul"

    _____     a Margaretta Mitchell photograph     by Mark Doty             Heaven for Paul     The flight attendant said: We have a mechanical problem with the plane, and we have contacted the FAA for advice, and then: We will be making an emergency landing in Detroit, and […]