Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Thomas Lux on What Poetry is "About"

One of the best monologues you'll see on the de-mystification of poetry. Lux eloquently breaks down the themes of poetry to just two: Love and Death (although I might add Alienation as a third!). He then goes on to discuss the writing of poetry and how it is based in hard work rather than the traditional notion of inspiration- a wonderful, down-to-earth poet discussing his vision of poetry in a straightforward, down-to-earth way. He engagingly reads one of his better known poems called Soup Teachers and finishes with a lovely and amazing Pablo Neruda poem about tomatoes (though really about Love and Death simultaneously! To watch it now, click here.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April's Favourite Poet

Linda Pastan's poems may be slightly dark for the optimistic month of April but they are nonetheless accessible and joyful to read.

Look under the Favourite Poets tab above for a link to biographical info and selected poems. Enjoy!