Poetry Club Talks…Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove Part 3

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Topic: Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: “Exit”
Recorded: August 20, 2021

Rita Dove Poems

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Have you ever read a poem and wondered “What does this mean?”  Do you need to understand a poem to appreciate it?  If it takes too much work to understand do you turn the page or enjoy the challenge?  If you’ve found yourself in these situations then join the club.  Poetry Club discusses how to and should we understand poetry.  The poem we use as an example is the “blushing” Rita Dove poem “Exit”.

This is part three of our talks on Rita Dove’s poetry.  Rita, we have enjoyed exploring each line of your work.  We wish you great success on your new book “Playlist for the Apocalypse.”  We will all buy a copy!playlist_for_the_apocalypse_book_cover.jpg

Please visit Norton Books to order a copy
https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393867770

“In her first volume of new poems in twelve years, Rita Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America’s, and the world’s, experiments in democracy. Whether depicting the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice or the contemporary efforts of Black Lives Matter, a girls’ night clubbing in the shadow of World War II or the doomed nobility of Muhammad Ali’s conscious objector stance, this extraordinary poet never fails to connect history’s grand exploits to the triumphs and tragedies of individual lives.”

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Rita Dove photo credit YOLONDA COLES JONES

Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 2

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Topic: Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: “American Smooth” and “Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Return To Vienna”
Recorded: July 30, 2021

Rita Dove – Poems Discussed

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In part two of our discussion on American poet Rita Dove, Poetry Club relishes in her artistry, wonder word choices, and lament over the life portrayed of Beethoven.  We discuss the use of metaphor as a vehicle, the importance of place and time, and timing.  Amazing work we are happy to swim in.  Please join us.

AWARDS
1986 The Pulitzer Prize-winning for her poetry book “Thomas and Beulah”
1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities
2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award
2006 Common Wealth Award
2007 Chubb Fellowship at Yale University
2008 Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal
2009 International Capri Award
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University
2019 North Star Award from the Hurston/Wright Foundation
Twenty-eight honorary doctorates, among them from Yale University in 2014 and Harvard University in 2018
In 2019, she received the Wallace Stevens Award, given annually by the Academy of American Poets to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

The Los Angeles Times described Dove’s book [American Smooth (2004)] as an “ambitious effort, using multiple distinctive voices and perspectives to chronicle the complex tale ‘of light and shadow, / what we hear and the silence that follows.’” 

All poems copyright by Rita Dove.
Please visit her webpage at the UVA to learn more: https://uva.theopenscholar.com/rita-dove

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Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 1

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Topic: Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: “Rusks”
Recorded: July 24, 2021

Rita Dove – Poems Discussed

Shannon hosts the discussion on the well-known modern American poet Rita Dove.  Playing “devil’s advocate,” Shannon asks, “Do award-winning poets write amazing poetry—consistently?”  Perhaps you’ve wondered this yourself while reading a famous poem? If you remove the famous name from the poem, is it still a “good” poem?  Dove’s poem “Rusks” appears on all the top ten list of her best poems.  Poetry Club tackles it line by line.  Does it hold up or fizzle?  Listen to find out.

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BIO

Rita Frances Dove (b. August 28, 1952) Born in Akron, Ohio, U.S., as an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She has the distinct honor of being the first African American and the youngest person to serve as poet laureate of the United States (1993–95).  In 2018 she was named poetry editor of The New York Times Magazine.

President Bill Clinton bestowed upon her the 1996 National Humanities Medal, and President Barack Obama presented her with the 2011 National Medal of Arts, making her the only poet who has received both medals.

“There are so many casual pleasures in Ms. Dove’s poetry that the precision and dexterity in her work — the darkness, too — can catch you unawares.    

Ms. Dove’s poems have earthiness, originality, power, and range. Despair and loss are among her central themes, but so is the hunt for bedrock human pleasures.”

-Dwight Garner, for the New York Times, May 31, 2016

All poems copyright by Rita Dove.
Please visit her webpage at the UVA to learn more: https://uva.theopenscholar.com/rita-dove

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Poetry Club Talks…with Rena Priest

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Topic: Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-23
Host/Interviewer: Ron
Recorded: July 3, 2021

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Special guest poet Rena Priest joins Poetry Club for a discussion today!  Ron asks Rena about her composition process, how does narrative defines the poetic impulse for her and helps shape her poems, what the Washington Poet Laureate interview was like, and more.  Afterward, the discussion opens up to the group for a short Q & A.  Please join us!

Poetry Club would like to thank Humanities Washington and Rena for helping to organize this event.

The role of the Poet Laureate of Washington is to “build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including the state’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state.”  Poets Laureate of Washington are appointed for a two-year term by the Governor of Washington acting on the recommendation of the Washington Arts Commission, an independent agency of the Washington state government, from a list of self-nominated candidates.

BIO

Rena’s first book of poetry “Patriarchy Blues” won the American Book Award. She is a Lummi tribal member.  She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.

All poems copyright by Rena Priest.
Please visit her website to learn more:  https://www.renapriest.com/

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Poetry Club Talks…Rena Priest Part 2

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Topic: Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-22
Host: Ron
Poems: “Toward a Beautiful Flare of Ruin” and “The Perils of Flight”
Recorded: May 23, 2021

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In our discussions, we admire, among many strengths, how thoughtfully Rena’s poems are structured and crafted. The poems in her first book focus on the culture of toxic masculinity she encountered in New York, and the poems in her second reflect her rediscovery of herself in poetry.

Priest was chosen as state poet laureate, says ArtsWA Director, Karen Haman, “for the compelling nature of her poetry and work. She was also chosen for the depth and breadth of her connections to communities and her capacity to further extend these connections through her role as State Poet Laureate.” Priest adds, “My focus will be on visiting tribes, bringing poetry out into the natural world to celebrate beautiful places in Washington, and writing poems based on ecology and environmental restoration and preservation.”

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BIO

Rena’s first book of poetry “Patriarchy Blues” won the American Book Award.  She is a Lummi tribal member.  She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.

All poems copyright by Rena Priest.
Please visit her website to learn more:  https://www.renapriest.com/

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Poetry Club Talks…Rena Priest Part 1

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Topic: Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-22
Host: Ron
Poems: Various (see below)
Recorded: May 15, 2021

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This week Poetry Club discusses three poems by Rena Priest, the 2021-22 Washington State Poet Laureate.  Her work draws on history, scientific ephemera, and pop culture to tell stories and seek truths.  Her word choice is intriguing, defiantly worth conversation.

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BIO

Rena’s first book of poetry “Patriarchy Blues” won the American Book Award.  She is a Lummi tribal member.  She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.

All poems copyright by Rena Priest

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Poetry Club Talks…Wislawa Szymborska

Topic: Wislawa Szymborska
Host: Linda
Poems: On Death, without Exaggeration, Stage Fright, In Broad Daylight
Recorded: May 1, 2021

Poems by Wislawa Szymborska

Poetry Club Talks…Szymborska. The famous female Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012). If you haven’t heard of her or read her poetry, give yourself a treat. This show is an introduction to the person and her poems. Linda shares three of Szymborska’s poems published in “Polish Poetry of the Last Two Decades of Communist Rule: Spoiling Cannibals’ Fun”*

This 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient takes her readers on a unique journey of word-scapes and concepts.

In awarding the prize, the Academy praised her “poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.” Listen to The Club as we tour through her poetry and prose.

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*Poems by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012)
Source: Spoiling Cannibal’s’ Fun: Polish Poetry of the Last Two Decades of Communist Rule. Evanston, ILL: Northwestern University Press, 1993

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HISTORY

It started when the three of us took Ron’s “Introduction to Poetry” class at a local community college. We enjoyed it so much we asked Ron if he would like to continue the discussion in a casual atmosphere. On October 31, 2015, we met for coffee at a local cafe, and we’ve been meeting every month since. Soon, the news got around and we started to grow to about 8-10 people. Then, we got organized. Whether you’re a writer or admirer of poetry, or simply want to learn more about it, you’ll love these feel-good conversations.

Poetry Club discusses classical and contemporary poetry. Members take turns hosting discussions on the work of a different poet each week. Our perspectives are vernacular to academic, and everything in between. Currently, we are about 6-8 people who meet every Saturday online; a retired professor, a retired librarian, active poets, and a guy who just loves poetry, all fans of the written word.
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Poetry Club Talks…Jack Straw Poets 2021

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Topic: Jack Straw Writers 2021
Host: Shannon
Poem: “The Yellow Jackets” and “At Trader Joe’s in South Pasadena​”
Recorded: April 10, 2021

2021 Jack Straw Poets

This week Poetry Club discusses two poems from each of the three Jack Straw 2021 poets, S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff.  Three brilliant and dynamic poets!  First up are two poems from Batiste.  Her website defines her as an “Interdisciplinary Poet & Storyteller, West Coast bred. Remotely based. World bound.”  Poetry Club enjoyed discussing the two poems.  We hope you will seek out Batiste’s books and add them to your collection.

Each year twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers.

The Jack Straw Cultural Center is located in
Seattle’s University District at: 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA

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BIO
S. Erin Batiste is an interdisciplinary poet, storyteller, and author of the chapbook Glory to All Fleeting Things. In 2021 this year, she is the recipient of PERIPLUS, Jack Straw Writers, and the dots between fellowships, and is a Writer in Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Prairie Ronde, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her other recent honors include fellowships and support from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference-Rona Jaffe Foundation, Crosstown Arts, and Callaloo. Batiste is a reader for The Rumpus and her own Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominated poems are anthologized and appear internationally in Michigan Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and wildness among other decorated journals.” -from her website.

Please visit her website to learn more: https://www.sbatistewrites.com/

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The poems attached belong to S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff respectively.

Please visit the Jack Straw website to learn more about this fascinating program.
http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/writers/WritersForum/index.html#wp21

photo credits: S. Erin Batiste website, Jack Straw Cultural Center website.

Poetry Club Talks…Wallace Stevens poem The Snow Man

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Topic: Wallace Stevens
Host: Lynn
Poems: “The Snow Man”
Recorded: March 27, 2021

The Snow Man Graph and Poem

This week at Poetry Club we ask what Is poetry analysis? Poetry analysis is examining the independent elements of a poem to understand the literary work in its entirety.  Poetry Club member Lynn will host the discussion on the poem “The Snow Man” by Wallace Stevens  (1879 – 1955) and we analyze the heck out of it.

Lynn sends us these notes:
“I’d like our discussion and reflections on this poem to move in the direction of exploring the mind watching our sensations and emotions while reading the poem…that does not hope to ‘solve’ the meaning of the poem… but expands the experience of the poem.”

Wallace-Stevens

BIO
Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955) was an American modernist poet. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and then New York Law School, and he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955.  credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Stevens

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