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Frances Donovan
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National Poetry Month continues at fever pitch. Updated listings below. New in this posting: Lainie Senechal, Neil Silberblatt and Anna M. Warrock in Somerville (4/17) Matthew Dickman and Jenny Xie in Brookline (4/19) Krysten Hill, Bruce Willard, Kathleen…
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An issue I’ve struggled with time and again is how to incorporate multiple scenes in a single poem while still maintaining unity and clarity. Dividing a poem into separate sections with roman numerals or asterisks may work, but not all poems are long…
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brilliant red tree buds bobbing in the April wind lift my spirits up
Cold Boston Spring Haiku
Cold Boston Spring Haiku
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As I discussed in my craft annotation on Rilke, modern poetry favors a particular aesthetic quite the opposite of the era preceding it. The rise of the Imagist movement in the early 20th century heralds this shift. As the name implies, the movement was…
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National Poetry Month lives up to its name with a boatload of readings in Boston and environs. Special shout-outs: Martha Collins and Joan Houlihan in Newton (4/3) Kazim Ali and Stephanie Burt in Cambridge (4/4) Robbie Gamble and Helen Marie Casey in…
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Read on for the cover letter to the final packet of my first semester at the Lesley MFA program, written to my teacher Sharon Bryan. The cover letter of a packet is meant to be a meditation on your writing and study process over the course of the previous…
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  When I first picked up Heather McHugh’s work[i], I delighted in her witty use of language – the way she was able to pick out a word’s multiple meanings in the course of tightly musical and lyrical verse. Some examples: From “Spectacles:”[ii] I don’t…
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So back when this was more of a personal blog than a poetry-related one, this is a thing I wrote. Sometimes I like to go back and read my own journals. Is that so wrong? What I Learned During National Poetry Month 2011 Haiku improves with practice. Poetry…
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April is National Poetry Month, so readings abound. March isn’t too shabby either. And don’t forget to plan ahead for the Mass Poetry Festival the first weekend of May. Thanks as always to Daniel Bouchard for compiling these listings. Of particular note:…
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In The Discovery of Poetry[i], Frances Mayes breaks imagery into three categories: literal imagery (the thing itself), figurative imagery (images used to describe the thing), and symbols (an image or action that stands for more than itself). A symbol…
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