Ueno Park, April 2013
Photo by Jack
Another stimulating thread from Alfred Corn:
The poetry of place, of geography, of landscapes and cities. Which inevitably involves description. Thoughts? Good models?
- Mike Theune Also, of course, M.H. Abrams's essay "The Structure and Style of the Greater Romantic Lyric," which describes the descriptive-meditative poem. Vital stuff. My fave desc-med poem (which, for some odd reason, Abrams does not include in his list of such poems) is Coleridge's "The Lime Tree Bower My Prison."
- Jonathan Diogenes Plantagenet What are the greatest city poems? I feel as if place, geography and landscapes have triumphed, historically and numerically speaking. I don't you think we get many city poems until maybe Wordsworth or a little later. Even the Boston-based poems would rather write about the Charles River, next to their city, than Boston itself. I'd like to see more poems about cities.
- Carole Ann Borges The sea permeates just about everything Neruda writes about. Sandburg's "Chicago", of course. In a national sense Ginsburg and Whitman stand out. Synder and Merril. I have to say Pam Uschuck can bring settings alive better than most contemporary (assuming that means living) poets I've read.
- Tad Richards Not as well known as he should be, but Dennis Doherty writes poems of place wonderfully. Here's one:http://willnixon.com/insights/chronogram-doherty
- Jack Miller D.H. Lawrence: Mornings in Mexico.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mornings_in_MexicoMornings in Mexico is a collection of travel essays by D. H. Lawrence, first published by Martin Secker in 1927. These brief works display Lawrence's gifts as a travel writer, catching the 'spirit of place' in his own vivid manner.
- Jack Miller Also Henry Miller'shttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Colossus_of_MaroussiThe Colossus of Maroussi is an impressionisttravelogue by Henry Miller which was first published in 1941 by Colt Press of San Francisco. Set in pre-war Greece of 1939, it is ostensibly a characterization of the "Colossus" of the title, George Katsimbalis, a poet and raconteur. The work is frequently...
- Allison Hedge Coke These four books I edited into one generous volume of Alaskan and Hawaiian Native poetry by four poets:http://www.saltpublishing.com/shop/proddetail.php...dg nanouk okpik, Cathy Tagnak Rexford, Brandy Nalani McDougall, and Mahealani Perez-Wendt are four exceptional emerging poets. Their Pacific Rim relationship invited opportunity to publish these four chapbooks in one collected volume. Like effigy earthworks, stone, and bone carvings, the books inclu...
- Allison Hedge Coke These five books edited into one volume by five mainland Native poets, coming out this spring:http://saltpublishing.com/shop/proddetail.php...Acknowledgements; Editor’s Note; LAURA DA’; The Tecumseh Motel; UNGELBAH DAVILA; Outlaw Neon; KRISTI LEORA; Dark Swimming; LARA MANN; A Song of Ascents and Descents; KATERI MENOMINEE; In Tongues; Biographical Notes
- Allison Hedge Coke Ahani, Sing, Effigies, and Effigies II are all steeped in poetry of place from the Indigenous viewpoint... can't get closer than that.... Not my poetry, I just had the privilege of editing them and they are meant for everyone, not just the inside reader, so have at them.... (Word to Silliman, not ethnography...)... contemporary, new poetry, by contemporary Native poets of the Western Hemisphere... Sing has 83 poets from Mapuche to Inupiat...
- Jack Miller William Stanley Merwin is mentioned above. His Hawaii poems deserve recognition here, especially, Anniversary on the Islandhttp://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/.../20110509164744kram0...W.S. Merwin gives his final reading as Poet Laureate at the Library of Congresson May 4. Hear his reading of “Anniversary on the Island” from that evening.
- Allison Hedge Coke On Hawaii, here is poet Brandy Nalani McDougall with a book in Effigies and poems in Sing and Ahani....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K69_kuqBiX8Born and raised on Maui, Brandy Nālani McDougall is of Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi lineages), Chinese and Scottish descent. She is the auth...
- Allison Hedge Coke and how about the first poet laureate of Hawaii: Kealoahhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OwiU4fMCo0
- Allison Hedge Coke or dg nanouk okpik, Effigies, Sing, Ahani.... Inupiat poet with Bojan Louis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I5NGWCARYcEdge 59: a Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers w/Susan Briante, Bojan Louis, & dg nanouk okpik Edge is a series of local and national writers and ...
- Anna Husain Sandra Cisneros, May Sarton, John Masefield, Toi Derricotte, Nikki Giovanni, Charles Bukowski, Tennyson, Lee Young Li, David Wagoner, Alan Shapiro, Carolyn Forche, Alfred Corn, Primo Levi, Jane Hirshfield, Mary Oliver, T.S. Eliot, Yang Wan-Li, Auden, Louise Bogan, H. D., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Bly, Emerson,