Sunday, September 25, 2016

New Scottish Poetry Podcast Interview with Sarah Howe

Love Sarah's collection and here she talks with Jennifer Williams and reads a couple of her poems from that it. It's good discussion. Thank me later.


Naomi Shihab Nye on the Art of Teaching Poetry


This post is for the Poet Teachers who might follow the blog, or for those planning to run a poetry group that involves some sort of instruction.

It offers some hints on the basic tools you need to teach poetry, to impart an enjoyment of poetry

Enjoy!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Year of Poetry Update - Week 38

Thought I should buy this 
This week I started revising my basic Japanese so that I can teach an introduction to Japanese Culture and Language next term. 

My brain is aching then, from running hot.

The Poet Tree has sprouted some more poems as you can see from the photo below. 

And I have managed to redraft a poem to a grinding halt, but more on that later.

My library order of ABR (Australian Book Review )came in, which led to the bank account getting a work out after reading some good reviews.  

As noted in a previous post the interview I did with Alice Alan went live this past week and I have had some good feedback from commenters on FB and Twitter.

If you are keen for some more podcasty goodness, Alice and Michelle Seminara have an interview with the wonderful PS Cottier over at Verity La.



The Writing

This week I continued redrafting the poem that I was redrafting last week and implemented  a couple of suggestions from the section on drafting in Ron Pretty's Creating Poetry.

Most significantly the suggestion of using anecdote to expand the poem and give it additional emotional weight. I quite like what I did with that part of the poem but it did upset the rhythm or perhaps, more honestly, made me realize how staid the rhythm sounded.

On the submissions front - still no news


The Study

Guerrilla Poetry in action 

I finished noting the chapter on drafting from Creating Poetry and read and noted the chapter on poetic language. 

There wasn't so much that was new to me in this chapter but its always nice to read subtle reminders, in the form of TS Eliot quotes, on ways we should approach poetic language.


Close Reading

Managed to finish off my reading of Blackout from  Earth Girls.  I heartily recommend you buy the collection from Pitt Street Poetry.



For the Statbadgers:


Total time: 5:09 (391:22) hrs


poem writing = 2.40 (178:56) hrs

close reading =0:42(78:44) hrs

technique/theory 1:22(88:35) hrs

reflection = 0:25 (31:58) hrs



Poetry written:

0(34) poems completed


(1)16 poems in draft


1 poem abandoned


1 poem facing execution at dawn



Poems Submitted:


0(19 in total) poems



Poems Published:


0(7) poem



Live Performances:
0(2)


Interviews:
0(1)


Rejections:


0(8) poems

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Poetry Says - featuring Me (fans self)


The very kind Alice Allan from Poetry Says interviewed me for her podcast, you can catch me at Episode 18 talking about Kay Ryan, my poetry process and reading one of my poems.

This week South Australian poet SB Wright gets real about the fact that perfect poetry doesn’t happen the moment the pen hits the page. Sean’s spending a year focusing on poetry, which leads us to Ira Glass’s advice on the gap between taste and ability, William Stafford’s A Way of Writing, fixed vs. growth mindsets and Jo Bell’s poetry checklist.   
Read on 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Try a Poem - Short Poetry reviews from Jen Campbell

Here's Jen Campbell covering 5 new books of poetry in about 9 minutes. She presents 5 books that she's recently bought, reads a poem from each and then gives us here reasoning for continuing on to read one or two of the selected works.

 

The books that Jen mentions are:


  • The Year of Yellow Butterflies by Joanna Fuhrmann
  • Girl Show by Kristy Bowen 
  • The Devil’s Bookshop by David Kennedy 
  • The Good Dark by Ryan Van Winkle 
  • Two Yvonnes by Jessica Greenbaum 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Year of Poetry Update - Week 37

This week was a little less productive than last but still quite good for what has become the standard ritual of Sunday plus a weekday afternoon of writing.

I also engaged in some guerrilla poetry at my library, constructing a Poet Tree and delegating staff to cut out green paper in the shape of leaves so that community members and school children could write short poetry and place it on the tree.  

I will post a picture when the tree has sprouted some more leaves.


The Writing

This week I spent all my writing time redrafting a short poem that I considered mostly complete. This was undertaken for the purpose of trying out the suggested techniques in Ron Pretty's book.  I am happy with the result and will continue on tomorrow as the close reading begun today has me considering that I am pretty one dimensional in my presentation of the senses.

On the submissions front - no news is good news.


The Study


As mentioned last week I received Ron Pretty's Creating Poetry, so much of this weeks 30 minute portion of study was spent reading and noting his section on drafting. Here he takes the drafts of several Australian poets and looks at the differences between the various stages - what was added, the techniques that they use, etc.


Close Reading

My copy of Lisa Brockwell's Earth Girls turned up on Monday so today I spent an hour doing a close reading of her poem Blackout.  I am particularly impressed with her use of the senses in this poem and of sense switching i.e. when you begin describing things that are normally perceived in one sense in terms of another.


For the Statbadgers:


Total time: 4:35 (386:13) hrs


poem writing = 2.30 (176:16) hrs

close reading =1:00(78:02) hrs

technique/theory 0:30(87:13) hrs

reflection = 0:35 (31:33) hrs



Poetry written:

0(34) poems completed


(1)16 poems in draft


1 poem abandoned


1 poem facing execution at dawn



Poems Submitted:


0(19 in total) poems



Poems Published:


0(7) poem



Live Performances:
0(2)


Interviews:
0(1)


Rejections:


0(8) poems

Friday, September 16, 2016

Olena Kalytiak Davis: "I Was Minor"

Preorder at Booktopia 
I was listening to the Poetry Says Podcast yesterday morning. One of those short casts that Alice does
about about how to approach poetry, or about particular poets she finds interesting - just Alice and her thoughts.

You should go and listen.

She mentioned the Alaskan poet, Olena Kalytiak Davis, and has happened previously in listening to this podcast my interest was piqued.

I have requested that SA libraries get the ebook of Olena's latest collection as a result, but I fear that I may just have to buy it myself (seriously these free podcasts are getting expensive).

So below is the poem I believe Alice mentioned in her podcast.  You can read it below or click the speaker icon at the top and launch a Soundcloud recording of the same poem.


 
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