Category Archives: Poetry

2014 Featured Festival Poet: Robert Pinsky

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

In The Sounds of Poetry, three-term U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky writes, “The medium of poetry is a human body: the column of air inside the chest, shaped into signifying sounds in the larynx and the mouth. In this sense … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: James Richardson

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

Only the most patient observer could write the kind of poems James Richardson writes.  Not patient the way we tend to think of it: “be patient,” the admonition, scold or punishment.  Or “waiting patiently,” which usually means waiting longer than … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Alice Oswald

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Listen to T.S. Eliot prize-winner Alice Oswald read the final section of her book-length poem, Memorial, which, instead of attempting a direct translation, retells the Illiad as a series of memorials for the many who died in the Trojan War. … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Tomás Q. Morín

Posted on by Victoria Russell, Festival Assistant

Tomás Q. Morín is a story teller. His voice is dark and mysterious, rich with imagination and lilting with absurdity. A Larger Country, Morín’s first book of poems, conjures the image of a cloaked figure sitting fireside, spinning tales. He … Continue reading

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2014 Featured Festival Poet: Jamaal May

Posted on by Rebecca Gambale, Online Communications Coordinator, Poetry

Detroit poet Jamaal May’s poem “I Do Have A Seam,” which he reads in the video above, is three poems in one. The form, called a contrapuntal poem, is made up of two columns. The reader can read the first … Continue reading

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