Category Archives: Poetry 2012 Festival

Poetry Friday: John Murillo, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

“Sin Verguenza”—meaning “without shame”—is the title of a poem in John Murillo’s debut collection Up Jump the Boogie. The poem captures an evening two cousins spend catching up after not seeing each other for fifteen years–the reminiscence, the affection, the … Continue reading

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Poetry Update: There’s An App For That.

Posted on by Rebecca Gambale, Program Associate, Poetry

For the first time, the Dodge Poetry Festival has its own mobile app for iPhones, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, iPad, and more. You can scan the QR code above right off of your computer screen, or get the app sent … Continue reading

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Poetry: Thomas Lux, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Talking to students at the Dodge Festival in 2000, Thomas Lux described his life as a poet as “like any other job.  You pack your lunch pail and you go to work.”  This very down-to-earth approach of reveals something essential … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Joseph Millar, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Director, Poetry Program

Joseph Millar’s poem “Work Song” begins “Love picks its way through the gravel ruts/leading into the job site, past the truck tires/exploded nearby…”  The apparent  incongruity of love entering such a place is not lost on Millar, yet the absolutel … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Ada Limón, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Bridget Talone, Festival Assistant

Everything goes into poetry. Everything. It should. It should not deny you entry. It should say, Come in! And then talk to you. ————-–Ada Limon (in an interview with the Poetry Society of America) Opening a book of Ada Limón’s … Continue reading

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Poetry: Philip Levine, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Director, Poetry Program

For a brief introduction to his work, listen to U. S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine read “What Work Is” on the PBS News Hour, here. Philip Levine is one of those poets whose clarity of vision is so fierce his … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Rachel McKibbens, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Rebecca Gambale, Program Associate

Rachel McKibbens isn’t afraid to take on difficult topics. Her poems approach life in a way that is raw and honest – and she wants to deliver it to you that way, whether in print or on stage. When she … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Dorianne Laux, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Director, Poetry Program

In “Last Words,” from her collection Smoke, Dorianne Laux asks, “How many losses does it take to stop a heart,/to lay waste to the vocabularies of desire?”  Later, in the same collection, in “Stairway to Heaven,” which describes an adolescent … Continue reading

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Festival News: Big Announcements Today!

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Today is a big milestone as we gear up for the 2012 Festival.  We wanted to let you know where to find all of the exciting new information we’ve released today, all conveniently in one place: The full program schedule … Continue reading

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Poetry: Kurtis Lamkin, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Kurtis Lamkin is a contemporary American embodiment of the ancient West African griot tradition, which blurs the boundaries between poet, singer and storyteller. The griot, bard or troubadour has been a fixture in all cultures since before the advent of … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Fanny Howe, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Listen to Fanny Howe read “Scrape and Bell” for an introduction to her poetry and voice. Fanny Howe is part of a long line of poets who care deeply about exploring how and where the inner life intersects with the … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Taylor Mali, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

A former teacher and slam poet, Taylor Mali is best known for his poem “What Teachers Make” which advocates for the immense impact teachers have on students’ lives.  Mali’s dedication to promoting good teaching and good teachers defines much of … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Paul Legault, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Rebecca Gambale, Program Associate

“A Little Boy ran away from Amherst a few Days ago, and when asked where he was going, replied, ‘Vermont or Asia.’ Many of us go farther. My pathetic Crusoe.” -Emily Dickinson in a letter to a relative In an … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Jane Hirshfield, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry

Introducing her poem “A Cedary Fragrance” at the 2008 Dodge Poetry Festival, Jane Hirshfield said, “I sometimes think it holds the intention of my entire adult life, as well as many of my poems.” Listen to her read it and … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Sharon Dolin, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Rebecca Gambale, Program Associate

Eighth deadly sin, half- hidden dissembler you resemble dwarf centipede hunching among dead leaves and soil—or are you between Envy who bites her nails and Sloth who can’t be bothered? This is the beginning of Sharon Dolin’s poem “To Guilt” … Continue reading

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