Sonic Youth Guitarist Thurston Moore Teaches a Poetry Workshop at Naropa University: See His Class Notes (2011)

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It’s not unusual for introspective indie songwriters to make forays into poetry. Some do it rather successfully, like Silver Jews’ Dave Berman; some, like Will Oldham, stir up the poetry world by turning against poetry.


Patti Smith Documentary Dream of Life Beautifully Captures the Author’s Life and Long Career (2008)

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My wife jokes that I’m pretentious for my love of what she calls “tiny awards” on the covers of movies—little laurel leaf-bound seals of freshness from the art film festival circuit. It’s true, I nearly always bite when unknown films come to me preapproved.


Highlights from the First Ever Stanford Code Poetry Slam

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I was lucky enough to be living in Chicago when Marc Smith’s Poetry Slam movement became a thing. What fun it was to hit the Green Mill on Sunday nights to hear such innovators as Lisa Buscani or Patricia Smith tearing into their latest entries in front of packed-to-capacity crowds.


William Blake’s Hallucinatory Illustrations of John Milton’s Paradise Lost

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When I saw William Blake’s illustrations for the book of Job and for John Milton’s L’Allegro and Il Penseroso at the Morgan Library a few years ago, I was first struck by how small the intricate watercolors are. This should not have been surprising—these are book illustrations, after all.


The New Yorker Launches a New Poetry Podcast: Listen to the First Episode

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A quick fyi: The New Yorker has just launched a new poetry podcast, and it’s introduced and hosted by Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who formerly taught poetry at Oxford. On The New Yorker’s web site, Muldoon writes:
I can’t be but thrilled at the prospect of the first of a series of New Yorker Poetry Podcasts.


Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner Animated: A Classic Version Narrated by Orson Welles; A Modern One Narrated by Many

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Water, water, everywhere / Nor any drop to drink. Samuel Taylor Coleridge—poet, critic, opium addict—wrote his Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 1798, a time when long poems still began with a short synopsis called the “Argument.


Discover Friedrich Nietzsche’s Curious Typewriter, the “Malling-Hansen Writing Ball”

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During his final decade, Friedrich Nietzsche’s worsening constitution continued to plague the philosopher.


Bob Dylan Reads From T.S. Eliot’s Great Modernist Poem The Waste Land

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As a recent piece in The Independent notes, “students of literate songwriting” are unsurprised to find references to T.S. Eliot scattered throughout the pop canon: Genesis, Manic Street Preachers, Arcade Fire… and of course, Bob Dylan.


92nd Street Y Launches a New Online Archive with 1,000 Recordings of Literary Readings, Musical Performances & More

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Kurt Vonnegut once commented, in an interview with Joseph Heller, that the best audience he had ever encountered was at the 92nd Street Y in New York. “Those people know everything. They are wide awake and responsive.


Hear Ezra Pound Read From His “Cantos,” Some of the Great Poetic Works of the 20th Century

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No student of modernism, no lover of modern poetry, can avoid Ezra Pound, or the problem that is Ezra Pound.


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