A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"A poet fools around with words. And that’s one way of getting a poem started—just playing, not asserting a concept or an idea, because as Valéry says... 'If you want to write verse and you begin with thoughts, you begin with prose.' Redefining 'stupidity' as 'foolishness' feels both right and inadequate, as if the riddle’s answer were too easy. On the other hand, are we looking for an answer, or are we trying to discover those elusive 'subtle relations'? 'The proper object of poetry,' Valéry writes, becoming oracular again, 'is what has no single name, what in itself provokes and demands more than one expression.'"
—Lawrence Raab, Poetry and Stupidity
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Nobel Prize in Literature:
Bob Dylan honored for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." (The New York Times)
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- Pleasures of the Game, Austin Allen (The Waywiser Press)
- Downpour, Ruth Valentine (Smokestack Books)
- Bone Fire, Susan Millar DuMars (Salmon Poetry)
- Sleaze & Slander, A. M. Juster (Measure Press)
- Drone, Kim Garcia (The Backwaters Press)
- The Transit of Venus, Susan Firer (The Backwaters RPess)
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- Tale of the Whale, Alice Sant'Anna / tr. Tiffany Higgins (Toad Press)
- The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them, Stephen Burt (Belknap Press / Harvard University Press)
- Your Enzymes Are Calling the Ancients, Karen Donovan (Persea Books)
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