Good news: The Emily Dickinson bio-pic, A Quiet Passion, is available at the Vineland Public Library. Check it out and discuss at next meeting in September.
Marty Moss-Coane interviews our newly minted Poet Laureate. Hear it here:
We meet again in September, the 16th I believe. Homework: stream or rent the CD of “A Quiet Passion” the bio-pic about Emily Dickinson; be ready to discuss the movie! I admit to some confusion concerning some events in this movie; maybe Nancy can enlighten us in this conversation.
July 5th 7pm Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen books, including Different Hours, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
“You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
On Being interviewed Mary Oliver- check out this link.
A Native American writer, mostly poetry, that I recently came across.
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings is a wonderful collection of poems- check it out.
“Some humans say trees are not sentient beings,
But they do not understand poetry–“
From Speaking Tree, a poem in the collection “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings”
Interesting poem by a poet I had not known before listening to On Being radio show on NPR. Check out the interview (audio and transcript) here:
How I Discovered Poetry
By Marilyn Nelson
It was like soul-kissing, the way the words
filled my mouth as Mrs. Purdy read from her desk.
All the other kids zoned an hour ahead to 3:15,
but Mrs. Purdy and I wandered lonely as clouds borne
by a breeze off Mount Parnassus. She must have seen
the darkest eyes in the room brim: The next day
she gave me a poem she’d chosen especially for me
to read to the all except for me white class.
She smiled when she told me to read it, smiled harder,
said oh yes I could. She smiled harder and harder
until I stood and opened my mouth to banjo playing
darkies, pickaninnies, disses and dats. When I finished
my classmates stared at the floor. We walked silent
to the buses, awed by the power of words.
Marilyn Nelson, “How I Discovered Poetry” from The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 by Marilyn Nelson