Poem from Slate: “This Horse”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled This Horse and it’s written by Rebekah Stout. As always, I’d recommend heading over to the Slate poem page and listening to the audio version of this poem. Not only is it a great experience to hear poetry read aloud, it’s especially awesome to hear it read by its author. So take some time to check out This Horse and hear it read by Rebekah Stout.

Rebekah Stout, according to this creative writing journal, Rebekah Stout (Poetry 2010) is the assistant poetry editor at Slate and a lecturer in poetry at Boston University. She won the 2009 Poetry International Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slate, Salmagundi, and Poetry International.

This Horse, by Rebekah Stout

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Slate Poem: “The Escape Artist”

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled The Escape Artist and it’s written by David Lehman. As always, here is a friendly reminder that Slate offers you an audio version of their featured poem read by the actual poet! I think this is pretty special and everyone could use some poetry in their day. So why not take a few moments and listen to Lehman read his poem?

According to his webpage on Poets.org, David Lehman has written many collections of poetry. His books include When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), The Evening Sun (2002), Operation Memory (1990), and An Alternative to Speech (1986). He is also series editor of The Best American Poetry, which he initiated in 1988, and is general editor of the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry Series. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University.

The Escape Artistby David Lehman

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Poem from Slate: “Distant Wants”

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Good morning, blog readers! This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled Distant Wants and it’s written by Jeffrey Skinner. As always, Slate offers you guys an audio version of the poem, which is made more special by the fact that poem is read by its author. I highly recommend checking it out, it’s always awesome to hear a poem read by its author. Add a little poetry to your day!

According to his website, Jeffrey Skinner has published five collections of poetry: Late Stars, A Guide to Forgetting, The Company of Heaven, Gender Studies, and Salt Water Amnesia, his most recent, published in 2005 by Ausable Press. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, such as The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Nation, and The American Poetry Review. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, McDowell, and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown. His work has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio and is co-founder and editorial consultant for Sarabande Books.

Distant Wants, by Jeffrey Skinner

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Poem from Slate: Dean Young

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled Upon Hearing of Another Marriage Breaking Up and is written by Dean Young. When I saw the author of this week’s poem, I had a feeling I’d seen his work before. Sure enough, his poem How to Glow was featured a few months ago. If you’d like to read more about that poem, click here. This week, as always, be sure to head over to Slate’s arts page to hear Dean Young read his poem aloud.

According to the Poetry Foundation, Dean Young has written many collections of poetry including Strike Anywhere (1995), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid (2002), finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Primitive Mentor (2008), shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize.  He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction (2010). Young has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and the University of Texas-Austin where he holds the William Livingston Chair of Poetry.

Upon Hearing of Another Marriage Breaking Up, by Dean Young

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Poem from Slate: Nan Cohen

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled The Fear of the Dark and is written by Nan Cohen. As always, I would encourage you to check out this link to Slate’s poem page to hear Nan Cohen read her poem aloud. Hearing a poet read their work is such a great experience, and it doesn’t have to be confined to coffee shops and poetry readings. Just click this link and inject a bit of poetry into your everyday life.

Nan Cohen, according to her website, has published a book of poems entitled Rope Bridge (2005). She teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, and serves as the Poetry Program Director of the Napa Valley Writers Conference. She has  received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

The Fear of the Dark, by Nan Cohen

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Poem from Slate: Duy Doan

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This week’s poem from Slate is entitled History Lesson From Anh Hai and is written by Duy Doan. As always, I encourage you to check out this poem on the Slate website because they offer an audio version of the poem. And not only is it an audio version, but the poem is ready by the actual author, so you should definitely have a listen. Think of this as a bit of poetry to break up your busy morning.

Normally, I like to give a bit of background on the poet here, but I could not find anything on Duy Doan. If anyone has some info on him or knows of a website that might have his bio, feel free to pass that info along in the comments. For now, though, let’s carry on to Doan’s poem.

History Lesson From Anh Hai

I spoke to Great-Aunt tonight. She sounded like her sister.
It had been fifty years since they’d last spoken; mom said they cried over the phone.
Bà Nội used to always tell me đi tu đi con. But I know
The difference between tu and tù is one mark.

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Poem from Slate: Traci Brimhall

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This week’s poem from Slate is entitled If Marriage Is a Duel at 10 Paces and has been written by the poet Traci Brimhall. Do you have a spare moment in your day? Yes, I know, it’s hard to find a spare moment even to feed yourself with all the work you have to do. But if you’d like a moment to relax and reflect on some poetry, be sure to stop by the Slate website to hear Traci Brimhall read her poem. Listening to poetry as read by its author is a great way to connect with those powerful words. I’d definitely recommend it!

Traci Brimhall, according to her website, has released two collections of poetry, Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012) and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous publications such as New England Review, Ploughshares, and Southern Review. Her work has also been featured on PBS Newshour, and Best American Poetry 2013. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University and is the Editor in Chief for Third Coast.

If Marriage Is a Duel at 10 Pacesby Traci Brimhall

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Poem from Slate: “How to Glow”

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This week’s poem from Slate is entitled How to Glow and is written by Dean Young. I don’t know what it’s like in the corner of the globe where you’re reading this blog post, but it is currently rainy and snowy and rather miserable in Chicago. I think we could do with some glowing, don’t you? If you’d like to hear Dean Young read his poem, check out the Slate website! It’ll only take a few minutes and maybe you’ll discover a new poet whose work you can explore. Worst case scenario? You wasted a few minutes of your life. Best case scenario? You have some new art in your life! So, why not give it a listen?

According to the Poetry Foundation, Dean Young has written many collections of poetry including Strike Anywhere (1995), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid (2002), finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Primitive Mentor (2008), shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize.  He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction (2010). Young has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and the University of Texas-Austin where he holds the William Livingston Chair of Poetry.

How to Glow, by Dean Young

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Poem from Slate: “The Bee”

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This week’s poem from Slate is entitled The Beewhich is something we won’t be seeing much of until the cold weather leaves these parts. This poem is written by Henri Cole and if you click through to the poem’s page on Slate, you’ll be able to hear Henri Cole actually read his poem. It’s a really awesome thing that Slate does to have the poets reading their actual work on the site, so I encourage you to check it out!

According to his page on Poets.org, Henri Cole has published several collections of poetry, including Blackbird and Wolf (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007)—which received the 2008  Lenore Marshall Poetry PrizeMiddle Earth (2003)—which received the 2004 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and The Marble Queen(1986). He has been awarded the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. He is also the recipient of several fellowships. He has held many teaching positions and been the artist-in-residence at various institutions, including Smith College, Reed College, Brandeis, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale Universities. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Beeby Henri Cole

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Poem from Slate: T.R. Hummer

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This week’s poem from Slate is actually three poems! The poems are titled Imperial, Pandrol Jackson, and Bloodflower Sermon. It’s an exciting bonus and all three of them are written by T.R. Hummer. In addition, all three of these poems are offered on the Slates art page in audio form. T.R. Hummer reads these three pieces on the poetry page and I want to encourage you to listen to them. It’s a rare thing to hear a poet read his or her work, so take advantage!

T.R. Hummer, according to his page on the Poetry Foundation, is a poet, critic, and editor. His collections include Lower-Class Heresy (1987), The Eighteen-Thousand-Ton Olympic Dream (1990),Walt Whitman in Hell (1996), The Infinity Sessions (2005), and Ephemeron (2011). His books of criticism include titles such as The Muse in the Machine: Essays on Poetry and the Anatomy of the Body Politic (2006) and Available Surfaces (2012). He has received the National Endowment for the Arts and two Pushcart Prizes. He has taught at various institutions, including Kenyon College, Middlebury College, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Georgia-Athens, and Arizona State University, where he is Director of the creative writing program.

Without further ado, here are T.R. Hummer’s poems. Be sure to click through for the additional poems.

Imperialby T.R. Hummer

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