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Blog entries on '16 May 2006'

Tuesday 16 May 2006

Douglas Oliver Blog Symposium

I mentioned Douglas Oliver's Whisper "Louise" about a month or so back here on the blog and now Edmund Hardy is proposing a "week-long series of posts on the work of Douglas Oliver by divers contributors" to be hosted over at intercapillaryspace from Monday 24th July to Sunday 30th July. Hopefully, I'll be contributing. Contact Edmund if you're interested in writing a post or want further information.

Douglas Oliver information: see John Hall's review of Whisper 'Louise' at Jacket. Books in print: Whisper 'Louise' (Reality Street); Arrondissements (Salt); A Salvo for Africa (Bloodaxe); Penniless Politics (Bloodaxe) and Selected Poems (Talisman House).

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Tuesday 16 May 2006

Stanley Kunitz RIP

The American poet Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) has died, this Sunday just gone. Lots of references and links over at wood s lot.

For a writer whose working life spans thirteen Presidents and perhaps as many literary zeitgeists, Kunitz's steadfastness is all the more extraordinary. No poet of stature has proved less quixotic or less profligate, and it's hard to think of many who have paced themselves so well. Few have been as resistant to the long poem and the epic conception, those bogeys that have devoured so many American poets, and perhaps only the famously fastidious Bishop showed any greater immunity to fever dreams of productivity. It would be a mistake, however, to equate this reticence with diffidence. What Kunitz's work lacks in glamour and commotion it compensates for in serious and decisive purpose. That no shelf will ever groan under Kunitz's collected poetry is a measure of his daunting ambition as well as of his scrupulous restraint.

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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