May 2013

Alice Notley

Alice Notley was born November 8, 1945 in Bisbee, Arizona, but spent most of her young life in Needles, California. Notley received her bachelors' degree from Barnard College and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, at first for fiction and shortly after, for poetry. The year Notley attended the Workshop, she was one of two women admitted. Notley also met her first husband, fellow poet Ted Berrigan, while attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop in Iowa City.

Alice
Notley
United States
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Center for the Book's short film about papermaking

Center for the Book reveals important findings about historical papermaking processes.

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At the Reading: Geoffery Nutter

Geoffrey Nutter reading

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May 7, 2013
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Geoffrey Nutter

Geoffrey Nutter will read from his fourth collection of poetry, The Rose of January. Here Geoffrey Nutter beckons us into his lush imagination — where bygone monoliths cast shadows over new landscapes — a world of dreams, rife with unexpected encounters. The Rose of January reveals the craftsmanship of a poet well acquainted with many vocabularies, one who grants us access to a realm beyond the bounds of our own imaginative sufficiency.

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Is Walt Whitmanesk a word?

People seem to say it a lot.

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Whitman opens his poem with a conventional iambic pentameter line, as if to suggest the formal openings of the classic epics, before abandoning metrics for a free-flowing line with rhythms that shift and respond to the moment. Instead of invoking the muse to allow him to sing the epic song of war, rage, and distant journeys, Whitman becomes his own muse, singing himself and announcing that the subject of his epic will be himself. He “celebrates” that self, and the etymology of the word “celebrate” indicates “to return to” or “to frequent.” The whole poem will be Whitman’s record of the self expanding out into the world, absorbing more and more experience, then contracting back into the self, discovering that he can contain and hold the wild diversity of experience that he keeps encountering on his journeys through the world. He sets out to expand the boundaries of the self to include, first, all fellow Americans, then the entire world, and ultimately the cosmos. When we come to see just how vast the self can be, what can we do but celebrate it by returning to it again and again?

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