"I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance." --Wesley Snipes

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Poetry: Who Needs It?

I was having a discussion in the computer room of the English Department the other day with another grad student working in American Poetry who mentioned that he and some others had started a contemporary poetry reading group. What contemporary poets were they reading?


Seamus Heaney and Richard Wilbur.

Why do so many folks--these are poetry people working on PhDs in American poetry--not read contemporary poetry? I can't imagine one of the Film Studies students not watching new films...or science folks not reading scientific journals...

So I'm going to join the group. We'll be reading Gabriel Gudding soon. I gave the fellow from the computer room a copy of "Fons Belli" and Gabe's essay, "Dung in an Age of Empire."

Shakin' things up. Sorta.

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