Just wanted to let you all know that I’m allowing the domain name for this blog to lapse. Beginning September 10, the URL apoetryfeed.org will no longer work. Not by typing it, not by any bookmark or favorite, not by any RSS feed or any link that uses that address.
However, everything here will continue to be available via the free WordPress URL: apoetryfeed.wordpress.com. I hope you’ll still drop in now and then to enjoy the old stuff. Please use that address to do so!
Just dropping in to this dormant blog to introduce my new blog.
Literodditi, like its name, will be a sneakily seductive mishmash of literate oddities and/or odd literati. If you like words, their use and abuse; if you’re a precieuse (or her spouse) and enthuse without pause; if you never confuse the abstruse with the muse; if you think a book is a funhouse, a whorehouse, a taphouse, or lighthouse; then this blog’s right in your wheelhouse. And if, somehow, you already know you want to see more, I encourage you to keep up with Literodditi on Facebook, using RSS, or via email. Click over there and check the sidebar for all the links.
The Feed was tremendous fun, but more than once I lost my head of steam, and eventually I couldn’t keep it up. The archives will stay up at apoetryfeed.wordpress.com, and I may add recordings again sometime. When I do, I’ll be sure to link to them at the new place so you won’t miss them.
This one tried to explain in such a way as to protect her from humiliation.
I was a new teacher when I pasted that little book full of poems-I-wished-I’d-written. And apparently I was drawn to ones about teachers discovering they had things to learn from their students and teachers with regrets about things they’d declared or hadn’t. Jeffrey Harrison’s “The Fork” is in there, to0.
And so is this one, which failed, when someone at a party spoke of him with a dismissive scorn, to stand up for D.H. Lawrence.
“Sea of Faith” is the title poem in John Brehm’s book, Sea of Faith (U of Wisconsin Press, 2004). Here’s the text of the poem, on Brehm’s website. And “Lawrence” is in Tony Hoagland’s book, Donkey Gospel (Graywolf, 1998). Read it here, if you like, or watch Hoagland himself read it here.
This poem walks off like a goddess on the foam.
Not long ago, I was sorting out some of the piled-up bookshelves in my office and uncovered a little spiral-bound journal I kept eight or ten years ago. I hadn’t ever written in it, just pasted in photocopies of poems that I had read and wished that I had written. Finding this was like unboxing winter clothes, going through the jacket pockets, feeling a bill, and pulling out a twenty. So, for the next couple of weeks, I’ll read a few of these poems here on the Feed.
Today’s poem was published in Paul Lake’s book, Another Kind of Travel (U of Chicago Press, 1987).