Louis Zukofsky's poem "Xenophanes," which begins
Water, cold, and sweet, and pure
And yellow loaves are near at hand,
Wine that makes a rosy hand
Fire in winter, the little pulse.
--was not apparently a poem that Zukofsky liked to read aloud or indeed ever read while a recorder's reels were turning, so far as we knew from the readings we have on Zukofsky's PennSound page. I had gone looking for it there, but no luck.
But wait a moment. It's there. The poet created a home-made tape recording for the Library of Congress on November 3, 1960. He read 39 poems. The 16th was "So That Even a Lover." He hardly paused after reading that short poem and then read "Xenophanes." We missed it when segmenting the mp3 we made from the reel-to-reel tape. If you listen to "So That Even a Lover" long enough you'll hear "Xenophanes."
We'll re-segment and add the link to "Xenophanes," but enjoy it in the meantime as an encore, a bonus track.
Yesterday Jessica Lowenthal and I spent some time talking with Jamie-Lee Josselyn about the (first) book she's writing - a memoir of her mother, who died when Jamie-Lee was just 12. And we recorded it for the Kelly Writers House Podcasts series. It's 45 minutes long, so you'll, I hope, want to download it to your iPod and listen en route to your holiday destination, on trains, planes, cars.
Ron Silliman: The Four Quartets does it best, since it makes dreaming impossible. But most anything by Lowell will do just fine unless I've had tea after 9 PM.
Q. What poem do you love, love, love, but don't understand?
Ron: Hart Crane, The Bridge. Or (which I love less, but also understand less) John Berryman's Dream Songs.
Q. Can you name every teacher you had in elementary school? Did any of them make you memorize a poem? What poem(s)?
Ron: No, thank heavens. I can't memorize haiku. But Vance Teague in fifth grade made us write for an hour every Wednesday and never told us what genre. He made me a writer as much as anyone.
These are just three of many questions Ron Silliman has answered. See the rest.
Philip Metres, the author of To See the Earth (2008) and recent co-editor of Come Together: Imagine Peace (2008), was asked to contribute to the "Best American Blogs" gathering and I'm delighted to say that when asked "What other poetry-related blog or website should I check out?" he suggested this one--this one right here--yes, mine. What nice affirmation. Keeps one going. And here's the Best American Poetry blog version.
Above you notice the wording is "What other....?" Of course the one besides which this is the other is...Ron Silliman's great blog at http://ronsilliman.blogspot.com/.