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Poetry Club Talks…Jane Hirshfield

Poetry Club Talks…Jane Hirshfield

October 3, 2021

Topic: Jane Hirshfield
Host: Ron and Betty
Poem: "Optimism", "Things Keep Sorting Themselves" and "A Blessing for Wedding"
Recorded: September 3, 2021

Jane Hirshfield Poems

Ron and Betty host the discussion on Jane Hirshfield's poetry.  Ron shares these notes:

"In past meetings, we have discussed several theories of poetics, including
Zapruder, Poe, Wordsworth, Rilke, and others. Other theorists employ
explanation as to their primary technique. JH’s passage is representative of her entire book; it relies heavily on poetic technique to convey poetry’s special use of language, its intentions, and impact. Does her method clarify sufficiently, or, to use her term, does it “satisfy”?"

Touching on these topics, we select three of our favorite poems of Jane's to discuss.  Join us for an exciting look into the poetry of Jane Hirshfield.

 

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To learn more about her new book and to purchase a copy, please visit this site:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/229023/ten-windows-by-jane-hirshfield/

 

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Poetry Club Talks…Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove Part 3

Poetry Club Talks…Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove Part 3

August 25, 2021

Topic: Understanding Poetry, Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: "Exit"
Recorded: August 20, 2021

Rita Dove Poems

Have you ever read a poem and wondered "What does this mean?"  Do you need to understand a poem to appreciate it?  If it takes too much work to understand do you turn the page or enjoy the challenge?  If you've found yourself in these situations then join the club.  Poetry Club discusses how to and should we understand poetry.  The poem we use as an example is the "blushing" Rita Dove poem "Exit".  

This is part three of our talks on Rita Dove's poetry.  Rita, we have enjoyed exploring each line of your work.  We wish you great success on your new book "Playlist for the Apocalypse."  We will all buy a copy! 

 

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Please visit Norton Books to order a copy

https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393867770

 

"In her first volume of new poems in twelve years, Rita Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America’s, and the world’s, experiments in democracy. Whether depicting the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice or the contemporary efforts of Black Lives Matter, a girls’ night clubbing in the shadow of World War II or the doomed nobility of Muhammad Ali’s conscious objector stance, this extraordinary poet never fails to connect history’s grand exploits to the triumphs and tragedies of individual lives."

 

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Rita Dove photo credit YOLONDA COLES JONES

Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 2

Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 2

August 5, 2021

Topic: Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: "American Smooth" and "Ludwig Von Beethoven's Return To Vienna"
Recorded: July 30, 2021

Rita Dove - Poems Discussed

In part two of our discussion on American poet Rita Dove, Poetry Club relishes in her artistry, wonder word choices, and lament over the life portrayed of Beethoven.  We discuss the use of metaphor as a vehicle, the importance of place and time, and timing.  Amazing work we are happy to swim in.  Please join us.

 

AWARDS 
1986 The Pulitzer Prize-winning for her poetry book “Thomas and Beulah” 
1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities
2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award
2006 Common Wealth Award
2007 Chubb Fellowship at Yale University
2008 Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal
2009 International Capri Award
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University 
2019 North Star Award from the Hurston/Wright Foundation 
Twenty-eight honorary doctorates, among them from Yale University in 2014 and Harvard University in 2018 
In 2019, she received the Wallace Stevens Award, given annually by the Academy of American Poets to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.

 

The Los Angeles Times described Dove’s book [American Smooth (2004)] as an “ambitious effort, using multiple distinctive voices and perspectives to chronicle the complex tale ‘of light and shadow, / what we hear and the silence that follows.’” 

 

All poems copyright by Rita Dove.
Please visit her webpage at the UVA to learn more: https://uva.theopenscholar.com/rita-dove

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Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 1

Poetry Club Talks…Rita Dove Part 1

July 27, 2021

Topic: Rita Dove
Host: Shannon
Poem: "Rusks"
Recorded: July 24, 2021

Rita Dove - Poems Discussed

Shannon hosts the discussion on the well-known modern American poet Rita Dove.  Playing "devil's advocate," Shannon asks, "Do award-winning poets write amazing poetry---consistently?"  Perhaps you've wondered this yourself while reading a famous poem? If you remove the famous name from the poem, is it still a "good" poem?  Dove's poem "Rusks" appears on all the top ten list of her best poems.  Poetry Club tackles it line by line.  Does it hold up or fizzle?  Listen to find out.

 

BIO

Rita Frances Dove (b. August 28, 1952) Born in Akron, Ohio, U.S., as an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She has the distinct honor of being the first African American and the youngest person to serve as poet laureate of the United States (1993–95).  In 2018 she was named poetry editor of The New York Times Magazine.

President Bill Clinton bestowed upon her the 1996 National Humanities Medal, and President Barack Obama presented her with the 2011 National Medal of Arts, making her the only poet who has received both medals.

“There are so many casual pleasures in Ms. Dove’s poetry that the precision and dexterity in her work — the darkness, too — can catch you unawares.    

Ms. Dove’s poems have earthiness, originality, power, and range. Despair and loss are among her central themes, but so is the hunt for bedrock human pleasures.”

-Dwight Garner, for the New York Times, May 31, 2016

 

All poems copyright by Rita Dove.
Please visit her webpage at the UVA to learn more: https://uva.theopenscholar.com/rita-dove

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Poetry Club Talks…with Rena Priest

Poetry Club Talks…with Rena Priest

July 6, 2021

Topic: Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-23
Host/Interviewer: Ron
Recorded: July 3, 2021

 

Special guest poet Rena Priest joins Poetry Club for a discussion today!  Ron asks Rena about her composition process, how does narrative defines the poetic impulse for her and helps shape her poems, what the Washington Poet Laureate interview was like, and more.  Afterward, the discussion opens up to the group for a short Q & A.  Please join us!

Poetry Club would like to thank Humanities Washington and Rena for helping to organize this event. 

 

The role of the Poet Laureate of Washington is to "build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including the state’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state."  Poets Laureate of Washington are appointed for a two-year term by the Governor of Washington acting on the recommendation of the Washington Arts Commission, an independent agency of the Washington state government, from a list of self-nominated candidates. 

 

BIO

Rena's first book of poetry "Patriarchy Blues" won the American Book Award. She is a Lummi tribal member.  She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.

All poems copyright by Rena Priest.
Please visit her website to learn more:  https://www.renapriest.com/

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