February 16, 2012 |
David Livewell found poetry in Kensington long before downtown artists discovered that rough and resilient Philly neighborhood. "As a poet, you're always looking for that right word," says Livewell, whose fondly remembered childhood in a Master Street rowhouse inspired many of the poems in Shackamaxon . His manuscript won the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize from Missouri's Truman State University Press, which will publish the book in September....
January 5, 2012
The Deleted World Poems By Tomas Tranströmer Versions by Robin Robertson Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 64 pp. $13 paperback. Reviewed by John Timpane Why wouldn't you buy this book? Thirteen bucks. Exactly 15 poems on 37 pages, plus a short introduction. Less than a dollar a poem, people, to be introduced to the latest Nobel Prize in Literature!? Most of the poems are 20, maybe 30 words long. I realize poems scare the lightning out of people, but really, can we be serious?
November 25, 2011 |
LOUIS C. McKEE once said that it requires a large dose of arrogance to think that anyone would be interested in "something you have thought and written down. " That's why, he said, writers who think they are poets are advised to hide their poems "in a box under the bed. " Fortunately for those who enjoy the kind of poetry that Louis McKee was known for - "clarity and candor," as one critic observed - he didn't hide his work under the bed. He published his poetry in more than a dozen chapbooks while also serving as an editor and reviewer of the efforts of fellow scribblers.
October 29, 2011 |
If Indian animal rights activists have their way, mega-selling singer and sex symbol Lady Gaga will wear a lettuce dress (a dress made out of lettuce) during her sojourn in New Delhi this weekend. Her Gagaiosity is performing at an invitation-only party Sunday to celebrate India's first Formula 1 auto race. PETA India wants her to promote vegetarianism. (It's a counterpoint to the famed meat dress Gaga wore at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.) "We'll make her a dress entirely of lettuce," says org rep Sachin Bangera . "It will be a full-length gown, and we'll make sure it looks sexy.
September 29, 2011 |
Zaidee Harrison, the Radnor High School senior who posted a poem containing violent imagery on a friend's Facebook page three days before she was to graduate, can finally exhale. Arthur Donato Jr. of Media, her attorney, said Wednesday all criminal charges in connection with her June 12 arrest had been dropped. "I'm happy for Zaidee and the fact that this will not have an effect on her future," Donato said of Harrison, now a freshman at an undisclosed college. Erica Parham, spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, confirmed that the charges were withdrawn.
September 22, 2011 |
'It's not the Da Vinci Code ," says Stephen Greenblatt, "but it tells the same story: the thrill and astonishment when something very old, something thought to be lost, forgotten, returns to the world with the potential to change it. " Greenblatt - who reads at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library - is speaking of his new book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern . He's right: Swerve isn't much like Dan Brown's ...
September 19, 2011 |
Hilda Schrager Silverblatt, 91, of Center City, literary executor and first cousin of Holocaust poet Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, died of cancer Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Wissahickon Hospice in Bala Cynwyd. In 2008, an English translation of Meerbaum-Eisinger's Harvest of Blossoms: Poems From a Life Cut Short was published by Northwestern University. The book was edited by Mrs. Silverblatt's twin daughters, Helene and Irene. Written in German, the book had been published in Israel and Germany to literary acclaim.
September 13, 2011 |
A Delaware County judge threw out a terroristic-threat charge Tuesday against an 18-year-old who was a Radnor High School senior when arrested in June for posting a video of herself reciting a violent poem on a friend's Facebook page. But District Judge John C. Tuten, ruling in Wayne, held Zaidee Harrison for trial on a misdemeanor charge of harassment and a summary offense of disorderly conduct for making the poem public. The 30-line work includes references to shooting people and setting a fire with gasoline at school.
August 21, 2011
By Rachel Hadas Paul Dry Books. 204 pp. $16.95 Reviewed by Frank Wilson The average life expectancy for persons born in 1900 was 47 years. Today, in the United States, it is 77 years. Today also, more than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's or a related form of dementia. They are not always elderly. In 2005, poet Rachel Hadas' husband, George Edwards, a composer and professor of music at Columbia University, was diagnosed with dementia. He was 61. Statistics, of course, are utterly impersonal, but it is people who fall victim to disease.