Friday, July 15, 2011
Bitter Acoustic Has Arrived!
Yesterday, at the invitation of my friend Ellen Smith (a marvelous poet and teacher of poetry!) I had the honor of delivering my first reading and discussion of the book for a group of poets called the MadWomen at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. What a wonderful group of women; I had such a good time reading for them and answering questions. And I brought up the issue of a poem's accessibility to the group, telling them that there was a period of time in graduate school where I truly tried to write the more stereotypically "accessible" poem--narratives of my childhood, for instance, of taking a helicopter ride with my Grandfather above the Statue of Liberty--and that I simply was not good at this kind of writing. I told them that ultimately, you have to stay true to the writer you are meant to be. In my case, that meant I valued musicality, vocabulary, and creating moods or atmospheres in a poem above simply recounting a memory or story. This is a topic (does a poem HAVE to be accessible to be enjoyed or liked in today's world?) that I've given a lot of thought to, and I will blog more about this soon. Right now, I just need to get a good night's sleep. Thanks for listening... And if you're interested in buying a copy of Bitter Acoustic, simply email Jacar Press at firstname.lastname@example.org, supply the publisher's with your name, full address and how many copies you'd like, and they will be mailed to you with an invoice to purchase the book. Happy weekend everyone!