August 6, 2007

poets forum

There is a poets forum in New York City (Thursday) October 18 through (Saturday) October 20th, which happens to be that long weekend (MEA?) break teachers get (I wouldn't even have to use personal days). This is very tempting...

Especially with these names : Frank Bidart, Rita Dove, Robert Hass, Lyn Hejinian, Galway Kinnell, Nathaniel Mackey, Sharon Olds, Carol Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, Gerald Stern, Susan Stewart, James Tate, and Ellen Bryant Voigt.

Has anyone heard about this? Is anyone thinking of attending?

Also: I ordered the Vendler book; perhaps it will arrive in time for our trip to Alaska. I'm working my way through Will in the World, which is an incredibly smooth read thus far. I'm a voyeuristic reader; I love to delve into the personal worlds of the poets (perhaps this is why Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton fascinated me so much as a high school freshman). And Carolyn, I love this list that you gave us--what a treasure! I can't wait to try some of these things out and see where they take me. Thank you so much. And Wallace Stevens this winter--how lucky it is that we all came together--to have this community!

Looking forward to hearing from all of you as this blog grows! I keep seeing new people sign up in the sidebar!

[Also, I had to add my requisite dog companion pictures--these, taken yesterday, on a typical gloomy Minnesotan day. The golden retriever is Penelope (a faithful unweaver, she is) and the black lab mix is Zephyr (a messier wind-runner, I believe). And the guy on roller blades is my fiance, who isn't named after a character in mythology, but roller blading with two full grown puppies seems fairly heroic to me!]


michelle said...

the poets forum looks awesome--it would depend on getting a cheap flight, finding a cheap place to stay.

carolyn said...

The Poet's Forum is comprised of the current Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. This should be a very interesting event, but it might be difficult to find inexpensive places to stay in NYC. Check maybe...
best wishes,

Molly said...

Ha--and after finding out how perfectly timed it was, I realize a good high school friend's wedding is that Saturday. This, even after I emailed my sister to find people whose places I could crash at... I will have to read some of these poets' work that weekend to appease the part of me that longs to be in NYC, celebrating poetry. Instead, I'll be in Milwaukee, celebrating friendship and new unions!