Wednesday, April 01, 2009

National Poetry Month

So we'll be up to our ears in poetry events this month, and I say rah, to that. Some highlights include Julie Wilson's 30 Poets reading which begins with Kevin Connolly reading from Drift, Reb Livingston has NaPoWrMo over on her blog, featuring new poems, The League of Canadian Poets has a new poem every day as well and of course there are the prize announcements that come along with all of the festivities.

Meanwhile, protesters are in the streets of London letting the good leaders at the G20 Summit know that someone is watching. Is it the poets? Not likely. What a strange time, layoffs everywhere, car sales plummeting, the entire economic system of the planet pausing if not crumbling. A moment of reflection? A moment in which resources are what? Being shifted? Waiting for the next big opportunity to plunder?

It's National Poetry Month or some such thing as that. I wonder where the poets are in all these world events? What was Wordsworth doing in the Lakes District? Counting birds and flowers or plotting political manoeuvrings in verse? What has poetry become? The careering, the feting? Where is the action in poetry?


Jordan said...

Where indeed. It's moved on from one-word-next-to-another. It have also drifted away from the ambiguous tension between sentences. I don't think it's quite gone back to story and full-blown closure, but neither are syntax and narrative irrelevant.

The review I'm working on looks at key words and repeated concepts from poem to poem within a sequence. A Heaneyish conceit applied to lines and poems free of the contraptionist mentality. All the while testing the water of a subject of great personal importance to the poet and proven magnetic power on the reader. I'll let you know when it's done.

I posted an unfinishable but mainly complete piece on Elizabeth Bradfield to Constant Critic earlier this week.

Chien Bâtard said...

Oh, it seems quite stuck on the cult of personality doesn't? I like personality as much as the next person, but, but.

I'm going to go click on your Bradfield review--is she the one Arktoi published last year??

Chien Bâtard said...

It is the same Bradfield. Nice review, Jordan. I had some of the same hesitations about the book myself. When poetic forms and/or exercises seem to be ways of retreating from the actual work of the poetry...

Jordan said...

Thank you! I think (hope) the issues with the Bradfield book are just growing pains. She's really got something.

Personality we always have with us. And after all, something good can come of it. But yes, the better work doesn't resort to it, or doesn't only rely on it.