Monday, September 29, 2008
Yet another poetry collection by Jordan Stempleman
With a voice that speaks of the simultaneous desolation and burgeoning hopefulness of our time, Stempleman's String Parade begs us to listen again to an American landscape long forgotten, yet still around. It is a landscape full of children and families, of old Hollywood glamour, of worn out streets, of gardens, of domestic scenes full of ache, of heavy rain clouds, of dedication. As the title suggests, images and people float at us in endless sequences, strung together in a language of the everyday. Here in these poems, Stempleman creates a spectacle of dedication for the everyday people he loves, which by the end of the book, we realize is all of us. And thankfully, I am, that it is so, that this poet loves me, and that I can feel his weighty love for his readers in every word. In an American poetry, it should always be the case, that our poets love us tenderly despite all our human imperfections.
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Thursday, September 11th at 8:00 P.M.
John Ashbery will read in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts as part of the M.F.A.
Program's Visiting Writers Series. Ashbery has won nearly every major American award for poetry
& is recognized as one of America's most important, though still controversial, poets. His most
recent volumes of poetry include, A Worldly Country & Notes from the Air. He has recently
been included in the prestigious Library of America with Ashbery: Collected Poems 1956-1987.