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This Week's Favorite Audio Video Clips

James TateMy 3 favorite audio clips from the Audio Video Library are:

  • "Up Here" by James Tate. I like "Up Here" because this poem is a love/romantic poem, which is why I like it. I like romantic poems because I love reading about couples and their relationships.
  • "The Interrogation" by Li Young Lee. "The Interrogation" is really heartbreaking, depressing, and sad which is why I'm really interested in it. He's talking about his childhood and how he remembers everything like how kids and adults got slaughtered and burned.
  • "Late in the Millennium", also by Li Young Lee, is a very touching and loving poem. The speaker is talking about his father who made him recite poems every month when he was a child and how he's become a poet. His father was his hero and when he recites poems he thinks of his father.

You can check out all these clips by clicking here: voca.arizona.edu

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Celebrating Dead Poets: Louise Bogan (1897-1970)

Louise Bogan"Let all birds feast upon the poets' bones, then sing!" - 1981 inscription by William Pitt Root on the Poets Cottage at the original UA Poetry Center

Born in Maine the daughter of a mill worker, Louise Bogan was the fourth Poet Laureate of the United States and one of the most notable female American poets of the twentieth century.  She was poetry editor for The New Yorker from 1931-1969,and she published six collections of poetry during her lifetime.  After her first marriage, Bogan began her career as a writer in New York City where she would remain for the rest of her life.  Bogan is noted for her formal style and opposition to the confessional poetry that was popular during her lifetime.  While few details of Bogan's personal life are public knowledge, her work continues to speak for itself today.  Bogan read at the UA Poetry Center on February 15, 1967.

Much of Bogan's poetry is available online through the Poetry Foundation website, including "A Tale" and "Medusa."

Several audio recordings of Bogan reading her poetry are also available from the Poetry Foundation and the Academy of American Poets, including  "The Dragonfly" and "Statue and Birds."

--Julie Swarstad

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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