Thursday, December 28, 2006

A Lost Suitcase & A Game

a: Hello dear,

I wanted to share with you this poem (attached) I read in the New Yorker. It's been a while I got so worked up and excited about a poem, but this one is lovely! Solidly constructed, but utterly lovely. I hope you like it! I think I will check out one of her books from the library; I've been on a library spree! Yiiii!!!!

Alright dear, I hope you have a good end of the week. And don't worry about writing; I still remember how insanely busy grad school was.

k: I have been having a great weekend so far. Before I get into that though… yes, I did enjoy that poem you sent from the New Yorker. I enjoyed it for its narrative, though the language didn't do anything for me; similar to most New Yorker poetry.

This weekend included a sort of birthday book swap. I ended up giving Dina my copy of Leonard Cohen's Book or Longing for her birthday next week then Bunny gave me this book by an Italian author called If on a winter's night a traveler as a birthday present for my birthday next month. Bunny and I went to a bookstore together this morning with ryan, adam and reed and ended up each buying another copy of the books we'd passed on as gifts ^_^ it was fun. So I still have Leonard Cohen's new poems.

As for poetry… aside from the book swap, I haven't really been rolling in it, you know? I'd like to put a post up on poetship some time this week and I'll bring up more poetry topics shortly. Perhaps tomorrow in fact. I actually have a poetry kind of question… this might spur some thought and musing…

Imagine you were going to teach a college level course on poetry… what genre would you teach and which poets would you chose to have your imaginary students read? This is just for fun of course, but I think I know what I'd teach, at least the genre, though I'm not sure of the poets exactly… and say you can probably select about 5 or 6 poets to teach. Make a reading list for your pretend course ^_^

Ryan wants to watch one of the films he bought… so I'm going to end this here. I'll start thinking about which poets I would teach and I'll send you my answers once I get yours.


Anonymous said...

Hijas, Happy nY 2 y'both.
First off i had to chuckle at Ashraf's visit to the library - hope you didn't feel too much like a thief!
katy - i find it incredible that you could be so dismissive of the language used in this poem! Narrative aside, it is packed with poetic devices, incredible incredible etymological wordplay,bouquets of humour, philosophy, homonyms, a small study on the various ways of pronouncing the 'ou' letter combination, puns, oxymora, a well spelt vocabulary that had me rushing to my dictionary, assonance, alliteration... you name it! And the whole is a wonderful metaphor.
Sometimes i find form and style too vacuous when no consideration is given to content beyond a brief moment.
Thanks for drawing this one to my attention Ashraf. Tis the best poem I've read for months.

arch.memory said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Glenn! And I'm so glad you liked this poem! (See Katy? ;)

mady said...

Good evening from Greece. Leonidio.

Keith Brighouse said...

I came across a Carolyn Forche poetry bundle The Country Between in a 2nd hand book store on the Charing Cross Road in London, nigh on 30 years ago. I opened it at a piece called The Colonel, a piece of dense prose/poetry. I immediately fell in love with her work for the sheer power and freshness of it. It's a book I recommend to everyone who is even marginally interested in poetry. Of course, I ahve more colections of hers now. You just can't read enough of her work.