A consideration of what we considerÂ slow news, and whatâ€™s at stake, for our own survival and for society at large. In which we take up the fate of earth and all life (including spidersâ€”and youâ€™ll be glad) (you truly will) in poems by Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, Brian Doyle, Mary Oliver, James Wright, Theodore Roethke, Wendell Berry, Cynthia Wolloch, Elizabeth Bishop, Mark Doty, Robert Burns, Walt Whitman, Stanley Kunitz, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Lux, Shakespeare, Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Leo Lionni, Maxfield Poizat-Newcomb, Caden Oâ€™Connell, and more. In such poems, so-called pests and weeds and other unloved creatures thrive by our own hand, thrive by our notice, thrive by our attention, thrive by our love, thrive by our gratitude: weâ€™ll hear valentines to earthâ€”love is still in the air! Yes, even Spiders and what not live, and we live! So what matters? So much. And thus we sort out the news we need, the news we heed, the news without whichÂ men die miserably every day(Â â€”thank you William Carlos Williams).ÂContinue reading
Monthly Archives: February 2019
THE USE OF POETRY: REVELATIONS AND OTHER LEARNING FROM MY STUDENTSâ€”REVEALING THE I, U, US OF GENIUS
In which our show showcases poetsâ€™ love of teaching (their poems are proof of the pudding) and in which I learn from studentsâ€™ questions to me about the role and use of poetry in our lives, and, in their own discoveries of what poetry means to them, I come to new consciousness about what it means to me: yes, itâ€™s a pretty great life, this teaching poetry, this learning with students, this being taught by earnest learning. This is The Poetry Slow Down, with me, Professor Barbara Mossberg, your grateful host, and our Producer Zappa Johns, recording us from Californiaâ€™s Central Coast, while Iâ€™m in my studio up in Eugene, Oregon where Iâ€™m teaching eco literature and Emerson and Einstein as poets, at the University of Oregon. Weâ€™ll hear notes of Rumi, and poems by Mark Strand, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, Dorothea Lasky, Mary Oliver, e.e. cummings, Diane Wakowski, Howard Neverov, Lucilla Perillo, Elizabeth Alexander, Yvor Winters, W.D. Snodgrass, Kenneth Koch, D. H. Lawrence, Brian Doyle, and more. The questions that sent me on this journey were by a team of students interviewing me for Faculty Friday for the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.Continue reading
â€œMy work is loving the worldâ€–WHAT IS OUR WORK?
A perspective on how we (should) spend our daily energies. A bossiness of poets weigh in, from the late (but always here) Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Lorine Neidecker, Alice Dunbar -Nelson, Gerald Manley Hopkins, William Butler Yeats, Christopher Smart, Richard Wilbur, John Milton, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Doty, e.e. cummings (who loved the world as much?). Thereâ€™s a lot of loving going on in the work of poets, and the world needs it: maybe this isÂ allÂ our work, loving the world. Yes, I guess, weâ€™re pregaming Valentineâ€™s Day,Â The Poetry Slow Down with Professor Barbara Mossberg, Produced by Zappa Johns.Â