"Blasphemy For Sam Hamill
Let the blasphemy be spoken: poetry can save us, not the way a fisherman pulls the drowning swimmer into his boat, not the way Jesus, between screams, promised life everlasting to the thief crucified beside him on the hill, but salvation nevertheless. Somewhere a convict sobs into a book of poems from the prison library, and I know why his hands are careful not to break the brittle pages."
Blasphemy - NYTimes.com
In the perennial ‘Does Poetry Matter?” ledes, Martin Espada basically just dropped the mic with his response as poem in honor of Sam Hamill.
Suck it, David Orr.
"Years ago, I was performing in an arena in Osaka, Japan, an arena filled with approximately 25,000 Japanese businessmen. (Long story.) While I stood there, I saw the face of my father and I thought to myself, “Daddy, look at this. Look at all these people. Look how their faces are turned up, how they’re waiting for me to say something. Waiting. For me.”"
- Patricia Smith talks with Jon Sands in “The Conversation” from Issue nO.7.
Oh how our faces are still turned up, waiting for you to dazzle us with your work Patricia Smith!!!
"Roxane Gay, author of “An Untamed State” (Grove Atlantic), co-editor of PANK, and essays editor for The Rumpus, was in Los Angeles recently, and she stopped to talk to The Working Poet Radio Show before her reading at Skylight Books. Listen to Roxane discuss her “An Untamed State,” Channing Tatum, and why she is so fascinated with stories about survival. If you liked this podcast, you might also enjoy our interviews with Daniel Halpern, editor of Ecco Press, or Richard Blanco. Thanks to the Los Angeles Public Library."
Roxane Gay on “An Untamed State,” Bad Feminism, Work, BuzzFeed, Survival, Channing Tatum, and More | The Working Poet Radio Show (via roxanegay)
We all here are big fans of Roxane Gay! This is super cool.