Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
I've been enchanted by this book since I heard Gaiman read from and talk about it prior to its publication, at the first annual Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Now it's won the US's most prestigious prize for older children's literature (the Caldecott medal is for the most distinguished children's picture book and is given to both the author and the illustrator). Learn more about The Graveyard Book and The House in the Night in this New York Times' article.
Monday, 26 January 2009
I was in Chicago last July to give a reading, and on my way to the venue (I rather underestimated the distance between it and the Metro) I stumbled across the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop. Now I find that back in 2001 Obama recommended it on a local TV show--we even had the same entree, The Southern Sampler--gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Saturday, 24 January 2009
This has long troubled me, that because of US restrictions on the use of the aid women in developing countries could neither receive information about the full range of their options nor pursue an abortion--the latter the more a problem because in some societies carrying the child to full term and giving it up would not be an option. Read more about it in the BBC article.
Friday, 23 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
I've long loved Wyeth's images of America and had hoped to use "Christina's World" as the cover for The Tethers, but, predictably I suppose, it turned out to be too expensive. The New York Times' obituary is here.
On the 15th my old poem, "Outside of Town," aired on the Poetry Radio programme of WGLT at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. Clicking on the title of the poem will take you directly to the mp3 of my reading of the poem, on Poetry Radio to the details of the programme as a whole.
Monday, 12 January 2009
I can't tell you how saddened I am by this and by the fact that I never met him, after all he's done for my poetry. When I wrote to him in early October 2007 to tell him my book had been accepted for publication, and thanked him for all his support, he generously replied, "As for support, I think it's been you helping me/us. Keep them coming!"
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
I wouldn't have thought this so important, but this sentence from the BBC article made me reconsider: "Even as recently as 2005, authorities detained and questioned a teenager who read one of his poems at school for suspected activities against the state." So maybe Turkey does need to accept Hikmet officially for his work to receive the attention it deserves.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Read Brandi Homan's whimsical poem of advice for poets here, in the current issue of Anti-. I'd be glad to know which piece of advice you find most useful or humourous. My favourite line is probably "James Wright has already seen horses in a field".