Female Saudi Poet Known for Controversial Verses Game Show Final

A Saudi woman received a death threat last week after she appeared on “Poet of Millions,” Abu Dhabi’s version of the game show “American Idol” — which features aspiring poets instead of singers — and recited a poem attacking clerics for “terrorizing people and preying on everyone seeking peace.” http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/female-saudi-poet-known-for-controversial-verses-reaches-game-show-final/

Craig Santos Perez reviews Mónica de la Torre's Talk Shows

In a thoughtful and thorough review, Santos Perez writes, "De la Torre, throughout Talk Shows, seems to break all the rules of aesthetic etiquette, of any oppressive expectations of writing by a woman. Her work is filled with “wild waving” words and forms. Talk Shows shows the exciting potential of aesthetic excess, exploring poetic trends/movements (such as Oulipo), and exploding the use and meaning of color, formal patterns, and sound effects." Read the whole review here: http://www.acentosreview.com/August_2010/Santos_Perez.html


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Jennifer K. Sweeney's "Adolescence"

On August 1st, this past Sunday, there was a poetry reading at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, curated by Nina Corwin and in partnership with WBEZ's Chicago Amplified Series. Participating readers included Robin Behn, Lucia Blinn, Kimberly Dixon, Simone Muench, Jennifer K. Sweeney, and Connie Voisine. During the reading, Jennifer K. Sweeney read her poem "Adolescence," part of which contains a story about a middle school student jumping from a second-story window. At 22, I accepted a job teaching junior high. Not far enough away from the hollow years of my own shifting body, the seventh and eighth-grade girls, slight and doe-sprung, drifted down wide industrial hallways, bones jut

Get Your Mood On

The latest round of entries for the Gatewood contest had so many visuals included, it made me wonder if next year we might get some videos. If so, here's some inspiration: Two visual poems by Lou Doillon and Vanessa Bruno, directed by Stephanie Di Gusto for Vanessa Bruno. http://moodboard.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/01/vanessa-bruno-and-lou-doillon-visual-poem.html

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