M.Leddy + poetry   300

Joe Friday and T.S.E.
An Andrew McCabe sentence sounds like them both.
poetry  television 
5 days ago by M.Leddy
Larkin anachronism
A book in a movie, decades before its time.
film  poetry 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
A poem with John Ashbery and Stanley Lombardo in it
In the latest New Yorker , a prose poem by Anne Carson: “Short Talk on Homer and John Ashbery.” And Stanley Lombardo is in there too.
JohnAshbery  Homer  poetry  StanleyLombardo 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Water Images of The New Yorker”
I’m delighted to see that Harper’s has Charles Bernstein’s “Water Images of The New Yorker ” online. It’s a funny take on what Bernstein terms “official verse culture.”
NewYorker  poetry 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
A few lines of bad poetry
Wordsworth, from The Stuffed Owl: An Anthology of Bad Verse , edited by D.B. Wyndham Lewis and Charles Lee.
poetry 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Poetry on NPR
“Perhaps the butterflies are mute because / no one would believe their terrible stories.”
NPR  poetry 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
New directions
A Hallmark movie has quoted “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
poetry  television 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
The End of the Evening
A board game by the poet Kenneth Koch.
KennethKoch  poetry 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
The End of the Evening
A board game by the poet Kenneth Koch.
KennethKoch  poetry 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Misquoting from memory
Writing from memory, I had “The stone’s in the midst of it all.” That’s how I’ve had the line in my head since I was an undergrad. But no. Yeats’s poem reads, “The stone’s in the midst of all.”
memory  poetry  Yeats 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
“Poet voice”
From Atlas Obscura : An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin “Poet Voice.”
poetry 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
A text for the day
From Marianne Moore’s poem “Spenser’s Ireland.”
Ireland  MarianneMoore  poetry 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
A film about Joe Brainard
A short film about the artist and writer Joe Brainard.
art  poetry 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
At the poetry tournament
Frank O’Hara walked around taking photographs. “It’s America,” he said. “There are prizes.”
dreams  FrankO'Hara  poetry 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Winter afternoons
Dickinson’s poem sits in a folder in my head with Thomas Hardy’s “The Darkling Thrush” and “Neutral Tones” and Ted Berrigan’s “A Certain Slant of Sunlight.”
EmilyDickinson  poetry  TedBerrigan  weather  winter 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Heavens, gosh, shucks
From a 2011 Time interview with John Ashbery.
JohnAshbery  poetry 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Charles Simic on the pencil
“I knew a poet who could only write his poems with a stub of a pencil.”
pencils  poetry 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
“Bob & Timmy & Lassie”
Fresca, l’astronave , has made a photo-collage to go with my story “The Poet.”
art  Lassie  poetry  RobertFrost 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“The Poet”
A second short piece of fan fiction, by me: “The Poet,” a Timmy and Lassie story. Featuring a Major American Poet!
fiction  Lassie  poetry  RobertFrost 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
John Ashbery (1927–2017)
Not only one of the great poets of our time: he was a sweet, kind, generous man.
JohnAshbery  poetry 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Memorizing poetry
Molly Worthen, historian, writes about the value of memorizing poetry.
memory  poetry 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Gui, c’est toi?
A stroller in an Adolf Dehn painting, looking a lot like Guillaume Apollinaire.
art  painting  poetry 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Words from Whitman
A detail of the New York City AIDS Memorial, designed by Jenny Holzer.
NewYorkCity  poetry  WaltWhitman 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Iambic beer?
For the splittest of seconds, I misread a word in the definition for “Kriek,” the Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day.
misreading  OED  poetry  words 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Shelley’s Jerry’s
“My name is Jerry’s Pizza, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
impermanence  poetry 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Truck amok
Donald Trump at the wheel.
poetry  politics 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
WCW for dogs
A mad lib for dogs, based on “This Is Just to Say.”
poetry  WilliamCarlosWilliams 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
“The Letter,” revised
“The Letter,” a poem by Charles William Eliot, revised by Woodrow Wilson, revised again by San Francisco schoolteacher Eliza D. Keith.
mail  poetry  revision 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Grey day with squirrel
I thought of lines from William Carlos Williams: “The descent beckons / as the ascent beckoned.” This squirrel was taking its time about heeding the beck.
nature  photography  poetry  WilliamCarlosWilliams 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Du Bois and Niedecker
It’s almost certainly nothing more than coincidence, but it’s a telling coincidence.
liberalarts  poetry 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Dickinson at the Morgan
I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.
EmilyDickinson  museum  poetry 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A source for Walt Whitman’s “Make it plain.”
poetry 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
A poem for the day
Thomas Hardy’s “The Darkling Thrush.”
NewYear'sEve  poetry 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Make it known
John D’Agata’s The Making of the American Essay (2016) has a witty sequence of epigraphs from Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, and John Ashbery. But D’Agata isn’t the first to put them into a sequence.
poetry  repurposing  writing 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson
For anyone who loves modern American poetry, Paterson is important territory.
film  poetry  WilliamCarlosWilliams 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
“And he got inside and he got out. And he goes back. And the people are there now. And all the balloons come all around and all the colors.”
fambly  notebooks  poetry  teaching 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Keillor and Niedecker
A faux-folksy insistence that an audience need not know things, an aversion to “stuff” that mentions Chinese poets, insects, foreign languages, or painters (and what else?) would keep Keillor from reading this beautiful (untitled) Lorine Niedecker poem on the air — that is, if he even knows Niedecker’s work.
poetry 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
“One more slang expression and you’re grounded!”
notebooks  poetry  slang 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Positively Oslo
The language of the Academy’s brief Dylan biography suggests a preoccupation with celebrity and media culture: “Dylan has the status of an icon.” That’s about the dumbest thing one might say to characterize someone working in the realm of the imagination.
Homer  poetry  Sappho 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
“The next number will be ‘I’m in the Mood for Love,’ sung by a member of the Eagles Club.”
metaphor  notebooks  poetry 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch, discussing Ashbery’s poem “Europe.”
JohnAshbery  KennethKoch  poetry  notebooks 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
One more from The Writer’s Almanac
One more poem made from a week’s worth of poems from The Writer’s Almanac.
poetry 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Once more with feeling
This poem, like the one before it, is made of last lines, here moving backward through the week.
poetry 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Another poem from Keillorville
Another poem made from a week’s worth of poems from The Writer’s Almanac.
poetry 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Here’s a poem for today
Made from Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.
poetry 
september 2016 by M.Leddy
Evangeline and me
What would you regard as the strangest or most inappropriate or most sadly dated assigned reading of your elementary or high-school education?
literature  poetry 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Geoffrey Hill on difficulty and simplification
I think art has a right — not an obligation — to be difficult if it wishes. And, since people generally go on from this to talk about elitism versus democracy, I would add that genuinely difficult art is truly democratic. And that tyranny requires simplification.
poetry  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Geoffrey Hill (1932–2016)
I cannot think of another poet whose work brings me to a closer consideration of words as embodiments of history.
poetry 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Six sonnets from NPR
Some by people, some by machines.
poetry 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
The passing show
Coined by Alexander Pope.
poetry  words 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Ali, Moore, poets
Marianne Moore writes about, and with, Muhammad Ali.
MarianneMoore  poetry 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
John Ashbery on “it”
“I’m sort of notorious for my use of the pronoun ‘it’ without explaining what it means, which somehow never seemed a problem to me.”
JohnAshbery  poetry 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
A poem by Jack Spicer
With Henry Clay, whose birthday it is today.
poetry 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
A Palm memo
“This guy is nothing like Whitman.”
poetry 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
A as in Dante
One sad touch that makes a visit to a Barnes and Noble a little sadder still: in the small poetry section, Dante appears under A , as in Alighieri .
bookstores  Dante  poetry 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Who Donne it
An embarrassing mistake in The New Republic.
journalism  poetry 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Money as poetry
Wallace Stevens and Bob Perelman.
money  poetry  WallaceStevens 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Bukowski, Gavitsky
Dingburg’s Slouch Gavitsky channels Charles Bukowski.
Bukowski  comics  poetry  Zippy 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
James Schuyler reads
A videotape of James Schuyler’s first public poetry reading, at the age of sixty-five.
JamesSchuyler  poetry 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Douglas R. Ewart and Quasar
“To get there fast, go alone. To create legacy, go together.”
jazz  music  poetry 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
A stabbing in Boston
And lines from W. H. Auden’s “The Shield of Achilles.”
Auden  Boston  poetry 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
It’s still WCW’s wheelbarrow
To say (as the Internets now say) that Mr. Marshall owned the wheelbarrow in Williams’s poem is to make a category mistake about the relation between life and art.
poetry  WilliamCarlosWilliams 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
Geoffrey Hill, pencil user
The British poet Geoffrey Hill, writing with a Staedtler Noris pencil.
pencils  poetry 
july 2015 by M.Leddy
RZ, i.m.
Lines from Shelley and a guitar. For my friend Rob Zseleczky.
guitar  friendship  music  poetry 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: eremite
Someone piped up: “What’s Eremite?” And the teacher explained that it was an element Keats had discovered.
JohnKeats  poetry  teaching  words 
may 2015 by M.Leddy
A Robert Creeley story
With a Finnish sense of humor.
humor  poetry 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
A little invective in the morning
“A Knaue, a Rascall, an eater of broken meates,” and so on.
poetry  Shakespeare 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
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