Richard Blanco Inspires Again, Penn State Edition

Thursday evening a hoard of PUPPs (Poetry Under the Paintings Peeps) descended on the State College Campus of Penn State University to hear Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco read in the Foster Auditorium. I think the exact number in our hoard was 8, but that’s a pretty dang good showing for a poetry field trip in…

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Birthday Weekend

Well, okay, so her birthday was actually Friday, the 22nd. But I imagine that as long as you don’t ask her age, or if you at least intimate that it must certainly be far younger than the actual number (121 to be exact, as she was born in 1892), I am sure that Millay would…

Day #3 – 30 Days, 30 Readings: Hart Crane’s “A Persuasion”

Aside from reading a few of his poems here and there over the years, I am relatively new to Hart Crane’s work, though thanks to multiple recommendations he has been on my reading to-do list for ages. My brother Vincent from across the Pond asked me about Crane this week, because he had just taken…

Poetry That Kicks Ass

You don’t hear people talking like that about poetry, do you? “Did you see the Eagles game last night? Man, they kicked ass!”  Poetry that kicks ass. Yeah, seems I only ever hear poets talk that way. There was a great article on the Onion last September. It’s funny, but also sadly illustrative of the state…