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“Why are there so many people who think poems are like pretty little locks to be teased open? Why is there a vast majority in this country that suspects poetry has nothing to do with the real world where a person must work, fight in a war or struggle to make do? I’d wager that it has to do with something that has gotten into a heap of contemporary poetry and deadened it, making it about as interesting and relevant to others as a dog yipping at its own shadow: Irony.” — Tracy K. Smith
This is a great little article from the New York Times: read the rest here.
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“A century ago, poetry did not appear in little magazines devoted to it, but on the pages of newspapers and mass-circulation magazines. The big magazines and even the newspapers began declining about the time they stopped printing poetry.” — William Logan
This is a great article. Read it here: Poetry: Who Needs It?
Alanis Morissette’s 1996 hit “Ironic,” a catchy song that doubles as a true/false quiz for every middle school English teacher in America, is finally ironic.
Sisters Eliza and Rachael Hurwitz have righted all of Morissette’s wrongs in a cover called “It’s Finally Ironic,” with lyrics like “He won the lottery, and died the next day/from a severe paper cut from his lottery ticket/It’s a black fly in your chardonnay/that was specifically purchased to repel black flies.”
Check it out at Salon!
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El Jones, poet laureate of Halifax and Women’s Studies professor at Acadia University, joins Jian to express a more nuanced take on the controversy that has erupted around a planned Chris Brown concert in the Halifax area.
The Dartmouth, N.S. show is set to feature controversial R&B singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, in 2009.
Check out the radio interview on the show Q with Jian Ghomenshi
We’ve heard a lot of thoughtful, impassioned arguments from moms who have to defend their rights to breastfeed in public, but we’ve never come across anything quite as powerful as this.
Hollie McNish, a published U.K. poet and spoken word artist, posted this video entitled “Embarrassed” on YouTube on July 4, that slowly but surely became a viral sensation.
Check it out: Embarrassed
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Recently, Nate Silver, the statistician who has become famous for the accuracy of his analyses of polling data, has weighed in on the inexorable decline of the humanities, and has found, using “numbers” and “arithmetic,” that “the relative decline of majors like English is modest when accounting for the increased propensity of Americans to go to college.”
“In fact, the number of new degrees in English is fairly similar to what it has been for most of the last 20 years as a share of the college-age population,” Silver said.
Read the article, see the numbers at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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