OPEN STACKS | #46 All Things Poetry: Person - Anthony Madrid & Duriel E. Harris

April 8th, 2018

This week on the podcast, explorations of persona, which in Latin means “mask” or “character,” and in the context of literature refers to the narrator, sometimes associated with the author and other times not. We're joined by dynamic poets Anthony Madrid and Duriel E. Harris.

 Sharon Olds on poetry and the body:

"It's curious where different people think their mind is. I guess a lot of people believe that their mind is in their brain, in their head. To me, the mind seems to be spread out in the whole body -- the senses are part of the brain. I guess they're not where the thinking is done. But poetry is so physical, the music of it and the movement of thought. Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance. I think for many years I was aware of the need, in dance and in life, to breathe deeply and to take in more air than we usually take in. I find a tendency in myself not to breathe very much. And certainly I have noticed, over the years, when dancing or when running, that ideas will come to my mind with the oxygen. Suddenly you're remembering something that you haven't thought of for years.

Douglas Kearney reads Big Thicket Pastoral:

Head over to our blog for a selected bibliography on from Christopher Grobe in advance of his new book, The Art of Confession.

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This week, from JSTOR: Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning Was Both a Celebrity and a Superfan

In England at the time, literary celebrity was becoming a real national obsession. Readers flocked to the door of the poet laureate, collected autographs, begged for souvenirs, and insisted on making stars out of writers. Changing technology like more frequent mail, cheaper printing, and modernized transportation enabled this celebrity culture to flourish. And suddenly, wrote Eisner, “the energies of fandom” were something these writers had to navigate.