A Collection of Poetry By Rebecca (What Now?)

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Yay, good to hear from you Renee. Thank you for commenting! Thanks for this terrific interview, Matt. So nice to hear her words here. Thank you, Buffy.

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Even though Rebecca and I have known each other for a few years online, I keep hoping to meet her in person one day…. Thank you for this delightful comment! Maybe another Highlights retreat one day?! So exciting to see all this new work in the pipeline. Thanks to both of you! I love visits with you, too, Robyn!

Thanks for your nice comments, Robyn! Ah here I am again trying to post after days of failed attempts. Thank you, too, so much, for the compliments. And huge congratulations again for the forthcoming Flashlight Night! Thanks for this interview. Thanks Matt. Thanks for all the work that took, Matt, and I like your new blog look! Thanks so much, Heidi! Rebecca really is such a wonderful person and gifted writer…. Heidi so good to hear from you as always.

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Thanks, both, for this interview! One of my life-changing moments was a poetry retreat with Rebecca. So grateful! Long live presses committed to bringing forth poetry for children!! Ah, Irene. I remember it so well. That little room, two chairs, and in an instant spotting your amazing talent — you were kind to listen and so humble.

I so admire BMP for their Wordsong imprint and being committed to bringing poetry to children. Long live, for sure! Wonderful interview, Matt. I was at a workshop with Rebecca maybe the same one as Irene! Thanks for this. Dori, it WAS with Irene!

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And Robyn. Something about a mouse? And a bed? There was quite a scurry of mouse talk there; uh-huh!

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Thanks for highlighting the works of Teach! Thank you for the kind words, my friend. I recall you mentioning a couple years ago that you met Rebecca at the Highlights workshop — when you stayed in the same cabin I stayed in, two years later! Charles you are one heck of a supportive friend. You have been a dream to help mentor. We have had some great laughs. As always, thank you! And congratulations on your book! Carol you can follow me any day. Please do share and another special hello from me to the kids.

Matt, this interview was so well constructed and delivered. Thank you so much for sharing your delightful conversation with Rebecca. Her poetry is so filled with zest, sights, and sounds that it makes reading to children a delight. If you do not mind, I am using your interview as a model for me when I speak with Georgia Heard about her poetry practice. Carol thank you for the wonderful compliments. I also admire how Matt formed this interview and blog post.

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There are 2 spots still open if anyone reading wants to join us. Thank you, Matt, for this beautiful interview with the extraordinary Rebecca Kai Dotlich! Even though she is a dear friend I learned more about her writing life from this interview. She is the real deal!

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I look forward to reading everything she writes. Your Retreat By The Sea sounds wonderful! Forgive my lateness to this post, Matt. Such a wonderful interview with Rebecca! Rebecca, I too have indulged myself with snippets of lyrical language and metaphor in notebooks. Wow, thanks Michelle! For so many things. Keep on snipping away and filling those notebooks. Well, forgive my lateness in responding — I have no idea why I just discovered your comment now, but I appreciate it! And my thanks to all you know who you are for the kind comments and additional questions.

I think; kidding. So all of you are welcome to sign up for next year! We do have TWO spots left still for this one. In case anyone is interested, email me privately. Thanks you again for taking the time for this, Rebecca. Hopefully our paths will cross one day and we can meet in person! Rebecca Manery entered a giveaway. Janelle Adsit Author of Caketrain Issue Rebecca Manery is now following Morgan Mccabe 's reviews. Rebecca Manery wants to read 50 books in the Reading Challenge.

She has read 46 books toward her goal of 50 books.

Cast Your Vote. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. I read poetry. I am somebody. I am the people, too. It can be allowed that an industrious quantity of contemporary American poetry is consciously written for a hermetic constituency; the bulk is written for the bourgeoisie, leaving a lean cut for labor. Only the hermetically aimed has a snowball's chance in hell of reaching its intended ears.


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One proceeds from this realization. A staggering figure of vibrant, intelligent people can and do live without poetry, especially without the poetry of their time. This figure includes the unemployed, the rank and file, the union brass, banker, scientist, lawyer, doctor, architect, pilot, and priest. It also includes most academics, most of the faculty of the humanities, most allegedly literary editors and most allegedly literary critics. They do so--go forward in their lives, toward their great reward, in an engulfing absence of poetry--without being perceived or perceiving themselves as hobbled or deficient in any significant way.

It is nearly true, though I am often reminded of a Transtromer broadside I saw in a crummy office building in San Francisco: We got dressed and showed the house You live well the visitor said The slum must be inside you. If I wanted to understand a culture, my own for instance, and if I thought such an understanding were the basis for a lifelong inquiry, I would turn to poetry first. For it is my confirmed bias that the poets remain the most 'stunned by existence,' the most determined to redeem the world in words..

Stop by, recommend books, offer up poems excerpted , tempt us, taunt us, tell us what to read and where to go to read i No pretensions: just poetry. Stop by, recommend books, offer up poems excerpted , tempt us, taunt us, tell us what to read and where to go to read it! Goodreads honors wordsmiths: poets and poetry promoted and prompted here.

Around the World in 80 Books — members — last activity 54 minutes ago Reading takes you places. Where in the world will your next book take you? If you love world literature, translated works, travel writing, or explorin Reading takes you places. If you love world literature, translated works, travel writing, or exploring the world through books, you have come to the right place! The separate group was established in Anyone can join and participate in the challenges or readings at any time.

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Challenge participation is not a requirement of joining. Anyone who loves reading books from around the world is welcome here. The main purpose of this group is to travel the world through books, experiencing new authors and cultures along the way. And how do you avoid prompting that response in your readers? It definitely occurs less with poems. As is the question: who am I talking to?

Having said this, I do aspire to write the sort of poem I would most want to read, and I read a lot to help me refine my ideas about what that is. While there are a few gestures at received or foregrounded form in your collection, such as concrete poems or a wonderful set of haiku, your poems for the most part make forms on their own terms out of sentence and line; their formal restrictions seem enforced and justified from within, making their successes a little different from those of, say, a Petrarchan sonnet.

This is something of a simplification, though, of course! Could you say a little about how acoustic or visual patterning has compelled specific poems in the book? As a reader, varied line lengths and empty space draw me in; an unbroken block of text is less appealing. Likewise I have trouble keeping focused on poems that are dominated by very regular metre and end rhymes; the sounds, and my expectation of the sounds to come, drown out the sense, which frustrates me because I like sense.

There are end-rhymed poems that I love and have memorised, by Keats, Hopkins, Larkin and MacNeice, but in these the rhymes are charging stations rather than landing spots; they sound magical — dreamlike or incantatory — as opposed to pleased with themselves for their own sakes. Internal rhymes, half-rhymes and assonance are completely different, because they are spontaneous; each word vaguely recalls or suggests another, and the similar sounds act like links in a chain, knitting the poem together.

I think these hold their spontaneity for the reader as well; they help create the impression that the words are the right words, and so encourage you to trust the poetic voice as you move through the poem. I want to ask about some of the writers you like. Ah yes, very much. I first encountered his work at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, where he was headlining, and I loved his declamatory mode of delivery. He read with his arms wide open — an exhortation to listen but also a physical gesture of welcome. His poems are like that on the page too: they command your attention, through their directness, and they exude warmth.

I think he had a generous and humane spirit. But what is compelling on a human level is not necessarily inspiring poetically. Poets whose work has been compelling me to write poems over the past few months — through reminding me what poems can be and do — are Stevie Smith, Ian MacMillan, Jacob Polley, Alice Oswald and William Carlos Williams. As I mentioned in my first answer, one of the things I value about poems is that in them you can twist or push your source material objects, events, thoughts, voices, etc.

Knowing this, the challenge is not to let that prospect censor you as you write.

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