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In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo’s “The Writing Life,” poet Sue Ellen Thompson speaks with poet and memoirist Mark Doty about memory, mackerel, AIDS, Labradors and the challenge of writing about all of those topics. Doty, the author of nine books of poetry and three memoirs, is known for his descriptive power. He reads “A Display of Mackerel,” and discusses how description can lead to revelation. “Poetry can’t solely occupy the position of directness,” Doty explains. “Poetry likes to find oblique ways to approach its material, otherwise it feels incomplete.” Doty also reads his poem “Brilliance,” a new poem, “Pescadero,” and from his memoirs Firebird and Dog Years.
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Stanley Kunitz served as the tenth Poet Laureate of the United States. His “King of the River” originally appeared in The Atlantic (July 1970). Find more at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/stanley-kunitz.
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This clip features John reading 10 of his own poems and one by Kevin Reid from Body Voices (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press) on 14 March 2013 at the Slow Train Cafe in Oberlin, Ohio.
1. John Cage Engaged and Uncaged
2. Penis [by Kevin Reid]
3. Top Less
4. Note to Self While Writing
5. Horror Scope
7. You Shit
8. From Here to Inequity
9. Diarrhea of a Mad Mind
[Early versions of poems 1 & 6 appear in John’s 2008 chapbook Bloggerel (Crisis Chronicles Press). Poems 3, 4 & 5 will appear in his 2013 Poet’s Haven chapbook It Takes More than Chance to Make Change. Poem 10 appears in his 2012 chapbook Water Works (Recycled Karma Press). Poems 7, 8, 9 & 11 are from his 2012 book The Eater of the Absurd (NightBallet Press).]
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J.E. Stanley reads “The Sad Gravity of the Moon” from his newly released chapbook Selected Regions of the Moon [NightBallet Press] on 8 March 2013 during the open mic portion of the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour at MugShotz Coffee in North Royalton, Ohio.
J.E. Stanley is an accountant and on again/off again guitarist from the grayscale suburban wilderness of Northeastern Ohio where he is lucky enough to hang out with the Deep Cleveland Poets and the Cleveland Speculators. His previous books include Rapid Eye Movement (Crisis Chronicles Press), Dark Intervals (vanZeno Press), Dissonance (Deep Cleveland Press) and, co-authored with Joshua Gage, Intrinsic Night (Sam’s Dot Publishing). His work has appeared in Amaze, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Cinema Spec, the Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, Paper Crow, The Rhysling Anthology, Scifaikuest, Sein und Werden, Star*Line, Sybil’s Garage and numerous other mainstream and genre publications. He continues to assert that, winged or not, Man was always meant to fly; the moon and stars were just put there as incentives.
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Part three (conclusion) of an open mic emceed by Joshua Gage on Friday 8 March 2013 (International Women’s Day) during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour at MugShotz in North Royalton, Ohio, this clip includes readings by Mary Turzillo, Dan Smith, Jeff Kosiba, Christopher Franke, Redd, Lacie Clark Semenovich and Leah Mueller.
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Part one of an open mic emceed by Joshua Gage on Friday 8 March 2013 (International Women’s Day) during the Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour at MugShotz in North Royalton, Ohio, this clip includes readings by Patrick Clark, Azriel Johnson, Skylark Bruce, the poet formerly known as Andrew Line, John Burroughs, Shelley Chernin, Vertigo Xi’an Xavier, and Geoffrey Landis.