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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture: Books

Re: “Billy Collins takes his appeal for accessible poetry to the Fugitives' citadel

I think you're confusing the general criticism of Collins by other poets regarding his hospital poems, poems that "welcome the reader," as Collins puts it (others call it his "accessibility"), with the Poetry 180 program, which was intended for high school students. Poetry 180 has had no criticism directed toward it that I've heard of or read, ever. Can you provide a source for your assertion that it has?

Other poets' criticism of Collins is generally centered around their resentment that he has taken away their poetry readers with his more easily understood poetry, while they're left with their dense books in hand, unsold. That's based on the fallacy that Collins's audience is made up of readers of the other poets' poetry. Collins, in fact, has created a large audience of poetry readers who wouldn't be reading poetry if it weren't for him. His poetry actually reaches people, and he's not compromised one thing about poetry or himself to achieve that.

Your observations about Collins being late because he had trouble finding the place, his slumped shoulders, and the slurping of his coffee are interesting. Perhaps a professor with over forty years of teaching behind him with these personal attributes is constitutionally incapable of writing formal poetry. Then again, he has formal poems in nearly every one of his books, if not every one. And what do we make of his vast knowledge of formalists and their works and his ability to teach them? Perhaps he has learned the rules in order to break the rules (to good effect), having a mind of such imaginative force that it is unwilling to remain in the box. Don't even get me started on the paradelle and its legacy.

Posted by Iris C. on 09/22/2011 at 7:47 AM

Re: “A new multimedia children's book reminds us that it takes a village

I've ordered the book and can't wait for it to come in!

Posted by Paula Lovell on 09/02/2011 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Joyce Carol Oates talks about her new memoir

She is my favorite living author, has been for decades now. This memoir is beautiful.

Posted by dcmitchell95 on 07/08/2011 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Steve Earle's debut novel is a skid-row story of grit and redemption

Graciela proves to be a quick study; she is also something much more. Her touch offers healing powers that leave the stricken with no signs of their ailments, and that summons them to turn their lives around entirely and escape the vortex of South Presa.
This is from http://www.christianlouboutindiscountsale.…

Posted by Kelly 4 on 06/09/2011 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Jean Auel talks about the long-awaited conclusion to her celebrated Earth's Children series

we hope she ends the series - Painted Caves most definitely did not, left far to many threads unanswered... and some of it just made no sense at all according to the culture she has developed.
All the fans are hoping for Book Seven to wrap up the series... and be in accord with the world Auel has built

Posted by dragonasbreath on 06/07/2011 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Holly Tucker talks about the macabre history of blood transfusion

Fascinating! Cool subject and great interview - I will check this book out.

Posted by Ryan75 on 04/22/2011 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Eileen Sisk delivers the first in-depth biography of Buck Owens

Yeah,'re an idiot.

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Posted by Jasonmarlo on 03/11/2011 at 7:46 AM

Re: “As Outloud! closes its doors, Nashville loses an anchor of the gay community

Here are two gentlemen who actually provide a genuine service for the LGBT community and while they can't do anything to help them, Gilmore, Jameson and Hollin are certain we need legislation to ensure companies will be conscious of their employees who "may be gay" aren't mistreated. Brilliant!, strategery.

Posted by tonygottlieb on 02/16/2011 at 8:15 AM

Re: “As Outloud! closes its doors, Nashville loses an anchor of the gay community

Thank you Kevin and Ted for what you have so generously and graciously given to Nashville. I almost typed "given to the LGBT community in Nashville" but that would have short changed what the two of you have done. You have done great things for the LGBT community in Nashville, but you have also helped Nashville turn into the city it is today. One that is more tolerant and more accepting than it was 15 years ago, and for that all of Nashville owes you a great deal of thanks.

Your friends,
Ranger and George

Posted by kilted on 02/10/2011 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Framed for murder and left to languish in a Nicaraguan prison, Eric Volz tells his story

I watched a television show about you being falsley accused and sent to prison. I was so upset watching the showing seeing the suffering and horror you endured.
I am so happy to read this article and to find out you were freed. Thank God.
Take care,
Warminster, PA

Posted by Elaina0124 on 02/05/2011 at 6:21 AM

Re: “The Mark of Cain

Thanks, Wayne for your review of this book. I find the idea of this story very interesting, just because it there are a lot of people that don't understand why it is that Cain's offering was rejected. Johnnylingo up there is right, though. In the lds scriptures we find that that the reason that the offering was rejected is because it was not in similitude of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Thanks for the article.

Posted by ginnycrandall on 01/14/2011 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Tennessee writers shine on best-of lists all over the media

Both "Bloodroot" (Name of a real root-but Mountain in story) by Amy Greene
and "Mr. Peanut" are both wonderful read's!

Posted by NeverFear on 12/30/2010 at 5:51 AM

Re: “Kate Daniels talks about her new poetry collection, A Walk in Victoria's Secret

The painting on the cover of this book is one of mine. It looks great. Thanks for getting the color right!

Posted by NVanReece on 12/05/2010 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Eileen Sisk delivers the first in-depth biography of Buck Owens

I'm sure that's what some halfwit said about Hank Williams.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by mr. pink on 11/21/2010 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Dolly Parton on why she gives free books to hundreds of thousands of children

Love the Dolly books! My family and I have enjoyed reading them and every book is as fun as the next.

Posted by Vickster on 11/19/2010 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Eileen Sisk delivers the first in-depth biography of Buck Owens

But why wast your time on a old has been country singer that no will remember in 20 years.

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by tim nill on 11/08/2010 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Novelist William Gay remembers his early days as a novelist and explains why he writes better in Hohenwald than anywhere else on earth

Finally, many governments throughout the world uphold laws that ban homosexuality. Repealing these laws would reduce discrimination against LGBT people, encouraging societies to embrace the diversity of different sexualities. Eradicating homophobia is crucial for improving quality of life for LGBT people, promoting fundamental human rights, and also preventing the spread of HIV.

Posted by gaygay on 10/19/2010 at 7:55 AM

Re: “The ABCs of Rock author Melissa Duke Mooney couldn’t find a rock ’n’ roll alphabet book for kids, so she made one herself

It was a pleasure and a privilege to help Melissa out with "L".
I'm so happy her dream finally became a reality.

Buy this book!!

Posted by 1969Matt on 10/15/2010 at 10:58 PM

Re: “The ABCs of Rock author Melissa Duke Mooney couldn’t find a rock ’n’ roll alphabet book for kids, so she made one herself

I hope everyone joins together and makes this a national best-seller!

Posted by on 10/15/2010 at 2:08 PM

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