Once I heard Robert Bly read his own poetry, I couldn't help but hear it again in my head as I read his words. Rough and melodic at the same time, his voice has become for me an integral part of his work.
So thanks to local filmmaker Mike Hazard, here's a clip of Bly reciting his poem "Call and Answer."
And while I'm on the subject of poetry, I thought it worth pointing it out that the "MN Poets" archive on State of the Arts is now one year deep, and I have yet to repeat the work of any one poet. That's 54 poets and counting! So, when you have a moment, peruse the archive to see what a fine collection of poetry we've built. And if you have some ideas on poets you think should appear on the Monday "Minnesota Poetry" post, let me know.
Posted at 9:14 AM on January 10, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Here's a look at the arts stories making headlines in the news...keep in mind, it's a Monday...
Mahler gets impressive reading from SPCO
Making his debut as the latest artistic partner, Edo de Waart helps the SPCO sink its teeth into the piece.
- Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune
Smithsonian takes its show on the road
Music is the focus as the national museum brings its New Harmonies tour to Minnesota and four other states.
- KILEY ARMSTRONG, Associated Press
Ezra Sauter on the history of Soulacious
Twin Cities-based hip-hop/R&B outfit Soulacious firmly established themselves in a short time.
- Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Carrie Elkin's "Call It My Garden" is an unremarkable release from Red House Records
Red House fell down on the job issuing Jorma Kaukonen's weak label debut Stars In My Crown, and have done it again in releasing Carrie Elkin's Call It My Garden, a pedestrian offering of reasonably listenable country-western fare.
- Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
This 'Glengarry' staging could use sharper edges
The Torch production... has the feeling of hitting all the right notes without really making the music.
- Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press
Damned spotty: Nightpath Theatre's "Macbeth: Rehearsing"
I learned after seeing the show that this production is actually in process, changing every night, but if you see the show only once, It's impossible to tell how much of the meta-show is planned and how much is improvised.
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Box Wine Theatre convenes a "Raucous Caucus" at the Bryant-Lake BowlSix writers, seven directors, 18 actors. That's a whole lot of people crammed into the Bryant-Lake Bowl for Box Wine Theatre's first annual political theater festival of ten-minute plays, known as the "Raucous Caucus."
- Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
Posted at 3:40 PM on January 10, 2011
by Euan Kerr
Filed under: Minnesota Poets
Sidman, says she wrote the poems as a way to explore a forest ecosystem, but also with memories of how as a child at summer camp in Maine how she had been scared of the dark.
Sidman learned of the award just before the the ALSC press conference this morning. She says she's very excited.
"It's unusual for a poetry book to be chosen," she said this afternoon from her home. "And I feel really great about that, that poetry has been acknowledged, So that's part of why I am happy because I don't think poetry is always given its due."
Of the honor itself she says she'll learn more of why the Newbery judges chose her book during the award ceremony in June. Of course it will also bring great attention both to the book, and for her other collections of poems.
"It means a lot of validation for me"Sidman said. "And it means a really warm glow for a little while, until I have to sit down and keep writing. It's not making me any better of a writer, but it's helping with the morale I guess."
You can get a sense of Sidman's work, and of the Rick Allen illustrations in the book trailer below.