Patricia Kirkpatrick is the author of Century's Road (Holy Cow! Press, 2004), as well as several chapbooks of poetry. Her books for young readers include Plowie: A Story From the Prairie (Harcourt, 1994) and John Keats and Maya Angelou, both part of the Creative Education Voices in Poetry series. A resident of Saint Paul, Kirkpatrick is also the first winner of Milkweed Editions' annual Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. As part of the prize, Milkweed has published a collection of Kirkpatrick's poetry, titled Odessa. Here's a sample:
To get here we carried flowers,
took a vow, made a child,
broke a promise.
Maybe we made mistakes.
Now change fractures the core
of lives we knew,
brings us to benches, hard seats
along the wall.
When two plates of earth
rub against each other,
having nowhere else to go,
they crack or shatter.
"Brittle failure" geologists call it.
How could it happen to us?
Bodies are mostly water.
We think people want to be good.
Outside, day lilies bloom in planters.
Inside we're screened for weapons.
We stare at hands or look across the room
where others wait too, stunned
by the passage we've booked,
the ticket that delivers us
the lowest deck on a journey.
Some of us are taken to small rooms.
We might have attorneys or
orders for protection,
push strollers, hide bruises with scarves.
Blinking tears we notice the man
at the door wears a gun in his holster.
The judge stays invisible until the last minute
when a gavel divides voices from silence
and the order of the court.
Far away the oldest bird in the world,
black and white and listed
in field books as "common,"
wails a long call before diving
- "Family Court" by Patricia Kirkpatrick, as it appears in her collection Odessa, published by Milkweed Editions. Reprinted here with permission from the publisher.
Milkweed Editions will celebrate the publishing of Odessa on November 28 with a reception at Open Book in Minneapolis. The reception will feature a "poetry swap" in which attendees are encouraged to bring a book of poetry to share and take a different one home in its place.
Management of the Minnesota Orchestra today rejected a request by locked out musicians to address todays meeting of the orchestra's board.
In a statement released by management the rejection was expressed in terms of an acceptance.
"We would be pleased to accept this request when our musicians and their Union return to the bargaining table with a substantive counterproposal," said Minnesota Orchestra Board Chair Jon Campbell. "We hope the players will consider doing so very soon so that we may come to a meaningful resolution quickly in order to give our audiences at least a part of our regular season." <
Management has long argued the musicians haven't actually begun to negotiate yet as they have yet to offer a contract counter-proposal to an offer made back in April.
Musicians who have been locked out since October 1st called for the meeting over the weekend amidst growing concern the board will cancel more concerts. Management cancelled all concerts through Thanksgiving on the first day of the lockout. With holidays fast approaching and no contract agreement in sight, the Minnesota Orchestra it seems inevitable hat the Orchestra will have to cancel more.
Last week management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, citing lack of progress cancelled all concerts through the end of the year. There is no indication as to how extensive the Minnesota Orchestra's cancellations might be.
In a response to the management e-mail the musicians renewed their call not to make any cancellations and to end the lockout. They also responded to Campbell's statement claiming that musicians had been trying to negotiate the contract in the media.
The musicians statement says: "The Musicians had done no negotiating in the media until the management chose to post the entire contract proposal on the Internet and leak it to the media without warning to the Musicians on September 5th."
Meanwhile in St Paul the two sides in the SPCO dispute are scheduled to meet on November 8th. The SPCO's locked-out musicians says they will likely have a counter proposal to put before management then.
Posted at 2:24 PM on November 5, 2012
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Media
Due to technical difficulties, parts of this past weekend's episode of This American Life (Episode 478: Red State Blue State) were replaced with an older episode. Here's what you missed.
And here's a summary of the show:
Prologue: Ira Glass rides around with a man in the man's hometown...a man who doesn't want us to say his name on the radio. Why? Because he's secretly a Democrat, in a small town dominated by Republicans.
Act One: I Know You Are, But What Am I?
We surveyed hundreds of people around the country, from every part of the of political spectrum, about the ways in which politics are interfering with their friendships and families. Producer Lisa Pollak reports.
We collaborated with American Public Media's Public Insight Network to find some of the interviewees for this story. Individual stories about how politics have affected personal relationships appear on their website.
Lisa also spoke with Phil Neisser and Jacob Hess, two political opposites and authors of You're Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You're Still Wrong), about their advice for how liberals and conservatives can have more productive conversations.
Act Two: Nothing in Moderation
A portrait of what it looks like when politics gets polarized, and how hard it is for people in the middle to hang on. Producer Sarah Koenig explains what happened when a wave of Republican politicians swept to power with a three-to-one majority in 2010. New Hampshire's a small state, and the shift to a more divisive in-your-face kind of politics happened very quickly, so it's possible to see exactly what's gained and lost when that happens.
Today's board meeting of the Minnesota Orchestra Board wrapped up without any announcement of concert cancellations, but they seem likely to come soon.
"We discussed this at the board today and we will be making announcements later on this week in relation to any further cancellations," said Minnesota Orchestra President Michael Henson.
Henson declined to say if a decision had been made at the meeting about further cancellations. Minnesota Orchestra management cancelled all concerts through the end of November on October 1st, just hours after locking out the musicians.
Musicians say they wanted to play and talk, that is continue negotiating while playing under the conditions of the expired contract.
But in a release earlier in the day Board Chair Jon Campbell stated that "playing and talking" would have cost the orchestra half a million dollars a month. He also said the Orchestra is now projecting a $6 million loss this year.
Campbell's comments came in a statement rejecting a musicians request to speak directly to the board. However Campbell said management would accept that only after musicians have made a contract counterproposal.
While musicians have made offers to accept binding arbitration, they have consistently said in recent weeks they need an independent financial analysis of the orchestra's finances before they can make a counter-offer.
Following today's board meeting musicians negotiator Tim Zavadil repeated a call for management to end the lock out and to resist canceling any more concerts.
"The decision to end this lock-out lies solely with with the board and the management," he said. "We remain hopeful that they will end this lock out, they will not cancel any more concerts, especially not holiday concerts and come back to the table."
When asked if the musicians would consider an offer from management without an end of the lockout, Zavadil said that is a hypothetical and musicians will only consider the possibility if and when it happens.
Last week management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra cancelled all concerts through the end of 2012, citing a lack of negotiation progress and a need to let patrons plan.
At both orchestras the most recent contract proposals have included significant pay cuts for musicians, a reduction in the size of both orchestras, and in the case of the SPCO an offer to buy-out musicians aged 55 and older.
The two sides in the SPCO dispute have a negotiation session scheduled for November 8th and musicians say they will have a new proposal to put before management negotiators.