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Slate: Poetry Discussion

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Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky (re)posted Thomas Hardy‘s “The Darkling Thrush” to Slate. Discussion ensued, and became very lively when National Book Award winner Mark Doty observed that the poem contains an overt homage to an earlier poem by Keats. Guggenheim fellow Mark Halliday, MacArthur fellow Jim Powell and Annie Finch chime in. An opportunistic Billy Collins (also a former Poet Laureate & Guggenheim fellow) even showed up, attracted by the discussion of a “bird poem.” A fascinating look at some of the finest American poets geeking out over poems that were hits before your mother was born.

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  1. Thanks for reminding me of Billy Collins. I haven’t thought about the chap since grade 12 Writer’s Craft!

    stevewoodhead

    January 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm


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