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The Sunday Poem : Noelle Kocot

    Noelle Kocot's latest book of poetry, The Bigger World, is a collection of  character sketches. Told in a straightforward, surreal style---one that recalls folktales, ancient myths, and fairytales---Kocot has stripped each piece down to its essentials. These short, accessible poems are funny, moving, and sometimes absurd, but always entertaining. "I [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:51+00:00 04.21.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|3 Comments

The Sunday Poem : Kwame Dawes

  Today's Sunday Poem, "Tornado Child" by Kwame Dawes, is one of many powerful poems in Dawes' book Wisteria, Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country. The poems in this collection are based on Dawes' conversations with the elders of Sumter, South Carolina, who shared their memories of growing up [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:58+00:00 03.24.12|Greatest Hits, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Kwame Dawes

Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works : 5 Insights from Julia Child, Dylan, & Picasso

  In 1965 singer Bob Dylan was burned out after a grueling tour; he was sick of reporters' questions and tired of performing the same old songs. Dylan told his manager that he was quitting music for good and proceeded to disappear. He squirreled himself away in a cabin in Woodstock. [...]

The Sunday Poem: Kevin Young

  I have a special video version of the Sunday Poem for you today by Kevin Young, one of my favorite contemporary poets. In this short clip from the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Young reads his poem "Aunties," which appears in his collection Dear Darkness: Poems. Young is a talented reader [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:21+00:00 01.29.12|Greatest Hits, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Kevin Young

Believing is Seeing: Errol Morris Uncovers the Mysteries of Photography

    What makes an "honest" photograph---a "true" photograph? Is the medium of photography more factual and authentic than other art forms? What makes a photograph "a fake"? Can a photo be objective or does it always have a point of view? When does a photograph document reality? When is it [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:25+00:00 01.16.12|Books Worth Reading, Greatest Hits, Images, Words|Comments Off on Believing is Seeing: Errol Morris Uncovers the Mysteries of Photography

The Sunday Poem: Tung-Hui Hu

        Early Winter, After Sappho   Some say the air of early winter moving through windows. For some, black ships coming towards the city are the quietest sounds on earth. But I say it is with whomever one loves. And very easily proved: when we are trying to [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:53:26+00:00 01.14.12|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Tung-Hui Hu

The Gwarlingo Index: 2011’s Most Memorable Experiences in the Arts

  It's the New Year, which means it's time for lofty resolutions and the annual onslaught of "best of" lists. Here at Gwarlingo, I thought I'd provide readers with a new twist on the traditional "Best of 2011" list. I asked an array of artists, composers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, and performers [...]