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Karmin, Jennifer 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Poetry @ the Green with Jennifer Karmin
320 S. Canal

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one has to have
a reason for living
a guiding philosophy
a purpose
a goal

– Jennifer Karmin, “work: an ode for the human micropoem”

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Read this article by Jennifer Karmin:

‘Democracy Lessons’

Note: This is our last “Poetry and the 2020 Election” post, opening the field to poets beyond our psychosm. We thank heartily the Hudson Valley poets who contributed to this effort, and Jacket2 ‘s Kenna O’Rourke and Jessica Lowenthal for their continuous presence and care in making what we have done sing.

things
to learn
and why

see
a schoolhouse
built in 1910

writing
as practice
everyday

– Jennifer Karmin, “consider my dear”

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Kuipers, Keetje 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Blue Hour Reading Series with Keetje Kuipers and Charif Shanahan
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Fall open, unfold me. Hook and eye
undone with one hand, fingers that know
their way now in the dark. You contain
me: underwire circling my breasts in
half-bangle like the copper bracelets
lemniscating wrists of women who’ve
never worn bras, never held back
their multitudes.

– Keetje Kuipers, “Still Life with Nursing Bra”

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Watch Keetja Kuipers’ 2022 reading with Charif Shanahan at the Chicago Poetry Center:

Keetje Kuipers begins at 22:21 minutes.

Read Keetje Kuipers’ interview with The Adroit Journal:

Issue Twenty-Nine: A Conversation with Keetje Kuipers | The Adroit Journal – The Adroit Journal

The morning of our interview, Keetje texted me to warn me she was feeling “super vulnerable” in a melancholy way. As we began to wander the reserve, the melancholy dissipated, but vulnerability endured. I’m grateful for that. Vulnerability is, as you will soon see, precisely what makes this conversation so special.

I drive through the yellow ribcage of maples
arching the road, past the butch woman I want
to be, raking leaves in her front yard, hair
slicked back at the sides.

– Keetje Kuipers, “Spa Days”

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Watch Keetje Kuipers read her poetry as part of the Alaska Quarterly Review Reading Series:

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Kelly, Brigit Pegeen 1999

Wednesday, November 10, 1999
with Craig Arnold and Talvikki Ansel

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My father said I could not do it,
but all night I picked the peaches.
The orchard was still, the canals ran steadily.
I was a girl then, my chest its own walled garden.

– Brigit Pegeen Kelly, “The Leaving”

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Listen to NPR‘s discussion of the poet finalists for the National Book Award in 2004, including Brigit Pegeen Kelly:

The bees came out of the junipers, two small swarms
The size of melons; and golden, too, like melons,
They hung next to each other, at the height of a deer’s breast
Above the wet black compost. And because
The light was very bright it was hard to see them,
And harder still to see what hung between them.

– Brigit Pegeen Kelly, “The Dragon”

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Listen to Brigit Pegeen Kelly read poems from her book, The Orchard, on The New York Times:

The New York Times > Books > Audio > A Poetry Reading by Brigit Pegeen Kelly

The poet reads

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Keeler, Stuart 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Redefining Art in Public Space: Service Media
with Joyce Fernandes and Allison Peters Quinn

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Read Stuart Keeler’s article entitled “Service Media: Community as Collaborator” in Public Art Review:

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Listen to Stuart Keeler present an art exhibit he curated:

Stuart Keeler, Director | Curator presents the New | AGM

Director | Curator Stuart Keeler introduces the revitalized Art Gallery of Mississauga in 2014. Canada’s smallest public gallery, yet with grand ambitions, the AGM continues to expand upon its mandate to “bring art to the community and the community to art” and interpret its mission to “Engage. Think. Inspire.” http://artgalleryofmississauga.com

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Kunitz, Stanley 1976

Friday, November 19, 1976
Vintage poster of Stanley Kunitz's reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Vintage poster of Stanley Kunitz’s reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

My name is sand: I make
Dumbshows on windowshades;
Wring hands; dissolve; swirl back;
Play furious, grim charades.

Stanley Kunitz, “The Illusionist”

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Listen to Stanley Kunitz’s 1976 reading for the Poetry Center of Chicago:

Stanley Kunitz begins at 8:30 minutes.

An agitation of the air,
A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night.

– Stanley Kunitz, “End of Summer”

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Watch Stanley Kunitz discuss poetry and life on The Writing Life:

Stanley Kunitz on poetry and life

In this edition of HoCoPoLitSo’s “The Writing Life,” Stanley Kunitz (named National Poet Laureate in 2000 at age 95) converses with his onetime student, poet and author of the best critical study of Kunitz poetry, Gregory Orr. At age 88, the much-honored Kunitz reflects: “Poetry is most deeply concerned with telling us what it feels like to be alive.”

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Kumin, Maxine 1976

Friday, March 19, 1976

Lately I am changing houses like sneakers and socks.
Time zones wrinkle off me casually.
I have put aside with the laundry
a row of borrowed kitchens, look-alikes
in which I crack the eggs and burn the toast
but even in Danville, Kentucky, my ghosts
come along, they relocate as easily as livestock

Maxine Kumin, “The Knot”

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Watch Maxine Kumin read three poems:

Maxine Kumin reading three poems at the Dodge Poetry Festival 9/26/08

“After Love”, “Summer Meditation” and “The Final Poem”

The last grasshoppers
thinner than political prisoners
breast up out of the goldenrod.
They know they are flying into
the end of the journey.

– Maxine Kumin, “The Eternal Lover”

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Listen to the May 3, 2008 episode of A Prairie Home Companion featuring Maxine Kumin:

A Prairie Home Companion for May 03, 2008 from American Public Media

American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

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Kostakis, Peter 1975; 1976

Friday, April 18, 1975
in honor of Frank O’Hara
Friday, October 15, 1976
Four Chicago Poets: with Paul Hoover, Lisel Mueller, and Bill Hunt
Previous Guiding Council member of the Poetry Center of Chicago

A twitch stung from above face
I make a fever pitch
of $25 in coin
to help the large mammal
building

– Peter Kostakis, “The Circle with a Hole in the Middle”

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The Poetry Center 1974: Pictured is the founder Paul Carroll, some of the original board including Lisel Mueller, Mark Perlberg, and John Rezek and the advisory board at the time (then called the “guiding council”) including Barry Schechter, Bill Knott, Paul Hoover, Michael Anania, Bill Hunt, Candance Rackenger, Rich Friedman, Peter Kostakis, John Rezek, Neil Hackman, Rose Simon, Maxine Chernoff. 1974 Photo by Norris McNamara. Photo donated to The Poetry Center by Mark and Anna Perlberg.

Vintage poster of Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Paul Carroll, Alice Notley, and Peter Kostakis givnig a poetry reading in honor of Frank O'Hara at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Vintage poster of Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Paul Carroll, Alice Notley, and Peter Kostakis givnig a poetry reading in honor of Frank O’Hara at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Kooser, Ted 2006

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
with Alane Rollings

I lean on the wind and the wind leans on me.
We throw our arms around each other,
trying to stay upright, old drinking buddies,

Ted Kooser, “Walking, Past Midnight”

Broadside of “Walking, Past Midnight” by Ted Kooser

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Listen to Ted Kooser’s 2006 reading for the Poetry Center of Chicago:

Audio recording of the Poetry Center Reading Series featuring Billy Collins, Andrei Codrescu, Ron Padgett, Lucille Clifton, Mark Perlberg, Li-Young Lee, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anne Waldman, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Ted Kooser, Paul Carroll, Jorie Graham, and Paul Hoover.

Audio recording of the Poetry Center Reading Series featuring Billy Collins, Andrei Codrescu, Ron Padgett, Lucille Clifton, Mark Perlberg, Li-Young Lee, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anne Waldman, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Ted Kooser, Paul Carroll, Jorie Graham, and Paul Hoover.

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The gravel road rides with a slow gallop
over the fields, the telephone lines
streaming behind, its billow of dust
full of the sparks of redwing blackbirds.

– Ted Kooser, “So This Is Nebraska”

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Watch Ted Kooser discuss his writing and routine from his home in Garland, Nebraska:

 

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Koo, Jason 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014
with Simone Muench and Roger Reeves
Chicago Cultural Center

Just popped the collar of my robe in this motherfucker,
I.e. kitchen, as I make some sweet-ass hash browns.
Is that the start of a poem? It’s barely the start of breakfast.

– Jason Koo, “Morning, Motherfucker”

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Roger Reeves, Simone Muench, and Jason Koo at the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Six Points Reading Series, August 29, 2014.

 Today I’m thinking of all the people not in love: I’m with you!
I’d like to say, though one of the conditions
Of not being in love is that you can’t hear other people not in love.

– Jason Koo, “Target”

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Watch Jason Koo read his poem, “Shopping with Mayakovsky:”

Jason Koo reads “Shopping with Mayakovsky”

Jason Koo reads “Shopping with Mayakovsky” Sacramento Poetry Center November 22, 2010

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Komunyakaa, Yusef 1996; 2003

Wednesday, December 11, 1996
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Beauty, I’ve seen you
pressed hard against the windowpane.
But the ugliness was unsolved
in the heart & mouth.
I’ve seen the quick-draw artist
crouch among the chrysanthemums.
Do I need to say more?

– Yusef Komunyakaa, “Poetics”

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Listen to Yusef Komunyakaa’s 2003 reading for the Poetry Center of Chicago reading series:

Yusef Komunyakaa begins at 7:17 minutes.

Audio recording of the Poetry Center Reading Series featuring Billy Collins, Andrei Codrescu, Ron Padgett, Lucille Clifton, Mark Perlberg, Li-Young Lee, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anne Waldman, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Ted Kooser, Paul Carroll, Jorie Graham, and Paul Hoover.

Audio recording of the Poetry Center Reading Series featuring Billy Collins, Andrei Codrescu, Ron Padgett, Lucille Clifton, Mark Perlberg, Li-Young Lee, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Anne Waldman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Ted Kooser, Paul Carroll, Jorie Graham, and Paul Hoover.

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If only he could touch her,
Her name like an old wish
In the stopped weather of salt
On a snail…

Yusef Komunyakaa, “Lust”

Broadside of “Lust” by Yusuf Komunyakaa

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Hand-to-hand: the two hugged each other
into a naked tussle, one riding the other’s back,
locking into a double embrace. One
forced the other to kiss the ground,

– Yusef Komunyakaa, “from Love in the Time of War

Broadside of “from Love in the Time of War” by Yusef Komunyakaa

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