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Kogan, Rick 2001; 2002

Saturday, January 13, 2001
Saturday, February 2, 2002

The year 1936 was not a good year in America, except perhaps for the hundreds of people staring from the pages of the book, faces mostly smiling, filled with the youthful hope and confidence and ignorance that would allow them to see the future beyond the Great Depression.

– Rick Kogan, “America’s Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers

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Koch, Kenneth 2000

Thursday, February 10, 2000
with Dean Young
Tuesday, November 21, 2000

Hounded by Central Islip till the end
Of pyrethmetic days, and onward wishing
Oh that he like me and she like me too,
And the green arboretum bush waving
And the elephant in his noose waving
And the deaths saying goodbye–

Kenneth Koch, “From Seine”

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Listen to Kenneth Koch’s reading with Dean Young for the Poetry Center of Chicago on February 10, 2000:

Not so unsound as a path
Nor so white as a star
Fairly wild with the sound of my own hoof
I the horse race into the back edges
Of my existence!

– Kenneth Koch, “The Horse”

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Read an interview with Kenneth Koch from Jacket Magazine:

Jacket 5 – Interview with Kenneth Koch

I guess it’s difficult to write a thousand long plays, but some of these are really short: I mean, like half a page. Why are they so short – probably I really don’t know. I just had the ability to write short plays at the time… I’ve written three-act plays…

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Knott, Bill 1975

Friday, May 23, 1975
My Favorite Angel

…do not mock us with examples
of breach, morals of escape –
indeed, as further punishment
our cells from side to side…

– Bill Knott, “Stretch”

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Vintage poster of Bill Knott's reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Vintage poster of Bill Knott’s reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Those scars rooted me. Stigmata stalagmite
I sate at a drive-in and watched the stars
Through a straw while the Coke in my lap went
Waterier and waterier. For days on end or

– Bill Knott, “The Consolations of Sociobiology”

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Knoepfle, John 1979

Friday, February 16, 1979
with Lucien Stryk
Two Midwest Poets

when the wound speaks
how does it sound
has it authority
a record of achievement
that the leader of a nation
will listen to

– John Knoepfle, “when the wound speaks”

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Vintage poster of Two Midwest Poets: John Knoepfle and Lucien Stryk reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Vintage poster of Two Midwest Poets: John Knoepfle and Lucien Stryk reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

oshkosh was full of those
damn mosquitoes and st louis
it rained all week in st louis
the heat is peculiar to itself there

– John Knoepfle, “voices at breakfast #2”

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Read this article about John Knoepfle from The State Journal:

Police ID woman found dead after house fire in Brighton

Brighton Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 54-year-old woman found in her driveway in Brighton today.

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Knight, Etheridge 1977

Friday, May 27, 1977
with Gwendolyn Brooks
The Poetry Center at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Vintage poster of a joint reading by Gwendolyn Brooks and Etheridge Knight at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Vintage poster of a joint reading by Gwendolyn Brooks and Etheridge Knight at the Poetry Center of Chicago.

Compose for Red a proper verse;
Adhere to foot and strict iamb;
Control the burst of angry words
Or they might boil and break the dam.

Etheridge Knight, “For Malcolm, A Year After”

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Watch Etheridge Knight read some of his work at the Scranton Public Library Poetry Series:

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Kizer, Carolyn 1999

Wednesday, October 13, 1999
with Allison Joseph

The young dandies drop ice into the drinks,
While the girls slice the succulent lotus root.
Above us, a patch of cloud spreads, darkening
Like a water-stain on silk.

Carolyn Kizer, “After Tu Fu”

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Listen to Carolyn Kizer’s 1999 reading for the Poetry Center of Chicago:

We who must act as handmaidens
To our own goddess, turn too fast,
Trip on our hems, to glimpse the muse
Gliding below her lake or sea,
Are left, long-staring after her,
Narcissists by necessity;

– Carolyn Kizer, “A Muse of Water”

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Read an interview with Carolyn Kizer from the Paris Review:

The Art of Poetry No. 81

Carolyn Kizer was born in Spokane, Washington on December 10, 1925, a birth date shared with Emily Dickinson. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, studied at Columbia University as a fellow of the Chinese government and, in 1946, became a graduate fellow at the University of Washington…

I let the smoke out of the windows
And lift the hair from my ears.
A season of birds and reaping,
A level of light appears.

– Carolyn Kizer, “Complex Autumnal” 

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Listen to archived recordings of Carolyn Kizer, with an introduction to her life and work, on the Poetry Foundation’s Essential American Poets Podcast:

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Kinzie, Mary 2003

Wednesday, October 22, 2003
with Christian Wiman

if the tears are to
stream coldly
like long streaks
of rain down the light
brick of the storehouse

– Mary Kinzie, “Close Path”

Broadside of “Close Path” by Mary Kinzie

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The flat, thus loved, is ours
by being broken in the rigid air:
the angle of the technical seen cause
and thorough reason, where we live. Nothing
eludes its narrow-gauged line. Little
pleases this lucidity, the eye
of conversation.

– Mary Kinzie, “Nature Morte”

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Watch Mary Kinzie read some of her work:

Mary Kinzie reads “At the In-N-Out”

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Kinnell, Galway 1999

Monday, November 15, 1999

In the evening
haze darkening on the hills,
purple of the eternal,
a last bird crosses over,
‘flop flop,’ adoring
only the instant.

– Galway Kinnell, “Another Night in the Ruins”

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Listen to Galway Kinnell’s 1999 reading at the Poetry Center of Chicago:

Juniper and cedar in the sand.
The lake beyond, here deer-meat smoking
On a driftwood fire. And we two
Reaching each other by the wash of blue
On the warm sand together lying
As careless as water on the land.

– Galway Kinnell, “The Feast”

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Listen to this Minnesota Public Radio interview with Galway Kinnell:

MPR: Poet Galway Kinnell reflects on mortality

‘Mortality makes everything worth more to us,’ says Galway Kinnell. In his 12 volumes of poetry, Kinnell, 78, has spent a lot of time writing about mortality.

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Kingston, Maxine Hong 1999

Tuesday, May 18, 1999

This well-deep outpouring is not for
anything. Yet we have to put into exact words
what we are given to see, hear, know.
Mother’s eyesight blurred; she saw trash
as flowers. “Oh. How very beautiful.”
She was lucky, seeing beauty, living
in beauty, whether or not it was there.

– Maxine Hong Kingston, “I Love A Broad Margin To My Life”

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King, Devin 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

For me, writing and talking are tied to reading—so much that it almost seems that reading is ontologically prior except that it isn’t, rather the three form a field that I must move in and, in this field, I am usually reading.

– Devin King, “To Be Read”

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Watch Devin King read some of his work:

Devin King: MAKE Reading at the Foxhead, Iowa City | Mission Creek Festival Lit Crawl

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Read an interview with Devin King from Bad at Sports:

Devin King in Conversation with Stephen Lapthisophon

Bad at Sports would like to welcome Devin King as our latest guest blogger. “Devin King lives and works in Chicago. His first book of poetry, CLOPS, is out from the Green Lantern Press and the newest production of his serial opera, Dancing Young Men From High Windows, was part of the 2010 Rhino Theater Festival.”

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