Author Archives: Karina Borowicz

Poetry Reading Review: Thomas Lux

I went to see Thomas Lux read the other night at Smith College.  I haven’t read much Lux before and I don’t know much about him, so I didn’t know what to expect.  I figured it’s the last night of … Continue reading

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Ekphrasis

When writing an ekphrastic poem, it’s never enough to simply describe a scene; one must inhabit it.  And to inhabit a scene is to be there as a living being who is a creature in and of time, not removed … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

It’s been good reading this summer.  Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed spending time with: This World by Teddy Macker Immortal Medusa by Barbara Louise Ungar Small Songs of Pain by Patricia Fargnoli The Crafty Poet by Diane … Continue reading

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Charles Wright: Things to Think About

Here’s a beat-up copy of a handout America’s new Poet Laureate Charles Wright gave a class over twenty years ago.  (Handout provided by one of Wright’s former students, Amy Woolard, via Twitter.)  

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Poetry Resources

I am sometimes asked to recommend resources for students of poetry and for poets looking to hone their craft (or pull out of a rut).  Collected here are just some of the books and links that I have found particularly … Continue reading

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Overwrite/Underwrite

  A strategy I’ve found helpful when working with a recalcitrant poem at any stage is to overwrite/underwrite. The idea is this: take the problem poem and pump up the volume—write in all the little details you left out because … Continue reading

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The Troubled Speaker

I keep coming back to a statement by Robert Bly that “every poem has to have images and ideas and some sort of troubled speaker” (Turkish Pears in August).  The notion of a troubled speaker captured my attention right away.  … Continue reading

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