Mar 19 99
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Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill moves between the ancient myths and contemporary concerns of her native land with the shapeshifting abilities ascribed to the fairies who live under Ireland’s soil. (more…)

Feb 26 99
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Passionate and direct, Alicia Ostriker’s poetry holds nothing back.

Whether talking about the struggle of loving a partner, the difficulty in letting go of her growing children, or her own mastectomy, her poems are startlingly intimate. (more…)

Feb 24 99
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With his “atrocious Slavic accent,” and sly witticisms, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic charmed an overflow crowd in Franklin & Marshall College’s Stahr Auditorium Tuesday night.

Simic, who gave the college’s Hausman Lecture, offered a vision of the world at once clear and surreal. (more…)

Sep 13 97
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For Marge Piercy, poetry is not something separate from the everydayness of living.

When she casts her imaginative eye on an answering machine, a friend’s promotion, a mid-life crisis or even a looming mortgage, she turns it into something both lyrical and telling. (more…)

Sep 13 96
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Galway Kinnell is not adverse to climbing inside the mind of a mosquito, slipping into the skin of a snake, or crawling inside the body of a bear.

In fact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet finds it necessary to explore the natural world so intensely.

His is not a romanticized, pastoral version of nature. It’s the real thing, held by the scruff of the neck and stared down until there is complete understanding. (more…)

Sep 13 96
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James Hoch is a student of light, the way it comes across the Susquehanna River, flitting across the water, the warm blaze of late afternoon sun on city bricks, the stunning brightness of winter snow forcing a clarity of vision.

In his writing, light is central. It is illuminating. It offers hope in a dark world. (more…)

Apr 13 96
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There is a “cricket with a megaphone” outside Robert Olmstead’s office. Behind every sentence Olmstead speaks in an interview late one evening, the cricket chirps a regular, booming beat.

It seems as though the natural world is so inseparable from Olmstead’s own that even a telephone call to the author conjures up the meadow and the small pond behind his Mount Holly home. It is like this, too, with his writing: characters so deeply ingrained in the land that their skin smells of timothy hay, their ears buzz with cicadas and their mouths taste of milk freshly dipped from the bulk tank. (more…)

Sep 13 95
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Entering Jenny Bitner’s poetry is like slipping into a lake at midnight. It’s the kind of water you can trust even though it’s black and deep and you’re not sure if you can swim.

“I love the water and will do anything for it,” she tells us in her poem “Blind.” You have no choice but to believe her. (more…)

Aug 01 95
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Kimberly Blaeser crafts a crazy quilt of memory in her poems, calling upon her Indian heritage to guide her quest. In doing so, she weaves the traditions of her ancestors with the immediacy of her own life, stitching together fragments of dreams and things remembered.

She writes “out of a place, a center, that is greater than what I alone am or could be. My work is filled with the voices of other people. It crosses boundaries of time and space, of ways of knowing, of what it means to be human.” (more…)

Mar 24 95
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From the moment she swooped onto the stage singing, swaying and shouting — languages tumbling from her solid six-foot frame with the force of a breaking dam — Maya Angelou commanded her audience of 3,000 with the power of poetry.

Words flicked from her fingertips, curled around her hips, tapped out their own rhythms in the click, stomp and scuff of her feet. She stood larger than life at the podium in Franklin & Marshall College’s Mayser Center in Lancaster, Pa. — poised as if to give a sermon from a mountaintop, sing an Italian aria or dance a classical ballet. And before the hour was through Thursday night, she had done these and more. (more…)

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