Sunday • 3/31/2013

Like an idiot

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To what purpose, April, do you return again? 
Beauty is not enough. 
You can no longer quiet me with the redness 
Of little leaves opening stickily. 
I know what I know. 
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe 
The spikes of the crocus. 
The smell of the earth is good.
It is apparent that there is no death.
But what does that signify? 
Not only under ground are the brains of men
Eaten by maggots. 
Life in itself 
Is nothing,
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs. 
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill, 
April 
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
                                                     —Edna St. Vincent Millay
Tuesday • 4/17/2012 Sunday • 3/25/2012

Badass molecular biologist *and poet* Katherine Larson is featured on Gwen Eiffel’s poetry segment in last week’s News Hour. Larson won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition last year and last month won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for promising poets. Meanwhile, she’s also a working ecological researcher in Arizona.

She says, “Science gets to a certain place … a horizon, a liminality, of what you don’t know, what can’t be explained [by science itself] to a point that’s satisfactory, that allows for the breadth and depth of the human experience.” 

Basically she’s the most wonderful human alive. Also: nice book cover. 

Friday • 3/9/2012

Lunchtime poetry fix, baseball edition: Mary Karr remains my spiritual homegirl in holy profanity. 

Wednesday • 2/8/2012
Heroes Brenda Shaughnessy and Eileen Myles reading their poems at Public Assembly tonight. Was so great that not only did it make everything okay again, it made everything better.

Heroes Brenda Shaughnessy and Eileen Myles reading their poems at Public Assembly tonight. Was so great that not only did it make everything okay again, it made everything better.