This is my first foray into the blogging world. I am a little nervous. But I thought perhaps the best way to begin is to state my reasons for starting this blog.
I am a poet whose first book of poems was just released October 1st from New Issues Poetry and Prose. I have done some public readings in the Kalamazoo area and have sold a respectable number of books so far. I wanted journey into the blog world in the hopes of having a place to talk to other poets and writers and readers of poetry. I also want to have a place to discuss my poetry life -- something that I have trouble explaining orally to anyone it seems, for whatever reason. There is a risk always in sharing what you feel is your lifeblood; poetry is mine. And it can be lonely ... it is inherently lonely, but it can also be quite joyous.
I love the Confessional Poets ... especially Robert Lowell and John Berryman. I have always thought Anne Sexton to be somewhat overrated, but Plath has had many moments of genius. Though I am not the fan of Plath that I am of Lowell and Berryman. I have also been reading a lot of Philip Larkin (I am a Librarian and oft lonely, so Larkin's speaking my language a lot).
As far as contemporary poets go, I love: Mary Ruefle, Dean Young, Tony Hoagland, Charles Simic, Robert Hass, Matthea Harvey, Barbara Guest (may she rest in peace), and Kenneth Koch (may he rest in peace). There's more, but I am drawing a weird blank.
I also appreciate art a great deal, especially the Surrealists (Hans Bellmer and Max Ernst in particular). The DADAists are also fascinating, especially Kurt Schwitters.
I guess that's all for now ... I anxiously await to see what will happen now ... Adieu!