from Love Toward the Ashes
Reading the opening lines of the poem "Love Toward the Ashes", we realize that an oft-used symbol or image can deliver distinctly divergent effects when different poets wield it. Let's compare this poem excerpt - from the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Sobbing Superpower by Joanna Trzeciak, translating from the Polish written by Tadeusz Ró?ewicz - to another recent Poem of the Week selection.
When a poem is spare and succinct, how that affects readers may differ widely. Does it make the poem cold and clinical? Conversely, does the poem come across as more honest if it is unembellished and to the point? Is there a greater sense of calm - or perhaps a stronger sense of emotion - with fewer, presumably well chosen, possibly more powerful words? Michael Palmer's "Soon", from his 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Company of Moths, quietly stirs up these questions.
We were sorry to learn this past week of the passing of respected poet and translator Clayton Eshleman. We are grateful for the poetry and translation works he has left us. He was immensely dedicated to poetry and translation throughout his career, with distinguished work on Aimé Césaire, Pablo Neruda, Antonin Artaud and more. His translation of César Vallejo's work was shortlisted for the 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize, and we are going to revisit one of those powerful pieces this week.
from No Sky
What an intoxicating experience, when a poem introduces you to an image, in just a few words captures your attention and fascination ... and then takes you in unexpected directions from what you thought the image might mean. This crisp excerpt from 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize winning collection Time, by Sarah Riggs, translated from poetry originally written in French by Etel Adnan, is endlessly surprising.
The Next to Last Draft
So much is packed with deceptive ease into the flowing, colloquial, wise and wisecracking poem "The Next to Last Draft" by the late C.D. Wright from her 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted collection Steal Away, so much so ...
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