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Poetry Month: Katha Pollitt

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Katha Pollitt, poet and columnist at The Nation magazinecontinues the National Poetry Month conversation about politics and poetry.

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Katha Pollitt

Comments [4]

dboy from nyc

I think the important thing to remember is that it's your perspective that is unique. Your voice will touch someone in a way that another writer's will not. You will always approach a subject with your individual set of experiences. The important thing is to nurture that distinct part of yourself.

Apr. 21 2011 12:14 PM
Debbie from NYC

Ms. Pollitt: It's great to hear you on BL. We read "Reasonable Creatures" in college, and even among the millions of texts we read in college, it sticks with me.

As for poetry writing: I tend to wait for inspiration. It's an idea that buzzes around in my brain or sometimes a seemingly physical feeling of a need to write. An emotional event sometimes brings inspiration. A deadline helps and it makes a poet more productive. Writing begets more writing.

Apr. 21 2011 11:57 AM
jk

The greatest political poem of all-time is To Whom It May Concern by Adrian Mitchell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmMCObgu_jc

Apr. 21 2011 11:49 AM
MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick from Mount Vernon, New York

I maintain the blog McCarra/Poetry...some of my poetry may have a political vein, but only peripherally.

For National Poetry Month I have been writing one poem a day and posting it to the blog. On the evening of the 29th I'll be doing a reading at Lola's Teahouse in Pelham, NY.

http://mccarra--poetry.blogspot.com

Cheers,

MaryAnn

Apr. 21 2011 11:42 AM

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