Archive for February 1st, 2013

by lizard

I have been immensely inspired this past week by a poet I just discovered—Brenda Hillman. This is from her short Poetry Foundation bio:

One of contemporary poetry’s most eclectic formalists, Brenda Hillman is known for poems that draw on elements of found texts and document, personal narrative, confession, and literary theory. Hillman told Contemporary Authors: “I am interested in the presence of spirit in matter and in how to have joy in a divided universe—that’s what my poetry is mainly about. My tools are irony, the image, the broken narrative, and an intensely personal voice.”

This week’s poetry post is a treasure trove of material. I start with a section of an interview between Tod Marshall and Brenda Hillman, from a book titled Range of the Possible, which I featured in this post last September. Next is a poem by Brenda Hillman, titled Cheap Gas, from her book, Loose Sugar (Wesleyan University Press, 1997). Then I conclude with a poem I wrote when a line from Leonard Cohen’s song There Is a War compelled me to distill the recent (and excellent) Missoula Independent feature Joystick warfare hell, which tells the story of a terrible memory a drone “pilot” will live with for the rest of his life.

Have a safe weekend! Continue Reading »

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