Posts Tagged ‘Dean Rader’

Poet and professor Dean Rader has begun curating a very interesting forum in the public uses of poetry, 99 Poems for the 99 percent, which will run 99 poems “that address the social, political, economic, aesthetic, and cultural realities of the 99 percent” in 99 days. So far, the site includes poems by Bob Hickok, Rachel Loden, Dana Levin, Derek Mong and Matthew Zapruder. The poems are good, with more to come, but what interests me is Rader’s cr-aa-aa-zy notion that poetry, of all things, might have some legitimate use in the public sphere. Now that’s a radical idea. Go, Dean! Highly recommended.

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Woman reading

it is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there
William Carlos Williams

And, yeah, it’s still hard to get the news from poetry–so MANY bleeding poets, so many styles, departures, arguments, Cage Matches, grudges, minor explosions, effusions, scatterings, flatulences–but  old Doc Williams is still right. Here are some places where you can get the word on what’s newsworthy in the dangerous world of the rhapsodes:

Chamber Four’s best poetry 2010

No Tell Motel’s best poetry 2010

On the Seawall’s Lists of Recommended Poetry 2010

The Prague Post

Best-selling poetry books, 2010

Timothy Donnelly‘s favorite poets of 2010

Picks by the staff of Poetry magazine

Dean Rader’s picks for best poems of 2010 in the San Francisco Chronicle.