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Poetry & Poets in Rag of May 31

Poetry & Poets in Rag of May 31
By rus bowden on 05/31/2011
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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

Poetry & Poets in Rags blog:

This week, let me tell you about two links from each of our three sections in Poetry & Poets in Rags. Let''s begin in the last section, Poetic Obituaries, where a huge story broke, Gil Scott-Heron has died. The obituary links are listed in alphabetical order by last name of deceased. They begin with Canadian World International Poetry Slam Champion Willie Lee Bell a.k.a. Will Da Real One, being shot down outside his poetry club in Miami.

The first of the two I will select out of our Great Regulars section is a translation of the poem, I, Lalla, written by the 14th-century poet Lalla. The poem appears in The Caravan. We have two kinds of Great Regulars. The first is the journalists and poets who write these great articles, and bring us great poems. The second kind is the periodicals that bring us great articles and poems. Great Regulars are in order first by the last name of the Great Regular person, who are all followed by the periodicals listed in alphabetical order. So people first, then zines. This week, Frank Wilson happens to be the last person in this section, and The Caravan the first periodical. So it is there you will find I, Lalla. The second of the two is from Great Regular Michael Rosen, UK''s former Children''s Poet Laureate. He''s written an essay that I recommend called: Shakespeare: the metaphorical terrorist.

Our first section is News at Eleven, wherein you will find eleven news stories. Our first this week, our headliner, is about the near extinction of the nightingale, and The Nightingale Appeal. The second item in News at Eleven that I will highlight, I do so, because it makes for a nice companion article to Michael Rosen''s mentioned above. It comes from Tablet Magazine, and is called "Politics and Poetry." Both Rosen''s article and this one relate Shakespeare to politics in insightful ways.

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© By rus bowden On 5/31/2011 2:55:41 PM
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