Sherry Chandler's Blog
October 7, 2015
Haiku is a poetry form that escapes me.
Even after more than a year of more-or-less continuous practice of writing haiku-like (haiku-ish) micropoetry, I wouldn’t say I hit more than one time in ten producing anything I’d call poetry, let alone a haiku. Though my readers sometimes express appreciation for posts I’d call complete failures.
Which leads me to wonder whether there’s something I just don’t get.
I would quote about the same odds for haiku I read — about one in ten hits, fewer than that...
July 17, 2015
im putting together a couple of scottish folk mixes bc that’s what i do and im honestly curious if anyone in my country has ever been unequivocally happy about anything ever
scottish trad music genres:Everyone I Love Is Dead
The English Have Stolen All My SheepYou Want To Be My Boyfriend? First You Must Answer These Riddles ThreeThe Protestants Have Stolen All My SheepI Love You A Lot But You’ve Left...
May 23, 2015
This morning, reading in my journal from 2001, I found I’d copied this line from Mark Jarmen in the American Poetry Review for March/April of that year. The poem is called “Epistle.” According to my journal, Jarmen had six poems in that issue of the APR and each one was titled “Epistle.”
Life enters memory faster every day.
Then I opened up the current issue of The Louisville Review to Bianca Spriggs’s poem “You Can’t Step in the Same River Twice,” which begins
To remember a thing
is to remember...
March 31, 2015
We need to be careful not to mistake technology for knowledge.”
- Ann Lauterbach, “Use This Word in a Sentence: Experimental” in By Herself’: Women Reclaim Poetry, ed Molly McQuade (Graywolf, 2000)
March 24, 2015
- Ann Lauterbach, “Use This Word in a Sentence: Experimental” in By Herself’: Women R...
February 24, 2015
February 22, 2015
those years we remember and we
reach for them like hands in the night”
- W. S. Merwin, “To Paula” in Present Company
February 20, 2015
You haven’t saved any I see, lighting one
from the end of another like cigarettes.”
- Keith Althaus, “That’s All” in APR 1999
February 18, 2015
- Molly Peacock, How to Read a Poem
February 16, 2015
Peter, we talk as though
we knew what the years were
that seemed to slip from us
they arrive where have they
gone where were they heading
from the beginning where
did they start from
before there were numbers”
- W. S. Merwin, “To a Friend Turning Fifty” in Present Company (Copper Canyon, 2005)