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Jenna Le is the author of Six Rivers, A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (2nd Place winner in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association's Elgin Awards), and Manatee Lagoon. Her poems appear in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and West Branch. Le is Poetry Co-Editor for Pulse: voices from the heart of medicine. She has a B.A. in math and an M.D. and practices in NYC.

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Jenna Le Hi Arthur, thanks for your question. I first read Auden as a rather young girl: in childhood, I owned one of those "Everyman Pocket Poets" editions of…moreHi Arthur, thanks for your question. I first read Auden as a rather young girl: in childhood, I owned one of those "Everyman Pocket Poets" editions of his work. I must confess that it took me many years to come around to appreciating Auden's civic preoccupations, the strong political undercurrents in his work: as a kid, I was most interested in simple romantic poems written from an "I" perspective, and Auden's frequent evocation of an unromantic, unindividuated "we" perspective left me cold at first. But I remember being immediately enraptured by the master's technical brilliance, particularly his facility with nonce forms and unconventional rhyme schemes. Take a poem like "Musee des Beaux Arts": many people don't realize that this poem, which masquerades as a simple free-verse poem, actually has an intricate interlacing rhyme scheme, wherein every end-word except one rhymes with exactly one other end-word (wrong/along, understood/wood, waiting/skating, be/tree, forgot/spot, course/horse, away/may, cry/sky, shone/on, green/seen). These subtle and intricate embroideries of sound excited me, making me realize that there's much more to poetic form than the flashy singsong stuff that many folks envision when they think of poetic form. It made me realize that there exist millions of shades of gray I had previously never known of. It was a revelation to me, like what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they discovered that there exist numbers outside of the rational numbers, all these infinitesimal distances on the number line that they never knew existed.(less)
Jenna Le Sagar, I apologize for not seeing this question earlier! I did not mean to ignore you. I share my writing for many reasons, one of which is that I (pe…moreSagar, I apologize for not seeing this question earlier! I did not mean to ignore you. I share my writing for many reasons, one of which is that I (perhaps foolishly, naively, and self-importantly) believe there is something in my writing that others will find unsettling, entertaining, edifying, titillating, loneliness-reducing, or otherwise valuable. The authors I read and loved as a child -- prose writers like Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Henry David Thoreau, Bertrand Russell, Brenda Ueland, Janet Frame, Amy Tan, and Jamaica Kincaid and poets like Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sylvia Plath, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, e.e. cummings, W.H. Auden, Guillaume Apollinaire, and countless others -- all touched my life ineffably, and I wouldn't put my writing out there if I didn't hope (perhaps foolishly, naively, and self-importantly) that it might touch others similarly.(less)
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Wishing a happy, healthy holiday season to all my Goodreads friends!

If you're itching for a poetry break from all the holiday hecticness, I'm pleased to have new poems published this month in a variety of wonderful periodicals that can be read online, including Able Muse , Bad Lilies , JAMA , and The Orchards . In these poems, you'll find squid and sculpture, wisecracks and woodcuts, t Read more of this blog post »
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