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February 9, 2003 | Dana Gioia, Dana Gioia is the author of three volumes of poetry, "Daily Horoscope," "The Gods of Winter" and "Interrogations at Noon," which won the American Book Award in 2002. He is the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
At the time of his death in 1982, Kenneth Rexroth's reputation was in decline. Honored as a mentor to the Beats and remembered as San Francisco's leading literary intellectual, he was no longer widely read as a poet. His best-known works were translations, especially those from the Chinese and Japanese, and his cultural journalism published mainly in the Saturday Review.
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December 5, 2010 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
Stepping Stones Interviews with Seamus Heaney Edited by Dennis O'Driscoll Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $18 paper Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is our greatest living poet, and here's a combination for connoisseurs. "Stepping Stones" is a book-length series of linked interviews with the poet conducted by poet Dennis O'Driscoll. It all adds up to an autobiography. When Heaney recently turned 70, Ireland's national radio had the poet record his readings of his poems for broadcast.
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February 6, 2005
What a good article by David Shaw ("The Power of Words: Listening During Wartime," Jan. 30). I worked for the poet Virginia Hamilton Adair, who was then blind and in her 90s. A poet friend in Maine sent me Sam Hamill's request for poems, and I rushed up to Ms. Adair's room and asked her if she wanted to send one. We sent two of her poems, "Casualty" and "My Radio." She was pretty much confined to her room, the radio on most of the day. She heard her poem read on NPR the next day and was elated.
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February 6, 2005
What a good article by David Shaw ("The Power of Words: Listening During Wartime," Jan. 30). I worked for the poet Virginia Hamilton Adair, who was then blind and in her 90s. A poet friend in Maine sent me Sam Hamill's request for poems, and I rushed up to Ms. Adair's room and asked her if she wanted to send one. We sent two of her poems, "Casualty" and "My Radio." She was pretty much confined to her room, the radio on most of the day. She heard her poem read on NPR the next day and was elated.
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December 5, 2010 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
Stepping Stones Interviews with Seamus Heaney Edited by Dennis O'Driscoll Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $18 paper Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is our greatest living poet, and here's a combination for connoisseurs. "Stepping Stones" is a book-length series of linked interviews with the poet conducted by poet Dennis O'Driscoll. It all adds up to an autobiography. When Heaney recently turned 70, Ireland's national radio had the poet record his readings of his poems for broadcast.
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March 3, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
The poet needs another cigarette. He'd worked himself down to eight smokes a day, on pace to quit before his 60th birthday, but now he's back up to a pack and not sleeping very much besides. Sam Hamill -- author of 13 volumes of poetry, pacifist ex-Marine, Buddhist, craggy white-haired introvert -- once had a life he liked. It was lived in private. Then First Lady Laura Bush, in mid-January, invited him to take part in a White House symposium called "Poetry and the American Voice."
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August 3, 2003 | Kenneth Rexroth
The tops of the higher peaks Of the Sierra Nevada Of California are Drenched in the perfume of A flower which grows only there -- The blue Polemonium Confertum eximium, Soft, profound blue, like the eyes Of impregnable innocence; The perfume is heavy and Clings thickly to the granite Peaks, even in violent wind; The leaves are clustered, Fine, dull green, sticky, and musky.
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April 15, 2003 | Renee Tawa
Poets nationwide are continuing to build on their momentum as a persistent antiwar force with the publication of an anthology this week, "Poets Against the War" (Nation Books). Contributors include some of the country's most respected poets: former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove, Adrienne Rich and W.S. Merwin. The first printing of 40,000 is huge for a collection of poetry.
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August 3, 2003 | Kenneth Rexroth
The tops of the higher peaks Of the Sierra Nevada Of California are Drenched in the perfume of A flower which grows only there -- The blue Polemonium Confertum eximium, Soft, profound blue, like the eyes Of impregnable innocence; The perfume is heavy and Clings thickly to the granite Peaks, even in violent wind; The leaves are clustered, Fine, dull green, sticky, and musky.
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March 3, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
The poet needs another cigarette. He'd worked himself down to eight smokes a day, on pace to quit before his 60th birthday, but now he's back up to a pack and not sleeping very much besides. Sam Hamill -- author of 13 volumes of poetry, pacifist ex-Marine, Buddhist, craggy white-haired introvert -- once had a life he liked. It was lived in private. Then First Lady Laura Bush, in mid-January, invited him to take part in a White House symposium called "Poetry and the American Voice."
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February 9, 2003 | Dana Gioia, Dana Gioia is the author of three volumes of poetry, "Daily Horoscope," "The Gods of Winter" and "Interrogations at Noon," which won the American Book Award in 2002. He is the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
At the time of his death in 1982, Kenneth Rexroth's reputation was in decline. Honored as a mentor to the Beats and remembered as San Francisco's leading literary intellectual, he was no longer widely read as a poet. His best-known works were translations, especially those from the Chinese and Japanese, and his cultural journalism published mainly in the Saturday Review.
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