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December 18, 2006 |
Post to the Host:
Heard your 12/16 show on KUHF. As always, I enjoyed the show. The highlight (in my view) was the portion of the show with Billy Collins. I've always enjoyed poetry, but have always been left with an after-taste of depression (at least with contemporary poets). Clearly Collins has a wonderful sense of humor, and he has no fear of demonstrating that. Perfect for your show!
So right, David, and we have to encourage these few poets such as Billy Collins, Tony Hoagland, Barbara Hamby, Denise Duhamel, and others, who dare to be witty. Jerry Douglas sat backstage and loved Billy's stuff, and stagehands perked up, and all of us got a big lift from his presence. The dead dog poem was a gem, the "suddenly" poem was a big hit and all written with more style and cadence than the morose narcissistic complaint that you find depressing. ("I sit alone at the window/trying to write this poem/and suddenly the sky darkens and/ I see that my life makes no sense") Being witty and entertaining, they will always be suspect in the poetry world. But they'll have the satisfaction of knowing that they made us laugh and thereby made it less necessary for us to sit down and write a poem about sitting alone at the window.