Greetings! This is just a brief post to direct you to some reading elsewhere, for those who might be interested. The National Book Foundation, which offers the National Book Awards each year in various categories, is hosting an online retrospective of more than 60 years of American poetry, via a blog with daily postings on the National Book Award winners in Poetry from the inception of the award in 1950 through 2010. It is totally fascinating to discover or remember who the winners have been over the years. And it is also interesting to get the perspectives of the emerging poets who've been given the opportunity to share their views of these poetry heavyweights. Time for a disclaimer: I'm one of the poet-bloggers participating in this project! My first post is up as of today -- and there are already a week's worth of postings for you to catch up on. Check it out!
I'll say that my first post was a hard one to write and very different from the others you'll see later on. The blogging assignments were largely random, so many of the bloggers ended up writing about people whose work was not entirely familiar to them. Sometimes those new encounters go well; and sometimes . . . well, you can read it for yourself! If I've got it all wrong -- or if you've got nothing but sympathy for me -- leave me a response, there or here. It's a conversation that's just starting . . . or the next installment of an age-old exchange on the who-what-when-where-why-and-how of art . . .