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Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Gordinier’

Poetry Foundation Launches Book Group in Chicago

For all our Chicago readers, the Poetry Foundation has launched a monthly group that studies a book handpicked by “individuals from a varied background.” Author and New York Times staff writer Jeff Gordinier made the April pick,  To Repel Ghosts: The Remix by Kevin Young.

The discussion will take place on April 19th from 12:30 p.m at the Poetry Foundation on 61 West Superior Street in Chicago. You can email to register, 15 participants can join. Gordinier explained his choice:

I happen to love it when poets get wildly ambitious — we could probably use more of that, these days — and To Repel Ghosts: The Remix makes no secret of Kevin Young’s burning desire to deliver a big book, a book that contains multitudes. To Repel Ghosts is a biography, in verse, of the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and nearly every page twists and teems with the late painter’s provocative, enigmatic, knotty approach to language and image. As we move through these pages we feel as though we get to know a man who specialized in seeming unknowable.

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Type a Poem: NaNoWriMo Tip #3

If writer’s block is keeping you from finishing your manuscript, try reading a poem. When you finish, type the entire poem–the process of literally writing poetry will jump-start your creativity.

Author and journalist Jeff Gordinier outlined the method in an essay: “I buy somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 books of poetry each year, and when I find a particular poem that moves me, I’ll hold that page open with a paperweight and meticulously type up the poem, line by line, comma by comma. So my friends weren’t surprised when I told them a Don Paterson poem had moved me so much that I had, on impulse, booked a trip to Scotland.”

You can find pages and pages of poems at the Poetry Foundation. Browse its poetry archive by topic, season or poet to find the perfect inspiration.

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Twilight Tourism and Stephenie Meyer Day

twilighthotel.jpgAs the literary world braces for the midnight multiplex release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon adapted from Stephenie Meyer‘s mega-bestseller, GalleyCat caught up with one reporter who went straight into the heart of Twilight darkness–celebrating Stephenie Meyer Day in Forks, Washington.

Journalist and author Jeff Gordinier wrote a long essay for Details magazine about visiting the real-life town made famous by the fictional Twilight saga. We asked the obvious question. Do the local hate these 60,000 new literary tourists? “In the course of three full days there, I didn’t encounter a single resident who snickered at the ravenous squealing Twihards. Everyone was thrilled about it! Believe me, the people who live in Forks are grateful,” he replied via email, sharing two photographs of the trip.

Gordinier concluded: “Meyer has saved their town. Before the Twilight craze, Forks truly was trapped in the realm of the undead–the logging business had cratered. The vampire phenomenon has turned Forks into a magnet for Twilight pilgrims, which means that the local motels and souvenir shops are perpetually packed, and revenue is pouring in. Nobody in Forks (nor at the Quileute reservation out at La Push beach) seemed even the tiniest bit jaded about that. They’re welcoming the fanatics with open arms.”

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