So how does place influence who we are and what we know? Two things were going on in my thinking there. I worked nights and I got to go out and cover tough stories and talk to people up against enormous personal tragedy who knew sections of the old city and stories those places held.
How is that dangerous or beneficial? What can help writers get into some kind of publication? The hoops of blackberry stems made me cry. What happened in the newspaper business is I think I learned a physical and academic context for looking at cities and I began figuring out why and how I loved cities so much, through reading Jane Jacobs and Lewis Mumford.
She partied a lot. One of my grad school friends said that if you had either place or voice in a poem, you could do anything. Reading work in translation forced my ear to slow down, listen more closely, consider how a real, human voice talks.
Somehow, Gill managed to stay alive during Earlier we discussed brevity and the impact of words. Fellow students Patricia Dobler and Kevin Rippin were my closest readers and we made huge reading lists for each other, and dared each other to try things; we were reading Ritsos, Milosz, Tsvetayeva, many other poets I still rely on all the time.
I was trying hard to break my hearing that had been clogged up with newspaperese and with what I incorrectly judged to be the heaviness of my own Western Pennsylvania voice, even though I knew better. Other poems lean toward these gorgeous bared spaces at which Vollmer is so excellent: So yeah, you have this reality lens on something very particular, and very valuable, but you might ignore it if you live here.
Vollmer lives in Pittsburgh and co-edits the national poetry journal 5 AM. The editors among us who do this for love are excited, as excited as the writer probably, when new, good work comes in the mail. What is the lede? But why would you want to do that? Pittsburgh as a highly compressed, densely layered model of place—it represents essential truths and heartbreaks most people in the United States are becoming more familiar with every day.
Kind of makes me want to kiss Rome on the mouth. I count female poets and writers who never name a female influence or peer. Water supply and safety. Need I mention August Wilson?
I count with disappointment all the time and I count reviews and reviewers and essayists who never mention women writers. She was very tough.
Next stroke of luck: For weeks I can remember nothing at all. I walked the bridge to this is where I live, is who I am. A dressing of mule ears, mothy pelts, but green-hearted, Their veins white as porkfat.
Go away, and look at where you were, and if you live where you are, then you have to do something like write slant, or by evasion, without abandoning your intimacy. But we also know the speaker would do other things, should she decide to do so. She drank a lot.
They became my next teachers, mentors, and dear friends. The only woman teacher I had during grad school was the essayist Diane Ackerman. She brought home an anthology of the British Romantics and used to recite the poems while she was cooking dinner.
A great editor, friend to writers while writing himself, and he had a very erudite and cosmopolitan life. There was something about that.Featured picture tools: Featured picture criteria; Featured picture candidates.
Nomination procedure; see Wikipedia:Picture of the day. Purge server cache. August 1 - Wed. inshe moved to Pasadena, California, where she became involved with feminist organizations and began writing poetry and short stories on feminism.
If Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are two branches of the American poetry family tree, as they tend to be, Vollmer is a granddaughter of Whitman. Like Whitman, for whom newspaper work also served as the fertile ground of poetry, she evinces a sympathetic embrace of the breadth of experience and humanity.
Judith Vollmer (Poetry MFA ) is the Director of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg's Campus Writing Program. She also is also co-editor of 5am, and the author of Level Green (), Reactor (), The Door. Dante “Tex” Gill was chosen by The Pittsburgh Press as both Dubious Man and Dubious Woman of (Pittsburgh Press photo) She partied a lot.
She could recite poetry endlessly.
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Vollmer, who lives in Pittsburgh, is also coeditor of 5 AM, an independent magazine of contemporary poetry. Her most recent publication is a collection of poems titled Reactor (University of Wisconsin Press, ).Download