One reason for writing, of course, is that no one’s written what you want to read.

Philip Larkin (via theparisreview)

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#avl #avlwx #avlsnomg Remember that 10% grade snomaghetto road I couldn’t navigate at 6AM. Makes a perfect sled (or luge) run at 2PM.

#avl #avlwx #avlsnomg At 6AM I realized I wasn’t going to make it out of the snomaghetto. May not look like it but that’s a 10% grade slope.

In Those Days, Randall Jarrell

In those days—they were long ago—
The snow was cold, the night was black.
I licked from my cracked lips
A snowflake, as I looked back

Through branches, the last uneasy snow.
Your shadow, there in the light, was still.
In a little the light went out.
I went on, stumbling—till at last the hill

Hid the house. And, yawning,
In bed in my room, alone,
I would look out: over the quilted
Rooftops, the clear stars shone.

How poor and miserable we were,
How seldom together!
And yet after so long one thinks:
In those days everything was better.

(via Poetry 365: In Those Days, Randall Jarrell)

npr:  After The Crisis, An Economist Reconsiders Cappuccino  Oh, Planet Money, you had me at “cappuccino.” –wrightbryan3 (Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/12/17/132115320/after-the-crisis-an-economist-reconsiders-cappuccino)

malty: every damn day (Source: http://weheartit.com/entry/5094668)

Poetry at The Pulp featuring Pat Riviere-Seel

Tonight at 7 PM, Poetry at The Pulp features Pat Riviere-Seel. The reading is followed by an open-mic. So, if you can not make the trip to Warren Wilson College, hangout at the Orange Peel’s members-only club, The Pulp, and enjoy an evening of poetry.

Tonight, 8:15PM, free public reading at Warren Wilson College

This morning Kevin McIlvoy and Alan Shapiro presented lectures as part of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. [1] Tonight, Dean Bakopoulos, Martha Rhodes, Alix Ohlin, and Ellen Bryant Voigt read their work at 8:15 PM at the Fellowship Hall behind the Chapel. [2]

[1] The complete Public Lecture Schedule for The MFA for Writers at Warren Wilson College – Winter 2011 [2] The Public Reading Schedule – Winter 2011

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Free public readings at Warren Wilson College

The last few years I’ve taken advantage of the free public readings by guest poets and writers at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. It’s free and open to the general public.

A few years ago I heard Marianne Boruch present a lecture discussing ars poetica in contemporary and American poetry. It opened my eyes to the poetic process. Another year I heard a poet deliver a lecture for the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and then, months later, discovered an essay based on that lecture printed in a notable literary journal. I thought to myself, I heard it first before it made print!

One evening [1] I heard Mark Jarman, Stephen Dobyns and Percival Everett read new and or forthcoming work. And yet another time, I heard a lecture by Maurice Manning [2] that continues to haunt me. I think back to some of the other notable readings, [3] notable to me at least, and chart the influence [4] of some poets in my work.

One poet who was a regular guest of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College was Steve Orlen. He passed away recently [5] [6] [7] and I’ll miss hearing him read “I Love You. Who Are You?”? [8]

What I find amusing is that the public readings don’t attract larger crowds. Maybe this is one of Asheville’s best kept secrets.

[1] The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College public readings — Winter 2007 [2] The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College public readings — Winter 2008 [3] The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College public readings — Winter 2008 [4] The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College public readings — Summer 2010 [5] Arizona Daily Star [6] Best American Poetry Blog [7] Laura Hope-Gill’s Tweet [8] Anthologized in Best American Poetry 2005