Poetry

Anishinabe author Heid Erdrich talks about how a social media post spurred her to create a collection of contemporary Native poetry by exciting new writers and to "bring our poetry out there where readers can find it."

Heid Erdrich's New Poets of Native Nations is published by Graywolf Press.

How can we die when we're already

Minnesota Historical Society

If the committee had seen Bob Dylan's high school poetry, would he still have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016?

For better or worse, they didn't, but Dylan fans will be able to see some of the Dylan poetry canon (circa Hibbing High School, 1956) later this month at the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld hosts the Readings from Seven Nations open mic event, featuring poetry from the seven nations blocked by excecutive order from travel or immigration to the US: Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Syria.

Duluth's newly-minted poet laureate, Ellie Schoenfeld, reads from her work and talks poetry, pretension, community ... and the value of following an idea to see where it leads, without attaching to an outcome.

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover and a bee.

And revery.

The revery alone will do

if bees are few.

~ Emily Dickinson

For more information on the work of Dr. Marla Spivak and the University of Minnesota's Bee Lab and Bee Squad, click here.

Linda LeGarde Grover's new collection of poetry, The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, is not a collection of "pretty poems."

They're there, of course, but more often the words are are a slap in the face, delivered with a muted ferocity that leaves the reader first shocked,  then speechless.  

Red Dragonfly Press

  This summer, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) were  established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle."

The Master Key Press

This summer, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) were  established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle." Our guest is Tera Freese.  Her book of poetry, Remind Me That I'm Wild [The Master Key Press], with illustrations by Lindy Kehoe, was nominated for a NEMBA award in the Children's Literature category.

 

For Brian Laidlaw,  Bob Dylan wasn't just a role model, he was the role model for the aspiring poet/musician.

In this, his first book of poetry, Laidlaw envisions Bob Dylan as a stunt man, taking the risks that, perhaps, Robert Zimmerman would have been unable to take. The result is, according to the author, "A loud book by a quiet person."

Holy Cow Press

We visit with Jim Perlman of Holy Cow Press, one of the editors of a new poetry collection titled, Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior, published by Holy Cow Press.  The book contains over 70 poems submitted by authors from around the region and from around the world, such as Heid E. Erdrich, Kimberly Blaeser, James Armstrong, and Sara Thomsen, et al. who live near and/or have been inspired by Lake Superior.

For the longest time, Ann Glumac wrote poetry as a way of capturing a moment or an experience.

Then she allowed herself to entertain a new idea: what if other people might like what she wrote?

On the heels of that thought: what if they don't?

My father will wake in the dark...

I buy him presents,

warm and heavy things

of wool and wood.

To warm him.

To weigh him down

so he cannot float away from me

into the big night sky.

~ "Solstice" by Ann Glumac

It was just like everyday silver or everyday dishes; it wasn't something special you hauled out for company.

That's what Peggy Trojan saw growing up and writes about, in this moving chapbook of poetry about her parents and their "everyday love."

Peggy Trojan's chapbook of poetry, "Everyday Love," was nominated for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) in Poetry and is self-published.  All this summer, we'll be bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland by NEMBA award-winners and nominees.

Poet Lynette Reini-Grandell won the 2014 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) for poetry earlier this month.  She joins us to read some selections from her first collection, "Approaching the Gate,"  and to talk about the benefits of the unqualifiable in schools.

Published by Holy Cow! Press.

Women's Words on May 10, 2015, featured Julie Gard of Duluth reading three poems, "Northwestern Ontario," "Aubade," and "Zipline."

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