The Peabody Institute Library will be hosting a six week lecture series called “Get to know the Festival Poets!” which will run March 25th to April 29 and will be presented by poet Jennifer Jean. The following essay is the first in a five-part series introducing Festival-goers to some of 2014’s featured readers: Phil Levine, Rhina Espaillat, Carol Ann Duffy, Li-Young Li, and Cornelius Eady.
Li-Young Lee once said that every poem is “a descendent of God.” An unnamed interviewer in Poets & Writers refers to an unspecified, other interview source for this quote and asks Lee, “What about failed, or flawed poems?” Whoa—wait a second! Descendent. Of God. I could not get past this notion so easily. It’s what made this the most difficult “Getting to Know” essay yet. It’s what made my “Getting to Know” presentation on Lee the only one conveyed with flustered passion. [Read more...]