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Entries from April 2013

National Poetry Month, One More

April 30th, 2013 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month, One More

…in the April 24th edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education Anne Curzan presents a fun piece on the word slash and its emergence [as a] a new conjunction/conjunctive adverb.  It’s a fine piece on the elasticity of the English language, and brings to mind how poetry is a recital of the changeable music of words. All poetry in some way  is music, or, is written for a tone to turn meaning into truth.  Manipulating the music in words is craft of poetry (irregardless of the form), and to finish National Poetry month a nod to one English poetry’s greatest musician–slash–craftsman, John Keats. The list below are new titles by and about Keats:

The list title on the list is our copy of the Oxford Standard Authors edition of Keats’ poems.

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National Poetry Month, Save from the Fire

April 25th, 2013 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month, Save from the Fire

Ploughshares is a hell-of-a-good literary review (one that we have both print and online versions).  Recently on the Ploughshares Blog Rebecca Makkai wrote about “Five Books I’d Rescue from the Fire.”  The essay is about books Ms. Makkai thinks irreplaceable, essential, can’t-do-withoutable (her’s is an interesting list).  This of course prompts for any reader the question “Which books would you save from the fire?” Impossible, to be sure, but what came first to mind was Shakespeare.  The poetry that is a line in Shakespeare, the poetry that is remembering Shakespeare.  A volume of Shakespeare to save from the fire is one born here in Canton…Caliban Press’ version of the Tempest, a detailed description of the test anon–

Caliban Press announces the publication of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Designed, printed, and bound by Mark McMurray.  This edition was inspired by a variety of sources including Shakespeare’s First Folio;
Bread & Puppet Theater of Glover, Vermont; John Coltrane’s Olé; the film Black Orpheus; and of course Prospero’s library.


The text for this edition is taken chiefly from the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s works published in 1623. Spelling has been modernized except for the eight songs within the play that retain the original spelling. Some of the First Folio type setting practices are retained such as the use, when needed, of the ampersand (&) for “and” as well as some lineation devices. Textual advisor: Thomas L. Berger, co-editor of a new variorum edition of Henry V for the Modern Language Association and editor of facsimiles of Shakespearean quartos for the Malone Society.


The text has been set in 14 point Dante by compositors “B” Michael and Winifred Bixler, Skaneateles, New York. Dante was designed by Giovanni Marderstaag and first released in 1954. Marderstaag himself published an edition of The Tempest in 1924 under the Officinia Bodoni imprint.


Printed on seven handmade & mould made papers: handmade abaca & daylily by Velma Bolyard, Wake Robin Papers, Canton, New York; machine made & handmade papers by David Carruthers and Denise Lapointe, La Papeterie St-Armand, Montreal, vatman Dave Dorrance; handmade Barcham-Green “Charles I” and “Dover”; mould made Arjomari Arches text wove and Zerkall Frankfurt cream. Additional papers include Mexican amate and others.


The images in this edition are from a variety of found and historical sources including relief prints, collage, pochoir, and a volvelle. There is also a linocut by wood engraver Greg Lago, Clayton, New York.


125 copies letterpress printed & bound in handmade paper covers and purple morocco spine.  Housed in a handmade paper portfolio. 32 cm., 119 pages.

Caliban Press is an enterprise run by our Curator of Special Collections & University Archivist, Mark McMurray.   A beautiful home grown book gardened right here in Canton, Shakespeare in Canton…

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Bereavement, Poetry

April 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Bereavement, Poetry

Bereavement–Poetry is a Library of Congress Subject Heading. Given the tragedies in Boston and in Texas, it seems like a appropriate Subject Heading for the moment.  We have four titles that correspond:

We also have, of course, the greatest literary work on painful repose: The Anatomy of Melancholy, by Robert Burton.

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National Poetry Month, New Poetry

April 19th, 2013 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month, New Poetry

…in a pointed and angry essay on contemporary poetry, New Criterion Editor David Yezzi writes, “Poetry has become so docile, so domesticated, it’s like a spayed housecat lolling in a warm patch of sun.  Most poets choose to play it safe, combining a few approved modes in a variety of unexceptional ways…these poems feel t home in coffee shops and on college campuses; they circulate breezily among crowds of like-minded poems and all of them work hard to be liked.” Below is a list of very new titles, perhaps, as spring gives way to summer, spend some time putting Yezzi’s assertion to the test?

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National Poetry Month, Bombings at the Boston Marathon

April 16th, 2013 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month, Bombings at the Boston Marathon

…seems like a poem appropriate for this sober morning is A.E. Housman’s “To An Athlete Dying Young.” From Bartleby.com,

Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
A. E. Housman. 1859–
32. To An Athlete Dying Young
THE time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.
To-day, the road all runners come, 5
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay, 10
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers 15
After earth has stopped the ears:
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man. 20
So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.
And round that early-laurelled head 25
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

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National Poetry Month, Baudelaire

April 15th, 2013 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month, Baudelaire

Stephen Akey has published a long thoughtful piece on Baudelaire in The Millions.  A long thoughtful piece on Baudelaire seems like something exquisitely tailored for the long thoughtful moment otherwise known as National Poetry Month…

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National Poetry Month Continued, Poetry Magazine

April 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month Continued, Poetry Magazine

We have a complete run (between print and electronic copy) of Poetry Magazine in ODY.  Certainly, of the literary reviews in business today Poetry would be on just about everybody’s “top five” list.  Poetry also sponsors a top five web site of poems, information on poets, commentary, and poetry, through the magic of packets, nodes, and the Internet, read aloud.  This is for both contemporary and modern poets, what better month than April to venture to Poetry online…

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National Poetry Month

April 1st, 2013 · Comments Off on National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.  Libraries everywhere are moving in directions poetical (for at least the next 30 days) and here at Odyssey Online a renewal of blogging about poetry, and poetry in our collections. To start with we will nod over toward the open web and a piece in Rumpus by David Beispiel who argues that Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl helped create the world we now live in, a world opposed to an intolerant America.”

Howl is a fine start to National Poetry Month, we have the definitive version, of course, complete with variants and correspondence…

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