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"...Well into his 80s, Alejandro Jodorowsky, cinema’s utmost surrealist shaman, has found a new burst of film creativity by mining his own personal history. Endless Poetry is the second in a planned five-part autobiographical cycle, and is the follow-up to 2013’s The Dance of Reality, Jodorowsky’s magisterial evocation of his childhood in Tocopilla, Chile, and the film that broke his 23-year film screen silence..."
"...It must be a sign: "National Poetry Month" fits in a haiku...."
"...We've called it the "Finest Paradise for Poets" and "the best kept secret on the American poetry scene." And now, well, the secret's out...."
"...Surely you've realized by now that we're celebrating National Poetry Month, yes?..."
"...Not quite a year ago, we wrote about Poetry With Wheels, the partnership between Capital Metro and the Austin Poetry Society that brings local poetry to placards in unused ad space...."
"...Locals may recognize Nick Courtright's byline from his features work at the Austinist, where he serves as Interviews Editor and once asked Weird Al about method acting, but he considers more philosophical matters in his new collection of poetry, Punchline (Gold Wake Press)...."
"...The five Johnston High School seniors met twice a week after school in the room of English teacher Camille DePrang and wrote poetry. These are not kids who have grown up thumbing through their parents' bound copies of Whitman and Dickinson..."
"...Transportation often finds itself at the heart of poetry; something about the metaphors of motion keeps the two entwined...."
"...In entertainment terms, especially in Austin, anything reaching that milestone should move into the institution category. The seventh annual Austin International Poetry Festival, which takes place this week, follows a deceptively simple formula: Get as many poets into town as possible and let them read..."
"...Ric Williams: Why Austin for an International Poetry Festival ? Ashley F. Kim: Statistically, Austin is in the top 10 as far as poetry scenes in the U.S..."
"...Unfortunately, few students utilize these resources. Our space is used more often as a study lounge than as a poetry salon. I had hoped to consult Stanley once more for guidance..."
"...Transportation often finds itself at the heart of poetry; something about the metaphors of motion keeps the two entwined...."
"...Not sure yet how to celebrate National Poetry Month? Why not sample the many and varied options the 2008 Austin International Poetry Festival has to offer? The fest – the largest nonjuried poetry festival in the world – kicks off Thursday, April 10, and runs through the weekend. Morning workshops are reserved for registrants only (the late registration fee is $50), but there's gads more to hear, see, and do..."
"...Still, that's pretty unusual. So I never got scared of [poetry]..."
"...To call the scene incongruous might be an understatement: it's September, and Raul Salinas has just arrived for a reading at the expansive Barnes & Noble superstore in northwest Austin. The reading has been organized by John Berry and Herman Nelson, two stalwart members of the Austin open mike poetry circle, and it's being held on a small platform on the second floor, a sort of pier looking over a sea of best-sellers and cash registers...."
"...If you could put the Austin International Poetry Festival in a diorama, you might have something like the Austin Free Poetry Festival: smaller and more self-contained than the real thing, but with a number of the characteristics that define the event. The festival, to be held Sunday, November 10 at Book People (6th & Lamar), is intended as a warm-up for local poets and volunteers who will drive the Fifth annual AIPF next March..."
"...Dear Editor, I am writing in response to one of your issues and its use of poetry and selections from area poets. Your choices invariably depend on profanity, lewdness, and vulgarities (and that is the printed version of all the selections, not the spoken)..."
"...The first decade of this millennium is coming to an end. Mike Henry knows that as well as you do, but you didn't spend that decade (and the half-decade before it) running the Austin Poetry Slam..."
"...Coffee House, the nonprofit literary press out of Minneapolis, released five diverse poetry titles during April's National Poetry Month. The Romance of Happy Workers, the new collection by Anne Boyer, co-editor of the journal Abraham Lincoln, draws foremost on the author's Midwestern roots..."
"...Dear Editor, Good poetry is often surprising – as was the fine piece by Abe Louise Young on the Austin International Poetry Festival in your April 16 issue ["Gathering Up the Wanderers," Books]. It was a gratifying surprise to see this publicity..."
"...of this year's Austin International Poetry Festival, says, "It's hard to structure without it being carnival-like," she's giving an entry-level history lesson to the annual event...."
"...Created in 2014 by Kelsey Shipman, the Freehand Arts Project brings highly qualified volunteers to the county jail to teach classes on creative writing, art, and poetry. (Carter joined on as co-director in 2016.) Freehand has reached hundreds of inmates as well as officers, and has been instrumental in publishing two anthologies of inmates' writings, poetry, and drawings – Jail Fat and 3am – that will soon be available online..."
"...5 Manchester Oklahoma City Austin - NeoSoul Tucson St. Louis Honolulu Milwaukee New York - Urbana San Antonio Fayetteville Ann Arbor Baltimore Lincoln Austin - Ego’s Boise Palatine Dallas - Poetry Grind Corpus Christi Chicago - Green Mill Miami Randall Providence Vancouver Denver - SlamNuba Fort Worth 9pm BOUT NO..."
"...This city last hosted the National Poetry Slam in 1998, to great acclaim. Since then, the sport of spoken word has grown, and so has its big dance..."
"...Given the dark sexual undercurrents of this novel, as well as its heroine's struggle to resist repression and lies, it may be no surprise that Madonna has already picked up The Fires' movie rights. But the novel's greatest strength won't be caught on film; it's in Steinke's exquisite, loving rendering of the poetry of pain..."
"...In its debut National Poetry Slam, Austin's own Team NeoSoul/SouthFlavas (profiled as part of our preview) finished second out of 73 teams, sealing its run during the finals at the Palmer Auditorium (the NPS took place in Austin for the first time since 1998; it will return in 2007). Team Denver emerged as champion after eliminating Austin's other representative, Team Ego's, in the semifinals while Seattle's Anis Mojgani won his second consecutive individual crown..."
"...Neuwirth's association with Pennebaker dates back to 1965 in Berkeley when he assisted Pennebaker during the making of Don't Look Back, a documentary following a very young Bob Dylan on tour through Europe. As Neuwirth explains, Pennebaker doesn't make films, he makes movies -- that project "poetry and light on the silver screen." When Pennebaker took the stage, he graciously accepted his tribute with a speech crediting his wife and partner in film for over 20 years, Chris Hegedus. Filmmaker Michael Moore (Roger & Me), who happened to be in town following our beloved governor George W..."
"...The National Poetry Slam overtakes Austin starting Aug. 7 at venues all over town (see the schedule, p.42, for times, dates, and venue info)..."
"...After wading through the crowds for all the various music, film, interactive, theatre, crawfish, kite, and grumpy-donkey festivals that pop up around town every warm-weather weekend in the spring, you could be forgiven for not knowing that Austin also hosts a poetry festival, and an internationally notable one at that. Poetry tends to draw smaller crowds; if a recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts is correct, the readership of poetry in America has declined by more than 50% in just the last 16 years..."
"...So, what is visual poetry? To tell the truth, after seeing the exhibition "Brazilian Visual Poetry," I'm not really all that sure. I approached the show expecting it to deal with concrete poetry, a movement begun roughly in 1952 by brothers Haroldo and Augusto de Campos, and Decio Pignatari that attempted to facilitate an integral relationship between language and visual arrangement of words on the page..."
"...Okay, I admit it: Once upon a time, I wrote poetry...."
"...Every slam poet has a conversion story. For Lacey Roop, it all started with an open-mic poetry night at the Hideout Coffeehouse, where she was studying for a macroeconomics exam..."
"...Nine-tenths of a point. That's how much the 1999 Austin Poetry Slam Team missed advancing to the finals of the National Poetry Slam (NPS) August 11-14 in Chicago..."
"...Poetry went uptown in 2002. In the biggest city in the country, in that tony neighborhood that means theatre, this underappreciated little language-driven art form that has scraped by in the coffeehouses and bookstores of the land muscled its way in among the megamusicals and million-dollar star vehicles and shouted, "Hey, America, the word still matters!" It was a gutsy move putting poetry on Broadway, but producer Russell Simmons had already succeeded in putting it on television as an award-winning HBO series so he had reason to believe that poets could find an audience on the Great White Way...."
"...Poetry has always been considered the finest of arts. The best of music, art, drama, literature is described as poetry when it touches that deep well of truth and beauty that comes closest to describing the inexpressibly mysterious condition of being achingly, poignantly, maddeningly human..."
"...Yes, yes, we all know Austin majors in music, but certainly it minors in poetry. The city plays host and hub to one of the most established poetry scenes in the nation, a fact lost on many locals since it isn't electrified and amplified from every street corner..."
"...So, let's start at the most illogical place - the bottom. That is, the books I picked up a few months ago. The poetry books I'd waited for for months...."
"...It's a perfect Slam Team Summer: MTV gears up to rock the vote, KISS stages a reunion tour, and Atlanta burns the Olympic torch. In the absence of minor league baseball, Austin needs some locals to cheer for, and slam poetry is both more exciting and participatory than a bunch of wannabes spitting black and swinging sticks..."
"...Two hundred poets will be wandering from cafe to bookstore to bar, stumbling in a state of linguistic intoxication and invoking the Muses and ancestors. The Austin International Poetry Festival is headquartered at Ruta Maya off South Congress, and it is one of the strangest and most compelling literary events around...."
"...Well, our eyes must have glazed over looking at the calendar. Because we missed two really prominent ones: the Austin International Poetry Festival and the Texas Burlesque Festival...."
"...That is, he was an indefinable being, even more indefinable than the rest of us. Writing a unique meld of purist and demotic Greek, obsessed by ancient history, and unabashedly sensual, Cavafy produced just a few poems a year and kept his poetry largely to himself, sharing his work only with friends and, now and then, a Greek magazine..."
"...Although never anything less than ambitious, Howl fails to satisfy in a number of ways. This film about Allen Ginsberg’s first published poem, “Howl,” strives toward (and sometimes achieves) a kind of poetry analysis on film and attempts to explain why “Howl,” more than 50 years after its publication in 1956, remains Ginsberg’s most enduring and influential contribution to the arts..."
"...It's daytime now, and there is no need to shout as no band is playing, no one is in the place except for him, me, and a couple of dogs, and the huge neon stage sign: ELECTRIC, is neither buzzing nor glaring. Henry's soft tone, though, cannot conceal his passion about the upcoming National Poetry Slam, happening August 19-22..."
"...Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson is infused with the poetry of the quotidian, and defying the odds against this type of endeavor, Paterson is also one of the maverick filmmaker’s most accessible films. Not only is it a film about a poet, Paterson transcends its story to become a work of poetry itself..."
"...Scott Brownlee may live in Philadelphia, but he's never far from Llano. You can sense that – see it, touch it, smell it – in Requiem for Used Ignition Cap, his first full-length collection of poetry, published this past October by Orison Books..."
"...September – a month for harvest moons, back-to-school dances, gridiron action, and ... poetry? Apparently so, as the calendar became packed with events linked to the lyric art as soon as we passed Labor Day..."
"...But the best, the best way to go into this state, is still poetry. All these years later, it is poetry still..."
"...The time for silence has ended. Local poet and all around badass, Hannah Jove has teamed up with Houston's Traci Lavois Thiebaud and Dallas' Lauren Belmore to put on an all-female, all-queer noise poetry show (see Saturday)..."