Monday, June 20, 2005

Russian poets

This is the end of my fifty hour weeks and then I have three weeks off where I am supposed to do nothing but the book and the girls. I plan to hire a small marching band to swing by here on Friday.

This is my summer of Russian Poets. I am reading the modern history of Russian Poetry which of course, isn’t all that modern. The thing is, when you read these kinds of things at the beach and someone comes up to you and wants to know what class you are taking and you say no, I am doing this for fun---they look at you really weird.

Reading Merwin this morning he said “If you are going to be a writer there comes a point where you’ve apprenticed yourself hard to a number of ppl you feel close to. Then you stop that b/c you are not trying to adopt a voice and after that you can learn from writers without being deafened by them.”

I love it when I believe that the loudest voice in the room of my mind is my own, as if anyone can know that for certain.

12 comments:

C. Dale said...

I am so envious! 3 weeks with the Russian poets. How wonderful. Which ones will you be reading?

early hours of sky said...

Actually I have a very long list. Do you have any you suggest?

Anna of course, Osip Mandelshtam, Velemir Mayakovsky, Nikolay Zabolotsky, Vinokurov, Natalya Gorbanevskaya and a great deal more.

I also want to read through the collected works of H.D.

and this is where you say, Teresa Ballard you are such a nerd.

C. Dale said...

No, this is where I say (to quote Charles quoting Paris) "That's HOT!"

early hours of sky said...

Well today I could use a little hot. Thank you.

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Lyle Daggett said...

Guessing you meant Vladimir Mayakovsky ... a couple of Russian poets I like whom you didn't mention (though maybe they're on your list to read) are Velimir Khlebnikov and Andrei Voznesensky. Also (though much harder to find anything by her in English translation) Maria Aliger.

I've spent quite a bit of time with H.D.'s poetry over the years. Sharon Doubiago has done some wonderful writing about H.D., not sure what might be available either online or in print. A lot of hits came up when I googled H.D. and Doubiago together. Though sounds like you're more intent on reading H.D.'s work itself right now than reading writing about her.

early hours of sky said...

Thank you for Maria Aliger. I will try and find her. Have ever been to the Book House in Minneapolis? They have wonderful books about H.D, even some that are out of print but yes, I want to read her work as a whole before I read about her.

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