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Poetry & Poets in Rags of November 22

Postby rus bowden » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:37 pm

Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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Robert Hass, the 70-year-old former poet laureate of the USA, was beaten by police in Berkeley California after his wife, the wonderful poet Brenda Hillman, was shoved to the ground. It was at Occupy Berkeley. He writes about it in a New York Times article, our first link in the News at Eleven section.

The next selection has links to two articles about Nikky Finney, who just won the National Book Award for Poetry for her work Head Off & Split. The second one has embedded into it her acceptance speech, one that John Lithgow called "the best acceptance speech for anything I’ve ever heard in my life." We have dozens more links to poems, and articles about poets and poetry in three sections, News at Eleven, Great Regulars, and Poetic Obituaries.

The IBPC contest results are in for October, with great thanks to our new judge for the fall season, Nathalie Handal, whose commentary on each poem you can read online. Congrats to the winners!:

First place: That and a Dime Will Get You a Cup of Coffee by Sue Kay of Wild Poetry Forum
Second place: In the Beginning by Brenda Levy Tate of PenShells
Third place: at a foodbank by Dan Flore of The Writers Block

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