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The State of the Art on Poetry Daily

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The State of the Art on Poetry Daily

Poetry Daily features the 1992 Foreword from The State of the Art by David Lehman. I remember when the Carter administration invited several hundred poets to the White House for a celebration of American poetry. There was a reception, handshakes with the president, the pop of flashbulbs. Concurrent poetry readings in various White House rooms capped off the festivities. In each room a few poets had been asked to read. The rest of the poets, the ones who hadn’t been asked to read, could attend the reading of their choice. A year later, Jimmy Carter lost the presidency. I used…

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Poet Barbara Hamby’s Deep South Minestrone Recipe

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Poet Barbara Hamby’s Deep South Minestrone Recipe

Florida poet Barbara Hamby, who has published three books with the Pitt Poetry series, is known for cooking up delicious verse. Poet Laureate Billy Collins described one of her collections as offering “a generous helping of poems so crackling with references and busy with verbal energy you might feel them buzzing in your hands.” It turns out that one of Hamby’s other passions is soup! “I love soup. It is the ultimate comfort food,” she said. Hamby usually has a freezer full of several different kinds, and enjoys trying new recipes.” Most of my soups are easy, and many are…

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10 don’t miss places on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)

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10 don’t miss places on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)

(geographically arranged from Cumberland to Pittsburgh) 1 Mile 5 – Helmstetter’s Curve For the first 13 miles the GAP is a rail-with-trail. You share the route with a classic steam train. Time your ride to catch the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s Mt. Thunder pounding through the sweeping 1/2 mile Helmstetter’s Curve on its way up the east side of Big Savage Mountain to Frostburg, MD.   2 Mile 22 – Big Savage Tunnel & Overlook Stop and relax at the Big Savage Overlook. From the edge of the trail you look southeast to waves of folded mountains and 3 states,…

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Pitt Press poet’s verse featured in new symphony music

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Pitt Press poet’s verse featured in new symphony music

The Double Truth Chard deNiord “Sunday Calls,” from Chard deNiord’s collection The Double Truth, will be set to music by Jacob Cooper and featured during a May 15 concert by the chamber ensemble of the Albany Symphony. Cooper explained that the new song will be performed by vocalist Theo Bleckmann and the symphony’s chamber group “Dogs of Desire.” This concert is part of their annual American Music Festival, and part of Cooper’s two-year residency with the Albany Symphony. “For this concert, we’re each arranging songs and writing new ones,” he said. “The song I’m arranging is Kate Bush’s ‘Under Ice,’…

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Meet Us in May

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Meet Us in May

We hope to see you at these upcoming conferences: American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) April 29-May 3, 2015 New Haven, CT histmed.org Representative: Abby Collier (Acquisitions Editor)   Latin American Studies Association (LASA) May 27-30, 2015 San Juan, Puerto Rico lasa.international.pitt.edu Representative: Joshua Shanholtzer (Sr. Acquisitions Editor)  

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