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bittersweet
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posted 17 November 2004 01:32 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ted Kooser is the new U.S. poet laureate. A Nebraskan, he's the first from the plains states. I've enjoyed reading the previous one, Billy Collins. Here's a link with a bit of info: Click

Like that he wants his poetry to compete with priorities like drycleaning. That he asked his secretary at the insurance company if his poems were clear. And that he's willing to risk being sentimental.

In a related subject, has anyone seen Laurie Anderson's new project The End of the Moon? Sensational music; I think the narrative, while effective in bits and having loads of potential, needs to be finessed before bringing it back to NY. Kinda fun seeing her work out the bugs in the provinces--using cue cards and losing her place--but considering the ticket price, not sure it shouldn't have been a little more composed.

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speechpoet
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posted 18 November 2004 02:04 PM      Profile for speechpoet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Strange moment, that gap while she was at the podium, shuffling her cards like someone whose PowerPoint presentation has just skipped forward 20 slides.

I thought it could also have been better paced, and even given the price, I wouldn't have minded losing 15 minutes or so. But that story about her border terrier, and the way she turned it at the end... that was worth the price of admission. So was the bow-cam.

So, for that matter, was the fact that my cheapie-way-off-to-the-side seat fell apart ten minutes before the show began, and the kindly Ford Centre staff moved us to row L, dead centre. Woo-hoo!


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posted 18 November 2004 02:49 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Funny about the seat. Re: the Centre, I'd never been in it before--what a design nightmare. Just chaotic getting inside and through that tiny lobby.

I agree, the terrier/vulture story was great. The performance did something to me I hadn't experienced before--the combination of Anderson's soft, lilting narration and the music put me in a kind of trance. I was still comprehending everything, but it was definitely an altered state. Wonder if that's something she wanted to achieve, or if it was just moi, sans caffeine.

BTW, did you see Lepage's Far Side of the Moon? I've only seen the stage version. According to the program, Anderson contributed to the movie soundtrack.


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posted 22 November 2004 06:53 PM      Profile for speechpoet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's funny you should say that about the trance-like state -- I kind of hit the same thing in the last half hour or so, where the words were washing over me, and I was understanding them as they were being spoken, but couldn't really follow a thread.

(Insert snarky comment about a Paul Martin speech here.)

Didn't see Far Side of the Moon, but Possible Worlds had kind of the same unhurried, intellectual dream-like quality to it that I associate with Anderson.


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posted 22 November 2004 07:01 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The couple of interviews I've read with Kooser have been priceless. I haven't quite decided yet, but I think he learned leg-pulling from William Faulkner, who used to play such marvellous tricks on interviewers and critics.

I guess reading the poetry is next, eh?


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posted 22 November 2004 09:48 PM      Profile for BLAKE 3:16     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh no! Another master of the quotidian! Arrgghhh! And just after I slipped George Bowering the arsenic....
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