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In Meat For Tea: The Valley Review
The actor is featured on a page dedicated to National Poetry Month, offering brief asides on works by Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, Thomas Lux and Naomi Shihab Nye. For Clifton's inspirational "what the mirror said," Murray comments, "everybody needs an 'Attagirl!' now and then." Murray also includes Kinnell's "Oatmeal," with its reference to sharing a meal with the late John Keats.
"Alas, Kinnell, too, is now available for breakfast," Murray adds, noting that the poet died in 2014.
The magazine's books editor, Leigh Haber, had reason to believe Murray might agree to the project. He's a longtime supporter of Poets House, a literary center based in Manhattan, and one year read works there by Emily Dickinson and others to a gathering of construction workers. Haber told The Associated Press during a recent interview that she contacted Murray through a mutual friend. Two months went by without a response. On deadline day, he called the magazine's office and told Haber that he was in town and had some poems in mind. Because he didn't use emails or fax machines, he suggested a meeting at his room in the Carlyle Hotel. Haber and an assistant headed right over.
"It was so funny," Haber said. "He had scraps of paper on which he'd scribbled notes and Xeroxes of poems. His love of poetry was obvious from how much pleasure he took in reading the poems aloud to us."
With business out of the way, Murray rolled out a glass cart and served martinis.
"An act of poetry all its own," Haber calls it.
Murray's other picks include Lux's romantic ode "I Love You Sweatheart," of which he said, "This poem vibrates the insides of my ribs, where the meat is most tender." He also felt a personal connection to Nye's "Famous" and its lines "I want to be famous in the way/ a pulley is famous/ or a buttonhole, not because it did/ anything spectacular/ but because it never forgot/what it could do."
Murray's take: "It's not the dream of being big. It's the dream of being real. That's what stands out to me."
This From Pat Nolan at Parole
From: Chinee, Grand Poobah, NBBPS
Subject: The Birth Of Modern Poetry
One hundred years ago poetry got modern, and all because of the laziness of one poet. Alcools, a title that is usually translated as Alcohol, but with a meaning closer to “distillation” or “essence.” And lazy may not be an accurate description of one of the greatest French poets of the early 20th Century. Looking over the proof pages provided by the printer, Apollinaire realized that the typesetter had got the punctuation horribly balled up (to put it mildly). To extricate his poems from this mélange of arbitrarily arranged graphical signposts was going to be time consuming and costly. His only other choice was the nuclear option. Handing the proofs back to the printer, he scrawled “delete punctuation” on the fly leaf. And thus modern poetry was born.
t modern, and all because of the laziness of one poet. That happened when Guillaume Apollinaire picked up the proofs for his book of poems,
This familiar anecdote may be apocryphal, but it is also instructive: innovations can come from seemingly inconsequential decisions. And soon enough there was an orgy of unpunctuated poetry. Likely this could be one of the origins of the term “free verse”. Certainly it encouraged a poetry free from the constraints of periods, semicolons, colons, commas, dashes, and exclamation points, and captured the imagination of young poets bent on overthrowing the established order.
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