Tips Picked Up at a Poetry Reading

I fought Boston traffic (without even broaching the city limits) to reach Salem for a reason. I wanted to learn. Learn by listening to a poetry reading. And learn I did. In Ocean Vuoung, Sandra Beasley, and Martha Collins, I got three distinct readers and styles for the price of one. This at the 8th … Continue reading Tips Picked Up at a Poetry Reading

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Who Gets to Determine a Poem’s Meaning?

In a 2005 press release upon the death of one of their own former professors, Louise Rosenblatt, New York University published an obituary that included these words about Rosenblatt's pioneering work on reading theory: "While teaching literature to college students, [Rosenblatt] developed an approach that broke with the dominant academic model (the New Criticism), which elevated … Continue reading Who Gets to Determine a Poem’s Meaning?