David Orr http://krwg.org en From Dissections To Depositions, Poets' Second Jobs http://krwg.org/post/dissections-depositions-poets-second-jobs "No man but a blockhead," Samuel Johnson famously observed, "ever wrote, except for money." This is tough news for poets, since the writing they do is often less immediately profitable than a second-grader's math homework (the kid gets a cookie or a hug; the poet gets a rejection letter from <em>The Kenyon Review</em>). Poetry itself is tremendously valuable, of course, but that value is often realized many years after a poem's composition, and sometimes long after the end of its author's life.<p>In the meantime, everyone has to eat. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:03:00 +0000 David Orr 40049 at http://krwg.org From Dissections To Depositions, Poets' Second Jobs It's A Genre! The Overdue Poetry Of Parenthood http://krwg.org/post/its-genre-overdue-poetry-parenthood Birth, most people would agree, is a fairly important event. And poetry, most people would agree, tends to focus on subjects of intense emotional significance. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:07:00 +0000 David Orr 22678 at http://krwg.org It's A Genre! The Overdue Poetry Of Parenthood Adrienne Rich: Resolution Amid The 'Turbulence' http://krwg.org/post/adrienne-rich-resolution-amid-turbulence The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/29/149591069/influential-poet-adrienne-rich-dies-at-82" target="_blank">memorials</a> for the poet Adrienne Rich, who died Tuesday, will inc­­lude plenty of references to her feminism, her sometimes polemical leftism, her precocity, her difficult marriage (her husband killed himself in 1970), her subsequent partnership with the writer Michelle Cliff, and the books — beginning with 1963's <em>Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law</em> — that made her internationally famous. What can get a bit lost in all this, however, are the poems themselves. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:35:00 +0000 David Orr 15257 at http://krwg.org Adrienne Rich: Resolution Amid The 'Turbulence'