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Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 6d ago

Float

Anne Carson's new book promises to be interesting. As always, she provides both amusement and food for thought as she explores form: Float, her most ambitious publication since Nox (2010).....
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 1M ago

Cecil Taylor: The Attempt to Levitate

Cecil Taylor, jazz musician and poet:“So poets who perhaps attempt to levitate—the process to achieve that, the thing that all poets have in common, the internal material—is the development ...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 2M ago

Sibelius Kullervo Kortekangas Migrations: Minnesota Orchestra

I'm thrilled that Kortekangas set my poems into the music.  "Migrations" is well matched to the driving and intense Kullervo, composed by Sibelius.  The Minnesota Orchestra performance, cond...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 4M ago

Democracy: A Poem by Leonard Cohen

In these dark days Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman found comfort and hope in the work of Leonard Cohen. Together they recorded this new version of “Democracy.” Amanda composed the piano and Ne...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 5M ago

One River Many Stories

Congratulations to Tom Isbell and the cast at UMD Theater.  "One River" has been chosen to travel to the KCACTF Region 5 Festival this January. This is a unique and moving performance that c...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 6M ago

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes believed in humanity and he had hope for a world in which people could sanely and with understanding live together. Let America Be America AgainLangston Hughes, 1902 - 1967Le...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 6M ago

Wislawa Szymborska

If history has taught us anything, it is that civil liberty and democracy can change in one day. Polarizing political campaigns turn into extremism.  Slogans and rhetoric can mask many thing...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 7M ago

Meridel Le Sueur as a Poet

Nestsby Meridel Le SueurThere is a nest in the marble pillar of your neckWhere young birds fly.They beat their spiced wings within the blossom of your breasts,Full flower.The red and restles...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 8M ago

Forms

As a poet, I obsess over forms and patterns of language. Caroline Levine has a fascinating new book that examines form in the fields of literature, cultural studies, and politics. She elimin...
Sheila Packa Poetry Blog · 10M ago

One River Many Stories

One River Many Stories was a community wide story-telling event for the Duluth and St Louis River region.  It was initiated by Paul Lundgren, John Hatcher and many others in the Journalism p...