Author Archives: Sara Helm

“Poem of Disconnected Parts” – Commentary from the Poet

After reading several fragmented poems in The New American Poetry of Engagement, one poem in particular stood out to me. “Poem of Disconnected Parts” written by Robert Pinsky is written in a very disorganized manner, as with many fragment poems. … Continue reading

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Bernstein – does a poem need to be difficult to be meaningfully engaged?

When discussing Berstein’s article in Wednesday’s class time, I originally placed my desk in the center of the room because I really wasn’t sure where my stance was. But after hearing several arguments supporting the notion that a poem should … Continue reading

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Gregerson’s “Sweet” Reading

Linda Gregerson’s poem “Sweet” was a rather confusing poem to both comprehend and read. I found an excellent reading of this poem done by Linda herself at Penn State University. It was read with fluctuations in the tone of her … Continue reading

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Larry Levis Interview

After the having the interview with Austin Smith, I wanted to do some further research on one of his favorite poets, Larry Levis. I found a very intriguing interview that was conducted at Larry Levis’ home in Salt Lake City, … Continue reading

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Interview with Gwendolyn Brooks and Question

Upon be given the assignment to find an interview with any poet or song writer/artist, I really wasn’t sure who to pick. There are so many options! But after doing some broad research I came across an interview with Gwendolyn … Continue reading

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The Weighing: “grains of happiness measured against all the dark”

Jane Hirshfield’s “The Weighing” was an extremely moving poem, I enjoyed being able to reread it in class and delve deeper into the possibility that it was a leap poem. Upon rereading this poem in class, one line in particular … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Title of Peter Meinke’s Poem – Sara Helm

I really enjoyed Peter Meinke’s “Ode to Good Men Fallen Before Hero Come”. As we discussed in class, this poems alludes to an anti-war theme and possibly a relation with Jesus’ sacrifice.  Something that I noticed that supports the anti-war … Continue reading

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Kim Addonizio’s “The Way of the World” Revelation

The poem “The Way of the World” was a beautiful poem written by Kim Addonzio.  I thought it was so truthful and contained wonderful metaphors throughout.  I believe it revealed the ugly truth that humans do have an evil side, … Continue reading

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Reflection on Sharon Old’s “Little Things”

My favorite poem that we read for Wednesday’s class was Sharon Old’s poem “Little Things”.  Reading it for the first time made me think of how the little things in life can make a greater impact than the bigger things. … Continue reading

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Poetry Viewed as a Journey

According to Billy Collin’s discussion in Contemporary American Poetry, a poem should take the reader to a destination.  The beginning of a poem marks the beginning of the journey, the middle of the poem encompasses the awaiting of the end … Continue reading

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