Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast

Deep Image Poets

August 07, 2023 Aaron Smith and James Allen Hall Episode 102
Breaking Form: a Poetry and Culture Podcast
Deep Image Poets
Show Notes

Our intrepid hosts talk Deep Image poetics and nearly break into blossom.

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The word (and journal name) Trobar comes from the Old Catalan verb trobar, from Vulgar Latin tropāre, a verb presumably derived from Latin tropus, of Greek origin—for "to find." It transforms in French to also take on "to invent, to compose" and thus forms the root of "troubador."

Watch Ellen Bass read her poem "Any Common Desolation" (~2 min) or read it for yourself here.

Check out Cola Franzen's translation of Lorca's poem "La Guitarra." Cola Franzen (February 4, 1923 – April 5, 2018) was an American writer and translator. Among her awards are the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and the Gregory Kolovakos Award from PEN American Center for expansion of Hispanic Literature to an English-language audience.

Read James Wright's poem "A Blessing" or watch him read it here (at the 33:15 mark).

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