Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Pittsburgh City Paper asks “Why aren’t there more (or any) buskers in the ‘burgh?”

The City Paper also reviews Venango poet Phil Terman's new book Rabbis of the Air:

Much of the imagery derives from the Clarion University English professor’s life in rural Venango County, where woods and fields, the wildlife and a vegetable garden inspire his lyrics to literally lip-smacking lushness:

The demonstrations of the ineffable —

The robin’s gorging in the blueberry bush,
The hummingbird’s delicate visitation of the lilac,

The rain’s every-so-often downpour,
Then its slowly reminiscing.

Charles Simic has been named the country’s 15th poet laureate.

But perhaps more importantly, the National Endowment for the Arts has announced a new literature director

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