TED2017, Apr 2017
Samuel R. Delany on “The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction”
September 9, 2012 (originally: 09.25.2011)
Samuel R. Delany has been described as “American science fiction’s most consistently brilliant and inventive writer.” Delany’s non-fiction includes the essay collection, “The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction.”
2:00 “when the words are put together in poetic form, you listen to them differently. You pay attention to them differently. When they’re put together in a prose form, again you pay a different kind of attention to them. And it’s the same thing with science fiction.”
2:33 “Then her world exploded”
Junot Diaz on Samuel R. Delany
April 13, 2014
Writer Junot Diaz tells us why he’s a big fan of Samuel R. Delany’s novel, “Dark Reflections”.
Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century
Aug 29, 2015
sound is often forgotten in a piece of writing. “Writing is a kind of way of speaking, and I hear it,” she says.
“And I think a lot of readers hear it too. Even if they hear it in silence. And so the sounds of the language, and the rhythm and the cadence of the sentences are very powerful.”
Colm Toibin on Poet Elizabeth Bishop
May 10, 2015
The celebrated Irish novelist Colm Toibin talks about his admiration for the poet Elizabeth Bishop and the kinship he feels for her.
01:45 confessional, autobiographical poems
02:46 her poems are canonical
4:34 people are very careful about what they say
people hint at things rather than declare them
language of restraint … everything is understated
07:40 we live in an age where you’re meant to–even with the most casual acquaintance–sit down and tell them all about how you’re feeling this week
08:10 somehow speech is not accurate enough, language is not clear enough
TEDxExeter, Feb 2014
New Poet Laureate: ‘The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same’
June 12, 2014
The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the nation’s next poet laureate will be Charles Wright, a retired professor at the University of Virginia.
“I’m very honored and flattered to be picked, but also somewhat confused,” the poet told The New York Times. “I really don’t know what I’m supposed to do. But as soon as I find out, I’ll do it.”
“Thinking about things” has been fruitful for Wright, who’s won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his poems, which often center on faith and nature.
He will pick up the position from current poet laureate Natasha Trethewey in the fall. In the meantime, he tells Block about the bad fiction he wrote in his youth and how spirituality has consistently informed his poems.
I first started reading it seriously when I was in the Army, in Verona, Italy, and I was 23 years old, which is very late for a poet — most poets start about the age of 3, I’ve come to find out. And they have a whole stack of poems that they wrote before kindergarten. But that was not my case.
I did try to write stories in college, because I was interested in writing, and I was interested in the sound of language, but I was just no good at narrative and at fiction. When I discovered the lyric poem, that advanced not by narrative steps but by blocks and layers of imagery, I said, “Gee, I probably could do that. So let me try that.”
sources of insipiration: the idea of the music of language
In ‘Poetry,’ The Story Of An African-American Military Family
February 08, 2014
Marilyn Nelson is one of America’s most celebrated poets. She is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Newbery and Printz and Coretta Scott King awards. Many of her most famous collections are for children.
Her latest work, How I Discovered Poetry, is a memoir about her own childhood. It’s a series of 50 poems about growing up, traveling all over America in the 1950s to follow her father’s job in the Air Force. Each of the poems is identified with a place and a date.
… we were driving once some place in California and a cop stopped us and said, ‘What do you think you’re flying, boy?’ And my father said, ‘B-52s.’ “