Monday, March 17, 2008

Paula Berinstein interviews Joseph S. Salemi


Joseph S. Salemi, who has published work in The Chimaera and SCR (here and here), was recently interviewed at length by Paula Berinstein of the Writing Show website on the problems of contemporary poetry. This interview will be of interest to all engaged with poetry, whether they agree with Dr. Salemi's argument or not. 'The State of Poetry Today' interview can be accessed as an audio podcast at http://www.writingshow.com.

Also, one of Salemi's translations of Horace's Odes was a finalist for the latest Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.

Kudos!

9 Comments:

Blogger RHE said...

It is important not to treat such matters cavalierly; rather, we should penetrate to the heart of them, which necessitates deep and meaningful responses. Thus I recommend the portion of Paul Fussell's book Bad dealing with grown men in alternative headwear.

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11:45 pm  
Blogger Caratacus said...

That's a pretty damning comment coming as it does from such an authoritative fashion icon! Berets do not look odd to me--one sees chaps wearing them often enough for them to be unremarkable.

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7:37 am  
Blogger RHE said...

I think of this as a subcategory of Fussell's quotation from Roy Blount, Jr.: No one should wear a Greek fisherman's cap who is not A) Greek and B) a fisherman.

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11:29 am  
Blogger Caratacus said...

Very wise. And no one should wear a blazer who is not ablaze.

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2:53 pm  
Blogger Caratacus said...

Has it occurred to you Richard that it might be an ex-serviceman's beret or some such? Anyway, good on Joseph Salemi, say I. His being interviewed by the Writers Show is an achievement worth celebrating, as are the achievements of others who appear in SCR/TC. And I found the interview articulate and interesting. Kudos too to Paula Berinstein, who does her job gracefully and intelligently.

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3:01 pm  
Blogger RHE said...

It had occurred to me, but what fun would that be? Besides, though I was once a Cub Scout, I do not now wear the cap in posed publicity pictures. (I'd be willing to, of course, if only someone wanted to publicize me.)

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9:11 pm  
Blogger Caratacus said...

Poets just a-wanna have fu-un!

I think, Richard, you should supply us with a photo of your own resplendent self. SCR will fearlessly publish it, no wukking furries at all mate. It's time to launch the RHE Personality Cult. Woo Hoo!

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6:26 am  
Blogger RHE said...

Sir,

I am not so easily baited.

Well, actually, I am, but I am trying hard to resist. There are no extant photos, except for the one of me in my superhero costume, rushing into a burning library, flinging aside librarians, to save a copy of "Love's Labor's Won." I intend to destroy the negative.

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7:31 am  
Blogger Caratacus said...

Nay, Richard—stay thy hand from such wanton though laudably modest destruction! The picture will be quite safe with us and the 3½ readers of the SCR Blog.

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8:06 am  

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