Archive: Poet's Choice

Poet's Choice by Julie Carr

This poem is the 23rd "note" in my book, "100 Notes on Violence." At this moment in the sequence I wanted to be very explicit about my intentions and about the source of those intentions. The book grew out of my increasing resistance to representations of and information about domestic,...

By Ron Charles | March 10, 2010; 09:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Poet's Choice: "Will There Be More Than One 'Questioner'?" by Nick Lantz

The title of "Will There Be More Than One 'Questioner'?" comes from an interrogator's preparatory checklist in a declassified CIA document from 1983, the "Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual." I came across it while doing research for my book "We Don't Know We Don't Know," which focuses partly on salvaging...

By Ron Charles | March 2, 2010; 10:46 PM ET | Comments (3)

Poet's Choice by Linda Pastan

Though my poems are often a reflection of my so called "real life" (the woods outside my window, my family, what I read about in the newspapers), they are usually more disguised, less specific in their details, than this poem. Maybe that's because I lead such a quiet life that...

By Ron Charles | February 23, 2010; 10:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Poet's Choice: "Embedded in the Language" by Maxine Chernoff

"Embedded in the Language" arose from my outrage at the War in Iraq and the government policy to embed and thus restrict reporters covering it. As a child and then teenager, I was profoundly influenced by the nightly coverage of the Viet Nam War and its startling, endless line of...

By Ron Charles | February 16, 2010; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Poet's Choice: "The Story of White People" by Tony Hoagland

"The Story of White People" is one of a dozen or so poems I've written on the subject of race in America, that toxic reservoir over which our playgrounds and city halls are built. I've tried to make the poems explorations unhindered by the hedging and filling of political corrrectness...

By Ron Charles | February 9, 2010; 09:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poet's Choice: "Money Talks" by Rae Armantrout

I wrote "Money Talks" in the fall of 2008 when we were hearing that the banks that had grown "too big to fail" were about to fail unless our representatives voted to give them huge subsidies. The poem really got started when I was thumbing through Vogue magazine and saw...

By Ron Charles | February 2, 2010; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Poet's Choice: "In a Beautiful Country" by Kevin Prufer

I live in a tiny town in Missouri, about 10 miles down Highway 50 from Whiteman Air Force Base. Several times a day, a B-2 bomber flies above my classroom, rumbling, beautiful and terrifying. Sometimes, my students come to class in fatigues. They finish their homework between military and family...

By Ron Charles | January 26, 2010; 08:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poet's Choice: Rachel Loden's "Miss October"

"Miss October" began in annoyance and ended somewhere entirely else. Hugh Hefner's E! Entertainment television show "The Girls Next Door" debuted around the time of its writing, and (in clicking channels one night) I was treated to images of a then near-octogenarian Mr. Hefner indefatigably flogging the program in his...

By Ron Charles | January 15, 2010; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (4)

 

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