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T.S. Eliot on YouTube: The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock
July 03, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

If you missed last week's newsletter with a video from Brian Turner you can see it again right here. And you'll definitely want to see that issue of Hyperbole because it contains two reviews on websites every poet should know.

But this week we have a video of T.S. Eliot reading "The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock," and some additional updates to the World Class Poetry Toolbar. Keep reading!

Table of Contents

  1. Poetry Video Of The Week - "The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock"
  2. American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser
  3. New World Class Poetry Toolbar Features
  4. Updated World Class Poetry Pages
  5. Poetry Book Of The Week
  6. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  7. Are You Subscribed?
  8. World Class Poetry Networking

Poetry Video Of The Week -
"The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock"
by T.S. Eliot

If you can't click the link or watch the video, you can find it here.

American Life in Poetry: Column 170


I've lived all my life on the plains, where no body of water is more than a few feet deep, and even at that shallow depth I'm afraid of it. Here Sam Green, who lives on an island north of Seattle, takes us down into some really deep, dark water.

Night Dive

Down here, no light but what we carry with us.
Everywhere we point our hands we scrawl
color: bulging eyes, spines, teeth or clinging tentacles.
At negative buoyancy, when heavy hands
seem to grasp & pull us down, we let them,
we don't inflate our vests, but let the scrubbed cheeks
of rocks slide past in amniotic calm.
At sixty feet we douse our lights, cemented
by the weight of the dark, of water, the grip
of the sea's absolute silence. Our groping
hands brush the open mouths of anemones,
which shower us in particles of phosphor
radiant as halos. As in meditation,
or in deepest prayer,
there is no knowing what we will see.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright (c) 1998 by Samuel Green. Reprinted by permission of the author, Sam Green, from his book "The Grace of Necessity," Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008. First published in "Cistercian Studies Quarterly", Vol. 33.1, 1998. Introduction copyright (c) 2008 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

New Poetry Toolbar Features

This week I've added a couple of new features to the World Class Poetry Toolbar. I know you'll find them to be welcome additions. The first addition was the inclusion of The Daily Dish a political blog by Andrew Sullivan that appears in The Atlantic's website and is very popular. You can find the blog under News on the toolbar. Just look for the green RSS button next to the radio icon.

The second additional feature to the toolbar this week is a new publication, Beltway Poetry Quarterly. You'll love this online review, which publishes poetry from the nation's capital. The current issue features Kim Roberts, Grace Cavalieri, Myra Sklarew, and many more. Not just for poetry, but it also includes essays and tons of links! You can find it under Publications on the toolbar. Enjoy!

Updated World Class Poetry Pages

Every now and then I go back and look at some old pages to see if they've been updated. This week I had a chance to check out the World Class Poetry Toolbar page and, sure enough, it needed a few tweaks. So you might have guessed. I gave it a twirl.

Poetry Book Of The Week

This week's poetry book of the week is The Practice Of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach. When I first read this book about 12 years ago I thought was fantastic. Having revisited it since then I'd say that it's just as good. Great for beginning poets and even if you are a veteran of verse, the writing exercises will still benefit you. I've written some pretty good poems using these exercises and I'm sure you will too.

Take a look at The Practice Of Poetry: Writing Exercises From Poets Who Teach by Robin Behn and Chase Twichell.

Buy your favorite poetry books at the World Class Poetry Bookstore.

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