L, Michael Lally to Alison Luterman
Michael Lally has lived more lives as a poet than most actors do roles, so it’s no surprise he turns out doing stints for Hollywood (where he ran the Hollyword series for years) and voiceovers. Reading his poems is reading history as liquor smooth and wicked, fun and troublesome.
The Last Poets
Years of boat rocking and language rolling have made the Last Poets into THE ur-rappers and speakers for a united front of intelligence from the Black perspective. Their newest book, On a Mission (Holt), record, Time Has Come (Mouth Almighty), & online fragments at bonvibré’s Snally Gaster’s African American Phat Library will magnetize you, eyes to ears.
Dorianne Laux is a poet who reveals the inner sheen of ordinary, difficult daily life by paying attention to life and craft. She began as a single mother, supporting herself in a series of working-class jobs & writing poems during her breaks. Now she teaches writing at the University of Oregon.
David Lehman is an academic, an activist, an anthologist -- hey, let’s face it, the guy’s a poet who is happy that the world revolves, that there’s a sun, that you can talk to it, and that poetry lives day and night.
Poet of & for the working class, Philip Levine is a master of history, a storyteller working in the colloquial idiom. He taught for many years at Fresno State University & fostered a lively poetry scene in that out-of-the-way place.
Liebler is known as the poet with the Magic Poetry Band in Detroit. You can read his poems in Rattle, then check out his newest book, Written in Rain from Tebot Bach. His heroes are Jesus & John Lennon.
A reference page on Liu Xiaobo, Chinese poet, literary critic and activist for democracy and free speech, who was imprisoned in 2009 and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.
For pure driving energy, Rick Lupert’s got the write idea, and he boosts it off toll-free on his Poetry Super Highway. Will you submit, and become a Porsche on the verandah? Or will this become the Bad Poetry Motel from Hell? Time tells. What time is it?
I’ve been reading Alison Luterman’s poems in The Sun Magazine for years now -- she often takes my breath away & compels rereading with the beauty of her lines & the subtle depth of her heart. None of her many poems published in The Sun are reprinted on their Web site, but you can read her work online in Kshanti Literary Review, at Plagiarist.com & in Salt River Review.