Dana Crum’s poem “Portraits of a Former Lover” appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Blackbird. The poem is a zuihitsu.
Crum Wins a Vermont Studio Center Residency
Dana Crum won a 4-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center as well as an artist’s grant that will help pay the residency’s cost. Located in Johnson, Vermont, VSC – to quote the organization’s website – “is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.” During their stay, artists and writers create in studios in a historic 30-building campus that borders the Gihon River and lies in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.
Crum’s residency will run from March 3 to March 29, 2013.
One of the striking features of Albert Goldbarth’s poem is that it’s all one long sentence, broken into lines but not into stanzas. It’s one long list capped off with a rhyming couplet though, of course, the rhyme is somewhat hidden in that “saints” is at the end of its line while “paints” is not. And yet it’s true that rhyme is subtly threaded through the rest of the poem in the form of approximate end rhyme and more hidden exact rhyme (for instance, “teas,” “cheese” and “lees” in the fifth-to-last, fourth-to-last and third-to-last lines, respectively).
Crum's Yearlong Writer's Residency Is Extended Another Year
__Dana Crum won the 2012-2013 Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Writer’s Residency at The Seven Hills School, a pre-K — 12 private school in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school awarded him the residency for the 2013-2014 school year as well. Crum spent the first year working on a collection of poems and will start another book in Fall 2013. The Coombe writer's residency includes a stipend, free housing and utilities, and complimentary breakfast and lunch when school is in session.
Gerber Analytics, LLC, has determined that Seven Hills is the top school in Cincinnati and one of the top five schools in Ohio.
_April is National Poetry Month. To commemorate the occasion, “30 Poets.30 Days.” will — every day this month — release a video of a poet performing an original poem. On April 3, 2012, Dana Crum was featured; he read a piece titled “Coupling.” You can view Crum’s video on the site itself or on Vimeo.
“30 Poets.30 Days.” is the brainchild of filmmaker and photographer David Flores.
_Crum Reads His Poem “The Gods Of Darfur”
_Crum Reads His Poem “Abandoned”
_Crum Reads at Cave Canem in 2011
Dana Crum appears in “Inflammatory.” Created by Nicky Enright, the video is part of the multimedia artist’s installation “Inflammatory,” which was featured in the Bronx Museum’s first AIM Biennial show, in the summer of 2011. To quote the museum, “Enright samples and dissects visual, audio and sociopolitical ephemera. His work counters binary logic and deflates the opposition of dualities in order to expand the boundaries of global culture, hybridity and transnationalism.”
_A poem must be powerful indeed to shake the world, for poets, at least in this country, are generally the least-read writers. (And the least-paid. But that is a subject for another article.) A poem can achieve a large readership in various ways—by galvanizing political movements or making political statements; by revolutionizing poetry through the introduction of radically new techniques, forms, or subjects; or even by shaping the language during times of linguistic chaos. Here are seven that shifted our consciousness.
7. “Somebody Blew Up America” by Amiri Baraka
Named New Jersey poet laureate in August 2002, Baraka believes poetry should rattle readers rather than serving as decoration. Weeks after his inauguration, he recited his poem about 9/11, lines of which allege that the Israelis and President Bush had advance knowledge of the terrorist attacks. The piece rattled quite a few readers, including then-Governor of New Jersey James E. McGreevey.