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"poet lore" Discussed on WGN Radio
"And done. Welcome back. I'm talking to Professor Charles Johnson on on the West Coast, and Gary Houston, the managing editor of Chicago Quarterly Review about the latest Addition of this remarkable local publication that more people should see with a regular basis. Uh, it is devoted to Black American literature has edited by Dr Johnson, who writes He certainly addresses these times in which we live. He calls them these difficulty, years and troubled times. And writes that when we when we need the gifts of writers and artists, imagination and insights to help us understand he'll adapt and gain the courage to live grow prosper in love. He writes. Also moving as a phenomenology ist great word. Which I'd never heard before. Uh, would contributions of 27 poets Storytellers essay is an artist. In this special edition. I see not a single monolithic black experience of our world. But instead, a rich excuse me thought provoking and very human diversity of profiles. On our lived experience that defies over simplification, easy ideological slogans in sociological cliches. How does one Dr Johnson form that? The the The diversity of these pieces is stunning to me, Uh, do you do you go after what you know? These writers have written about or do you approach some just saying Well? You know what I mean? Right? Yeah, of course. Yeah, I do know what you mean. And some many of the writers of the 27 writers and artists and, you know, I see it in politics so forth I was familiar with with their work. We have very distinguished writers like poet Rita Rita dub. Yeah. Rita Dove is an old friend of mine, and I knew she was going to kill her or something. Uh, stunning, but then also, you know, we have younger writers who are emerging like essay is Gerald Walker most recent how to make a slave shortlisted for last year's National Book Award. Yeah, he's a wonderful, really wonderful essays whose work I admire for quite some time. Now, some of the names or recommended to me by others, like by Gary Houston, and they turned in material that you know, I was surprising to me. But the work was professional. It was thought provoking it. You know, it makes scales fall from my eyes. As I read the work of these prose writers and and the poets, you know, Sure we have visual. We have visual artists and this as well know Clifford Thompson. We have a wonderful interview. Um Of jazz pianists. I'm a dra ma am here. Yeah, that's a great I must tell you, John John McCluskey Jr. Who was a writer and teacher himself. Um, so it is a rich and diversified, um You know, Cornucopia? Oh, no Question Committee. I also love love the the number of high coups in her by a man named E. Method. Bert Miller, I do. I love him. I love him. Here's one. I will travel. I will read one across the street. Thomas Edison listens to Bessie Smith and decides the blues are too painful. For anyone crying alone in the dark. I think that's a lovely poem, Gary. And yes, Gary. What do you think? Uh, I think so, too. That's an art forum that I have always admired but never been able to never have the guts to try writing myself. I have to, But my math is pretty good. I can still count to 17 I I have to believe that if the If the the shades came were opened on Professor Johnson's eyes, who was familiar with a lot of this work? I have to believe Gary, you may not have been as for certainly not as familiar What did you think? When you began reading these submissions? I was drawn into just about everyone for different reasons, because, uh, you're talking about a kaleidoscope here. Absolutely. And so you're getting this particular angle of vision and a different angle of vision. It's the best way I can put it. Um, I mean, you can say diversity or variety of opinions, but I I also think the lenses are different. The lenses through which they write, Uh and that was like rediscovering a new world for me. Yeah, I was very happy. We got into this just so that I could at least play the part of someone who Can read these things as they come in and be just dazzled by how different they are from each other yet. There has got to be a commonality. If you're going to call it an apology of black American literature, if only because we're talking about the contributors, personal lives and that comes through too Sure I was I was also I mean, if you're mentioning that interview one of the great things about the Chicago Quarterly Review, which has been around for 30 some almost 40 years. 30 1994 is when it started, but there sometimes is confused with the Chicago review. I'm glad you're letting me have a chance to get this in. Chicago Review goes back much further, and we started in 1994 sided hater. And, uh and, uh, also a talented novelist. Yeah, absolutely. And Elizabeth Mackenzie, our our senior editors. She has been with it almost as long as he has so and they've worked. Very hard on this issue as well. I wanted to say that on their behalf. Um you know what? I'm sorry. No, Go ahead. Go ahead. Professor Jensen, when you're one of the things that I really, you know, I adore so many. Pieces in this in this publication. I was very taken in sort of pleasantly surprised by the Ahmad Jamal interview. Oh, do you do many interviews in this thing, Gary? I think that's the only I think that is the only interview. That's in the story. I felt we had to get interviews in. We got that one. And I think it's very rich. Yeah. Professor Johnson. What? What do you think? I mean, you must. You must admire it. But I was just absolutely taken with With him, but well, it's stunning. Um Ahmad, Jamal is it's an icon. Um, yeah, you know, culturally sure. And you know, I think a 20 of the richer pieces of two very, very rich issue. But let me say really quickly, something that I want to reiterate something that you pointed out, but people behind this who put this together are all artists themselves. Uh, you know Elizabeth Elizabeth McKenzie site. They are novelists published novelists Gary Don't know if you've seen his writing, but it is exquisite. Okay. He is a wonderful pro styles as well as an incredible actor. So a lot of people brought their time, their talent, their blood, sweat and tears to making this possible, uh, for readers readers to to experience all of these different works. Which are different profiles and perspective on the black American experience. It doesn't you know, in this era where everybody is trying to explain, uh, things that may not need explaining it rather than just experiencing things. I think it's just I just think it's a great experience to go through. The you know, 203 102 150 some pages of this and allow yourself to be surprised and allow your thought. Allow the shades to come off your eyes to, uh, you must be both of you. Justifiably proud of this. This one? Yes, And I think one of the things that I'm proud about this. We are not simply talking about an anthology that claims to be timeless in a way. It's a pinned to the, uh, to the specific time of 20,020 in 2021. We're talking about pandemic. We're talking about the last presidency. We're talking about the talking about George Coy. Yeah, uh and and we don't have to specify what that is right here. But I believe that was in the back of Shell. Chuck's climbed when he wrote his introduction. Certainly that this that this was an America that is a lot of a lot of thinking to do about no question. I think that's one thing about this system. This book is so Thought provoking. It does not provide any. It does not provide any answers, but it certainly starts the dialogue is that is that that Yeah. Can I inject it? Sure. Um, You read a poem by fo Bert Miller, who I've known for quite a long time He is a He is an activist, an art activists who has widely known around the world for supporting other artists. He's a poet. He was the editor poetry editor of poet lore, which is the oldest poetry magazine. In America, though, when he saw this issue he wrote to me, and he said it was a major accomplishment. I'm so glad he's not wrong. I'll tell you that, you know he's not wrong. He knows other Collections of work by black American writers going all the way back to, you know the sixties and earlier, sure, but This one is something special..
"poet lore" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"Beneficial? Because I would have gone to college blind to like not really knowing where I can do this. Consider towards my mom because my mom's ones paying for it. He says after taking the class he did some thinking and made some financially based decisions he got into number one choice for College Northern Illinois University but decided to attend the more Affordable University of Illinois at Chicago. He's switched his major from psychology to marketing. A career he thinks will be more lucrative. Taking all loans is in funders interest I in a cruise and you know I just thought about like my mom. You know like how much like she would have to work because he was not cheap. Back in Laura Jacobson's class she says even if students don't take out college loans. The lessons apply to other future decisions. Like buying a home or paying off major medical expenses. Jacobson says a few parents parents have thanked her for the course and said they wish they'd had something similar when they were teens. This is a daunting one on one. Should you have you know you can't have your parents hall on your behalf. Because one day she tells the class it will be their responsibility Tuzon. WBZ News having having apparent behind bars can negatively impact a child for the rest of his or her life I had a chance to speak. With reporter Marine mckinney. About her latest story on the impact of appearance. Appearance Incarceration on a child. And what could be done to protect those bonds. So Maureen. What led you to look at the issue of children of incarcerated? I was looking through some bills that were approved last year and to caught my eye about children of the incarcerated one John was to create a task force to look at the issue of what can be done to help and the other requires fires judges to take into consideration how defendants children will be impacted by their sentence. You've written about this Just recently another Illinois issues piece that you put together a Gibson background on that a bit of a recap on on the earlier story last week focused and and the harm that done to children when their parents are incarcerated They are more likely to end up in prison. Present themselves more likely to have health issues mental and physical and more likely to use drugs. People I talked to said that's why creating the task force was important that we need in to look out for those kids whose parents are already in prison or in jails awaiting sentencing marine. Can you describe some of the problems. The advocates you interviewed cited first of all like eighty percent of the women in prisoner parents. Parents and the locations aren't conducive for people who live in Chicago of the women who are in prison forty percent are from Chicago and the prisons are located in Lincoln and Decatur which Earth hundred eighty miles approximately from Chicago ago. They also talked about visitation. How that can be extremely Scary and off putting Golden When advocate talked about children seeing their mothers and being very excited and then they run up against the glass? Can't touch their mothers or reach out to them and they get very very frustrated and the mothers will be so upset about that. They won't want to have the children visit again and visitations important because it helps keep up the bond between parents and child so can this issue be dealt with quickly Probably not it's a problem with with the criminal justice system in its entirety throughout the nation. So it's not unique Towel Annoy Ellen way. It does have some unique situations like the largest women's prison logan. In Lincoln MM can has real issues with its visiting area for instance children who are coming to visit find it to be cold barren there. I know a lot of toys. I guess thirty three percent of jails don't even have can tag visits which the advocates are really supportive of. That's reporter Marine mckinney. She wrote about how children are impacted affected by having apparent in jail or in prison and you can read her full story. We have a link at our website at statewide show dot com. Uh Politics Television and social media or once again rich sources for abuse of the English language during the past year. They're the main contributors contributors to the latest list of words and phrases banished from the Queen's English for misuse overuse and general uselessness as herb tricks tells us more the two thousand nineteen banished list is the forty fifth to be issued by Lake Superior State University in Michigan in past years it was overseen by the Public Relations Office but this year became the responsibility of the English department. Mary McMahon is an associate professor of English and creative writing and a member of the banished word committee. The list serves a really interesting role. There are a lot of organizations nationwide that that Nominate a word of the year. Like the Miriam Webster Dictionary. He does one The Association of Linguists does one but they just nominate one word of the year. And it's sort of like experts. Nominating that and this list. As as far as I know is the only List where the American populous can actually nominate words. So it's a way for people to be word. Eric watchers themselves and then to keep an eye on the language and the winner. She says hands down with the most. Nominations is the phrase quid pro quo in Latin. It just means something or something and it actually comes The first reported instance of the phrases actually all the way back in the sixteenth century so It started with apothecary when they would substitute one medication for another. Sometimes they would intentionally substitute them. But another times they wait fraudulently substitute one medication for another. And as the years passed It started to be any substitution of one thing for another uh-huh and then it started to have the negative connotation that we have with the with the phrase now where it sort of means pay for play from the pretentious section action of the list. Comes the word artisanal which appears on a lot of menus these days trying to make your water salad dressing or sandwich. Sound more exciting and from the explosion of food shows incites comes mouth feel. That was the one that surprised me to But but basically it's the word that is used to describe ride the texture of food in your mouth but texture isn't good enough you have to say mouth steel which is which just kinda gross. Because where else are you gonNA put your food or are we gonNA talk about foot. Feel our hands then. There's literally the the word literally means the synonym for actually right. And the way that it has been changing over. The years is to is it actually. Has I become its own anthem. So instead of meaning actually people are using it for emphasis or for For figurative so I could say I was so surprised my head literally exploded which would mean that my head actually exploded but people are using it for emphasis meaning that You know my head almost exploded for figurative. So it's a very interesting word that's become I mean it's opposite. McMillan says an important source of words and phrases raises for the banishment. List in recent years has been social media including friend is a verb Google Selfie and ghosting the latest editions thanks to social media included clued chirp Jelly and tote one that was new to me was Chirp And I talked to my students about this one They they had said that it was an an insult For that millennial us to talk about somebody who is insulting someone else. So it's verb. SORTA like tweet is a very where you say. I tweeted about district. And you're talking about what you're saying on twitter but CHIRP is sort of like talking about something but talking about it negatively So I get get chart for being out of touch for not knowing that word. Joey knows an abbreviation of the word jealous. While tote is another abbreviation for totally. And if there's some use of a word phrase it really bothers you some new and terrible pretension or let's face it something on social media that US older people just don't understand like Superior State University accepts nominations all year round. Just go to L. SSU DOT EDU slash vanished. I'm herb tricks tricks. The city of Aurora appointed its first Poet Lore yet Yvonne Booze tells us more careful let Christianson and is most comfortable surrounded by books like here at the Aurora Library West brant. She's written around. How three thousand poems and has created several collections of her work? She shares these with close friends and family she flips through one of her many manuscripts. Then she finds a poem to read. We went out to clean the riverbank. Big Black sacks heavy gloves sturdy boots to clear clear the bottles and cans and shoes and carts and tires and tanks and beds and cords and bikes and on and on and on. What are we thinking? Are we so rich. That nothing warrants. Our attention the night before we saw the Dalai Lama smile. That poem is called trash and the Dalai Lama. It was written April of two thousand and eight poulet Chris and started writing when she was fourteen years old. She started by journaling which eventually turned into poetry autry. She says she was inspired by her English teacher. I brought things into show to my teacher and he was very encouraging In fact I want a national teachers of English writing contests and now she's the first poet laureate of Aurora fillet. Chris and says she wasn't going to apply for the position. Listen I was encouraged by some friends to change my mind and so I did and when I saw the application I changed my mind completely. She says the application had meaningful questions and it showed that the staff of the mayor's office had done their research poulet Christians than is a retired city worker but retirement didn't stop her work within the community in two thousand and thirteen. She Co founded a local poetry group. Eight town poetics. She credits this group. I think the work that town poetics has done in the community in terms of raising awareness about poetry in terms of hosting some curated readings and events helped my name rise to the top there. There were three other finalists. Those finalists are now deputy poet laureates they inclu Anthony Staffer Quinton Johnson and for Meena Ponce. She says she plans Lhasa work closely with them. But I also hope along with three other people that are going to be part of our little poetry Passi that we can reach out to organizations in the community. She says her mission is to work with the city's young people. I'm hoping that we can encourage kids to write to not be afraid of writing to not be intimidated. Aided by the notion of poetry Poulet Christus and set poetry is her preferred platform because of his power and the poetry section of the Aurora Public Library. West branch Chad Myers the work of her role models. This looks like all the Portland. Well many of the poet laureate so Billy Collins One of my favorites I love him because he writes about every day. Life Collins was the poet laureate of the United States between two thousand one and two thousand and three and while he was poet laureate He created a program program called one hundred and eighty days of poems. She says she wants to incorporate something. Similar in Aurora Phil Let Christian will hold the title of Port Laureate through April of twenty twenty one and official installation ceremony will take place in January at Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School. This ceremony will include the poet laureate as well as is that three. Deputy poet laureates. I'm Yvonne Booze. A longtime collector of rare sheet music has died. Lee Schreiner donated much of his collection to Northern Illinois University University. where it found new life genitally has that story in two thousand fourteen leash? Reiner of Rockford started donating his collection to his Alma Mater Librarians at northern in Illinois University created an online database for the world. War One sheet music which is now in the public domain one of the pieces called the Third Illinois. Infantry March played here.