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Books :: Death's Door by Sandra M. Gilbert

Published May 01, 2006 Posted By NewPages
Death is the new sex. Sandra M. Gilbert’s new book takes an unflinching look at the last taboo. By Kal Munger, Sacramento News & Review.

Death’s Door is very personal; Gilbert returns again and again to her own loss as she surveys Western attitudes toward death. But her examination--including the institutionalization of the dying and the medical and technological attention given to a passage that once took place in the home--always returns to poetry. “We’re always struggling to control death,” she said. “Poetry reminds us that we can’t.”

...Gilbert believes the study of literature is necessary to understand death “because poets and writers are the ones who refuse to believe that there’s any kind of control over death, and they are not embarrassed by that lack of control.”
One Reason Not to Join The Military. You may be ordered to kill civilians. By Paul Rockwell, Metro Santa Cruz. Article is adapted from the forthcoming book 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military, edited by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, published by New Press.

A Marine who recognizes the humanity of the people whose country is under occupation makes an ineffective killer. Repelled by the indiscriminate carnage, the visible suffering of the Iraqi people, who only deserved to be left alone by outside powers, Jimmy repudiated the war. He refused to participate in apparent war crimes. He defied authority, and his commander called him a coward and put him under a "kind of house arrest." Jimmy, a real fighter, eventually won his honorable discharge.

Poetry

Published May 01, 2006 Posted By NewPages
Some Poet. In the 50 years since his first book was published, John Ashbery has led the avant garde"s poetry coup d"etat. By Andrew Varnon. Valley Advocate.

Today, with formalist poet Dana Gioia as head of the National Endowment for the Arts and Nebraskan poet Ted Kooser the Poet Laureate of the United States, there is again a call for accessible poetry. I asked Ashbery about this. "I myself have always enjoyed things that it seemed to me were inaccessible, that have the promise of giving you something that you have to work hard to find out what it is," he said. "I like the challenge of, say, Proust or even Gertrude Stein, to use one of the most obvious examples, rather than poetry or literature which is all available at one viewing or reading."

Conference :: Postgrad Writers 8.08

Published March 08, 2006 Posted By NewPages
Postgraduate Writers' Conference
August 8-14, 2008
Vermont College of Fine Arts
The annual conference is open to all experienced writers, with or without graduate degrees. The conference emphasizes process and craft through its unique program that includes intimate workshops limited to 5-7 participants, individual consultations with faculty workshop leaders, faculty and participant readings, issues forums and master classes, all in a community of writers who share meals, ideas, and social activities in scenic Vermont. Workshop manuscripts are sent out to all workshop participants in advance.
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