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Link Wednesday – @poemotw, National Book Award, Latimer, Kofi Awoonor

quillfox>> It was, in the end, inevitable. poem.oftheweek.org is joining Twitter. Follow @poemotw to keep up with updates (at least a few a year), receive interesting links, and banter about poetry in our modern life.

>> The National Book Award has announced its longlist for poetry. Check out the works here. The winner will be announced October 16.

>> Poetry Foundation has posted a fascinating article by Ruth Graham about the life of editor Ronald Lane Latimer. Latimer (born James Leippert) published Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams among many other authors. According to Graham, “he disappeared from the literary scene after just a few years, switching careers, cities, and even religions several times.” Definitely worth a read.


>> There were several articles and tributes written about the Ghanaian poet, scholar, and activist Kofi Awoonor who was among those killed during the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi on September 21-24. Here is one from the New York Times. Another from The Christian Science Monitor. A more personal recollection comes from Paula Kahumbu. An excerpt from his “Songs of Sorrow“:

Tell them their house is falling
And the trees in the fence
Have been eaten by termites
That the martels curse them.
Ask them why they idle there
While we suffer, and eat sand.
And the crow and the vulture
Hover always above our broken fences
And strangers walk over our portion.