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Famous Poet Friday ~ James Weldon Johnson

Posted by Cutter on March 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (4)

Greetings my friends! Welcome to another edition of Famous Poet Friday! This week we are going to explore another great American master poet that I love the work of, James Weldon Johnson. I want to apologize for not posting last week as I was feeling a little emotionally down but that is not excuse as I have made a commitment to do this and so here I am. Please enjoy and let me know what you think.

 

Early Years

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Natasha Trethewey

Posted by Cutter on February 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (5)

Greetings fellow word junkies and welcome to Famous Poet Friday! I am your host Cutter and this week we are answering a request. New Orleans own guitar gunslinger and word beast Dwayne St. Romain requested this week's poet and since D is my brother, how could I say no, n'est pas?

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In all honesty I was surprized that I had not already done this poet because she is definately a favori...

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Arthur Rimbaud

Posted by Cutter on February 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (6)

Welcome once again to Cutter's famous poet friday and this week we are going to go traipsing into the dark. Arthur Rimbaud was a gigantic influence on me and so many of my heroes, but it is his work, so beautiful in English but even more so in his native french, that makes the man so powerful. His vision was colored by the occult, drugs, perversions, self loathing and powerful lust, it resonantes even still with a type of magic seldom matched in contemporary poetry. Excuse the long biography ...

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Howard Nemerov

Posted by Cutter on February 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (9)

Welcome once again to Cutter's Famous Poet Friday! This week I bring you the poetry of one of America's former poet laureates and an early influence on me, Howard Nemerov. When I was a young teenager, my parents and I on a trip to Skyline Drive in Virginia stopped at the Royal Oak Bookshop and I found a used copy of Nemerov's The Blue Swallows. I was put off at first by the starkness of his work until I realized how vividly he was painting with such simple phrasing and then I was hooked. Rece...

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Dave Carter

Posted by Cutter on January 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (2)

Welcome once again to Cutter’s Famous Poet Friday!

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This week I am going to bring you kind of a guru of mine and while in truth he was a singer-songwriter, his poetry in lyric is undeniable. Dave Carter with his mythic overtones and mystical leanings taught me a lot about how even a grand vision can be brought to the public eye if couched in beautiful language and gods, could Dave Carter write.

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I am going to do this a little differently. After the biography I...

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Jim Carroll

Posted by Cutter on January 24, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (12)

Welcome back to Cutter's Famous Poet Friday, I am Cutter and I am glad to be returning this feature to the great stage of Wordmachinist.com. Each friday I will attempt to bring you a poet that you either may or may not have heard of and attempt to shed a little light on who they were, what they wrote and maybe why. I hope you enjoy and so you know I will look in to requests and I love questions. But without any further ado, let's talk about

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Tom Waits

Posted by Cutter on March 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM Comments comments (5)

In honor of his being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of fame this year, I wanted to take this week and offer up big props to one of my major influences, Tom Waits. Waits is an actor, performance artist, poet, painter, photographer and character of massive proportions and if you are not already a fan please hit me up and I will make some recommendations. Waits and his wife Kathleen have written some of the most amazing lyrics of our generation and deserve a lot more props than I have space...

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Robert Burns

Posted by Cutter on March 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM Comments comments (3)

Because I am a contrary bastard and not fond of the amateur drunk fest that is Saint Patrick's day (He was British by the way). I am going to devote this week's Famous Poet Friday to Scotland's favorite Poetic son. Scotland Forever

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The work of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) is characterized by realism, intense feeling, and metrical virtuosity. His best wor...

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Famous Poet Friday ~ Cecil Day-Lewis

Posted by Cutter on March 11, 2011 at 11:59 PM Comments comments (3)

 

Cecil Day-Lewis was born on April 27, 1904, at Ballintubbert in what was then Queen’s County, today County Laois, in the Midlands of Ireland. His father, Frank, was a Church of Ireland clergyman, his mother Kathleen a nurse until their marriage in 1901.

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The Day-Lewis family moved to England in 1906, first to Malvern in Worcestershire, and then to Ealing, west London, w...

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Return of famous poet friday on March 11

Posted by Cutter on March 4, 2011 at 4:06 PM Comments comments (2)

Folks, I wanted to update you quickly. From February 12th until a couple of days ago I was in Mercy hospital Pittsburgh, ten days of it in ICU from a severe case of pneumonia and I am still trying to recover. I lost twenty some odd pounds, I gained a whole new respect for my own cooking and I discovered that I never want to be sick like this again.

I will return with Famous Poet Friday next week and ...

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