For weeks I can remember nothing at all. Water supply and safety. My second book, The Door Open to the Fire, is about that. I was trying hard to break my hearing that had been clogged up with newspaperese and with what I incorrectly judged to be the heaviness of my own Western Pennsylvania voice, even though I knew better.
Old tools, handles and rusty tusks. How do you ever know something is complete? Need I mention August Wilson? Seattle grunge bands, old metal, Neil Young, Chrissie Hynde.
Writers who fear being pegged as local or small are missing the reality of Pittsburgh. A lot of fun.
I think a lot of writers have that physical bond to home, to first place. At any rate, reading work in translation—the poets of Russia, Poland, South America, Italy—more than any single thing other than my teachers—shaped my ability to move forward.
The only whole heart in the poem belongs to an orchard, which knows to grow itself without hurt and without calendars. But we also know the speaker would do other things, should she decide to do so. I am at home here among the dead heads. Mother of otherness Eat me.
Fellow students Patricia Dobler and Kevin Rippin were my closest readers and we made huge reading lists for each other, and dared each other to try things; we were reading Ritsos, Milosz, Tsvetayeva, many other poets I still rely on all the time.
But the newspaper business…it taught me so much about discipline and time and that it is possible to do a lot of work in a short period of time. You mentioned that after college you were trying to write poems between deadlines for your newspaper job.
She was very tough. As someone who completed a writing program in Pittsburgh, I sometimes wonder if my view is skewed. The hoops of blackberry stems made me cry.
She brought home an anthology of the British Romantics and used to recite the poems while she was cooking dinner. I am all mouth. You know, old stuff. What were writing programs like twenty years ago, and how have they changed?Subscribe Place Ad Buy Trib Photos "The Water Books" is Vollmer's fourth poetry collection.
and a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Vollmer taps into the. May 18, · Billy Nardozzi: Pittsburgh Poet, Local Legend: The Picture Show Several years ago, Nardozzi has paid — almost monthly, if not more — to have his poetry published in the newspaper.
Each. Vollmer, who lives in Pittsburgh, is also coeditor of 5 AM, an independent magazine of contemporary poetry. Her most recent publication is a collection of poems titled Reactor (University of Wisconsin Press, ). Judith Vollmer (Poetry MFA ) is the Director of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg's Campus Writing Program.
She also is also co-editor of 5am, and the author of Level Green (), Reactor (), The Door. Vollmer lives in Pittsburgh and co-edits the national poetry journal 5 AM. The Fourth River: Your earlier work in Level Green and The Door Open to the Fire includes several Dionysian images.
As you progress through these poems, you eventually leave behind the image of the bacchanals and the Dionysian revelry for the more serious voice of. Judith Vollmer has been awarded poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, and an award from the Center for Book Arts.Download