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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley shares his five favorite poetry books with us. In case you are just tuning in, 32 Poems will share a list each day during National Poetry Month (and maybe a bit beyond).

As Collin Kelley says: Without Whitman, we’d all be nothing.

Morning in the Burned House by Margaret Atwood: In my opinion, this 1995 collection is not only her best poetry, but one of the finest volumes of poetry ever published. I read it at least two or three times a year and find something new every time.

Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful by Alice Walker: I discovered this collection in high school and carried it everywhere. This was Walker’s collection post-The Color Purple, so she was working at the height of her creative powers.

Singing Yet: New and Selected Poems by Stan Rice: This book came into my life in the early 90s and forever changed my view of poetry. Rice broke down barriers when it came to subject, language (adult language, that is) and surrealism in poetry. His voice is greatly missed.

Leave of Grass by Walt Whitman: Really, what else is there to say? Without him, we would all be nothing.

All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton: She’s the reason I write poetry at all. Without her, I’d be nothing.

Collin Kelley is the author of the poetry collections Better To Travel, After the Poison and Slow To Burn, which is being re-issued by Seven Kitchens Press in July. His debut novel, Conquering Venus, is out now and his second, Remain in Light, will be published in early 2012.


Flowers for the Poets

You probably know that a poetry book tour took me to me to a number of places around the country. I appreciated every moment of travel and all the people I met along the way.

Now that I’m back home for a bit, I wondered what a poetry reading would look like on Twitter. How does one give a poetry reading on Twitter? What do we poets do there?

Susan Rich, Kelli Agodon, January O’Neill, D.A. Powell, Collin Kelley, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil agreed to join me (Deborah Ager) in a poetry reading/party online in front of all who care to join. On the basis of their agreement to join me, I can attest to their adventurous natures.

The Twitter Poet Party may be nothing like a reading. You will not be at a college in a comfortable seat or in a bar with a beer. You will not get extra credit for attending. You might be at home in a comfortable seat with a beer. That could be good, right? You don’t have to wear shoes. You don’t have to talk to anyone. To communicate, you will have to type. If you have a sexy voice, it will do you no good. You can lurk and people won’t think you’re weird, because no one has to know you’re lurking. Are you seeing the possibilities?

Please join Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kelli Agodon, January O’Neill, D.A. Powell, Deborah Ager, Collin Kelley, and Susan Rich for this Twitter Poet Party. Follow the #poetparty hashtag. Ask questions. “Listen” to poems. Sunday, October 24 @ 9 pm ET. As you may know, a hashtag looks like this #poetparty and helps people focus on certain conversations on the constantly moving stream that is Twitter.

Oh! The flowers in the photo? They are for the poets, and they’ll never dry out.