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Re: Poets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0459  Tuesday, 27 February 2001

[1]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Feb 2001 06:25:12 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0453 [New-Poetry] Amorous Gorilla

[2]     From:   Christine Gordon <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Feb 2001 13:43:58 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0453 [New-Poetry] Amorous Gorilla


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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Feb 2001 06:25:12 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 12.0453 [New-Poetry] Amorous Gorilla
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0453 [New-Poetry] Amorous Gorilla

I think a lot of Shakespearians, and SHAKSPERians, are probably
closet-poets.  I used to write more poetry before I chose to specialize
in Shakespeare studies.  Since settling on that specialty, I have
written very little poetry and published none (pre-Shakespeare, I had
had a few poems published).

Chris Stroffolino asks a good question, to which I don't know the
answer.  My first speculative response is the intimidation factor.  When
I worked more with contemporary texts (contemporary as opposed to
"Modern"), I didn't used to feel any hesitancy to throw my own work into
the fray.  Now, and especially since I have been working intensively
with Shakespeare's sonnets, my own efforts seem to me so intrinsically
and irredeemably BAD that I don't have the nerve to show them to
anyone.  It is, of course, the worst kind of self-impeding vanity on my
part to make such pointless comparisons, but, well, there it is.  Maybe
I should read more Rod McKuen (sp?), or others guaranteed to intimidate
no one.

Cheers,
Karen E. Peterson

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From:           Christine Gordon <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Feb 2001 13:43:58 -0600
Subject: 12.0453 [New-Poetry] Amorous Gorilla
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0453 [New-Poetry] Amorous Gorilla

Chris Stroffolino wondered about Shakespeareans who are also poets: my
friend Joyce Sutphen, who teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.
Peter, Minnesota, is also a wonderful poet. She has published two
collections: _Straight Out of View_ and _Coming Back to the Body_.
Shakespeare peeks through in a number of way and places in the poems. I
recommend her work to everyone.

Chris Gordon
 

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