Union College: Library celebrates William Blake, poet and painter. “An exhibit showcasing student work with Union’s rare collection of works related to 19th century English author, artist and printmaker William Blake is on view in the Lally Reading Room of Schaffer Library…. Union has an extensive collection of print facsimiles of Blake’s illuminated books and commercial works. A research website dedicated to his oeuvre will be released at the end of this month. Like the exhibit, it will showcase past and present student engagement with Blake’s work at Union.”
Library of Congress: New Recordings Online for National Poetry Month. “National Poetry Month is here, and we’re over the moon to announce the release of 50 additional recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, now available to stream online. The archive—a collection dating back to 1943, when Allen Tate was consultant in poetry—contains nearly 2,000 audio recordings of celebrated poets and writers participating in literary events at the Library of Congress, along with sessions recorded in the recording laboratory in the Library’s Jefferson Building. Most of these recordings were originally captured on magnetic tape reels and have only been accessible by visiting the Library in person.”
Talking New Media: Complete digital archive of PN Review launched with Exact Editions. “First launched as Poetry Nation in 1973, for 45 years PN Review has provided a comprehensive and detailed coverage of contemporary poetry. Over 200 back issues and counting are available as part of the brand new, fully searchable, digital archive . Each issue includes important editorial, letters, news, articles, interviews and poetry, combining in the archive to provide a fascinating overview of the last 45 years of British poetry.” Not free.
The Atlantic: The Invisible Poems Hidden in One of the World’s Oldest Libraries. “The library at Saint Catherine’s Monastery is the oldest continually operating library in the world. Among its thousands of ancient parchments are at least 160 palimpsests—manuscripts that bear faint scratches and flecks of ink beneath more recent writing. These illegible marks are the only clues to words that were scraped away by the monastery’s monks between the 8th and 12th centuries to reuse the parchments. Some were written in long-lost languages that have almost entirely vanished from the historical record. But now these erased passages are reemerging from the past.”
Stanford: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” goes online. “No poem is more closely identified with the Beat Generation than Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl.’ From its first public reading at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in October 1955 to the notorious obscenity trial that followed in the wake of its first publication in 1956, the poem is indelibly tied to the Beat Generation and their critique of the staid morals and customs of Eisenhower-era America. In cooperation with the Allen Ginsberg Estate, Stanford Libraries has recently digitized Allen Ginsberg’s original drafts of ‘Howl,’ providing a unique perspective on Ginsberg’s creative process and the creation of American literary classic.”
Library of Congress: National Poetry Month: New Recordings Uploaded to Recorded Poetry and Literature Archive. “In honor of National Poetry Month, the center has digitized and uploaded 50 new recordings to its online Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. Among the additions are recordings by poets laureate Daniel Hoffman, Philip Levine, Rita Dove, Maxine Kumin, Josephine Jacobsen, William Stafford, Anthony Hecht, Robert Pinsky and Gwendolyn Brooks.”
More BBC: ‘How I accidentally became a poet through Twitter’ “It started with a tweet. I never thought it would come to this. I’m not even sure it was a poem. More of a play on words, each one carefully selected to fit into the 140-character constraint of a tweet.”