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    Poetry in Commotion

    November 20, 1998

    Finally, a work-distraction Web site that might make you smarter – or at least give you some more intellectual conversation fodder. The site of the Academy of American Poets http://www.poets.org (founded in 1934) includes awards and programs, exhibits and an events calendar.

    The historical exhibit "Life Studies: American Poetry From T.S. Eliot to Allen Ginsberg" briefly introduces a dozen poets, linking to photographs, biographies, bibliographies and writings. The thematic show "Overhand the Hammers Swing: Poems of Work" quotes Walt Whitman's tribute to manual labor and ends with lines from Gary Snyder's linked poem, "Hay for the Horses" ("I sure would hate to do this all my life/ And dammit, that's just what/ I've gone and done"). The find-a-poet link allows you to browse through the unknown, the challenging and the comforting.

    Gabriel Goldberg

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