Poet in Residence

From time to time a poet is in residence at the Poetry Archive, talking about poetry with anyone who wants to join in the conversation. You are welcome to explore our archive of past residencies and read some of the lively and varied discussions you'll find there.

Sujata Bhatt

Sujata Bhatt (b. 1956) grew up in Pune but emigrated with her family to the United States in 1968. She studied in the States receiving an MFA from the University of Iowa and went on to be writer-in-residence at the University of...

Chapter 2: a continuation

Sujata Bhatt - 19 February 2007

Needless to say, I look forward to hearing more from you! Do any of you enjoy reading travel books or travel poems? Or do you prefer to simply travel? Until soon,I hope.---Sujata Bhatt

Hello and welcome

Sujata Bhatt - 22 January 2007

Poem of the Day:

Listen to Harold Pinter's poem 'It is Here'. The poem is quite short so you probably have time to listen to it more than once. Enjoy Pinter's brilliant reading! As you can see in the accompanying biographical information, Pinter started out as a poet, and recently has decided to devote himself to poetry again.

Instead of me commenting on this poem, I would like to know what you think of it. How is your perception of the poem affected by listening to it? If you wish, do compare it to his other poems on the site: 'Cancer Cells', 'Later' and 'Episode'.

Glossary term

Villanelle

A poem written in five tercets, in which the first and last lines of the first stanza alternately appear as the last lines of the subsequent stanzas, with a final quatrain repeating both lines together as the last two lines. There are only two rhymes through the whole poem, the tercets rhymed aba and the quatrain abaa, and the lines usually in iambic pentameter.

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