Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"Poetry from Motion" in This Month's UltraRUNNING

The marriage of poetry and running is never far from my mind, and this was especially so this winter, where my standard pre-dawn runs took me right by the birthplace of the influential modernist poet, Ezra Pound (b. 1885; Hailey, ID). Often best known for his charges of treason following World War II, he was a huge driving force in English letters, helping writers like James Joyce and T.S. Eliot find publishers, and it was in fact Pound's edits that would help make Eliot's poem, "The Waste Land," one of the touchstone poems of our age. The classic opening line, "April is the cruelest month" was buried 50 lines deep in the original draft until Pound brought Occam's Razor to bear.

All this is to say that even in sleepy little Hailey, ID, on a sleepy little morning road run, I just can't seem to escape the juxtaposition of running and poetry. And in this month's (April's) issue of UltraRUNNING, I'm lucky enough to have a chance to share these thoughts in more detail with a short essay and some poetry inspired by my long runs in the lonesome backcountry.

Hope you get a chance to check them out.

Poet Ezra Pound's Birthplace, Hailey, ID
(Photo by ArielAmanda, used under Creative Commons)


Brad Mitchell said...

I noticed your pieces right away. Congrats on the ink!

RunSueRun said...

Cool! The Coyote Cohorts are impressed. Congratulations Hank! :)

Hank Dart said...

@RunSueRun, nice C2M write ups in May's edition. Even got my photo in there! Cheers.