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Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.253.119.61.Dial1.Cincinnati1.Level3.net)
Date: April 15, 2005 10:36AM

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I'm attending a poetry reading of her's this weekend. (It is during an awards ceremony and also for extra credit). Having only just now heard of her and looking at her stuff on the internet, I must say she's sort of "out there" and I'm not too impressed, but I would really like to know what some of you think and if you have heard of her before.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: April 15, 2005 11:53AM

Well, I'm sure SHE likes what she writes.

As my mom would say, it's not my bag of tea.

I have not heard of her before.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-04rh16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: April 15, 2005 12:03PM

Ithoughtshewas strange and different and
perhapsworth another look.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: April 15, 2005 12:08PM

The runtogether words are pretty annoying- without that, there might be some okay poems in there.

I don't think I'll be buying her book any time soon.

pam


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.253.112.232.Dial1.Cincinnati1.Level3.net)
Date: April 15, 2005 05:09PM

Every year my university has a visiting writer come and be the judge of our literary awards-poetry, fiction, non-fiction in first and second place. Well, she chose my fiction for second place, which upset me because I really wanted my poetry chosen. It makes me feel much much better to see that our styles just are no where similar. To each his own. I wouldn't have picked her's either.


And doesn't it make you wonder how some people become so sucessful with their poetry? I have professors who have shown me their stuff and I'm amazed that someone like Melendez has been so widely published.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Linda (---.lns1-c8.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: April 15, 2005 06:21PM

If her words run together on the page, how do they read out loud? Does she get very breathless?


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: jerrygarner7 (---.lax.untd.com)
Date: April 15, 2005 07:12PM

Breathless diarrhea


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: April 15, 2005 07:45PM

David Lee, who is one of my favorites, writes using a midwestern dialect- I understood it much better once I heard him read.

pam


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: drpeternsz (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: April 15, 2005 09:12PM

King Kong or Zeus' dalliances among mortals, it's all pretty shocking, when mortals are victimized or elevated by their rape into divinity's cycles of brutality and creativity. It gets modernized even more with advice to the young girl that might just save her life which seems counter to her morality, "go limp." This is my take on her first poem "InBiruté's Camp." Not your drawing room mentality here, but strong mythopoetic talk, which I like.

Peter


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: drpeternsz (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: April 15, 2005 09:17PM

I did wonder how she read her work orally, since the run on words don't add to the aesthetic of the written page. Also, it sounds like you have an axe somwhere in there to grind. Second place gets you a prize in my book. And I read lots of poetry I do not like or understand in order to widen my conception of the poem.

Peter


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: drpeternsz (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: April 15, 2005 09:23PM

TheUnformed Heart is throughout a sensitive, even touching piece of emotion, restrained and indirect. I have no trouble with my liking of this and find it not in the least 'out there.'

Peter


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.ply.kconline.com)
Date: April 16, 2005 06:44PM

I'll let you know.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.ply.kconline.com)
Date: April 16, 2005 06:46PM

Are you referring to David Dodd Lee?


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.ply.kconline.com)
Date: April 16, 2005 06:50PM

You are right. I'm not sour about not getting first, just relieved that I'm not overly impressed with her poetry. That would be heartbreaking.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.253.116.240.Dial1.Cincinnati1.Level3.net)
Date: April 18, 2005 10:18AM

Ok, I have to say I am more impressed with her after the reading than from what I sampled of her online. she read a few poems from a new book that is pending publication and it was fantastic. Lots of imagery relating nature scenes to childbirth and motherhood. She also had this fantastic poem about "the Peterson case" (Lacy Peterson). I don't know the name of this book that will be coming out, but I think I might watch for it.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: April 18, 2005 11:51AM

Glad to hear.....I was hesitant that they had to bribe you with promises of extra credit


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.253.115.10.Dial1.Cincinnati1.Level3.net)
Date: April 18, 2005 03:55PM

Not just extra credit, but they had to give me an award, too to come.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: April 19, 2005 09:46AM

Were you to understand there'd be punch and pie?


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Talia (---.253.115.98.Dial1.Cincinnati1.Level3.net)
Date: April 19, 2005 01:06PM

Of course.


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: April 20, 2005 09:15PM

No, there's also a David Lee- here's a little info about him. [www.coppercanyonpress.org] />
pam


Re: Maria Melendez
Posted by: margarita (192.168.128.---)
Date: April 28, 2006 05:22PM

Wow, one year later, I'm not sure this will be read. It seems as if, when she reads, she has a diaphragm and a set of lungs given only to her. And she deserves it, if I must say so myself. The words being run together are for a sense of style. As a grammar queen, I must say I was a little annoyed at first, but then I realized her intentions and began to appreciate her genius.




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