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Local Poetry Contest January 23, 2010

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The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate project seeks work by El Paso and Teller County residents for Poetry While You Wait, a publication to be distributed free to dentists’ and doctors’ offices, auto repair shops, beauty salons, hospitals, etc., throughout Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region during April.

Online submissions are strongly preferred. By February 15, send up to four poems, each 30 lines or fewer, with a one-line bio, in the body of an e-mail (no attachments, please) topoet@pikespeakpoetlaureate.org. If sending by mail, include contact information and a SASE for return of poems to Poetry While You Wait, COPPeR, P.O. Box 190, Colorado Springs, CO, 80901.


Response to Jane Hilberry’s Reading January 21, 2010

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This Mother Savage post is in response to the poetry reading of Jane and Conrad Hilberry on Thursday, December 10th. You can also read Mother Savage’s earlier interview with Jane by clicking here.

Its hard for me to write a response to Jane and Conrad Hilberry’s poetry reading that is separate from my friendship with Jane and my foreknowledge of her work.  I suppose the main thought that their collaboration has inspired in me is that though a poet’s life might be grief filled, it need not be lonely. As a young poet, developing close bonds with other poets strengthens your work! I’ve believed this ever since my first beginning poetry workshop class- but the more I immerse myself in CC’s poetry community, the more I am convinced it is true.


Leviathan Music Edition December 10, 2009

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Issue #35 (divide that by 4 to figure out how many issues total. Imagine putting together an issue sans email and internet! total nightmare!)

Poetry by:

Virginia Rider, Joseph Karwin, Brooks  Fortune, Ali Epstein, Ali Abraham, Robin Walter, Laura Blackett, Jeff Hester and Jacquie Tilden.

Prose by:

Sarah Delaney, Bichard Perkins and Kathleen Anderson

Visual Art by:

Juna Muller, Madeline Furst, Graham Borgman, Holly Mchugh, Lauren Sinnot, Monica Mueller, Nicole Valdez, Andrew Wallace and Phoebe Grip.

Music by:

Several Girls Galore, Sexy & The Functionals, Altair, Agargara, Ethan Varian, Love Letters, Sam Steele, Leather Bones, Joe Beach, Page 238 and Tara Davis.

A savage introduction December 10, 2009

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Hello Savages. This is your other editor, MotherSavage, speaking. As the professor said, although this blog is affiliated with the Leviathan, philosophically, it is for the people by the people. There are no selection committees, fancy fonts or high pixel counts. No Censorship. You can be as savage as you like.

Anyone can post anything. Even CC grads.

Right now we’re trying to lay down the ground work for some interesting material for you to read. The objective is to report on the “art scene” at CC to make it more accessible to anyone interested in attending its events. My experience is that most CC “Art events” are advertised mostly by word of mouth (either from professors or friends) and while this is all well and good- I’m pretty sure there are a lot more people who would be interested in attending events held by the visiting writer’s series, design club, photo club, film club (etc.) and Im also pretty sure that there are plenty of people who would be interested in having their own events or even in further developing their own specific artistic interests.

The problem is, there is no one forum that brings together all of these underground events and art communities. I think we’d profit from a forum with the objective of intermingling mediums. Hence, Hat Partie. If you want to be more involved, drop us a line.

Love, MotherSavage

“Now as Heaven is my Lot, they`re the Pests of the Nation!
Wherever they can come
With clankum and blankum
`Tis all Botheration, & Hell & Damnation,
With fun, jeering
And still to the tune of Transmogrification–
Those muttering
With no Hats
Or Hats that are rusty.
They`re my Torment and Curse
And harass me worse
And bait me and bay me, far sorer I vow
Than the Screech of the Owl
Or the witch-wolf`s long howl,
Or sheep-killing Butcher-dog`s inward Bow wow
For me they all spite–an unfortunate Wight…”

-ST Coleridge

A chat with Jane Hilberry December 9, 2009

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As part of the visiting writer’s series, CC’s own Jane Hilberry will be performing a joint reading with her dad, fellow poet Conrad Hilberry this Thursday, December 10th. They will be reading from a book of poems that they compiled together called, “This Awkward Art.”

I met up with Jane for an interview earlier this week to discuss her book and the process of its making.

How do you come up with the title for “This Awkward Art”? Who thought of it and why is it applicable to the book? I noticed you used the word “awkward” in one of your poems. Does it come from that?

We went through lists of phrases from the poems we included in the book- but nothing worked exactly. Anyway, I was reading my dad’s book called “After Music,” a book he dedicated to me, and I noticed that in the dedicate that he described our mutual love for making poetry as a love for “this awkward act.” But I also think that the parent child relationship is kind of an awkward act. Thus, the title, “This Awkward Art.” It stuck.

How did you come up with the idea for this project, how long have you been working on it and how did you go about working with your dad? Did you write the poems together?

The idea for the project has been percolating for a long time. We actually had a draft of the book about 5 years ago. We actually didn’t work on the poems together or even write them all in the same time period. My dad came down here (to Colorado Springs) to put them together with me. We each just had a pile of poems (some already published?) that we pulled out and tried to organize in a way that clearly related them in an almost conversational way. Obviously some of it was pretty natural and easy to do because we share history as father and daughter- and much of our poetry talks about my sister, Katherine, who died at age 9. We just chose poems that seemed to speak to each other. However, some of the more miscellaneous poems surprised us with their common subject matter. These groupings happened naturally. For instance, the respective sections about crickets, Vermeer and hearts.

How did you both end up writing poems about the same Vermeer painting and Vermeer in general? Was that purely coincidental or did Vermeer have a strong presence in your child hood home? You do mention that your sister had a poster of Girl with a Pearl Earring.


Pure coincidence. We never even talked about Vermeer that I can recall. But my sister did have the poster. So maybe Vermeer did have a presence in our family culture. It’s worth thinking about.
Would you say your father had or has an influence on your writing style? Did he help you get into writing to begin with?

Yeah of course he did. I started writing poetry at about 15, and before then, my dad knew that I was into it- so he would ask what I thought of his poems as he wrote them. He also had a constant parade of poet friends who would come over and talk about craft. These conversations influenced me. I also sort of grew up within his style- A style I would characterize as elegant, strong and graceful. I hope that I emulate that. The challenge to be as good as he is has inspired me. as well. As far as the similarities and differences in our style, we both use plain accessible language, we are both image based poets and we both like to play with metaphor. However, we differ in that my dad tends to be very oblique when dealing with emotion or emotional subject matter. I went the opposite direction- most likely to establish my own ground or perhaps as a reaction to his style.

I noticed that your writing voice “Crazy Jane” didn’t seem to be present in this book. Is she in there at all? Did you leave her out on purpose?

You’re right. Crazy Jane isn’t present in this book of poetry. That wasn’t on purpose, but it makes sense that she isn’t in this book because I think the Crazy Jane voice is my way of escaping from or differentiating myself from whatever emotional baggage I might have. I think crazy Jane is a voice that represents the wilder part of my psyche.

I noticed that the image of the train is recurrent in your poetry in this book. What does the train mean to you as a symbol? Not only did the train occur in your poems about your sister- but it also occurred in the poem (….) as an emotive device to describe a vibrating, energetic sensation.

As a symbol the train has a big place in my psyche. In reading the book, you might ascertain that my sister literally died by falling between two cars of a train. But you’re right, the train does appear in other poems without the “freight” that it carries in my poems about my sister. A poem I have in mind is from my book Body Painting that utilizes the image of the train as a metaphor for love. It is a love poem. I guess trains represent forward motion to me- a sort of traveling through life’s stages. Also, when I was a kid, my family would take a lot of train rides and our neighborhood was sort of arranged by train tracks if that makes sense. We would play on the tracks a lot. So the recurring train imagery probably has to do with that as well.

The poem of yours that we’re posting on the Leviathan blog is called “Epithalamion.” Epithalamion is a character of Greek myth, and the title of a poem by sixteenth century writer, Edmund Spenser. Was your poem influenced by Spenser’s poem at all? I noticed that his poem mentions two sisters right at the very beginning.

Actually, I wrote my poem without ever having read Spenser’s poem, though I’ve read it since. The name Epithalamion can be derived originally from the Greek myth, but more specifically relates to my poem in that the Epithalamion is a Latin wedding song- and my poem is about My sister’s youthful expectation that getting married is an easy thing. a given thing- while the speaker conceives of marriage as something that is anything but simple.


for my sister Kathy, 1952-1961

Lying on your cots in the train compartment you shared,
you and Marilyn talked before bed, while I slept, a baby.
She asked you if you were ever going to get married.
“Of course,” you said, your life at nine still perfect

and marriage another snapshot to be taken of you
with your dazzling smile. But Marilyn has children now
older than you were when you stepped off the train
in the dark by accident, and I, an adult,

find nothing in marriage uncomplicated, nothing pure.
We have imagined you living on, through the years,
the trajectory of your life following its true course
in the realm of absence, without friction or gravity,

while our lives grow sad, with the routine sadness
that tarnishes the lives we pictured as children.
All you can say is “Of course,”
as if all questions were direct, all answers simple.

Your face in the snapshots never changes,
your smile never diluted by doubt. You will never know
the fear of death that makes me turn to my lover in bed
and hold the astonishing warmth of his body beside me.


Jane is (one of) my advisers and a beloved professor of Colorado College since 1988. Please go see her read with her father, Conrad Hilberry, at Gates Common room (in Palmer) at 7pm tomorrow(Dec. 10.) This Awkward Art is truly a beautifully put together work of art and I promise that you will enjoy the reading. If not for the sake of hearing poetry, go to support lovely Jane Hilberry. She is an inspirational woman who gives her support freely.

Look forward to more interviews with The Visiting Writers Series, a monthly CC poet feature and posts of interviews with random pre-mortem modern poets as well (all coming to you from your editors.) We’re establishing this blog from a poetry community angle as thats what we’re most familiar with, but we hope to incorporate posts featuring all mediums soon. As in now! We can do the research for this, but we’d like your help!

Remember, feel free to post your own work. your own ideas. rants. interests. anger…etc.

Greetings from Professor Hobbes December 5, 2009

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If you’re reading this, that means you’ve found your way to Hat Partie, the arts blog for the CC community.

You might be here because you read the Leviathan, and you’ve probably heard that this would be another way to share your creativity with the CC community and to see some of the things that CC artists are up to. Here you’ll find excerpts for past and future Leviathan pieces, uploads of student art and photos, and whatever else catches the eye of our staff.

Then again, you might be here because you want to keep updated on good upcoming events around campus. We’ve got previews and our picks for must-see events around campus– just click the “Upcoming Events” tab up top.

Or you might’ve heard that this is the place to catch some of the features we’re planning on posting here. We’ll be featuring interviews with visiting writers, features on local and student artists, guest musings from professors and student body alike, student ramblings, rants, raves, and realizations.

Hat Partie can become many things. Hat Partie is meant to go wherever the CC community takes it.

That’s cause, first and foremost, Hat Partie is for the people and by the people. That’s you.

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Your art, your best friend’s poetry, your Pop Culture rants, your roommate’s photos, anything!

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