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David Yezzi joins Johns Hopkins   printer  

David Yezzi, frequent contributor to the Sewanee Review and occasional Aiken Taylor lecturer, is joining the faculty of the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. He describes his writing method in a recent interview: “Once I have a vague idea about the subject or situation, I start listening for what kind of music the poem should make—dissonant, sweet, jazzy, syncopated, waltz-like. I would love to be able to write a poem the way Thelonious Monk plays the piano or Jack White puts a song together. Musicians have a direct access to emotion that writers can only envy.” He will begin teaching poetry’s musicality—close listening and careful composition—in Baltimore this fall. Yezzi also has a new collection of poems out, titled Birds of the Air.