Hogan's Alley

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Louis Jenkins, Poet Extraordinaire

During his acceptance speech at last weekend's Tony Awards, Best Actor winner for his performance in "Jerusalem", Mark Rylance simply performed, uncredited, a prose poem called "Walking Through a Wall".  What was special about the performance of Walls was the incongruity and the nervous laughter of the audience, patiently hunkered down for the usual series of endless "thank yous".

The poet author of "Walking Through a Wall" is Louis Jenkins of Minnesota.

I confess that I had never read Mr. Jenkins, but am now totally captivated.  To get a sample of his work, read by him, go this website.  The poems are full of meaning and wrapped in what seems like simple conversation.

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