Tuesday, May 26, 2009

a discovery i made today

WV Poet Laureate Irene McKinney
By Irene McKinney

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May 22, 2009 · West Virginia Poet Laureate, Irene McKinney talks about "Marginalia."
The word sent us to the dictionary. "Marginalia" has a few meanings, the first: handwritten notes made in the margins of books.

For librarians this is may be considered a capital crime, but if you own the book and you become famous, your "marginalia" may become the fascination of future scholars.

The second meaning of the word is flourishes and drawings in illuminated manuscripts. Either meaning could apply to this essay.
Irene McKinney, West Virginia's Poet Laureate, lives on her family farm near Bellington. This occasional series of essays is produced by John Nakashima. Her latest book is "Unthinkable: Selected Poems 1976 to 2004," published by Red Hen Press.


  1. Loved this, Mom. I love Irene McKinney's essays, and I love you too!

  2. I am so glad you linked to the MP3 file, that was wonderful. Life a breath of real oxygen in my windowless office. Thank you!