Friday link roundup

March 9th, 2018

The poet Lucie Brock-Broido died this week. Every loss is a loss, the students she won’t teach, the poems she won’t write. I came to her poetry late, starting with Stay, Illusion when it was announced as  National Book Award finalist and working backwards from there. She had a singular voice. I have heard she was an extraordinary teacher and mentor. Stephanie Burt has an appreciation here and the Poetry Foundation blog Harriet posted a remembrance here. From Stay, Illusion, her poem “A Girl Ago.” You can find several of her poems here, courtesy of Boston Review, and ten more from JSTOR here .

I started blogging again because of the Poet Bloggers Revival Tour, but so far I’ve only managed these round-ups. I keep thinking I’ll write more here, and I keep hoping I will, but in the meantime there are a lot of poet bloggers out there getting it done. If you can’t keep up with them, Dave Bonta is keeping a weekly roundup here.

This interview with Tarfia Faizullah, author of Seam (amazing, amazing, amazing) and Registers of Illuminated Villages (in the mail, I hope, because I can’t wait to get my hands on this book – I love Tarfia Faizullah’s work so much), on the VS podcast from the Poetry Foundation. I recommend all the back episodes as well.

Because I am creeping up on I-need-to-turn-all-these-individual-poems-into-a-collection time, I especially appreciated this interview with the poet Ángel García at the Prairie Schooner blog about constructing his first manuscript, book contests, and publishing his first book.

Entropy’s Where To Submit list. If you don’t know about this, you need to be checking it out regularly.

The 2017 Best of the Net Anthology from Sundress Publications went live this week. Among the included poets are Hanif Abdurraqib, Valzyna Mort, Meghan Privitello and more. Be sure to read the delicious fiction and nonfiction too.

Friday link roundup

March 2nd, 2018

We’re back from Canada. My son’s team got knocked out in the third round, partly because illness swept through the team, but including exhibition matches they ended up playing nine games on North American ice against some high quality teams and in spite of the early out, a good time was had by all. Even by the kids who got sick. And by the parents who got sick. And by the coach who got sick. Like I said, illness swept, it swept like a gold medalist curler. I ended up with mild pneumonia but am back on my feet now (mostly). Here’s some of what I’ve been inspired by, when I haven’t been coughing up a lung and sweating through my sheets:

Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey.

Bettering American Poetry vol 2 arrived while I was away and all I can say is, wow. Wow, there are some powerfully good poems here.

The poem “Mostly I’d like to be a spider web” by CT Salazar up at Cotton Xenomorph. Many of the poems up at Cotton Xenomorph, actually.

Fifteen poets on revision, from The Millions.

At Literary Hub, new poetry by indigenous women, a new series curated by Natalie Diaz.

This list of literary podcasts from Electric Literature. Some, like Between the Covers and fiction/non/fiction, I was already familiar with but I’m excited about so many new-to-me options like Lit Up, AAWW Radio by Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and Overdue.

And unrelated to writing at all, this bird’s-eye view of Nashville Predators goaltender Pekke Rinne is my new go-to talk to the hand video for people who think goalies “just stand there.”