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.”

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January 26th, 2018

Some of what’s inspiring me this week:

Dangerous for Girls” by Connie Voisine at poets.org.

This interview from Between the Covers with Ursula K. Le Guin, who died this week. I found Ursula K. Le Guin a bit later, I think, than a lot of people – the first book of hers I read was The Left Hand of Darkness in my freshman year in college and it was only after graduation that I went on to read more of her work.

Rocket Fantastic by Gabrielle Calvocoressi and this interview with her on Commonplace Podcast.

Pretty much everything in the most recent issue of Adroit.

The poem “Hoodie” by January Gill O’Neil in Green Mountain Review, shared by Kelli Russell Agodon (@KelliAgodon) shared on Twitter.

 

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January 19th, 2018

Some of what’s inspiring me this week:

I can’t remember the first poems that made me aware of Chelsea Dingman’s work, but I do remember reading them and immediately adding her name to a running list of “poets to keep an eye on” I have. My heart does a little leap each time I find a new poem by Chelsea, and this week’s find is this stunner, “Notes on Inheritance,” in Guernica.

If you want more poetry than I can possibly throw at you, follow Kaveh Akbar on Twitter (@KavehAkbar) (if you’re a Twitter user. If you’re not, it might be worth setting up an account just to follow him, it’s that good.)

Only Bread, Only Light by Stephen Kuusisto.

Love Poem Without a Drop of Hyperbole in It” by Traci Brimhall in The New Yorker – the link goes to directly to The New Yorker so if you’re not a subscriber it will use up one of your free allowed monthly articles, but I say it’s worth it. But I wanted to give everybody a fair head’s up.

The poem “Stings” by Sylvia Plath.

This interview with Jericho Brown at New Letters On The Air. His generous spirit comes right through my speakers, I think I’d be blown over flat if I ever got to be in the same room as him. (GOALS!)

Even Pines Have Crowns” by Hannah Vanderhart in Cotton Xenomorph.

I’d very much like to attend a writers’ residency this year, so this article at Brevity on how to prepare for a future residency is very helpful right now. You should read the whole thing (and follow their fantastic links to more advice) but some big take-aways are: even if you don’t have anyplace in mind yet, get your CV and list of publications up to date and start formulating an artist’s statement. That way if you suddenly find a great residency with an application deadline rapidly approaching, you’ll have the solid basics of an application in decent shape already.

 

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January 5th, 2018

Just some of what I’ve been reading, listening to, or thinking about this week:

The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson.

Via Kelli Russesl Agodon’s Twitter (@KelliAgodon), this blog post by Marilyn McCabe on putting together a poetry manuscript.

Of Those Who Can’t Afford To Be Gentle” by Chelsea Dingman at wildness.

This great big list of poets who are getting back into blogging in 2018, inspired by Donna Vorreyer and Kelli Russell Agodon, generously put together by Donna Vorreyer.

Paying to Play: On Submission Fees in Poetry Publishing” by Rachel Mennies at The Millions.

Micro-reviews of poetry over at One Great Things.

Poetry roundup: Maxine Kumin

February 7th, 2014

I was saddened to read of Maxine Kumin’s passing at 88 yesterday; and grateful that her long life gave us so much of her poetry. In her honor, here’s a selection of her poems I was able to find available online in the short time since I read the news and which I am fairly confident have been reproduced in the public domain with permission.

From Poetry Magazine, July 2002, “Getting There.”

At the Poetry Foundation, “After Love,” “How It Is,” “A Calling,” “Finding the one Brief Note,” and “Together.”

At Poets.org “Looking Back in My Eighty-First Year,” “In the Park,” “Jack,” “Purgatory,” (which you can also listen to), “The Hermit Goes Up Attic,” and “Woodchucks” (also available as audio).

From The Writer’s Almanac, “Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief.”

From the archives of The New Republic, “History Lesson” and “Saying Goodbye.

At The Hudson Review, “Red Tape and Kangaroo Courts I,” “Red Tape and Kangaroo Courts II,” and “Old News.”

From The Poetry Center at Smith College, “Waterboarding, Restored.”

From Poetry Daily this essay by Kumin “Metamorphosis: From Light Verse to the Poetry of Witness” originally published in The Georgia Review, Winter 2012.

And I’ll leave you with Kumin’s words from a 1973 conversation with Pearl London as recorded in Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America’s Poets, edited by Alexander Neubauer (if you don’t have this book, get it!):

Because, you see, this is what I conceive the function of the poet to be. Not to moralize, not to polemicize, not to grieve, not to praise, and not to damn. But to name, to tell, to authenticate, to be specific, to report what he [sic] sees and what he [sic] feels. I suppose if I have a credo, that would be the credo that I have.

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January 24th, 2014

I first read Danusha Laméris in The Sun magazine and knew I’d found a name to watch for. So I was delighted this week to see her poem “Fictional Characters” appear in The Writers Almanac this week. For those of you who also love her voice, here are some more poems from her:

The Lord God Bird” in Rattle, from 2010.

The God of Numbers” in The Sun Magazine. “Eve, After” is unfortunately not available online, I enjoyed that one even more.

The Bugs of Childhood” from The MOON Magazine.

Horse” at Connotation Press.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful poet!

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January 17th, 2014

Some reading for you this weekend:

Deer” by Deborah Miranda. I confess that this is the first I’ve read of Miranda’s work, but after reading “Deer” I can’t wait to get my hands on some more from her!

Love Poem for Naming” by Corrie Williamson is up at The Missouri Review. You do know to check their website once a week for a new poem, right?

Because I love Traci Brimhall and scour the web regularly for works of hers I’ve never read, this piece published at The Rumpus in 2012: “After The Plantation Fire.

Likewise, I’m always on the lookout for Joe Wilkins and this week I stumbled upon “The Fragments of the World Seek Each Other” at About Place Journal.

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January 10th, 2014

Whenever I read a poem by Linda Pastan I am reminded that I don’t read enough of her; here’s her poem “The Poets” up at Plume.

Up at Cave Wall, Katherine Maurer’s “Field Survey.”

I always admire poets who can pull off the traditional forms. Last week I gave you a sestina, this week I give you Aileen Bassis’s “Bulgarian Pantoum” at Literary Bohemian.

If you’re not signed up to receive a poem from the Academy of American Poets every day, you should be. Then you won’t miss out on poems like “Another Country” by Ryan Teitman. (Go here to sign up for a poem every morning.)

A poetry roundup for the new year

January 1st, 2014

I’m back. I won’t bore you with where I’ve been – dark night of the poet’s soul and all that, we’ve all been there – but will tell you what I’ve been reading.

I’ve been reading these two poems in Four Way Review by the incomparable Traci Brimhall.

I’ve been amazed by this sestina at Heron Tree: “Sestina: Two Names” by Sharanya Manivannan.

I’ve been visiting “The Isle of the Narrator” by Amy Breeder, up at Plume.

And fittingly, I’ve been reading “The End of This Year” by Jack Ridl at Writer’s Almanac.

Here’s to another year of reading and writing!