Poetry Roundup

September 27th, 2012

No poems today, people, but poets talking about poems and poetry.

Here’s a very interesting – and useful – interview with Dorianne Laux in Sliver of Stone Magazine; Traci Brimhall on writing Our Lady of the Ruins (and more) (thanks for that link, Andrea!); at the Huffington Post, an interview with Marie Howe, the newly-named poet laureate of New York; and at the Indiana Review blog, five marks of oft-rejected poems.

Oh, okay, here’s a poem: Absence by Joe Wilkins over at Linebreak because my god I love Joe Wilkins.

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September 20th, 2012

Always, Traci Brimhall:

What They Found in the Diving Bell” at Poets.org

To Poison the Lion” at Blackbird.

Through a Glass Darkly” at Slate (bonus: you can listen to her reading this one).

The Visitation” at iO.

Marney” and “Missing” at The 2River View.


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September 13th, 2012

The Library of Congress is providing a poem a day through the Poetry 180 program. The poems have been selected with high school students in mind, but they’re not juvenile – William Stafford is on the list, and Thomas Lux, and Nick Flynn and Natasha Trethewey. You can find the full list here and sign up to have a link to the day’s poem sent to your in box every day.

Over at Boxcar Poetry Review, Tory Adkisson is writing about “Duende.”

In IthacaLit, Ruth Bavetta’s “Black, White” went right to the core of me.

At Linebreak, Ted Meyer tells us “Where Voices Come From.” If you like good poetry, really just do yourself a favor and sign up for Linebreak’s poems via email. Beauty in your inbox once a week.

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August 2nd, 2012

For your reading pleasure this weekend:

After Paradise Lost” by Alison Powell in Boston Review.

Birds There is No Moon” by Dorothea Lasky in Plume.

Months After the Mt. Cashmere Wildfire, with Meteors” by Luke Johnson in Linebreak.

Second Cat” by Rebecca McClanahan at Cave Wall.


Poems for Tragedy and Grief

July 21st, 2012

I’ve reached that point where all I can do is shake my head and wonder what the hell is wrong with people. I’ve reached that point where I question the virtue of grieving publicly from the sidelines. We don’t, actually, all share in this tragedy. Not by a country mile. I have nothing to offer or add that these poets haven’t said better anyway.

“Most days I long for perfection, for everyone to be safe.
Maybe the only perfect thing in life is longing.

Praise this beautiful, terrible world where we are opened
and crushed, where the kiss comes from a mouth that bites.”

– “The Diver,” Marie-Elizabeth Mali

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July 12th, 2012

I’ve missed a roundup, and the web is full of good things. Here’s just a start.

In honor of Pablo Neruda’s birthday, here is “The Song of Despair.”

I can’t think about Neruda without eventually thinking about Lorca, so here’s “The Old Lizard.”

And since I’m hitting the literary heavy-weights this week, here’s a poem inspired by Proust: “Dear Friend: I have nearly died three times since morning” by Alex Dimitrov. As a bonus, you can also hear Alex Dimitrov read his poem.

Enjoy, and tell me what you’re reading this week.

New poems up

July 2nd, 2012

When it rains, it pours. I’ve got three poems up in the lovely (and very easy to navigate) fib review. The fib review is dedicated to poems in which either the number of words per line or the number of syllables per line follows the Fibonacci sequence. (I went with words.) They’re challenging to write well and fantastically fun, and I’m so pleased to have my poems included in the current issue. You can find my first poem here, and then just click on the “next poem” link at the top of the page to get to the next two.

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June 28th, 2012

Some of the favorites I’ve stumbled across this week:

Hunger” – this sestina by Sandra Beasley blows my mind.

I can’t remember how I first became aware of Saeed Jones, but his poem “Thallium” in Blackbird should give a clue as to why I’ve kept my eye on him since he first popped up on my radar.

The Mechanical Home Care Bed” by April Ossmann in Valparaiso Poetry Review spoke to me especially this week.

Did you know that The Missouri Review posts a poem of the week? You can click on the “Poem of the Week” link on the bottom of their homepage each week for a new poem, introduced with an author’s statement. Check out this week’s poem, “Paracusia” by Steve Gehrke.

Enjoy, and if you’ve read something this week you want to share, drop a line in the comments; links to online works are always welcome. Happy reading!

Finally, an end to the draught – new poem up!

June 25th, 2012

My poem “Infatuation” is in the Winter/Summer 2012 issue of Poetry Quarterly. It’s a bit hard to navigate on-line, but the above link takes you to the issuu image of the magazine (it might take a minute) and then you can navigate your way through to my poem on page 197 if you care to make the effort. My poem was a response to a call for “five sexy lines for summer” if that provides any needed encouragement!

I’m happy to be in this issue and happy that what feels like a long dry spell has seen a tiny spring shower.

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May 24th, 2012

I’m headed to the US tomorrow for a few days of pure nothing followed by five days of pure poetry – I’ll be attending a workshop run by Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, and Dorianne Laux. So in honor of that, here’s a poem from each of them:

Dead Butterfly” by Ellen Bass.

The Moment” by Marie Howe.

Gold” by Dorianne Laux.