James Tate, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and long time University of Massachusetts professor, died at 71. He wrote over twenty poetry collections, including The Ghost Soldiers and The Oblivion Ha-Ha.
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British poet and journalist James Fenton has won the Pen Pinter Prize, established in honour of playwright Harold Pinter.
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Dick Allen Reading Smartish Pace Poems
Dick Allen reads his poems that have appeared in Smartish Pace, Issues 3, 8, 10 and 16. Most images are of Mr. Allen and his home. Intro/Outro music by Editor Stephen Reichert.
Originally from Michigan, Patrick Ryan Frank has his master’s degree in poetry from Boston University and studied theater and creative writing as an undergraduate at Northwestern. Since then, he has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Massachusetts Arts Council, and now holds a James A. Michener Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. In August of 2010, How the Losers Love What’s Lost won the Four Way Books Intro prize judged by Alan Shapiro. He was interviewed over email by Julia Leverone of Smartish Pace in October, 2010.JL: Could you give an idea as to your background, and especially what your influences are?PRF: I grew up in rural Michigan, on what had once been a farm but is now just a wide swath of weeds and derelict barns. I hated it at the time, and I’ve lived in big cities ever since (with the exception of a couple of stints at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown). While I always wanted to be an urban—and urbane—poet, I can’t quite pull myself completely from the fields.My influences are pretty varied, sometimes embarrassingly so. I bought a shiny ... [ read more ]
Thomas Eakins, a native of 19th Century Philadelphia and fairly true to his city (he studied abroad only briefly) is considered to be one of America's greatest painters. Because Eakins is known for his passion for technical exactness, it should not be surprising to find Philip Dacey using the same precision in this volume. From sonnets (some written as a sequence on one painting) to sestinas and poems built from rhyming couplets, the construction of ... [ read more ]