Charles Wright will be the next Poet Laureate, kicking off his tenure with a Sept. 25 reading of his work.
Wright has 24 poetry collections and two books of ... [ read more ]
From Smartish Pace, Issue 20
Carson Cistulli: “Young People Will Have White Hair”
Leah Falk: “Westview Cemetery”
Andrea Henchey: “The Moon Is So Smart”
Timothy Liu: “The Garden of ... [ read more ]
Matthew Rohrer, Smartish Pace Reading
Matthew Rohrer reads at the Smartish Pace Issue 18 party at KGB Bar in New York City on December 17, 2011. Intro by SP Editor Stephen Reichert.
Carol Frost is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Pure, Venus and Don Juan, Love & Scorn, I Will Say Beauty, and most recently The Queen’s Desertion (all from TriQuarterly Books). She is a four-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize and has been nominated for that award a remarkable 20 times. She founded the Catskill Poetry Workshop in 1988 and was its director until 2008. In addition, she served as one of two poetry editors for the Pushcart Prize Anthology XXVIII, has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and is presently the Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Chair in English at Rollins College, Florida. Her poetry, prose, and essays have appeared in literally hundreds of publications, including The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Smartish Pace (issue 16).A. K. Huseby: “All Summer Long” (Love and Scorn) is a transportive piece that describes a “lonely, happy child / … who hates silences.” You also speak of a woman with dementia in “Apiary VIII” existing in “her shell of silence” (Poetry 10/07). Then again, there seems to be something shameful in stillness and “dumb imaginings” in the solitude of “Country ... [ read more ]
Many readers may see Christian Wiman’s new poems only through the lens of death and dying once they know of Wiman’s medical condition: he has a serious blood disease (and he was raised in West Texas, another mortal wound). Certainly, part of my own reaction (mostly delight) to Wiman’s West Texas poems is affected by having lived nearby the poet’s early stomping grounds. The mesquite, the cotton, the pumpjacks, the open fields and open sky, the dust devils—these are all ... [ read more ]