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 ]
Elizabeth Arnold, Smartish Pace Reading
Elizabeth Arnold reading for Smartish Pace at Artomatic in Washington, DC on June 12, 2009. Intro by Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace.
Jessica Yoo: How did you come up with form of Double Exposures?Greg Williamson: When I’d first written a few Double Exposures, I was reminded by a friend that I’d floated an idea like it back in school. I liked the notion of having this text on the page that interleaves and changes depending on how you look at it. But I never thought of an unhokey way of doing it. One day, years later, I was thinking about the effects of this photographic double exposure, and I thought I’d give it a shot. I figured it ought to be about 3x5, and I wanted the third, combined reading to bring the other two together into a complexified, and generally darker, coexistence.JY: What should poets keep in mind when attempting this form?GW: Quite a few people have written enviably good ones. The hardest part is maintaining the accuracy of the grammar, syntax, punctuation, and so forth when the two parts join in the middle, what I thought of as the estuary, what someone else called the zipper.JY: The subject matter of some of your poems seems to be inspired by everyday observations or ... [ read more ]
One of the things I've been observing recently is that poets no longer seem to be constrained by either strict adherence to form or pigeon-holing ("formalist"); instead, many new collections are emerging that I'd call "semi-formal," shuffling an equal measure of formal poetry and free verse, keeping the reader on her toes, as she moves along, engaged in either the narrative or the lyric imagery, and then finds herself caught up short, realizing, "Hey, that's ... [ read more ]