C. D. Wright, American award-winning poet and writing professor at Brown University, unexpectedly passed away in her home on January 12, 2016. Her most recent book, Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, ... [ read more ]
Amit Majmudar was appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Ohio. His work has appeared in many literary magazines including Smartish Pace, and few of his published poems are "By Accident," ... [ read more ]
Carolina Ebeid, Smartish Pace & 32 Poems reading
Carolina Ebeid reading for Smartish Pace & 32 Poems at Topics Cafe, Chicago, March 1, 2012.
Jeffrey Harrison's Feeding the Fire is available from Sarabande Books (www.sarabandebooks.org). Harrison is the author of two previous collections, The Singing Underneath, selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, and Signs of Arrival. Jacqueline McLean: Titling a book of poems seems like a difficult enterprise. I want to ask you to talk about the significance of your title, Feeding the Fire. In presenting this question, I have a few thoughts in mind. First, there is your marvelous line from Kafka which prefaces the collection: "What one writes is merely the ashes of one's experience." This is a particularly apt line for poetry, in which we relive or try to recover something of the essence of what once was. Yet I see a contradiction here or at least an intriguing complication. In a poem like "White Spaces," you recover (without bringing him back) a college professor who continues to compel you. The closing lines of the poem read: Gone now, known too briefly and too long ago for me to bring him back in a poem, though I'd like to think that what he was and what he gave me hover at the edges of ... [ read more ]
3/30/2016 (1:00am) -- 4/3/2016 (4:00am)
see you beautiful writers at table 1256
4/16/2016 (5:00pm) -- (6:00pm)
University of Baltimore, Room TBA
We're excited to be invited by CityLit to host a reading feature poets from Smartish Pace Issues 22 and 23. Poets and building/room at U. of Baltimore, TBA soon!
In this lively collection, Marilyn Taylor uses traditional forms but with a modern touch. We find sapphics, sonnets, villanelles, a rondeau, rhyming quatrains, an astonishingly good crown o’ sonnets, and even a double dactyl. However, Taylor is such a skillful craftsman that it is not until the reader succumbs to the irresistible urge for a second reading that the forms become apparent, surely the mark of a master formalist.In the ambitious “Outside the ... [ read more ]