Congratulations to Smartish Pace poet Jacob Polley for winning the T.S. Eliot Prize, the world's most prestigious poetry prize, for his new collection Jackself (Picador, 2016). Polley's new poems will appear ... [ read more ]
Aliki Barnstone: “A Sundial in France I’ve Never Seen”
Donald Berger: “Hanging Wood”
Gordon Buchan: “The Sign in the Sky”
Alicia Mountain: “Scavenger”
G.H. Mosson: “Punk Rock Song”
Jennifer Pruiett-Selby: ... [ read more ]
Gregory Djanikian, Smartish Pace Reading
Gregory Djanikian reading for Smartish Pace at KGB Bar in New York City on December 1, 2012. Intro by Stephen Reichert. Music by Luna. Photographs by Deb Schwartz.
Gary Fincke is the author of sixteen books of poetry and short fiction, and, in 2004, of Amp'd, a personal account of his son's life in the rock band Breaking Benjamin. He is a recipient of the Bess Hokin Prize for Poetry, the Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and many other honors and awards. His essay, "The Canals of Mars" was reprinted in The Pushcart Essays, an anthology of the best essays from the first twenty-five years of Pushcart Prize volumes. His most recent books include Sorry I Worried You (U. of Georgia Press), a collection of short stories, which won the Flannery O'Connor award, and Standing Around the Heart (U. of Arkansas Press), a collection of poems. He is the director of the Writer's Institute and Professor of English at Susquehanna University in Selsinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Smartish Pace has published Gary Fincke's poems in issues 5, 8, 10 and 13. He was interviewed in April by Dan Cryer, associate editor at Smartish Pace. Dan Cryer: You've managed to have success in poetry, fiction and non-fiction. ... [ read more ]
2/9/2017 (8:00am) -- 2/11/2017 (5:00pm)
Visit table 334 for our new issue, t-shirts, treats...and 3 free books of poetry with every purchase (lots of great titles)! We look forward to meeting you!
It seems to me one useful polarity by which to sort poets might run from "realistic" to "idealistic." In other words, some poets spend most of their time describing clearly and relatively completely what's in front of them while others want to ascend to the empyrean as quickly as possible. There are advantages and dangers for both. The realist speaks swiftly and directly, but gets drowned in the objects he conjures up. The poem never ... [ read more ]