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 ]
Madeleine Mysko, Smartish Pace Reading
Madeleine Mysko reading for Smartish Pace on the CityLit Stage at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sept. 29, 2012.
In his new book, Star Apocrypha, the poet Christopher Buckley reaches for a higher lyric pitch and succeeds exponentially. Buckley's poetry addresses matters of this world and of the soul, daily life and the lifeof the imagination with brilliant language and finesse. His poems perform aneloquent dance between memory and the here and now, turning time into the verysame stuff as the clouds and stars.In the following interview, the poet discusses contemporary poetry and his latest book, Star Apocrypha.Maggie Paul: Can you recall some of your earliest experiences with poetry and how they influenced your decision to become a poet?Christopher Buckley: My earliest memory of poetry is from Mt. Carmel School in Montecito fourth grade, fifth? I wrote a poem for Mother’s Day in class, the nun passing out white paper and blue construction paper to paste it on. I remember this because I found it years later in a trunk, my mother had saved it. It was in fact in quatrains rhyming abab, three or four of them with sunlight and bluebirds flying about the edges of the stanzas. I think I came across it while I was in college ... [ 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 ]