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 ]
Jennifer Maier, Smartish Pace Reading
Jennifer Maier reading for Smartish Pace at KGB Bar in New York City on December 1, 2012. Intro by Clare Banks. Music by Luna. Photographs by Deb Schwartz.
November, 2000 (published in The Arkansas Review) DAVID KIRBY is the author or coauthor of eighteen books, including five poetry collections. The House of Blue Light, his latest collection of poetry, appeared from LSU Press in 2000. In 1987, his first collection of poetry, Saving the Young Men of Vienna, was awarded The Brittingham Prize in Poetry from The University of Wisconsin Press. A recipient of grants from the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, his other honors include five Florida State University teaching awards and Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as Poems & Plays, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Chelsea, Smartish Pace, Virginia Quarterly, Gettysburg Review and The Best American Poetry, 2000 & 2001. Kirby was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1944. He received his bachelor’s degree in English form LSU in 1966 and his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1969. He is the W. Guy McKenzie Professor of English at Florida State University, where he has taught since 1969. It is evident in Kirby’s poetry that he has forever unabashedly “stirred the pot.” ... [ read more ]
In Lisa Russ Spaar’s new book, though never mentioned by name, Persephone is the presiding genius. Persephone’s presence is felt severely, mostly in meditation of the Underworld or winter just outside its domain. In the first poem, “St. Protagonist,” we begin, “It’s bedtime. Tell me a story.” No children’s book here. Thrust into this acute irony of “bedtime”, we begin at the end. In these poems, we will encounter the poem beyond a story “improbable...but ... [ read more ]