Maurice Manning's poem "Going Back to Bimble" appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 20, and re-appears at Poetry Daily. Read the poem here. Thanks Poetry Daily! [ read more ]
Smartish Pace nominated Matt McBride's poem "Cities of Advertisers" and Amy Woolard's poem "A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose" for the 2013 Best New Poets anthology. SP is proud ... [ read more ]
Piotr Gwiazda, Smartish Pace Reading
Piotr Gwiazda 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.
STEPHEN REICHERT:You were born in Budapest, Hungary on August 23, 1931. How did you make your way to Canada in 1957 and what are your memories of Budapest? KAROLY SANDOR: I had an active part in the 1956 revolution. Worried over this my wife and I decided to leave the country. They caught and jailed us. We escaped, went to Veinna, Austria, four days later to England, five months later to Canada. To the second part of your question about my memories of Budapest: The most beautiful, inspiring, on the account of its women and history, city in the world, also a very tough place if you have a mild complexion and live in a working-class district. The street where I lived was 3 blocks long, when I was five, it had six pubs. In 1996 I was interviewed by the Hungarian Radio's English Language Broadcast program. I told them about remembering buildings, people in them, the fights after the dances, the smiles of those who tolerated by infractions. How did they do that? I took my clothes off on that program (Charlie Coutts Director, retired since) and confessed: I am in love with Budapest. REICHERT: How ... [ read more ]
Political poems tend to sag under the weight of their agendas. The poet's sense of outrage filters in, burdening the poem with didacticism, or the poet finds himself speaking on behalf of a group—Haitian refugees or spotted owls, for instance—and poems, compact by nature, don't work when struggling beneath a multitude of voices. Yet many poets have written successful political poems, not least of all Carolyn Forché, who in "The Colonel" avoids the pitfalls of ... [ read more ]