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 ]
Nicole Pekarske, Smartish Pace Reading
Nicole Pekarske reading for Smartish Pace at Frazier’s in Baltimore on Feb. 27, 2009. The reading was part of a benefit for AWP.
February 16, 2012Interview conducted in August 2011
Beyond Katrina blends personal and collective memories of an event that is not too long gone from the public eye, and is still current for those living on the Gulf Coast. What are the challenges of writing about something topical, even if it has personal resonance for you the writer?Natasha Trethewey: I think the biggest challenge that I faced with writing Beyond Katrina and that particular topic was that, as you said, it is in many ways ongoing for the people who are there, and it is also a thing of contested memory. Contested memory is the hardest part of it, because I found that I was dealing with people who wanted not only to be remembered, but people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast who felt like their story was being forgotten or being subjugated beneath the other story of New Orleans and the levee break. But I was also dealing with narratives from folks who wanted to remember the aftermath in different ways, I think, for political purposes. And so there was often a narrative of Mississippi as ... [ read more ]
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It is no mistake that Terence Winch's latest collection, Boy Drinkers, begins with a poem entitled "Comfort." These lovely, human poems represent a search for just that, in a world that offers little in the way of genuine security. Set up as a catalogue of Winch's teachers (Fathers, Mothers and Brothers, all, for Boy Drinkers is also a unique window into a Catholic boyhood), the collection-and each individual poem-builds with the hope that someone will ... [ read more ]