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 ]
Geoff Brock, Smartish Pace & 32 Poems Reading
Geoff Brock reads for Smartish Pace and 32 Poems at Topics Cafe in Chicago on March 1, 2012.
Jessica Yoo: How did you come up with form of Double Exposures?Greg Williamson: When I’d first written a few Double Exposures, I was reminded by a friend that I’d floated an idea like it back in school. I liked the notion of having this text on the page that interleaves and changes depending on how you look at it. But I never thought of an unhokey way of doing it. One day, years later, I was thinking about the effects of this photographic double exposure, and I thought I’d give it a shot. I figured it ought to be about 3x5, and I wanted the third, combined reading to bring the other two together into a complexified, and generally darker, coexistence.JY: What should poets keep in mind when attempting this form?GW: Quite a few people have written enviably good ones. The hardest part is maintaining the accuracy of the grammar, syntax, punctuation, and so forth when the two parts join in the middle, what I thought of as the estuary, what someone else called the zipper.JY: The subject matter of some of your poems seems to be inspired by everyday observations or ... [ read more ]
X.J. Kennedy’s newest book, The Lords of Misrule, begins with a reckoning of the dead — a cousin, his "third-best friend" from grade school, and a "harmless lunatic" who used to wander his streets. It is All Saints Day, and Kennedy is going through the rituals of remembrance before the revels of his “half-crocked lines” are let loose by the Lords of Misrule, as he guides them to do in his “Invocation.” For his cousin ... [ read more ]