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 ]
Luke Johnson, Smartish Pace & 32 Poems reading
Luke Johnson reading for Smartish Pace & 32 Poems at Topics Cafe, Chicago, March 1, 2012.
STEPHEN REICHERT: First off, thank you for agreeing to do this interview despite the busyness of your semester. I'd like to begin with your origins and influences. What was it about your upbringing that led to your life as a poet? STEPHEN CUSHMAN: I can think of two ways to answer this question. The first would be to reel off some autobiographical facts that might account for a love of language and literature. My father was a professor of American literature, my mother a librarian, so I grew up in a verbal household, one in which both talking and reading (or at first being read to) occupied a large share of my time. But these autobiographical facts only help to explain literacy; they don't explain why someone who grew up in such a household would choose writing in addition to reading, and they don't explain why such a person would choose to write verse rather than prose. To account for those developments is much harder. I know that I began to write poems in high school, and I suspect that I wrote them for much the same reason other people in high ... [ read more ]
The poems in Eve's Red Dress are about "Losing the Blues." Like any honky-tonk girl on a Saturday night, Eve slips into her red satin dress, "pull[s] up to a neon / martini glass, order[s] a shot of tequila…I'll never be royal for you again," she declares, and: I'm cerise, vermilion, scarlet,ruby, crimson, fuchsia, magenta,and flame. I could burnthe hands off a man. ("Losing the Blues," 44-45) The book is organized around ... [ read more ]