James Tate, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and long time University of Massachusetts professor, died at 71. He wrote over twenty poetry collections, including The Ghost Soldiers and The Oblivion Ha-Ha.
You ... [ read more ]
British poet and journalist James Fenton has won the Pen Pinter Prize, established in honour of playwright Harold Pinter.
Previous winners of the Pinter Prize include Tom Stoppard, Carol Ann ... [ read more ]
Smartish Pace Cover Art Party
On March 26, 2011 artist friends of Smartish Pace gathered in Baltimore and made one-of-a-kind covers for Smartish Pace Issues 17 and 18. In addition to the regular versions of these issues, the individual art cover editions can be purchased at www.smartishpace.com. Artists: Claudia, Clare Banks, Susan Campbell, Joel Feinberg, Jared Fischer, Natalie Kahla, Jeff Lewandowski, Maeve Reichert, Stephen Reichert, Terence Winch & Baynard Woods.
Magdelyn Hammond: When did you start writing poetry? Have you always considered yourself a poet, or are there parts of yourself that were always a poet even before you started to write seriously? Shara McCallum: I started writing poetry seriously about the same time I came to Maryland. I was almost 22 then. I had always written poetry, as far back as I can remember, but I think of that period as marking my beginnings as a writer because it was when I began to consider the craft of a poem consciously and deliberately. I don't know when I began to think of myself as a poet -- that's not a word I use very often in relation to myself. I say I write poetry but rarely say I am a poet. I'm not afraid of the word per se but the phrase "I am a poet" seems somewhat static and stilted. Writing poetry is something I see as active whereas being a poet makes me think of someone sitting around waiting for inspiration or someone posing in some fashion as a "poet." As to the other ways I was becoming a "poet" before really being serious about ... [ read more ]
One of the central concerns pervading Percy Shelley’s A Defense of Poetry is the idea of vital metaphor, that poetic aspect that makes the serious poet’s work different from amateurs, or those searching for personal vainglory. For Shelley, vital metaphor leads to the truest form of expression, the expression allowing a poet to move past him/herself and into participation with “the one, the infinite, the eternal.” Shelley is, of course, talking about the collective ... [ read more ]