Smartish Pace Editor Stephen Reichert nominated Laurel Hunt, and her poem "Glass," and D.M. Macormic, and his poem "Identity Theft," for Best New Poets 2017. SP nominations have won in ... [ read more ]
The Good Contrivance Farm Residency provides a 1200 square foot barn loft apartment on a small, historic farm in central Maryland, 25 miles north of Baltimore. It's run by our ... [ read more ]
Joy Jacobson, Smartish Pace Reading
Joy Jacobson reading for Smartish Pace Issue 18 party on 12-17-11 at KGB Bar in New York City. Intro by Smartish Pace Editor Stephen Reichert.
Harvey Shapiro's newest collection of poems, How Charlie Shavers Died and Other Poems, will appear in 2001. Born in Chicago in 1924, educated at Yale and Columbia, an Air Force gunner during World War II, Shapiro settled in New York and worked as a journalist, serving for eight years as the editor of the New York Times Book Review and eventually becoming a senior editor of the New York Times Magazine. In his Introduction to Shapiro's Selected Poems (1997), James Atlas, his colleague at the Magazine, observes the "rare unity" in Shapiro's life and work: "He has lived in the same place, Brooklyn Heights, for nearly his entire writing life; he has immersed himself in the rituals of his own neighborhood with an almost religious intensity." Mentored by the Objectivists but belonging to no one school, Shapiro is often regarded as a quintessential New York poet, tough but compassionate, jazzy and modernistic, but almost classical in his humane skepticism. His lyrics have the sound of chastened conversation-and his conversation produces a kind of punchy lyricism that is, for his interlocutor, both chastening and immensely pleasurable. This interview took place on March 17, 2000, at the home of Galen Williams ... [ read more ]
Moira Egan, Cleave, Washington Writers' Publishing House, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 2004, $12.00; and Carole Langille, Late in a Slow Time, The Mansfield Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2003.Moira Egan and Carole Langille are two of the finest mid-career poets to publish during the infancy of the second millennium. Egan's Cleave and Langille's Late in a Slow Time are a poignant pleasure to read individually; re-read together, they are ... [ read more ]