Poet Joy Harjo of Muskogee Creek heritage has won Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets, found in 1934. Her works include How We Became Human and The Woman ... [ read more ]
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announces the five recipients of the 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, one of the largest awards given to young poets ... [ read more ]
Terence Winch, Smartish Pace Reading
Terence Winch reading for Smartish Pace at Artomatic in Washington, DC on June 12, 2009. Intro by Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace.
Loss has a constant presence in your new book, Give Over, Graymalkin. For you, where does the act of writing poetry fit into the process of losing, accepting, rebuilding, and regaining?That’s a significant question and a slippery one. The poems about my dog Jasper were ones in particular that I swore to myself I wouldn’t write—too private—and then ultimately wrote anyway. His death—slow and then sudden—was hard on us. I finally realized it would be those poems or nothing for a long while, and so I suppose in some ironic way the intimate nature of the subject that I was so wary of was also what finally compelled me to tackle it. I hoped through the personal to strike a resonant chord about loss. From responses I’ve received, maybe I got lucky, although it was damned costly luck. I’ve been writing poems for a long time, and that process obviously has important correlations to how I approach my life and what I am and believe. It’s not therapy, though, and it’s not a journal. The poems are intended for an audience to read and perhaps be moved or amused or appalled by. To recover from loss takes time, ... [ read more ]
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The dirty little secret about Billy Collins' poetry is it is hilarious. I have always found his poetry amusing, but in person, the poet adds fuel to the flame. If you read Collins' book, Ballistics, this way, you will see what I mean. If one must contemplate ". . .love, death, solitude, youth, and aging" (as the blurb on the dust jacket of this edition states) there are not many ways more pleasurable to do ... [ read more ]