Poet Michael Castro, Lindenwood University professor emeritus, has been named St. Louis’ first poet laureate. He is the founder of the literary journal River Styx. [ read more ]
Rod McKuen, American poet, musician and songwriter, died Jan. 29 from complications of pneumonia. He was 81. [ read more ]
Amber L. Cohen Reading
Amber L. Cohen, Smartish Pace Reading Series (Issue 14 Release Party), The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA, April 28, 2007, Intro by Associate Editor Clare Banks.
Laura Klebanow: It seems you came to write poetry first, and prose poetry and essays next. Is this correct, or has your work in each genre developed less compartmentally? For example, do you ever start a poem and watch it become a prose poem or essay, or vice versa?Lia Purpura: The issue of how one discernible genre grows from another is utterly mysterious to me. I’m certain that I’m writing prose, though my essays are called “lyric essays.” In fact, I’ve just written an essay titled “What is a Lyric Essay?” for Seneca Review. In it, I’m making a plea for allowing the form to remain as mysterious as possible. I do mean “mysterious” though in the best way – challenging and magical and able to work on a reader and knit up above the page. I don’t mean at all “unclear” or “sloppy”. The language ought to be as precise as possible in order to affect the most unlikely moves. When I’m writing, an impulse makes itself known as a prose itch or poem-itch. Some failed poems have extended out into prose and found their musculature that way. I don’t think a derailed essay has ever turned ... [ read more ]
4/8/2015 (9:00am) -- 4/11/2015 (11:55pm)
stop by & chat-it-up with SP folks, drink a cold one, steal a t-shirt, read some poems
Poems about Washington, D.C. Edited by Kim Roberts Plan B Press in conjunction with Beltway Poetry Quarterly One would not have to be out of touch to have a disdain for Washington, D.C. these days: whatever your political stripe, your issue du jour, your favorite target of disdain. But the city and the political capital of the country don’t often meet--they aren't in the same place, particularly for the ... [ read more ]