C. D. Wright, American award-winning poet and writing professor at Brown University, unexpectedly passed away in her home on January 12, 2016. Her most recent book, Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, ... [ read more ]
Amit Majmudar was appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Ohio. His work has appeared in many literary magazines including Smartish Pace, and few of his published poems are "By Accident," ... [ read more ]
Eric Pankey, Smartish Pace Reading
Eric Pankey reading for Smartish Pace at Artomatic in Washington, DC on June 12, 2009. Intros by Dan Brady of Barrelhouse & Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace.
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 ]
3/30/2016 (1:00am) -- 4/3/2016 (4:00am)
see you beautiful writers at table 1256
4/16/2016 (5:00pm) -- (6:00pm)
University of Baltimore, Room TBA
We're excited to be invited by CityLit to host a reading feature poets from Smartish Pace Issues 22 and 23. Poets and building/room at U. of Baltimore, TBA soon!
Q: What is American about American Poetry? A: Some years ago Donald Hall coined a memorable term for school-based, formulaic American poetry: the McPoem. I thought about it recently as I pulled off US 1 to grab breakfast at McDonalds. Has our poetry joined the mass-culture melting pot? The menu on the billboard reads: "Egg McMuffin, Breakfast Fajitas, French Fries, Hash Brown." Typical American gruel to be sure, but showing the mix of ... [ read more ]