Maurice Manning's poem "Going Back to Bimble" appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 20, and re-appears at Poetry Daily. Read the poem here. Thanks Poetry Daily! [ read more ]
Smartish Pace nominated Matt McBride's poem "Cities of Advertisers" and Amy Woolard's poem "A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose" for the 2013 Best New Poets anthology. SP is proud ... [ read more ]
Nicole Pekarske, Smartish Pace Reading
Nicole Pekarske reading for Smartish Pace at Frazier’s in Baltimore on Feb. 27, 2009. The reading was part of a benefit for AWP.
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 ]
Who are the writers who put you in a coma? A coma, meaning, whose writing inspires spells of suspended animation while we appear to be reading one page for quite some time? While we are in this trance, this retreat, something is happening below our consciousness. The coma state prompts us to ask questions: what does this mean? What is the author doing? Deborah Keenan’s sixth book of poetry, Good Heart, definitely has the coma ... [ read more ]