Smartish Pace poet Carson Cistulli is all things to all people. If all the things people care about are poetry and baseball, that is. Listen here to Carson on the ... [ read more ]
Poet Matthew Zapruder has been appointed the new poetry column editor for The New York Times Magazine. Born in Washington, D.C., he lives in Oakland, where he is the director ... [ read more ]
Hayden Saunier, Smartish Pace Reading
Hayden Saunier reading for Smartish Pace at KGB Bar in New York City on December 1, 2012. Intro by Clare Banks. Music by Luna. Photographs by Deb Schwartz.
Jessica Yoo: How did you come up with form of Double Exposures?Greg Williamson: When I’d first written a few Double Exposures, I was reminded by a friend that I’d floated an idea like it back in school. I liked the notion of having this text on the page that interleaves and changes depending on how you look at it. But I never thought of an unhokey way of doing it. One day, years later, I was thinking about the effects of this photographic double exposure, and I thought I’d give it a shot. I figured it ought to be about 3x5, and I wanted the third, combined reading to bring the other two together into a complexified, and generally darker, coexistence.JY: What should poets keep in mind when attempting this form?GW: Quite a few people have written enviably good ones. The hardest part is maintaining the accuracy of the grammar, syntax, punctuation, and so forth when the two parts join in the middle, what I thought of as the estuary, what someone else called the zipper.JY: The subject matter of some of your poems seems to be inspired by everyday observations or ... [ read more ]
The Pear as One Example: New and Selected Poems spans thirty-four years of acclaimed writer Eric Pankey's literary career. Including excerpts from seven previous collections, as well as the more recent sequence "Deep River," this volume allows readers to observe the nuances of style and thematic continuities within this author's complex body of work. While already known for his precise and philosophical observations, Pankey's consistent use of the poetic image as a point of entry ... [ read more ]