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 ]
Scout at Smartish Pace Issue 16 Party, May 15, 2009
Baltimore band, Scout, comprised of Chrissy Howland & Rob Soma playing the Smartish Pace & Barrelhouse Party on May 15, 2009 at Cyclops in Baltimore.
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 ]
James Longenbach’s collection of poetry, The Iron Key, follows two previous collections, Threshold and Fleet River. Of Fleet River, I am most familiar. That being said, while I have studied literary criticism with the poet, I have not studied the writing of poetry with him, though I have read his work and heard him read, certainly. In that light, this review will examine the book, The Iron Key, in a way that ... [ read more ]