Charles Wright will be the next Poet Laureate, kicking off his tenure with a Sept. 25 reading of his work.
Wright has 24 poetry collections and two books of ... [ read more ]
From Smartish Pace, Issue 20
Carson Cistulli: “Young People Will Have White Hair”
Leah Falk: “Westview Cemetery”
Andrea Henchey: “The Moon Is So Smart”
Timothy Liu: “The Garden of ... [ read more ]
Terence Winch, Smartish Pace Reading
Terence Winch reading for Smartish Pace at Artomatic in Washington, DC on June 12, 2009. Intro by Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace.
In his new book, Star Apocrypha, the poet Christopher Buckley reaches for a higher lyric pitch and succeeds exponentially. Buckley's poetry addresses matters of this world and of the soul, daily life and the lifeof the imagination with brilliant language and finesse. His poems perform aneloquent dance between memory and the here and now, turning time into the verysame stuff as the clouds and stars.In the following interview, the poet discusses contemporary poetry and his latest book, Star Apocrypha.Maggie Paul: Can you recall some of your earliest experiences with poetry and how they influenced your decision to become a poet?Christopher Buckley: My earliest memory of poetry is from Mt. Carmel School in Montecito fourth grade, fifth? I wrote a poem for Mother’s Day in class, the nun passing out white paper and blue construction paper to paste it on. I remember this because I found it years later in a trunk, my mother had saved it. It was in fact in quatrains rhyming abab, three or four of them with sunlight and bluebirds flying about the edges of the stanzas. I think I came across it while I was in college ... [ read more ]
Issue 15 of Smartish Pace contains three of my translations from the French of poems by JacquesRéda: "The Jay," "The Milk of Dawn" (a favorite of mine), and "The Dead House." (Note that, as of this writing, the issue is not on-line; I'm referring to the print edition.)Of the other poems in the issue, I especially enjoyed quite a few:Gary J. Whitehead's "The Mouse in the House" ... [ read more ]