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 ]
Stanley Plumly Appointed Poet Laureate of Maryland
Stanley Plumly was appointed the 9th Poet Laureate of Maryland in a presentation by Governor Martin O'Malley and Alice McDermott at The State House in Annapolis, Maryland. Photos by Smartish Pace editors Clare Banks and Stephen Reichert, copyright 2009. Music by Christopher Dunn.
STEPHEN REICHERT:You were born in Budapest, Hungary on August 23, 1931. How did you make your way to Canada in 1957 and what are your memories of Budapest? KAROLY SANDOR: I had an active part in the 1956 revolution. Worried over this my wife and I decided to leave the country. They caught and jailed us. We escaped, went to Veinna, Austria, four days later to England, five months later to Canada. To the second part of your question about my memories of Budapest: The most beautiful, inspiring, on the account of its women and history, city in the world, also a very tough place if you have a mild complexion and live in a working-class district. The street where I lived was 3 blocks long, when I was five, it had six pubs. In 1996 I was interviewed by the Hungarian Radio's English Language Broadcast program. I told them about remembering buildings, people in them, the fights after the dances, the smiles of those who tolerated by infractions. How did they do that? I took my clothes off on that program (Charlie Coutts Director, retired since) and confessed: I am in love with Budapest. REICHERT: How ... [ read more ]
Wanting in seriousness but not in any respects lacking for vivacious word-play, Kevin McFadden's Hardscrabble is an honest, agile, yet at times bulky debut. It's so ranging a collection that no handful of lines will summarize its intent. If the collection has a weakness, it is that it suffers from want of omission.Loosely, the book concerns itself with McFadden's birth home Ohio and current home Virginia, and their historical bedrocks. McFadden then shatters ... [ read more ]