Congratulations to Smartish Pace poet Jacob Polley for winning the T.S. Eliot Prize, the world's most prestigious poetry prize, for his new collection Jackself (Picador, 2016). Polley's new poems will appear ... [ read more ]
Aliki Barnstone: “A Sundial in France I’ve Never Seen”
Donald Berger: “Hanging Wood”
Gordon Buchan: “The Sign in the Sky”
Alicia Mountain: “Scavenger”
G.H. Mosson: “Punk Rock Song”
Jennifer Pruiett-Selby: ... [ read more ]
Carolina Ebeid, Smartish Pace & 32 Poems reading
Carolina Ebeid reading for Smartish Pace & 32 Poems at Topics Cafe, Chicago, March 1, 2012.
Rachel Stark: First off, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. I'd like to start by talking about your subject matter. Your most recent collection, The Highwayman's Wife, draws much of its energy from the way you revitalize mythology. At the same time, you take on the English countryside with both the folklore of the highwayman and your numerous quotations from John Clare's The Shepherd's Calendar. What is it about these things that are important to you?Lynnell Edwards: Some sort of unrelated things converged in the spring of 2004 that I think prompted the Highwayman series, the first of which was "Sonnet for the Highwayman." I was tramping around in a very old cemetery in rural Kentucky where some of my Scottish ancestors (the McBrayers) from the 18th century were buried and I was talking with an elderly relative about that, and then an issue of Gourmet magazine arrived which had a feature on the Scottish Highlands, with several spectacular photos. The photos were gorgeous; I can make only a modest case for Scottish cuisine, however. After that first poem, I started exploring – in other words, I "Googled" – information about English ballads to see ... [ read more ]
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Many readers may see Christian Wiman’s new poems only through the lens of death and dying once they know of Wiman’s medical condition: he has a serious blood disease (and he was raised in West Texas, another mortal wound). Certainly, part of my own reaction (mostly delight) to Wiman’s West Texas poems is affected by having lived nearby the poet’s early stomping grounds. The mesquite, the cotton, the pumpjacks, the open fields and open sky, the dust devils—these are all ... [ read more ]