Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, died at 62 from lung cancer. He won the Pulitzer in 2004 for his collection of poetry called “Walking to Martha’s Vineyard.”
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Alice Notely, the author of over 25 books of poetry, has been awarded the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The prize, first established in 1986, is one of the most ... [ read more ]
Rebecca Lindenberg, Smartish Pace & 32 Poems reading
Rebecca Lindenberg reading for Smartish Pace & 32 Poems at Topics Cafe, Chicago, March 1, 2012.
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 ]
“Men at forty,” as Donald Justice wrote, learn to turn their backs, or close doors—“softly”— on youth and long-passed opportunities as part of their accommodation to a life of mortgages, the body’s increasing betrayals, and other failures of middle age. Perhaps the most painful of these stem from love and marriage, as well as the domestic life that sometimes confines men as inescapably as it does women, though the emotional content of poems that are ... [ read more ]