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 ]
Lucy Biederman, Smartish Pace Reading
Lucy Biederman reading for Smartish Pace at the Issue 16 Release Party at Cyclops, Baltimore, on May 15, 2009. This was a joint party with the DC lit magazine, Barrelhouse. Intro by Stephen Reichert of Smartish Pace. Intro/Outro music by Pree.
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 ]
Adults are inclined to the illusion that all children love clowns and masks and life-sized puppets, but the unknown being inside a funny fuzzy bear costume can sometimes reduce a bemused infant to tears. In Alex Grant's new work, The Circus Poems, he picks up the theme of Fear of Moving Water and goes on to describe anthropoidal existence in a bewildering universe where even symmetry and order are random. He stresses the fragilility of living ... [ read more ]