James Tate, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and long time University of Massachusetts professor, died at 71. He wrote over twenty poetry collections, including The Ghost Soldiers and The Oblivion Ha-Ha.
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British poet and journalist James Fenton has won the Pen Pinter Prize, established in honour of playwright Harold Pinter.
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Lesley Jenike, Smartish Pace Reading
Lesley Jenike reading for Smartish Pace at KGB Bar in New York City on December 1, 2012. Intro by Clare Banks. Music by Luna. Photographs by Deb Schwartz.
DMB: You have worked for a number of different publications, as a science writer and also as a commentator. Which of these was most fulfilling? MC: I enjoyed my time at the various publications. Working for the University of Virginia Medical Center and Duke Medical Center introduced me to people and situations I would not otherwise have ever encountered. I’ve witnessed surgery to put skin grafts on burn victims and flew in a life-flight helicopter. I once stayed up 36 hours with a medical intern for a story. The radio commentaries gave me a wide audience. After one of my commentaries aired, my doorbell rang and a neighbor on my doorstep said, “You just made me cry.” DMB: In 1986, you moved from Virginia to North Carolina. What were the factors that caused you to move? MC: The reason for the move was simple. I had just finished my MFA at UVa, and my wife wanted to get her MBA. She had chosen the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We came to Chapel Hill and fell in love with the place. DMB: Did your 'poetic voice' change along with the move to NC? [ read more ]
In this excellent collection of poems, Robert Murphy’s language is elemental. The earth and his sense of the musicality of language are unparalleled: Murphy revels in language, and his reveling is a desire for revelation. Murphy handles our lexicon as a gardener handles seeds and plantings in a garden: placing words in perfect arrangement; and just as the gardener places certain plants in light or in shade, the poet places his words in arrangement of ... [ read more ]