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 ]
Amber L. Cohen Reading
Amber L. Cohen, Smartish Pace Reading Series (Issue 14 Release Party), The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA, April 28, 2007, Intro by Associate Editor Clare Banks.
November, 2000 (published in The Arkansas Review) DAVID KIRBY is the author or coauthor of eighteen books, including five poetry collections. The House of Blue Light, his latest collection of poetry, appeared from LSU Press in 2000. In 1987, his first collection of poetry, Saving the Young Men of Vienna, was awarded The Brittingham Prize in Poetry from The University of Wisconsin Press. A recipient of grants from the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, his other honors include five Florida State University teaching awards and Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as Poems & Plays, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Chelsea, Smartish Pace, Virginia Quarterly, Gettysburg Review and The Best American Poetry, 2000 & 2001. Kirby was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1944. He received his bachelor’s degree in English form LSU in 1966 and his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1969. He is the W. Guy McKenzie Professor of English at Florida State University, where he has taught since 1969. It is evident in Kirby’s poetry that he has forever unabashedly “stirred the pot.” ... [ read more ]
One of the things I've been observing recently is that poets no longer seem to be constrained by either strict adherence to form or pigeon-holing ("formalist"); instead, many new collections are emerging that I'd call "semi-formal," shuffling an equal measure of formal poetry and free verse, keeping the reader on her toes, as she moves along, engaged in either the narrative or the lyric imagery, and then finds herself caught up short, realizing, "Hey, that's ... [ read more ]