Poet Joy Harjo of Muskogee Creek heritage has won Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets, found in 1934. Her works include How We Became Human and The Woman ... [ read more ]
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announces the five recipients of the 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, one of the largest awards given to young poets ... [ read more ]
Evan Commander Reading
A reading, in conjunction with Forklift, Ohio, at the Speckled Bird Cafe, Cincinnati, Oh, November 21, 2008 with Murray Shugars. Introduction by Matt Hart.
Loss has a constant presence in your new book, Give Over, Graymalkin. For you, where does the act of writing poetry fit into the process of losing, accepting, rebuilding, and regaining?That’s a significant question and a slippery one. The poems about my dog Jasper were ones in particular that I swore to myself I wouldn’t write—too private—and then ultimately wrote anyway. His death—slow and then sudden—was hard on us. I finally realized it would be those poems or nothing for a long while, and so I suppose in some ironic way the intimate nature of the subject that I was so wary of was also what finally compelled me to tackle it. I hoped through the personal to strike a resonant chord about loss. From responses I’ve received, maybe I got lucky, although it was damned costly luck. I’ve been writing poems for a long time, and that process obviously has important correlations to how I approach my life and what I am and believe. It’s not therapy, though, and it’s not a journal. The poems are intended for an audience to read and perhaps be moved or amused or appalled by. To recover from loss takes time, ... [ read more ]
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see you beautiful writers at table 1256
Who are the writers who put you in a coma? A coma, meaning, whose writing inspires spells of suspended animation while we appear to be reading one page for quite some time? While we are in this trance, this retreat, something is happening below our consciousness. The coma state prompts us to ask questions: what does this mean? What is the author doing? Deborah Keenan’s sixth book of poetry, Good Heart, definitely has the coma ... [ read more ]