Mark Ford’s This Dialogue of One: Essays on Poets from John Donne to Joan Murray, published in 2014 from Eyewear Publishing, is awarded the annual $7,500 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism.
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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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Murray Shugars Smartish Pace Reading
Smartish Pace Reading Series at Speckled Bird Cafe, Cincinnati, OH. November 21, 2008 with Evan Commander. Mr. Shugars has a poem forthcoming in Smartish Pace Issue 16.
Magdelyn Hammond: When did you start writing poetry? Have you always considered yourself a poet, or are there parts of yourself that were always a poet even before you started to write seriously? Shara McCallum: I started writing poetry seriously about the same time I came to Maryland. I was almost 22 then. I had always written poetry, as far back as I can remember, but I think of that period as marking my beginnings as a writer because it was when I began to consider the craft of a poem consciously and deliberately. I don't know when I began to think of myself as a poet -- that's not a word I use very often in relation to myself. I say I write poetry but rarely say I am a poet. I'm not afraid of the word per se but the phrase "I am a poet" seems somewhat static and stilted. Writing poetry is something I see as active whereas being a poet makes me think of someone sitting around waiting for inspiration or someone posing in some fashion as a "poet." As to the other ways I was becoming a "poet" before really being serious about ... [ read more ]
Political poems tend to sag under the weight of their agendas. The poet's sense of outrage filters in, burdening the poem with didacticism, or the poet finds himself speaking on behalf of a group—Haitian refugees or spotted owls, for instance—and poems, compact by nature, don't work when struggling beneath a multitude of voices. Yet many poets have written successful political poems, not least of all Carolyn Forché, who in "The Colonel" avoids the pitfalls of ... [ read more ]