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 ]
Issue 15 Reading Video
Smartish Pace Issue 15 release party. May 31, 2008 at The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD, featuring Christopher Cunningham, Douglas Basford, Stephen Kampa, Lia Purpura & Terrance Wedin. Video and production by Damien Ober.
In his new book, Star Apocrypha, the poet Christopher Buckley reaches for a higher lyric pitch and succeeds exponentially. Buckley's poetry addresses matters of this world and of the soul, daily life and the lifeof the imagination with brilliant language and finesse. His poems perform aneloquent dance between memory and the here and now, turning time into the verysame stuff as the clouds and stars.In the following interview, the poet discusses contemporary poetry and his latest book, Star Apocrypha.Maggie Paul: Can you recall some of your earliest experiences with poetry and how they influenced your decision to become a poet?Christopher Buckley: My earliest memory of poetry is from Mt. Carmel School in Montecito fourth grade, fifth? I wrote a poem for Mother’s Day in class, the nun passing out white paper and blue construction paper to paste it on. I remember this because I found it years later in a trunk, my mother had saved it. It was in fact in quatrains rhyming abab, three or four of them with sunlight and bluebirds flying about the edges of the stanzas. I think I came across it while I was in college ... [ read more ]
W.M. Rivera is a poet with a distinctive relationship to his own unconscious mind and the memories housed there. His stunning new collection of poems, Buried in the Mind’s Backyard, documents the poet’s unique and often painful connection to his psyche. In Part I the poet elevates the unconscious mind to the level of the familiar without resorting to surrealism as he unearths childhood memories of his great grandmother, grandmother, and mother. In “Off to ... [ read more ]