Claudia Emerson Has Died
December 4th, 2014
It is with sadness that we have learned that longtime Smartish Pace poet Claudia Emerson has died. A wonderful poet, she was generous in her submissions to the magainze over the past 16 years. She won the 2004 Erskine J. Poetry Prize with the following poem.
Second Bearing, 1919
--for my father
I have asked him to tell it—how
he heard the curing barn took hours
to burn, the logs thick, accustomed
to heat—how, even when it was clear all
was lost, the barn and the tobacco
fields within it, they threw water
instead on the nearby peach tree,
intent on saving something, sure,
though, the heat had killed it, the bark
charred black. But in late fall, the tree
broke into bloom, perhaps having
misunderstood the fire to be
some brief, backward winter. Blossoms
whitened, opened. Peaches appeared
against the season—an answer,
an argument. Word carried. People
claimed the fruit was sweeter for being
out of time. They rode miles to see it.
He remembers my grandfather
saying, his mouth full, this is
a sign, and the one my father
was given to eat—the down the same,
soft as any other, inside
the color of cream, juice clear
as water, but wait, wait; he holds
his cupped hand up as though for me
to see again there is no seed,
no pit to come to—that it is
infertile, and endless somehow.
Smartish Pace 2014 "The Pushcart Prize" Nominations
December 1st, 2014
Jeffrey Bean: “It’s Morning in Michigan”
Robert Kohen: “Wilderness Quartet”
Melissa Monroe: “Family Outfit”
Chrys Tobey: “Dear Monday”
Tomas Tranströmer, trans. Patty Crane: “The Forgotten Captain”
Amie Whittemore: “Visitation”
Mark Strand Dies
November 29th, 2014
It is a puzzle, he is one of the people I thought would never die. His 2000-ish library of congress reading began with "So, I don't have my books to read from as I figured the library would have them for me" (unfolds paper from his pocket as interns scramble to find his books) "but I wrote these poems on the plane." He is a great one.
Charles Wright, New US Poet Laureate
June 12th, 2014
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 essays. A Pulitzer Prize. A National Book Critics Circle Award. A National Book Award. The International Griffin Poetry Prize. A Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. A National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. A term as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. The Library of Congress’ own award for lifetime achievement in the form.
Smartish Pace 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominations
December 1st, 2013
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 Earthly Delights”
Robert Pinsky: “Funny”
Katia D. Ulysse: “Etiquette”
Smartish Pace Poem on Poetry Daily
May 20th, 2013
Maurice Manning's poem "Going Back to Bimble" appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 20, and re-appears at Poetry Daily. Read the poem here. Thanks Poetry Daily!
Matt McBride & Amy Woolard Nominated for Best New Poets
April 15th, 2013
Smartish Pace nominated Matt McBride's poem "Cities of Advertisers" and Amy Woolard's poem "A Girl Gets Sick of a Rose" for the 2013 Best New Poets anthology. SP is proud to have several winners in the past and wish Matt & Amy the best of luck, though the good poems have been written and luck isn't exactly needed.
Party & Reading Tonight! Saturday April 13th
April 13th, 2013
Issue 19 Reading & Party (with The Great American Canyon Band!)
April 13th, 2013 (7:00pm) -- (11:00pm)
LOCATION: CopyCat Building, 1501 Guilford Ave Baltimore, MD 21202
COST: $10 (includes copy of SP19, free beer & wine)
Issue 19 Reading & Party featuring poets Aaron Belz, Joseph Capista, Michael Collier, Patricia Davis, Deborah Doolittle, Hayden Saunier and Amy Woolard followed by the super hot The Great American Canyon Band! $10 gets you a copy of Issue 19, free beer/wine & a mindblowingly good time. All profit goes to Smartish Pace--a nonprofit organization--and helps fund the printing of our next issue.
Parking: Park on Guilford Ave. if you can (1 block south of 1501 Guilford on bridge is often open) or on Mt. Royal Ave. or any blocks WEST of Guilford (toward Penn Station). There are also inexpensive parking lots near Penn Station (on E. Lanvale between Charles St. & St. Paul) and one next to Club Charles (1724 N. Charles St.).
SP Poet Stephanie Schlaifer on the Radio
April 8th, 2013
Stephanie Schlaifer was featured on UMSL's Women In The Arts broadcast and read "Pictures of the Floating World" from Smartish Pace, Issue 20. Listen here.
Erskine J. Poetry Prize Announced
January 13th, 2013
Here are the winners of the 2012 Erskine J. Poetry Prize. All poems will be published in Smartish Pace.
First Prize: "The Moon Is So Smart" by Andrea Henchey
Second Prize: "Texas" by Mark Wisniewski
Third Prize: "Personal Genomics" byBarbara Perez
"Aubade" by Vanessa Falco
"Spring Fragments" by Brian Hendrickson
"Heart of Hearts" by Gretchen Steele Pratt
"In the Valley of Echoes" by Alan C. Reese
"Room by the Road, by the Hour" and "Swear Jar" by Natalie Shapero
"Rule 8" by Ryan Vine
Prize Judge: Stephen Reichert