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 ]
Nicole Pekarske, Smartish Pace Reading
Nicole Pekarske reading for Smartish Pace at Frazier’s in Baltimore on Feb. 27, 2009. The reading was part of a benefit for AWP.
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 ]
On its cover, Robin Becker’s sixth collection features images of postage stamps for imagined countries created by Donald Evans (1945-1977), the American artist who died in a fire in the Netherlands. The postage stamps capture an extraordinary amount of imaginative detail and contain worlds in miniature, much like Becker’s poems. These postage stamps, like the poems, act as emissaries of foreign – yet seemingly familiar – lands. The collection’s title comes from Patricia Cronin’s 1999 ... [ read more ]