Aliki Barnstone, of Columbia, was appointed by Gov. Nixon as Missouri’s new Poet Laureate. Barnstone is Professor of English in the Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri. A ... [ read more ]
Smartish Pace poet Carson Cistulli is all things to all people. If all the things people care about are poetry and baseball, that is. Listen here to Carson on the ... [ read more ]
Charlie Clark, Smartish Pace Reading
Charlie Clark reading for Smartish Pace at Creative Alliance, Baltimore, on January 1, 2010. Introduction by Clare Banks, Associate Editor, Smartish Pace.
Traci O’Dea (Associate Editor, Smartish Pace): How has translating Sappho affected your own poetry?
Aaron Poochigian: I had always wanted each line of my poetry to be songlike and ravishing. Now, after having lived with Sappho for about two years, I have a better sense of what that means. But I should be more specific about her influence. Many of Sappho’s poems give the reader the impression that he or she is eavesdropping on a private conversation, as in the following fragment:As you are dear to me go find a youngerBed as your due.I can’t stand being the old one any longer,Living with you.I now readily slip into the conversational mode in my own work. Sappho, in fact, is credited with pioneering the “personal” in poetry, partly because she gives the reader this window into the intimate. She also makes frequent use of what I call “choral” expression—that is, the speaker as a first person plural “we” representing a group of people. I now often write poems in “group voices.” Perhaps the poem “The Marriage of Peleus and Thetis” is the best evidence of her influence on my work. The Marriage ... [ read more ]
2/9/2017 (8:00am) -- 2/11/2017 (5:00pm)
Visit table 334 for our new issue, t-shirts, treats...and 3 free books of poetry with every purchase (lots of great titles)! We look forward to meeting you!
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 ]