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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Linda S. Gottlieb, Smartish Pace Reading
Linda S. Gottlieb reading for the Smartish Pace Issue 18 party at Cyclops in Baltimore on May 6, 2011. Introduction by SP Intern Austin Tally.
Laura Klebanow: It seems you came to write poetry first, and prose poetry and essays next. Is this correct, or has your work in each genre developed less compartmentally? For example, do you ever start a poem and watch it become a prose poem or essay, or vice versa?Lia Purpura: The issue of how one discernible genre grows from another is utterly mysterious to me. I’m certain that I’m writing prose, though my essays are called “lyric essays.” In fact, I’ve just written an essay titled “What is a Lyric Essay?” for Seneca Review. In it, I’m making a plea for allowing the form to remain as mysterious as possible. I do mean “mysterious” though in the best way – challenging and magical and able to work on a reader and knit up above the page. I don’t mean at all “unclear” or “sloppy”. The language ought to be as precise as possible in order to affect the most unlikely moves. When I’m writing, an impulse makes itself known as a prose itch or poem-itch. Some failed poems have extended out into prose and found their musculature that way. I don’t think a derailed essay has ever turned ... [ read more ]
The chapbook occupies an interesting place in American Poetry these days. It used to be the first refuge of the beginning poet, a format that permitted the publication of a group solid poems without the conjoined headaches of thematic unity or narrative line, a way to announce one’s presence as a working poet while the longer manuscript was still in process. That it was also the first refuge of the self-published didn’t help its reputation ... [ read more ]