Smartish Pace Editor Stephen Reichert nominated Laurel Hunt, and her poem "Glass," and D.M. Macormic, and his poem "Identity Theft," for Best New Poets 2017. SP nominations have won in ... [ read more ]
The Good Contrivance Farm Residency provides a 1200 square foot barn loft apartment on a small, historic farm in central Maryland, 25 miles north of Baltimore. It's run by our ... [ read more ]
Vona Groarke Reading
Vona Groarke poetry reading on February 24, 2009. Ms. Groarke has new work in Smartish Pace, Issue 16.
February 16, 2012Interview conducted in August 2011
Beyond Katrina blends personal and collective memories of an event that is not too long gone from the public eye, and is still current for those living on the Gulf Coast. What are the challenges of writing about something topical, even if it has personal resonance for you the writer?Natasha Trethewey: I think the biggest challenge that I faced with writing Beyond Katrina and that particular topic was that, as you said, it is in many ways ongoing for the people who are there, and it is also a thing of contested memory. Contested memory is the hardest part of it, because I found that I was dealing with people who wanted not only to be remembered, but people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast who felt like their story was being forgotten or being subjugated beneath the other story of New Orleans and the levee break. But I was also dealing with narratives from folks who wanted to remember the aftermath in different ways, I think, for political purposes. And so there was often a narrative of Mississippi as ... [ read more ]
This first book of poems by Anna Moschovakis, I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone(Turtle Point Press, 2006), gives a hint of its wit in the title. Is the tone urgent? Or a little fed up? Does it imply the connection between writer and reader has been irrevocably broken? Who doesn’t dream of being able to deliver perfect, fully persuasive communication? Or, who does? The author of these poems is a post-modern, ... [ read more ]