Come to the Boston Public Library on Friday, April 6, to hear Rhina Espaillat, John Tavano and myself perform a new program of melopoeia titled “Passages.” Our performance, scheduled to begin at 1:15 PM, is part of this year’s Keynote Poets readings.
To help promote the upcoming Newburyport Literary Festival, Deborah Warren talks about the books she loves best with filmmaker Betsy Westendorf.
The double dactyl is aptly described on the jacket of this new anthology as “a devilish amalgam of rhyme, meter, name-dropping and pure nonsense,” but editors Daniel Groves and Greg Williamson have somehow persuaded the likes of X. J. Kennedy, J. D. McClatchy, Kim Bridgford, Caki Wilkinson, Andrew Hudgins and Charles Martin to contribute their efforts to this new anthology, conceived as a follow-up to the original Jiggery-Pokery anthology compiled by the inventors of the form, Anthony Hecht and John Hollander. Also included are three of my own poems, along with several by my good friend A. M. Juster.
Stop the presses! Donald Trump actually spoke the truth, for once. Here is a link to Andrew J. Bacevich’s editorial in The Boston Globe. It’s a must-read, as is everything Bacevich writes.
Paulette Turco’s first published collection of poems, In Silence, is available from Finishing Line Press. Place your order now! It’s like getting Andrew Benintendi’s rookie card. Paulette is destined for stardom.
I would consider this 3-minute video a found poem. View it the way you would read a poem, allowing time to slow down while you give it your full attention. You’ll find it delightfully amusing. Although there is very little artifice involved, it’s a masterpiece of composition. Be sure to watch it all the way through: it’s got a beginning, a middle, and an end. And the acting is terrific!
It’s nice for a writer to imagine someone may read the stuff he puts out there; nicer still to discover that someone has actually read it. Mike Juster brought my attention to these remarks on Patrick Kurp’s blog, “Anecdotal Evidence.”
Here is an essay that Thomas Merton published in Commonweal in 1962: Nuclear War and Christian Responsibility. It’s a message we need to hear again and again.
Here’s a review of a new book written by one of my favorite people, William Baer, whose literary journal, The Formalist, changed the face of American Poetry.