Cavankerry Press publishes some of my favorite poets, including my good friend Kevin Carey, whose third collection, Set in Stone, is available for pre-order at their website. Here is the poetry equivalent of a trailer, in which you’ll hear Kevin reading his poem “The Tobin Bridge.”
8:30 M Breakfast with the Poets: Four Powow River Poets with new books, Bill Coyle, David Davis, Nancy Bailey Miller, and Anton Yakovlev, along with special guest, David Berman.
10 AM Deft with a Dagger: A. M. Juster & Alexandra Oliver. You’ll die laughing.
11 AM The Play of Thought: Deborah Warren & Dan Brown. “Wit” has meant different things at different times. My favorite definition is from the 17th century: “Natural Wit consisteth in two things: Celerity in Imagining (that is, swift succession of one thought to another), and steddy direction to some approved end.” Here are two of our wittiest contemporaries.
1 PM Imagination Without Pretense: Kevin Carey & Midge Goldberg. William Wordsworth would have loved these two poets, who write about “incidents and situations from common life” in “language really used by men [and women].” That’s probably what makes them both favorites of Garrision Keillor as well.
2 PM Licensed by the Muse: James Matthew Wilson & Catherine Chandler. In a time when many poets declare themselves “liberated” not only from meter and rhyme but even from punctuation and the rules of grammar, these two poets have devoted themselves to the study and practice of Engish verse technique, tapping into a creative wellspring over 700 years old. Theirs is truly “roots” music!
3 PM Master Craftsmen: Robert Shaw & Robert Mezey. Robert Mezey has been accused of “an unyielding poetic integrity;” Robert Shaw would plead guilty of the same offense. That may explain why these two excellent poets have stayed out of the spotlight despite lifetimes of high literary achievement. Like skilled burglars, their focus is not on getting attention but on getting the job done.
Garrison Keillor’s good taste led him to another poem from Kevin Carey’s recent publication, Jesus Was a Homeboy (Cavankerry Press, 2016). Here’s a link to “Getting It Right” at The Writer’s Almanac. Kevin will be one of the poets who’ll read at next year’s Newburyport Literary Festival.
My friend and Emma Andrews Workshop participant Kevin Carey’s poem is featured on The Writer’s Almanac today. It’s a good poem for Garrison Keillor to read aloud, as it’s called “Reading to My Kids.” We’ll hear more from Kevin Carey at the Newburyport Literary Festival next April (2017).
Was there ever a better match between poet and publisher? Cavankerry Press will publish Kevin Carey’s new book of poetry in September. Kevin, who also writes fiction, is a story-teller in his poems as well, and his companionable voice is one of the pleasures to be found in them. Come to a reading and a book signing for Kevin Carey’s Jesus Was a Homeboy at The Harvard Coop, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge, Ma. Sept 15, 7:00.