Photos from Newburyport Literary Festival

Thanks to John Foy for sending the pictures he took of poets reading at this year’s literary festival.

Alfred Nicol introduces an impressive lineup of poets
John Foy reads from Night Visions
Catherine Chandler, whose poems are bright candles
“If you thought you knew what formal poetry was, you need to read Jenna Le.” (K. Bridgford)
Rachel Hadas reads poems of “unapologetic bliss”
Mark Doty: “Poetry…represents the resolutely specific experience.”
2017 Yale Younger Poets Prize winner Duy Doan



Jiggery-Pokery Semicentennial

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.