The Newburyport Literary Festival is happening this weekend. Here is the complete schedule. It’s going to be a beautiful day!
Robert Hudson has written “a parallel biography” of what some might consider an unlikely pair, Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan. Both of these poets, however, figured largely as influences on my own development as a poet and Catholic thinker. Read a review of the book in Commonweal.
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.
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’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.
Here is a link to Maura Shea’s blog page. The video she has posted there is itself beautiful “beyond words,” but what follows is as fine a tribute to Richard Wilbur as anyone could hope to write.
I just learned that my poem “An Indelicate Proposal” was chosen for the Rosalie Boyle / Norma Farber Award from the New England Poetry Club, an association founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and Conrad Aiken! The poem will be posted on the NEPC website.
James Matthew Wilson brings a depth of philosophical understanding to his reading of Catherine Chandler’s poetry. Rarely does a poet find so insightful a reader, but then, Chandler is that rare poet who deserves such a reader.
The Boston National Poetry Month Festival arrives every April like poetry’s Opening Day. I’ll be one of the Thirteen Keynote Poets reading in The Commonwealth Salon at 700 Boylston Street on Friday, April 7. And on Friday evening, as part of the Poetry, Music and Dance Concert, Anne-Marie Codur and Jill Borenstein will perform “La Girafe,” a song I wrote with guitarist John Tavano.