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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

hurry! this contest for 5 free books ends tomorrow!

January O'Neil is giving away 5 titles published by CavanKerry Books. Leave a comment HERE to win them.


Monday, March 29, 2010

White Spine

Liar, I thought, kneeling with the others,
how can He love me and hate what I am?
The dome of St. Peter's shone yellowish
gold, like butter and eggs. My God, I prayed
anyhow, as if made in the image
and likeness and him. Nearby, a handsome
priest looked at me like a stone; I looked back,
not desiring to go it alone.
The college of cardinals wore punitive red.
The white spine waved to me from his white throne.
Being in a place not my own, much less
myself, I climbed out, a beast in a crib.
Somewhere a terrorist rolled a cigarette.
Reason, not faith, would change him.

Henri Cole

bad blogger bits

oh my. i've been a bad blogger.
yes, yes, yes: i will talk about my reading in nyc soon. i've been so busy this past week. doing what? hmm. let me think. i've been...hmm...working!
As a Latino poet I’m lucky I’ve got two months (at least) of guaranteed literary attention...
hi, phyllis!
i'm at the library right now. i'm on lunch break. you wanna know what i ate? sunlight. i ate sunlight.
i *heart* henri cole.
I won week three of the Daily Poem Project! Now, go vote for the fourth week contestants.
time's up.

Twenty-One Poets Recommend New and Recent Books of Poetry

ron slate:
For the third springtime, I’ve invited poets to tell us about their favorite new books of poetry. This year they picked titles by Richard Jackson, Ted Mathys, Hillel Halkin, Beth Bachmann, Dora Malech, Valzhyna Mort, D.A. Powell, Louise Glück, Kevin Young, John Burnside, Olena Kalytiak Davis, David Blair, John Murillo, Sarah Gambito, Tom Yuill, Heather Hartley, Frannie Lindsay, Douglas Kearney, Maurice Manning, Norman Fischer, Allison Titus, Jason Koo, and Roger Mitchell.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

miguel murphy remembers the poet ai

Several years later she and I danced together at AWP in Palm Springs. She loved Moby. She loved wearing her black leather pants and blood-colored jacket.

quick bit

spending my last morning in new york city. i didn't bring my laptop, so i'm at an internet cafe.

i had a great time reading last night. more details later.

man, i love visiting this city!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My poem is up over at Poetry Daily

To a Jornalero Cleaning Out My Neighbor’s Garage
My thanks to the editors of Witness.
Thanks to John Olivares Espinoza. His poems inspired me to write this one.
The poems borrows language from Angela de Hoyos and Américo Paredes. Gracias, maestros.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

propeller bits

i don't work tomorrow! yeah!!
so i got rejected by poetry magazine. a friend told me it probably didn't help that i'd recently made fun of a guy who reviews for the magazine. ha. i'm sure that was not the case. the screener just didn't like the poems i sent. end of story.
dora malech: let me explain.
i get goosebumps when a poet i adore says nice things about my poems. thank you, d.a. powell.
i need to buy a new bracelet for my upcoming reading in the east village. i wave my arms around when i read, and i like to have some bling glittering as i wave my arms like i just don't care.
omg. i'm going to read with henri cole. still can't get over that. i just hope i don't say something stupid to him.
there's a shop at union square where i've bought bracelets before. i hope they're still open. and yes, i buy bracelets designed for ladies. so what! guy bracelets are all leather and boring. i'm not into leather and i'm not into boring.
i've never been kissed in the rain. have you?
i really wave my arms around when i read. i become a plane propeller.

manuscript advice from oliver de la paz

...don't sprinkle poop on the ice cream.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

CantoMundo now has a website!

CantoMundo plans to build on the aesthetically, culturally, and linguistically diverse work of Latina/o poets, who have historically—and with limited economic resources—formed supportive literary spaces. This will be done by respecting Latina/o poetry’s stylistic and thematic diversity, while maintaining a vibrant, meaningful connection to a community-grounded readership.

Submission guidelines for the Master Poet Craft Workshops are here.

another one bites the dust or another journal sees the light of day

This spring, Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, celebrates one milestone and prepares for another. First comes the 60th anniversary issue of the journal, a tribute to writer Flannery O'Connor. And then comes a change, when Shenandoah shifts from print to Web.

Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Henri Cole

Cole's poems are always tragic, always frustrated, but awake to the fleeting moments when something transcendent appears to happen.

love this

San Francisco poet D.A. Powell learned in early February that he had won a prestigious $100,000 prize for his most recent book of poems. Only days before, he had received a form rejection letter from the New Yorker for a poem he had submitted.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

just out

Let's see. Rigoberto González has published two books of poems, a novel, a book of short stories, two children's books, a YA novel, and now he's edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing, just out from the University of Arizona. The anthology brings together some of the best writing published by the Camino del Sol series, which publishes books by Latina/os.

And he still has the time (!!!) to write a monthly book review column, to be a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, and to be on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle.

I'm not even mentioning all the flying he does around the country to give readings/ lectures. Or his mentoring. Or his teaching at both a traditional MFA program and a low-residency program.

Lord have mercy on the rest of us!

Here's a provocative snippet from Rigoberto's introductory essay:
For the serious Chicano/Latino author of relevant writing, there is no “art for art’s sake” or the luxury of separating identity from imagination or experience. Such posturing is the indulgence of the privileged---the hobbyist writing of dilettantes and children of leisure disguised as “artistes,” or, more tragically, the insecure scribblings of delusional writers of color who believe they will transcend their ethnic identities and be hailed simply as “writers.” In this race-conscious society we all inhabit, such wishful thinking remains a fantasy.

And did I mention his author photos are taken by Marion Ettlinger?

Oops! He's also written a memoir.

Adrienne Rich on Elizabeth Bishop and lesbian identity

Criticism of Bishop in her lifetime was mostly appreciative of her powers of observation, her carefully articulated descriptive language, her wit, her intelligence, the individuality of her voice. I want to acknowledge the distinction of all these, the marvelous flexibility and sturdiness of her writing, her lack of self-indulgence, her capacity to write of loss and of time pat without pathos and with precision, as in poems like “Sestina,” “The Moose,” “Filling Station,” “First Death in Nova Scotia,” “At the Fishhouses.” I want to pay this homage and go on to aspects of her work which I have not yet seen discussed. In particular I am concerned with her experience of outsiderhood, closely—though not exclusively—linked with the essential outsiderhood of a lesbian identity; and with how the outsider’s eye enables Bishop to perceive other kinds of outsiders and to identify, or try to identify, with them. I believe she deserves to be read and valued not only for her language and images, or for her personality within the poems, but for the way she locates herself in the world.

Originally published in the April 1983 issue of Boston Review

hottie of the week: mike rowe

from the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs.

I hope he doesn't ask me remove him from my hottie list. Ha.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Scott Hightower reviews Idra Novey

And in a fashion of hyper-modern and hyper-post modern gymnastics, there are amazingly other books. Books that do not howl. Books that do not pursue louder music, brighter lights, more flash. More Hopkin’s compression; springier sprung rhythm. Books that have—dare one say it—old world manners . .

Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Established in 1999, this first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets. The participation of distinguished judges and prominent literary presses has made this prize highly competitive.

Winner receives $1,000, publication by The University of Georgia Press in fall 2011, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading.

Final Judge: Elizabeth Alexander.

Reading period opens March 15, 2010. Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than
April 30, 2010.

Complete guidelines here.

4 poems by J. Michael Martinez


bits and bits and bits

the bitch is back!
i can't wait to go back to nyc. i'm already having dreams about walking around the village, of buying books at st. mark's bookstore, of eating a slice of ray's pizza, of hailing a taxi.
if you live in nyc, i would love to see you at the reading. i know life is busy in nyc, but it would be great to see a few friendly faces in the audience.
i'm a bit nervous about reading with henri cole and david gewanter.
why am i nervous? did you read those bios??? ha.
i'm looking to try new restaurants in the village and union square area. so if you have a place that you love, let me know.
hmm. i'm not being very bitchy in this post. my apologies.
i can't wait to sit on a bench, eat a hot dog and people watch. oh, central park!
hey corn shake, should i get some pinkberry?

Full info on my reading in NYC

March 22, 2010, 7 p.m.
11th Street Bar, 510 East 11th Street, New York, NY

Triptych Readings Series

Join us for a great reading by Henri Cole, David Gewanter, and Eduardo C. Corral. We are also celebrating the highly anticipated selected poems, Pierce the Skin, by Henri Cole, and the new book, War Bird, by David Gewanter.

Henri Cole's selected poems, Pierce the Skin, published in March 2010, brings together poems from the past twenty-five years, including work from early virtuosic books, long out of print, as well as his more recent books, Middle Earth (2003), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize and a Pulitzer prize finalist, and Blackbird and Wolf (2007), winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. His numerous other awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, the Rome Prize, two National Endowment of The Arts fellowships, and a United States Artist Fellowship. He lives in Boston and teaches at Ohio State University in Columbus.

David Gewanter is author of three poetry books: War Bird, just out from U. Chicago Press; The Sleep of Reason(Chicago, 2003), finalist for the James Laughlin prize; and In the Belly (Chicago, 1997), awarded the John Zacharis First Book award. He is co-editor, with Frank Bidart, of Robert Lowell: Collected Poems (FSG; Faber, 2003), winner of an Ambassador Book Award (English-Speaking Union–US), and named “Book of the Year” (Contemporary Poetry Review). The recipient of a Witter Bynner fellowship, a Whiting Foundation Writer’s award, and a Hopwood award, he teaches at Georgetown and lives in Washington DC.

Eduardo C. Corral holds degrees from ASU and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His poems are featured in a Web Del Sol chapbook. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Post Road, The Nation, and Verse Daily. He's the interview editor for Boxcar Poetry Review. His work has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation award and residencies from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He was the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University in 2007/08. In the fall of 2008 he was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University.