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Thursday, June 30, 2011

boxcar station blog

from Neil Aitken

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slow lightning bits

tomorrow i have to send a finalized manuscript to yale university press. finalized. finalized
yikes! no more serious tweaking. no more fretting. it's over. finally.
my facebook friends now this already but the title of my first book is: Slow Lightning.
next: the copyediting process.
i hired someone to design my website. i was going to do it myself. ha. did i really just type that sentence??? imagine that: me designing a website. goodness. anyway, i know this person is going to do a great job.
no turning back now.

CantoMundo in The Austin Chronicle!

When Deborah Paredez was a graduate student, she lived in Chicago's north side, directly across the street from a fire station and a large billboard advertising liquor. "The sights and sounds of emergency were all around," she recalled during a recent interview at the University of Texas Club in Austin. Because she is a writer, she often found herself wondering, instead of a liquor ad, "How would my life be different if there was a poem on that billboard?"

First Drafts: Gary Soto's 'Talking to Myself' and 'Sunday Without Clouds'

from The Atlantic

No poet who grew up in a home without books writes alone. I'm companion to a semi-literate muse, feathered gossip who will sit in a tawdry dress on my shoulder. Sometimes she will whisper lines into my ear, lovely conjectures and occasionally laughable ditties. I will then share my poem first with my wife, who wears not a tawdry dress but stylish clothes and, hey, are those Jimmy Choos on her feet? She'll look at my creation—this week it's a poem debating whether my hearing is really gone—and she'll frown sourly as she reaches for a red pencil from the canister on my desk. When she finishes with this first draft, my poem will be lashed with suggestions. It'll be bleeding but a heartbeat will be present.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

arizona bits

i'm back home! i really missed arizona.
congrats to Kelli Russell Agodon!!
i'm starbucking.
Rigoberto Gonzalez on NPR.
man, i never say anything brilliant or insightful. i want to be ron silliman! really, i do. where's my us-versus-them mentality??

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

west branch wired

Rigoberto González helps out with the latest installment of West Branch Wired.

Read his editor's note here.


tomorrow i'm going to soak in the mineral waters of jemez springs. i've never been to one of these places. i'm going to wear my smurf shorts!
thanks to the poetry editors of the journal for taking two poems from my forthcoming book.
gosh, i have book coming out. wow.
i leave albuquerque this thursday. i'm ready to go back home. i miss arizona.
nice hat, david. no, i really mean it. i'm not being snarky! really, david, nice hat...
have you ever filled out an author's questionnaire? i got one from yale university press and it's freaking me out. some many questions. correction: some many detailed questions.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

recent search terms that brought people to my blog

carl phillips yale series
bread loaf 2009 drinking eduardo poetry scholars (????)
the iowa writers' workshop sucks
cantomundo 2011
is ben lerner gay (he's not gay but he's fabulous)
good poems written by bad poets (???)
best way to organize a poetry collections
stuck in a boxcar how to survive
bear poetry and terms
interviews with bad poets (ha!)
cyndi lauper poem (this one makes me so happy)
hot poets

Friday, June 10, 2011


thank you, my little poems.

once again you are taking care of me.

you are feeding me. you are sheltering me. you are taking me out to the movies.


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Tsuba Colony: Mixed Media on Canvas: Philip Taaffe: 1995

click on pic to enlarge it

more stunning work here

here's a conversation between philip taaffe and robert creeley

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Friday, June 03, 2011

i have found my author photo!

open reading period: Four Way Books

2011 Four Way Books
June Open Reading Period

Submissions accepted June 1-30.

Four Way Books editors make selections.

Open to all poets and fiction writers.
Book-length poetry collections, story collections and novellas.

We do not publish novels, translations, or non fiction.

Complete guidelines here.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

boxcar poetry review

have you checked out the latest installment of boxcar poetry review?

the poems!

the reviews!


Jory M. Mickelson interviews Elizabeth J. Colen

Laurie Ann Guerrero interviews J. Michael Martinez

Hottie of the Week: Paul Legault

Visit his blog! I really like his first book and I'm looking forward to reading his second.


listening to arthur russell. love his work, his voice. one of the poems in my forthcoming book is dedicated to him.
found out yesterday that i do have some say about cover art, which is great. and i also have some say about the fonts and the trim size. yeah!
beloit poetry journal poet's forum: gay poetry, politics, poetics
i'm in my office right now. come visit me, i'm lonely.
shane mccrae: ...if a writer has created audience expectations, it can be dangerous for that writer to produce work that occupies a space too far outside those expectations.