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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

i can't wait for this book! it comes out in september.

(click on pic to enlarge it)

"Tomás Q. Morín's poems are as infectious and spooky and darkly humorous as the Brothers Grimm, as shapely and colloquial and eloquent as John Donne, and as skeptical and addicted to history-as-fable as Zbigniew Herbert."

--Tom Sleigh, from the introduction

Monday, July 30, 2012

get those poems ready!

Deadline to submit: January 25, 2013.
Final judges: Juan Felipe Herrera, Eileen Myles and Bruce Smith.

Now in its sixth decade, the "Discovery" Poetry Contest is designed to attract large audiences to poets who have not yet published a book. For this sixth year, the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center is proud to partner with Boston Review.

Full guidelines here.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


The raw fact of my body breathed again: Henri Cole visits the grave of Hart Crane.
I want to travel.  Correction: I need to travel.  I have this intense urge to pack my suitcae, to run out the door. The world is waiting for all of us. 
These lovely photographs by saeed jones are fueling my wanderlust.
Berlin or Barcelona?
I received some good news on Wednesday. My poems published in the December '11 and April '12 issues of Poetry have been awarded the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize. Many thanks to the editors of the magazine. I especially want to thank Mrs. Wood for endowing the prize. Her gift will make it possible for me to continue living in NYC and, most importantly, to devote myself to
my second collection, a book-length sequence informed by the life and the work of Martín Ramírez. 
Mrs. Wood, I will be forever grateful.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

hasta las narices: VW sedan, agua, pigmento, plotter sobre pvc, vaso de vidrio y figurillas escala, medidas variables: ivan puig: 2004

blog love

i miss c.dale young's blog! it was one of my favorites. i understand and respect his decision to no longer blog.

but we still get to read his poems online.

like this stunner.

And my small lesson? Human to want the company
of others, and human, too, to find loneliness among them.

these two lines have been haunting me.  i wrote them down in my notebook. i think of them often while i'm walking around new york city.

i wish i'd written them. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rigoberto González: 200

A poet with this kind of jaw-dropping bio could easily turn his back on his community, could claim he doesn't have time to help other writers:

Rigoberto González, author of So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks (National Poetry Series), Other Fugitives and Other Strangers (Poetry Center Book Award), and Black Blossoms, has also written two bilingual children's books, Soledad Sigh-Sighs / Soledad Suspiros and Antonio's Card / La tarjeta de Antonio (Lambda Literary Award finalist); a novel, Crossing Vines (ForeWord Magazine Fiction Book of the Year); a story collection, Men Without Bliss; and a memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa (American Books Award, Before Columbus Foundation). The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and several international artist residencies, he is a contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, writes a book review column for the Texas El Paso Times, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle and the Advisory Circle of Con Tinta, a collective of Chicano/Latino activist writers. He is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University at Newark.

But that's not Rigoberto González. 

Over the past ten years he's reviewed Latino/Chicano titles for El Paso Times.

200 reviews.  Ten years.

"Dr. Hector P. Garcia, the legendary civil-rights leader from South Texas, once implored a banquet room filled with perhaps 500 Hispanic journalists from across the United States to continue to tell the stories of "our gente." "Because if you don't, no one else will," Garcia said. "

More here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kendra DeColo reviews Slow Lightning

"The collection succeeds in so many ways but mainly in its seamlessness. It is restless and searching, the result of what the book itself praises: patience and allegiance to one’s own shadow."


Me.  Jean Valentine.  Lillian Vernon House.  NYU.  July 12, 2012.

hello!  long time no blog.  my apologies, dear readers.  i've been busy loving life in NYC, writing new drafts, and eating.  you know i love to eat!
jeannine hall gailey is the new poet laureate of redmond, washington.  what wonderful news!
check out kin. a new online journal with an international scope. 
i had a book party at nyu last week.  jean valentine, one of my literary idols, introduced me.  just look at my face in the pic!  i'm thrilled beyond belief!
i was so nervous about the book party.  what if nobody showed up?  what if i fainted as i read?  etc.
many thanks to all the people who attended the book party.  here's a lovely write-up. 
i'm so blessed.  i'm so grateful.
the poet natalie diaz was recently featured on the pbs newshour!