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Discussions with Poets about their New Books




James Franco, "Directing Herbert White"

James FrancoView on AmazonEvery poet has their obsessions and for James Franco they are childhood, gender, sex, innocence, and the work place he knows best: the film industry. Within these poetic frames we're introduced to various voices, landscapes nearly worn out with elegy, and a repertoire of imagery that is both tender and violent. Franco […]

Duration: 01:25:13

Mary Meriam, Lillian Faderman, and Amy Lowell, "Lady of the Moon"

View on AmazonInLady of the Moon (Headmistress Press, 2015), the reader is graced not only with the poetry of Amy Lowell, but with sonnets in response and a scholarly essay on the poet's life, love, and work. Amy Lowell lived and wrote in a time when she could not be entirely herself, could not fully […]

Duration: 00:44:50

Alexis Rhone Fancher, "State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies"

Alexis Rhone FancherAlexis Rhone Fancher's State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (KYSO Flash Press, 2015)is not an "easy" collection. This is not a group of poems that you can take on the train for mere entertainment or to pass the time. These pieces demand the reader to be present, open, and willing to inhabit the […]

Duration: 00:10:40

Hope Wabuke, "Movement No. 1: Trains"

Hope WabukeThe poem fragments in Hope Wabuke's Movement No. 1: Trains (Dancing Girl Press, 2015) function more as meditations than portions of a whole. They meditate on movement's power over the body and mind. What are the vessels that carry our bodies through cities, from home to beyond? Who are the people inhabiting our thoughts, […]

Duration: 00:11:55

Lauren Gordon, "Fiddle is Flood"

Lauren GordonIn hermacabre pastoral landscape Fiddle is Flood (Blood Pudding Press, 2015), Lauren Gordon conjures up a persona far-reaching enough to grapple with loss, grief, and the shock of intense change. But the poet does not hide behind the personal, instead she allows the speaker to become loss, become grief, and quake at the shock […]

Duration: 00:07:30

Tim Tomlinson, "Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse of Super-Typhoon"

Think of a place you have visited and to which you feel a connection. Now think of that place in utter ruin and devastation mere months later. You feel a pull, a pull to return, to help, and to make sense of the heavy fist nature can bring down on us at any time.Tomlinson personally […]

Duration: 00:14:51

Ryo Yamaguchi, "The Refusal of Suitors"

Ryo YamaguchiView on AmazonDoes form make the poem? Robert Frost claimed that writing free verse poetry was "like playing tennis without a net." Ryo Yamaguchi's poetry challenges the notion of imposing our will and wonders after the permeability of content. This poet understands the subjectivity of perception and does not insist on form, but instead […]

Duration: 00:39:55

Karina Borowicz, "Proof"

Karina Borowicz's collection Proof (Codhill Press, 2014) in three parts is a slow emerging, a crawling toward understanding. In a way that only the patience of adulthood looking back on adolescence can muster, a child's coming to consciousness is revered — and this poet is patient. This poet will sit in waiting for the precise […]

Duration: 00:33:56

Rachel Mennies, “The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards”

To read this collection is to enter into a world of dimly lit rooms with candle light shimmering off errant metallic surfaces. It is mystical, it is brutal, and it unflinchingly stares down a history that some folks block out to merely survive the day. Amnesiac, you become American. Historian, you remain a Jew. Your [...]

Duration: 00:39:09

, “Rountable on the Poetry of Xu Lizhi”

When Xu Lizhi committed suicide on September 30, 2014, he left a substantial body of work for his brief 24 years. In his poetry, he displayed an awareness that haunted him and now haunts us. He was a factory worker for the infamous Foxconn who produces most of the world’s iPhones. The bleak reality and [...]

Duration: 00:50:52

Ailish Hopper, “Dark~Sky Society”

I won’t say Ailish Hopper‘s collection Dark~Sky Society (New Issues Press, 2014) is “about” anything because that would do it a disservice. These poems are human. They move like legs on a street, like a mind at work that calls you to ruminate with it. Because we can’t understand everything, we have to be comfortable [...]

Duration: 00:44:02

Becca J.R. Lachman, “A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with

[Cross-posted from New Books in Literature] About twenty years ago, I heardWilliam Staffordread his poetry for about twenty minutes. For a young aspiring writer like I was then, he was mesmerizing, a mix of poetic energy and grandfatherly wisdom, with a high-spirited charm. I think it was the first poetry reading that I attended in [...]

Duration: 00:35:51

Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Ross Gay, “Lace & Pyrite”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Ross Gay Lace & Pyrite Organic Weapon Arts Press, 2014 Two gardens, 500 miles apart, managed to be in conversation with one another over the span of five seasons. What came of their conversation was this collection of epistolary poems by two brilliant poets. Part exchange, part mediation on hands [...]

Duration: 00:15:31

Rachel Moritz, “Many Forms in Water”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Rachel Moritz Many Forms in Water above/ground press, 2014 Born of a connection to Theodor Schwenk’s 1965 text Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air, this collection seeks to inhabit that infinitesimal space left between water and that which holds it. Not everything that conforms to its container is [...]

Duration: 00:10:47

Nikki Wallschlaeger, “I Would Be the Happiest Bird”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Nikki Wallschlaeger I Would Be the Happiest Bird Horseless Press, 2014 It is transient, it is migratory, it embarks from the restlessness of youth and family and lands in self-actualization. I’ve never/ thought of myself as much of a threat, sitting here in a room w/ cats & a space heater trying to [...]

Duration: 00:12:48

Daniel Borzutsky, “Bedtime Stories for the End of the World”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Daniel Borzutsky Bedtime Stories for the End of the World Bloof Books, 2014 This is a collection in which the synaptic leaps have their own synaptic leaps. In direct confrontation with neoliberalism, Borzutsky holds nothing back. His verse levels the page like a chainsaw, leaving the surreal, bloodied and bare. “At times like [...]

Duration: 00:16:32

Amber Atiya, “the fierce bums of doo wop”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Amber Atiya the fierce bums of doo wop Argos Books, 2014 Densely-packed prosody and firecracker content fill the pages of this stunning, debut collection. It is a native NYC voice, it is a fearless voice, and it commands your attention. Atiya weaves flawless verse; buy this chapbook and bear witness. You’ll want to [...]

Duration: 00:13:44

Dawn Sueoka, “Little Uglies”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Dawn Sueoka Little Uglies Bloof Books, 2014 Sueoka’s poetry uses the infinite to explain the minute. Drawing the divinity of her Honolulu surroundings, gods, suns, and rain permeate the pieces yet they maintain an anchoring, plain language to keep the reader grounded. Reading this chapbook is like being cast off and reeled back [...]

Duration: 00:10:16

Ashley Inguanta, “For the Woman Alone”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Ashley Inguanta For the Woman Alone Ampersand Books, 2014 More artistic creation than poetry collection, more journal than sketchbook: For the Woman Alone resists category to transport the reader into the mind of an artist. In her own handwriting, Inguanta invites the reader into a world of fragmented beauty, memory, and vision through [...]

Duration: 00:16:10

Ken Pobo, “When the Light Turns Green”

Chapbookapalooza 2014 Ken Pobo When the Light Turns Green Spruce Alley Press, 2014 A garden is not always a garden: our metaphors speak of our experiences and musings. Pobo shows the reader how seasons can mean change of weather, passage of time, and realizations of mortality.

Duration: 00:12:24

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