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The Sunday Poem: Anne Valley-Fox

Poet Anne Valley-Fox in Oaxaca, Mexico (Photo courtesy the author) "A poet makes everything up, including one’s job description," says Anne Valley-Fox. "My job: to retrieve rejected or edgy bits of inner material and put them together in ways that illuminate and provoke. My poems seek connections, complications, and [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:39+00:00 10.05.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Anne Valley-Fox

The Sunday Poem: Joshua Beckman’s The Inside of an Apple

Writer Joshua Beckman (Photo courtesy of Wave Books)   The poems in Joshua Beckman's new book, The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013), have all the immediacy of a "V" of geese passing overhead: for a brief moment, everything else falls away. While not technically haiku, Beckman's latest [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:41+00:00 09.28.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Joshua Beckman’s The Inside of an Apple

The Sunday Poem: Janet Kaplan

Janet Kaplan (Photo by Silvia Sanza)   (Note: This introduction and interview with poet and publisher Janet Kaplan are by Adrienne Brock) While Janet Kaplan has her roots solidly in the New York area, her work reaches into the dirt of both American continents. Born and raised in the [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:43+00:00 09.21.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Janet Kaplan

The Sunday Poem: Beth Copeland’s Transcendental Telemarketer

Writer Beth Copeland (Photo courtesy of Beth Copeland)   The poems in Beth Copeland's Transcendental Telemarketer evoke a range of emotions and places. They're colorful and playful, but also rich in meaning. Copeland writes about the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, Hokusai's "great wave," and Japanese typhoons, but also Buddhist scrolls, [...]

By | 2017-02-03T20:16:30+00:00 09.07.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Beth Copeland’s Transcendental Telemarketer

The Sunday Poem : Diane Gilliam Explores the Mine Wars of West Virginia

  Writer Diane Gilliam is the 2013 winner of the $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation (Photo by Bob Weinberg) It's rare for a book of poetry to have the same narrative tension and sense of place as a novel. But it's a [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:54+00:00 07.13.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Diane Gilliam Explores the Mine Wars of West Virginia

A 2nd Chance to Own Christine Shan Shan Hou & Audra Wolowiec’s Concrete Sound

Concrete Sound (Photos courtesy Audra Wolowiec) There is no new Sunday Poem post today because of the holiday weekend, but I do have Sunday Poem news to share.... Back in April, I featured the one-of-a-kind artist and poetry book Concrete Sound---a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec and poet, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:56+00:00 07.06.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|1 Comment

I Never Knew How Blue Blueness Could Be: Maggie Nelson’s Bluets

  Helena Almeida, Inhabited Painting, 1975.© Helena Almeida, courtesy Serralves Foundation Collection, Oporto, Portugal   One of the joys of Gwarlingo is meeting art lovers from around the world. Sigrun Hodne and I found each other early in Gwarlingo's short history, and though she lives in Norway, and I [...]

The Sunday Poem : Christine Shan Shan Hou & Audra Wolowiec’s Concrete Sound

  Concrete Sound (Photos courtesy Audra Wolowiec) Last year Gwarlingo readers responded enthusiastically to Mary Ruefle and Jen Bervin's erasure poems. Today's Sunday Poem features another unique project that defies categorization---a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec and poet, critic, and artist Christine Shan Shan Hou. In conjunction with [...]

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The Sunday Poem : Marina Tsvetaeva – A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky & Jean Valentine

  Russian writer Marina Tsvetaeva in 1914   “I am happy living simply/ like a clock, or a calendar,” Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva wrote in 1919. Tsvetaeva's life was anything but simple, for she had the misfortune of living through some of the most turbulent years in Russian history. She [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:19+00:00 04.06.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Marina Tsvetaeva – A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky & Jean Valentine