• Anne Valley-Fox Writing

The Sunday Poem: Anne Valley-Fox

By |10.05.13|

“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 small […]

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

By |09.28.13|


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 […]

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The Sunday Poem: Janet Kaplan

By |09.21.13|


(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 […]

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The Sunday Poem: Michel Butor Translated by Jeffrey Gross

By |09.15.13|



According to The New York Review of Books, only 3 to 5 percent of books published in the U.S. are translations. Whether this is the result of American isolationism, or commercial practicalities is a subject for debate, but it’s hard […]

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Postcards from a Prison Teacher

By |09.11.13|


2.3 million people are currently imprisoned in the United States, that’s one out of every 100 adults—more per capita than any other country in the world. (Repressive China is a distant second, with one in 1,000 adults incarcerated.)

As Ayelet Waldman […]

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The Sunday Poem: Beth Copeland’s Transcendental Telemarketer

By |09.07.13|


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, Christian […]

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At a Time When Poetry Was Forbidden, Seamus Heaney Was a Lifeline

By |09.01.13|

We lost one of our greatest poets this week—Irish writer Seamus Heaney. The news of the Nobel Laureate’s death at the age of 74 came as a shock to the literary community, particularly to readers like myself, who considered each […]

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The Sunday Poem: Jim Harrison’s Songs of Unreason

By |08.25.13|


What a pleasure to have writer Jim Harrison re-launching Gwarlingo’s Sunday Poem series this weekend.

Harrison’s poetry, fiction, and essays pack a visceral punch. His writing is steeped in the senses, in nature, and the American landscape’s violent history of bloodshed. […]

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

By |07.13.13|


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 testament to Diane Gilliam’s poetic imagination that she is able to capture the 1920-1921 mine wars of […]

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

By |07.06.13|

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 […]

  • Writer Geoffrey Nutter under the Arch in St. Louis (Photo by Maria Diaz)

The Sunday Poem : Geoffrey Nutter

By |06.29.13|



The epigraph that opens Geoffrey Nutter’s new collection, The Rose of January, (Wave Books, 2013), is from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Lettuce, apple, or melon, in season—so long as it is good….When their hour is past do not try to move the hand […]

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The Sunday Poem : Patricia Smith

By |06.22.13|



What was your least favorite age? For many of us, 13 stands out as a particularly hellacious year. Today’s Sunday Poem “13 Ways of Looking at 13” by writer and performer Patricia Smith takes us back to those early, tormented […]

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The Sunday Poem : Nancy Simpson

By |06.15.13|



Note: This introduction is a guest post by Kathryn Stripling Byer, a writer who has also been featured as a Gwarlingo Sunday Poet. Kathryn’s essay appears in Nancy Simpson’s Living Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems from Carolina […]

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

By |06.12.13|



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 in New Hampshire, I’m constantly amazed […]

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The Sunday Poem : Gregory Orr’s River Inside the River

By |06.07.13|


With his new book, River Inside the River: Poems, Gregory Orr set a high bar for himself. His intention: to write three lengthy pieces that combine the intensity of lyric poetry with the thematic scope of narrative and myth. Fortunately, […]

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The Sunday Poem : Hyesim Translated by Ian Haight & T’ae-yong Ho

By |06.01.13|




Chin’gak Kuksa Hyesim was the first Zen Master dedicated to poetry in Korea. As translator Ian Haight explains in his introduction to Magnolia and Lotus: Selected Poems of Hyesim (White Pine Press, 2012), the tradition of Zen Buddhist poetry […]

  • Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Placebo), 1991. Candies individually wrapped in silver cellophane (endless supply).  (Photo taken at MoMA in New York City, 2012 by Michelle Aldredge)

The Sunday Poem : James Crews

By |05.18.13|


James Crews’ latest collection, The Book of What Stays, is full of evocative landscapes and secret lives. There is the old woman in Chernobyl who refuses to leave her home and the bent, one-eyed swallows. There is ice fishing with […]

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The Sunday Poem : Diane Lockward

By |05.11.13|



Diane Lockward’s latest collection of poetry, Temptation by Water, is a book of dualities. These closely observed poems, which are largely free verse, are both witty and fierce and explore themes like domesticity and sensuality, grief and humor, aging and […]

  • Writer Kate Kingston riding horses at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming (Photo courtesy the author)

The Sunday Poem : Kate Kingston

By |05.04.13|


I knew I was going to like the poet Kate Kingston the minute she shared this story during our first dinner together at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming:

“When my youngest son was a teenager, he told me me, […]

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

By |04.21.13|


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 […]

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Franz Kafka : Don’t Water It Down

By |04.17.13|



“Don’t bend; water it down; or make it logical; don’t edit your soul for fashion. Follow intense obsessions mercilessly.”

Spot-on advice for all artists from the writer Franz Kafka.



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The Sunday Poem : Mari L’Esperance

By |04.13.13|



“My hope is that my readers approach a poem – any poem – in order to be transformed in some way,” says Sunday Poet Mari L’Esperance. “Not dramatically, but to feel by the end of the poem as though something […]

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

By |04.06.13|



“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 married […]

  • Writer Michelle Bitting (Photo byAlexis Fancher)

The Sunday Poem : Michelle Bitting

By |03.23.13|


Today’s Sunday Poet was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Michelle Bitting was a dancer and chef before devoting herself to poetry. Her collection, Good Friday Kiss, was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the 2007 DeNovo […]

  • Writer Terrance Hayes (Photo by Becky Thurner Braddock)

The Sunday Poem: Terrance Hayes

By |03.16.13|


“Language is just music without the full instrumentation,” says Terrance Hayes.

Music is a constant touchstone in Hayes’s poetry. “I’m chasing a kind of language that can be unburdened by people’s expectations. I think music is the primary model—how close […]