The Sunday Poem

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Sunday Poem : Kathryn Stripling Byer

By |03.09.13|

 

 
As a fellow Georgia native, Kathryn Stripling Byer’s poem about a young girl enduring Sunday church service in “a girdle and hose” and singing the hymn “Just As I Am” brought back memories.

Byer’s latest […]

The Sunday Poem : D. Nurkse’s “A Night in Brooklyn”

By |03.02.13|

 

 
D. Nurkse’s latest collection, A Night in Brooklyn, captures a Brooklyn of both the past and present in lyrical poems that are both intimate and political.

Here is Nurkse discussing his book with Andy Kuhn of […]

The Sunday Poem: Brenda Shaughnessy

By |02.23.13|

 

 
Brenda Shaughnessy’s Our Andromeda had positive buzz in the literary community before it was even released by Cooper Canyon Press late last year, and the glowing reviews and accolades from publications like The New Yorker, […]

The Sunday Poem : G.C. Waldrep

By |02.16.13|

 

 

For a writer who has lived a fascinating, unconventional life, the poetry of G.C. Waldrep is remarkably devoid of ego.

While other writers with Waldrep’s life experience might be tempted to use their own story […]

The Sunday Poem : Patricia Spears Jones

By |02.09.13|

 

 

Patricia Spears Jones grew up in Arkansas, but moved to New York City in the 1970s. Painkiller is her third collection, and the book’s elegant, empathetic poems show her flair for capturing urban life, particularly New York’s […]

The Sunday Poem: Thomas Rain Crowe

By |02.02.13|

 
 

 
 
About The Laugharne Poems by Thomas Rain Crowe
 
“While visiting Wales for the first time in 1993, I immediately adopted a love for the culture and community, was fondly given the name of ‘Tierec’, and was given […]

The Sunday Poem : Paula Bohince

By |01.26.13|

 

 

“There’s movement in Bohince’s ­poems, but it’s gradual and subtle — an eye passing like Ken Burns’s camera over a still image, discovering new details,” writes Eric McHenry in today’s New York Times Book […]

The Sunday Poem : Evie Shockley

By |01.19.13|

 

 

“Evie Shockley seems to step to us wearing an alluring silk gown and steel-toe guerilla boots. She possesses that rare combination of grace and subversiveness.” This is poet Terrance Hayes commenting on Evie Shockley’s most recent […]

The Sunday Poem : Erica Funkhouser

By |01.12.13|

 

 

“I think I don’t really know who I am, or what I think, or what I believe unless I’m in the process of writing,” says poet Erica Funkhouser. “That’s where all of my discovery takes […]

The Sunday Poem : John Lane

By |01.06.13|

 

 

John Lane is a poet with the eye of a naturalist. Quarries. Cottonmouths in a creek. Civil War battlefields. Suburban lawns. These are the places he turns to for meaning.

Lane understands that our relationship to the […]

The Sunday Poem : Mark Doty

By |12.22.12|

 

 

Finding a memorable contemporary poem about Christmas is a lot like discovering a jaw-dropping piece of Christmas music. In other words, the task is nearly impossible. I’m a softy, it’s true, but my tolerance for […]