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May 2013

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 […]

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, […]

April 2013

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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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 […]

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 […]

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March 2013

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 […]

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 […]

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 collection, Descent, is brimming with […]

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 Katonah Poetry Series:

February 2013

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 New York Times, Bookforum, […]