The Sunday Poem

The Sunday Poem: Tony Hoagland

There isn’t a word for walking out of the grocery store / with a gallon jug of milk in a plastic sack / that should have been bagged in double layers / —so that before you are even out the door / you feel the weight of the jug dragging / the bag down, stretching the thin / plastic handles longer and longer and you know it’s only a matter of time until / bottom suddenly splits.

By | 2016-12-18T17:02:33+00:00 11.29.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Tony Hoagland

The Gorgeous Nothings: The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson

  For Proust," Susan Howe writes in her Preface to The Gorgeous Nothings, "a fragment is a morsel of time in its pure state; it hovers between a present that is immediate and a past that once had been present." The fragments Howe is specifically referring to are the envelopes left [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:48:44+00:00 07.18.14|Books Worth Reading, Images, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Gorgeous Nothings: The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson

The Sunday Poem: Jamaal May’s Hum

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first book, Hum, received the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and an NAACP Image Award nomination. (Photo by Tarfia Faizullah) [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:48:46+00:00 04.05.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Jamaal May’s Hum

The Sunday Poem: Don Colburn’s Tomorrow Too-The Brenda Monologues

Brenda Arrieta Killian in the wig she wore after shaving her hair at the beginning of chemotherapy. Brenda was the subject of a series of articles Sunday Poet Don Colburn wrote for The Oregonian and is the subject of his new chapbook Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues. (Photo by Stephanie Yao [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:48:53+00:00 03.15.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Don Colburn’s Tomorrow Too-The Brenda Monologues

The Sunday Poem: C.D. Wright Explores Civil Rights in “One With Others”

Poet C.D. Wright (Photo by W.T. Pfefferle via Flickr Commons)   I first encountered C.D. Wright's poetry through the back door of photography. Years ago, when I was studying contemporary artists working with 19th century photographic processes, I stumbled across Deborah Luster's collaboration with C.D. Wright, titled One Big [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:12+00:00 02.08.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: C.D. Wright Explores Civil Rights in “One With Others”

The Sunday Poem: Judith Taylor’s Sex Libris

Judith Taylor (Photo courtesy the author)   As the psychoanalysts Jung and Freud both observed, fairy tales frequently reveal more about a culture than its sophisticated literary texts. These are the stories we hear at a young, impressionable age. Whether we're conscious of it or not, these tales of angelic [...]

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The Sunday Poem: Dean Young’s Bender

Do not encourage small children / to play the trombone as the shortness / of their arms may prove quite frustrating, / imprinting a lifelong aversion to music / although in rare cases a sense of unreachability / may inspire operas of delicate auras.

By | 2017-02-03T20:11:26+00:00 01.11.14|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Dean Young’s Bender

The Sunday Poem: Sophie Cabot Black’s The Exchange

(Attributed to) Caravaggio, Sacrifice of Isaac, c. 1598. Oil on canvas 46 in × 68 in. (Photo via Wikimedia courtesy the Piasecka-Johnson Collection, Princeton)   Sophie Cabot Black (Photo by Alexander Black) "For me, the act of writing comes out of query," poet Sophie Cabot Black explains in a recent interview [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:24+00:00 12.07.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Sophie Cabot Black’s The Exchange

The Sunday Poem: Miriam Sagan’s Seven Places in America

Lisa Elmaleh, Paurotis Palms, Everglades, Florida, silver gelatin print, 2010. On view in the Mythology of Florida exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans through January 5th. (Photo © Lisa Elmaleh via lisaelmaleh.com)   "Miriam Sagan's Seven Places is a lovely collection of verbal souvenirs, resonant snapshots plumbing [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:26+00:00 11.23.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Alice Fogel on How to Not “Get” Poetry

(Carl Sandburg poetry manuscript photo by Ben Woloszyn via news.illinois.edu)   Alice B. Fogel is poised to become the next Poet Laureate in New Hampshire, following in the footsteps of Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Jane Kenyon, Patricia Fargnoli, and others. Governor Maggie Hassan recently appointed Fogel to the five-year position. Fogel’s third book, Be [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:29+00:00 11.16.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Alice Fogel on How to Not “Get” Poetry

The Sunday Poem: Bridget Lowe’s At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky

Poet Bridget Lowe (Photo by Jennifer Wetzel courtesy the author)   The publication of Bridget Lowe's debut collection, At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013), is a bit of a full-circle moment for Gwarlingo. Bridget Lowe was one of the first Gwarlingo Sunday Poets, back in the [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:34+00:00 10.19.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem: Bridget Lowe’s At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky

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
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