Tag Archives: Summer 2015

Review: Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Vicki Hudson Paradise Drive Rebecca Foust Winston-Salem: Press 53 Softbound, 114 pp 978-1-941209-16-5 http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Poetry.html The titular poem in Rebecca Foust’s Paradise Drive richly envelopes the reader’s senses, beginning the submersion into Foust’s exquisite collection of sonnets. “Roses blooming straight through …

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The Miracle of Mercury—An interview with Joan Hanna

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Millicent Bórges Accardi Peter Campion, author of Other People and The Lions has said poet Joan Hanna possesses a unique “ability to portray, in high resolution and with evocative power, the people and places that make up a passionate and …

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Lines in Space

Posted in August 22, 2015
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What is the defining characteristic of poetry? That the lines don’t go all the way to the end of the page? That the words and their music launch us into another sphere of attentiveness and sense? Something outside the poem …

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White Space as Metaphoric Frame

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Jennifer Burd “Framing” has many connotations when we talk about art. We might describe it as a boundary that sets off a photograph, the silence that surrounds notes of music, or the stillness that informs the movements of a sculpture …

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Baudelaire, Breton, and the Madness of Love

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Manash Bhattacharjee Breton dreamt of people making perfect love in glasshouses. He meant glasshouses literally. But Nadja was not the glasshouse of mad love. Nadja was mad. Breton – the timid hero of madness – fled Nadja before tasting the …

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CantoMundo Poets Head to Bread Loaf

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Millicent Bórges Accardi Founded in 1926, the famed Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference boasts an amazing literary and intellectual tradition, each summer, gathering together both emerging and seasoned writers, working closely together with a diverse and talented faculty. There are small-group …

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Poems in a Box—An Interview with Poet Adele Kenny

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Diane Lockward Adele Kenny is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing at All and What Matters which received the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in such journals as …

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Review: Waving Back by Gail Thomas

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Steven Riel Waving Back Gail Thomas Turning Point Paperback, 87 pages ISBN 9781625491251 http://turningpointbooks.com/gail-thomas.html Waving Back, Gail Thomas’ third book of poetry, impresses us with the achievements of a mature and adept craftsperson. In addition to admiring Thomas’ artistry, we …

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Seeing The Belle of Amherst

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Carol Smallwood It was my good fortune recently to view The Belle of Amherst, the Tony award-winning monologue on Emily Dickinson performed by Julie Harris. Dickinson’s poem about death kindly stopping for her gave me resolve to tackle writing about …

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The American Long Poem Goes West: Thomas McGrath’s Letter to an Imaginary Friend

Posted in August 22, 2015
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Charlotte Mandel I want to focus attention upon critical slighting of an American epic force in the poetry of Thomas McGrath, a self-styled political revolutionary born in rural North Dakota (b. 1916, d. 1990). McGrath’s 400-page long poem, Letter to …

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