Saturday, June 27, 2015

New American Writing 33 (2015)

New American Writing 33 (2015) is at the printer.  It contains work by David Mutschlecner, Martha Ronk, Elaine Equi, Carolyn Guinzio, Noelle Kocot, Linda Norton, Lance Phillips, Johannes Goransson, Joseph Lease, Joshua Corey, Alejandra Azuero, Richard Greenfield, Andrew Maxwell, rob mclennan, Caroline Knox, Catherine Wagner, HL Hazuka, Ed Smallfield, Valerie Coulton, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Kevin Phan, Christina Vega-Westhoff, Jennifer Givhan, Phillip Barron, Brandon Brown, CAConrad, John Sakkis, Gray Tolhurst, Steve Fujimura, Zoe Meints, Emilie Delcourt, George Life, Justin Robinson, and Alice Jones.  Subscriptions available, three issues for $36, single issues for $15, from New American Writing, 369 Molino Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941.  Distributed to bookstores and newsstands by Ingram Periodicals, also available from

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Huffington Post Review of Postmodern American Poetry

Anis Shivani has written a great review of the second edition of Postmodern American Poetry that appeared on Huffington Post.  Here's the link:

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Monday, June 15, 2015

"I am the first" by Paul Celan

I found this short poem of Celan in The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, edited by J.D. McClatchy:

"I am the first"

I am the first to drink of the blue that still looks for its eye.
I drink from your footprint and see:
you roll through my fingers, pearl, and you grow!
You grow, as do all the forgotten.
You roll:  the black hailstone of sadness
is caught by a kerchief turned white with waving goodbye.

-Translated from German by Michael Hamburger

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Hurry Up Please It's Time

Hurry Up Please It's Time, A new anthology of poetics, has just been published. Edited by Vanessa Place and Teresa Carmody, it contains Trenchart monographs by Les Figues Press authors:(  In addition to my three-part essay, "Statement, Manifesto, Poetics," it contains pieces by Stephanie Taylor, Sissy Boyd, Lisa Darms, Vincent  Dachy, Molly Corey, Julie Thi Underhill, Nuala Archer, Axel Thormahlen, Danielle Adair, Alta Ifland, Stan Apps, Kim Rosenfield, Susan Simpson, Allison Carter, Ken Ehrlich, Amina Cain, Sophie Robinson, Harold Abramowitz, the VD Collective, Lily Hoang, Matthew Timmons, Frances Richard, Doug Nufer, Myriam Moscona, Jen Hofer, Alex Forman, Michael du Plessis, Melissa Buzzeo, Mark Rutkowski, Klaus Killisch,  Matias Viegener, Redell Olsen, Dodie Bellamy, Chris Tysh, Divya Victor, and Alice Koniitz.  Today I read Stan Apps' "On Unimportant Art" and Matthew Timmons' "the old poetics."

A page of my essay is below, from the "Manifesto" section:

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