From So & So Magazine #9

•August 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Reality Beach #6

•April 22, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The latest issue of the very cool electronic journal Reality Beach is now up and running. A small excerpt of my long poem in progress “Disorientations” is included among great company.

“What I’m Reading Now…” at Tarpaulin Sky

•April 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Click here to see an annotated reading list of five recent poetry books that I find notable. My blurbs are framed with a bit of political commentary that tries to show the social and cultural relevance of contemporary poetry during these dark and confusing times. The books are Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas (Graywolf, 2017), Divya Victor’s Kith (Fence, 2017), Robin Coste Lewis’ Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems (Knopf, 2015), Solmaz Sharif’s Look (Graywolf, 2016), and Caroline Bergvall’s Drift (Nightboat, 2014).

Andrew Joron’s “The Ruin of Rules: On a Potential Mash-Up of Oulipo and Surrealism”

•January 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 11 (2018) is available as a downloadable PDF. Many thanks to Andrew Joron for his review-essay “The Ruin of Rules: On a Potential Mash-Up of Oulipo and Surrealism” (pp. 113-119) that generously considers my latest book Words on Edge (Black Square Editions, 2018).

Pioneer Valley Poetry Festival, Amherst College, October 19-20, 2018

•October 2, 2018 • Leave a Comment

“Conceptualisms in Crisis: The Fate of Late Conceptual Poetry”

•August 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment

The Journal of Modern Literature 41.3 (Spring 2018) includes my article “Conceptualisms in Crisis: The Fate of Late Conceptual Poetry.”

Here’s the abstract:

Conceptual poetry, widely considered to be one of the twenty-first century’s preeminent avant-gardes, is now under attack. Kenneth Goldsmith’s failed performance “The Body of Michael Brown” has thrown conceptualism into crisis—especially in regards to the racial politics of appropriation. Nevertheless, works such as M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen show how conceptual techniques can effectively respond to racial traumas. Similarly, Chilean poet Carlos Soto Román’s textual appropriations protest against state-sponsored murder and suggest new modes of political critique from the global South. Moving beyond a North American context and disentangling the conceptualisms of the movement’s most high-profile practitioners from late conceptual projects by writers of color demonstrate how conceptual poetry is not dying, as some claim, but evolving along different lines of lineage.

Find it on Project Muse soon–

from “Transmitting the Vertical Immensity of Coniferous Light”

•August 7, 2018 • 2 Comments

An excerpt from my sequence “Transmitting the Vertical Immensity of Coniferous Light” is today’s selection for the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series. Many thanks to Evie Shockley, who is guest editor of the series in August, and to the staff at the Academy.

You can find another section from “Transmitting the Vertical Immensity of Coniferous Light” here.