Short Takes on Long Poems

Screen shot of Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland’s “Sea and Spar Between”

For a summer feature, the online journal At Length will be publishing four installments of poets weighing in on long poems that they admire. According to the editorial introduction, “To avoid spending too much time on the usual suspects, we suggested that most of our contributors focus on poems from the last 70 years.” The first installment, which contains my appreciation of Nick Monfort and Stephanie Strickland’s “Sea and Spar Between” (2010), is now live. At around 1,300 words, my short essay is a bit longer than a “short take” (it’s more like a “medium take”), but there is much to say about Montfort and Strickland’s online poetry generator. Here is the schedule of what I’m sure will be a series of interesting commentaries:

Monday, July 9
R.T. Smith on Robert Penn Warren
Michael Leong On Nick Montfort And Stephanie Strickland
Dana Levin on Anne Carson
Paisley Rekdal on Marianne Moore
Cecily Parks on Lorine Niedecker
John Poch on Charles Martin
Daniel Bosch on Derek Walcott
Spencer Reece on Adrienne Rich
Michael Ryan on Emily Dickinson
Sam Hamill on Thomas McGrath
Erica Dawson on Anthony Hecht
Robert Pinsky on Gascione

Wednesday, July 11
Marianne Boruch on Ellen Bryant Voigt
John Koethe on John Ashbery
Jon Davis on Lyn Hejinian
Camille Dungy on Cyrus Cassels
Cate Marvin on Matthew Yeager
Rachel Hadas on Lucretius
H.L. Hix on Bhanu Kapil
Shane McCrae on Veronica Forrest-Thompson
Nicole Cooley on Muriel Rukeyser
Gretchen Henderson on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
David Caplan on T.S. Elliot
Jake Adam York on A.R. Ammons

Monday, July 16
V. Penelope Pelizzon on Robert Pinsky
Michael Collier on John Berryman
Peter Streckfus on Czeslaw Milosz
Afaa Michael Weaver on Wole Soyinka
Wendy Willis on C.D. Wright
Ed Skoog on Ronald Johnson
Lia Purpura on Reginald Gibbons
Jeff Dolven on James Merrill
Joshua Marie Wilkinson on Frank Stanford
Anna Maria Hong on Seamus Heaney and Marilyn Nelson
Katie Peterson on Robinson Jeffers
Catherine Theis on Camilio José Cela

Wednesday, July 18
Reginald Gibbons on Thomas McGrath
Darcie Dennigan on Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Jane Hirshfield on Gilgamesh
Garrett Hongo on Charles Wright
Debra Allbery on Larry Levis
Solmaz Sharif on June Jordan
Devin Johnston on Christopher Logue
Patrick Rosal on Thomas Lux
Karla Kelsey on Barbara Guest
Sebastian Agudelo on Derek Mahon
David Yezzi on Anthony Hecht
Peter Cooley on Louise Gluck

~ by Michael Leong on July 9, 2012.

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