Friday, May 22, 2015

New Review at Pank

Check out a new review of Loon & Fiasco by Michael Colson at Pank.






















Excerpt:

As time’s trajectory flip-flops, Johnny struggles to maintain a sense of personal identity as recurring memories of childhood play hide-and-seek with him. He’s lost a wife and that loss is emblematic of a hapless upbringing filled with poverty and blue-collar regrets. He constantly recollects time’s shattered windows, signifying the deferred dreams and wasted opportunities that often mark the multivalent tragedies of uneventful suburban living.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I Review Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Review of Fifteen Dogs at Tupelo Quarterly.


























Excerpt:
"One of the book’s major thematic concerns is the reactionary instinct—the sometimes violent resistance to the forward march of time. Alexis is clearly satirizing the disturbing rise of anti-intellectualism in North America, the destructive and largely futile attempt by a certain portion of the populace to unknow, to return to a past that is no longer relevant or even possible."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Review of Loon & Fiasco

Check out Lissa Kiernan's charming and insightful review of The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco at Arsenic Lobster!



















Excerpt:
And why shouldn’t he? A Shakespeare for the binary set, Johnny certainly knows how to woo a dame. Even when he bombs, it’s a glorious nose-dive, like that time Linda told him that “a prospective mate would have to know all the words to R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” and he “…failed the shibboleth, and his head was lopped off and thrown into the river to bob gently, just breaking the water’s tension.”

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reading at Rhino Release Party

Some Pics from Rhino 2015 Release Party






















Reading my poem, "Émilie du Châtelet"

Excerpt:
The least of her accomplishments
was that she took a few turns with Voltaire,
which is like starting a sentence with
“No offense but” or “You know who you remind me of?”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review of Requited

I review Kristina Marie Darling's Requited at Drunken Boat.



Excerpt:
"The way out, of course, is always simple; it’s the way back in that is challenging like the walled garden of Milton’s paradise protected by warlike archangels with flaming swords. Milton’s couple walks hand-in-hand east of Eden, but for Darling’s couple to find their way out, they must simply break their grip and make the climb alone."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Take my Poetry Workshop This August!

Writing the Moment
Have you ever thought, “This is one of the most important moments in my life” and lamented that you could find no way to leave a record of it or to share the feeling with those you were experiencing the moment with? Have you ever wished you could write an engaging poem to celebrate an important life event or occasion: the end of summer, a sudden break-up, a graduation, a death?

In this workshop, we’ll be writing poems for specific occasions, poems that are meant to serve the needs of the moment however we choose to define it. Participants in this workshop will experiment with different types of occasional poem like odes, epithalamia, dirges, paeans, epistles and ekphrastic poems.

We will also explore the ways in which an occasional poem can be shaped by media and the immediate access to an audience it can provide over email, twitter, text, or on Facebook.

We will be reading poems by Pindar, John Keats, Ed Madden, Lynne Bryer, Lucille Clifton, Brenda Shaughnessy and Robert Graves, among others.

Click Here to Sign Up
Class size: 10
Dates: August 3-30, 2015
Regular Price: $175
Early bird price: $150

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review of Banned for Life

Read my review of Arlene Ang's new book at Cleaver Magazine.


























Excerpt:

"Two late poems, “Behind the Locked Door” and “After the Flood,” are of particular interest because they allude to the Book of Enoch—an apocryphal text found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. In “Behind the Locked Door,” for example, the mother figure references the archangel Azazel, who, according to 1 Book of Enoch, was a member of a rebellious group of angels called the Watchers who came to earth, copulated with mortal women and gave birth to the raging giants, the Nephilim"