New PQ is live!

If you’re into poetry, and you haven’t been paying attention to Poets’ Quarterly, then you should be. It is one of my favorite journals in terms of content, especially the interviews and craft essays. Check out the newest issue, and my review of Neil Shepard’s latest book, Hominid Up.

My personal favorite in the new issue is the essay on Baudelaire and the madness of love.

New Issue of Poets’ Quarterly

The new issue of Poets’ Quarterly just launched late last week. I’m thrilled to have an essay published on the influence of Ezra Pound on William Carlos Williams’ and T.S. Eliot’s poetry. My essay can be read here. The magazine also published my review of Martha Collins’ latest collection of poems, White Pages, one of the most provocative, interesting books I have ever read in regards to race and class. You can read that review here. In addition, they published my review of Jim’ Davis latest collection of poems, Assumption. Davis is the editor of North Chicago Review.

Check out the complete issue. There is a wonderful interview with National Book Award finalist Stanly Plumly, an essay on what not to do when submitting your work to literary journals, and over a dozen other reviews.

New Poets’ Quarterly in Time for National Poetry Month

For the last several months, I’ve been part of the Poets’ Quarterly team as a contributing editor, and I’ve had a blast. The new issue is live and features a lot of solid content, including an interesting essay about e-poetry, an interview with Jane Hirshfield, an interview with Molly Fisk, and several other reviews, essays, and interviews. For this issue, I worked on two reviews, including Looking for the Gulf Motel by Richard Blanco, who is slowly becoming one of my favorite contemporary American poets, and another review on A Change in the Weather by Geoffrey Jacques. I was exposed to this book during one of my Ph.D. classes at Binghamton University this semester. Jacques’ book makes the claim that the most well-known modernist writers, including Wallace Stevens, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and T.S. Eliot, owe a huge debt to black culture. The book came out a few years ago, and I am waiting for Jacques’ theories to spark greater debate, which is one reason I wanted to review the book. His ideas are worth considering because they challenge the modernist canon.

Check out the rest of the issue and enjoy it.

The Wise Owl and Poets’ Quarterly

Yesterday, I read at The Wise Owl Bookstore in West Reading, and if you’re in the area, I recommend stopping there. It’s a quaint bookstore with a lot of contemporary fiction, some classic literature, a little poetry and drama, and some non-fiction. The books range from new to used, and the store also has some $5 bag sales.

Each month, the owner books a few author events and other activities, and you can find out more info by clicking here. Visiting that store made me miss the used bookstores I used to frequent when I lived in West Chester and the Philly area, and it made me long for Anthology New and Used books, which was a staple of a Scranton literary community for a few years, before it closed last year. You never know what gems you’ll find at indie bookstores.

I was joined yesterday by poet Dawn Leas and fiction writers Gale Martin and Barb Taylor. They did a wonderful job reading, and we had an attentive, enthusiastic audience that asked some good questions regarding our writing process, publishing, and inspiration after our reading.

Here is a picture of all the readers.


I also want to share some other news. Poets’ Quarterly just relaunched, and you should check it out. The journal is unique because it does not publish any actual poetry, but rather interviews with poets, book reviews, and critical essays. I was named one of the contributing editors to the journal a few months ago, and I’m happy to have a review and essay in the new issue. The review is of Sandee Gertz Umbach’s debut collection of poems The Pattern Maker’s Daughter. If you are into working-class poetry, check out her work and the review by clicking here. The essay I wrote is about the musical influences of  Patricia Smith, Major Jackson, and Kevin Coval, and how hip-hop, jazz, and the blues has influenced the form and content of their poetry. You check out that essay here.  Read the rest of the issue too because it’s packed with a lot of great content.