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Irving Fink on love, politics and agingnew

Fink's been writing poetry since the '40s, but only now, 92 years into a life spent defending civil liberties as a "real-life Atticus Finch," is he publishing his work.
NUVO  |  Marc D. Allan  |  01-02-2013  |  Poetry

Craigslist Poetry: Pirate Fairies and Churchgoersnew

The following are actual entries from the Missed Connections section of Charleston Craigslist, divided into lines and stanzas and presented without embellishment. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  12-18-2012  |  Poetry

Duke and UNC Team Up to Make Poetic Connectionsnew

"This conference is happening here--and that's not an accident. They haven't had one like this in New York yet, or in San Francisco yet. This is a thing that could only happen here."
INDY Week  |  Chris Vitiello  |  11-13-2011  |  Poetry

Review: Disquieting, Disturbing and Dreadfulnew

The canal walk downtown set the scene for spine-tingling stories as told by Indiana storytellers.
NUVO  |  Katelyn Coyne  |  10-20-2011  |  Poetry

New Poetry by Lou Lipsitznew

If this world falls apart (the winner of the 2010 Blue Lynx Prize) consistently brings the reader to a dark place and then pulls back.
INDY Week  |  Jaimee Hills  |  05-18-2011  |  Poetry

Bone By Bone: An Interview With Barbara Rasnew

Barbara Ras has been recognized as an American poet of the first rank. Her third book of poems, The Last Skin, was published in March by Penguin.
San Antonio Current  |  Ben Judson  |  04-28-2010  |  Poetry

'Degrees of Latitude' Breaks Laurel Blossom's Pain into Piecesnew

Laurel Blossom's collection transcends self-pity by shattering the image of the author's bad childhood and even worse adulthood. Blossom mixes shards of memory with other shards: overheard conversation, punchlines, newspaper headlines, family expressions, and music.
Charleston City Paper  |  John Stoehr  |  11-12-2008  |  Poetry

Poet Patrick Herron's Alter Ego Offers Up a Quirky Collectionnew

Whether the poem concerns a puppet longing to get the words right in love letters or a coded numerolanguage, at their core these verses seem to grapple with our very human programming.
INDY Week  |  Jaimee Hills  |  11-06-2008  |  Poetry

Poet Elizabeth Spires Answers Big Questions with Small Answersnew

When I found out my 401(k) lost more than a quarter of its value -- about four month's worth of salary dissipating into the ether -- I wasn't in the mood to review Elizabeth Spires' new book of poems, The Wave-Maker.
Charleston City Paper  |  John Stoehr  |  09-24-2008  |  Poetry

Hard Contraries Meet in 'God Particles'new

Thomas Lux's God Particles is replete with iron words -- language hardened by hammer and tong, images smoldering with bitterness and irony, a worldview grown misanthropic by the disappointments of human folly.
Charleston City Paper  |  John Stoehr  |  09-17-2008  |  Poetry

The Poetry in 'Satin Cash' is Never Less than Splendidnew

For poets and non-poets alike, Spaar's overriding theme -- how the "one" figures in the "many" -- is the stuff of life.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Doug Nordfors  |  08-13-2008  |  Poetry

Frank Bidart's New Poems Sing Hymns to a Meaningless Universenew

His excellent new book, Watching the Spring Festival, reflects a man feeling his age, the slip of time, and the tug of oblivion. It attempts to confront the paradox of being while trying to inscribe something lasting, and also expressing unblinkingly man's cosmic dilemma -- that maybe, just maybe, there is no exit.
Charleston City Paper  |  John Stoehr  |  08-06-2008  |  Poetry

Leslie Anne Mcilroy's 'Liquid Like This' is Passionate, Well-crafted Versenew

Mcilroy uses formal care to set off raw emotion, insurgent thoughts, a lubricated imagination full of jazz horns, yanked-up skirts, lipstick traces, let-down lovers, open wounds and cold beers.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Bill O'Driscoll  |  08-04-2008  |  Poetry

Why Do Books Like 'Zombie Haiku' Exist?new

Here's how I imagine it happened: Zombie author/Ohio youth pastor Ryan Mecum said to his friends, over nachos, "What kind of haiku would you write if you were a zombie?"
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Liz Spikol  |  08-04-2008  |  Poetry

Poems That Marry Domesticity with Wars Abroad in 'Old War'new

In Alan Shapiro's latest book, we find many poems where he masterfully describes what seems to be absolutely nothing.
INDY Week  |  Jaimee Hills  |  07-03-2008  |  Poetry

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