drala–beyond the enemy

Tracey McTague has written a lovely review of Green-Wood in the Dec./Jan. St. Mark’s Poetry Project Newsletter. She is a Brooklyn native and has lived next to the cemetery far longer than I did, so her words are an especial honor. She mentions in connection with the book a concept I didn’t know about: the Tibetan drala, which, she says, evokes an understanding of “the vast tragedy unfolding without ever giving up the fight.” Dra means “enemy” and la means “above.”

There are many other amazing things in this newsletter, including a tribute to the poet Michael Gizzi. For those of us who live in the hinterlands and can’t pick up the newsletter at the Poetry Project, you can order four issues a year for $25 from the website.

I practice ‘generic promiscuity’!

Extra smart review of Green-Wood by J. Peter Moore, who was one of my hosts at Duke University when I read there this fall. The review appears in the online journal Offending Adam (theoffendingadam.com), which looks like quite an interesting publication. I’m glad to know about it, and especially “chuffed,” as my friend Sue Landers would say, at being described by Peter as practicing “generic promiscuity.” What more could an oppositional poet ask for? I also am quite pleased that he notes the meaning weight carried by the book’s silences. For me, those white spaces were major compositional elements. Besides that, he taught me a few new things about the book. Thanks, Peter.