I’m pleased and honored to have been interviewed by poet Lisa Olstein for Tupelo Quarterly about Green-Wood, along with an excerpt from the book.
A beautiful new review of Green-Wood in the Iowa Review by Peter Myers. It’s moving to be read so closely, and so well.
“We come to know the poem—like a cemetery, like nature—as a made thing, shaped by the material presence of the past in the here and now. To write, the poet tells herself: “First fence a voice. / Lie / down ferocious feeling.” What must be made to lie down for the fence to be constructed is precisely what Green-Wood concerns itself with, and the tension between what’s enclosed and what’s in common, what’s visible and what’s buried, what’s present and what’s erased, becomes, in Green-Wood, the force that drives the poem onward.”
I wrote this new poem for/from Tommy Pico and Christine Blasey Ford
You wrote give
but I read grieve
to every man
man eyes on
all streets, all suck
from heavy, how
grave speaks from
a dead place, burned
before the global
male eyeball on
fire for speaking
female for all
closed by hands, the bone
and flesh on lips or just
said I feared
he’d kill me
by mistake—but she
all shes, all she
I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed for Jacket 2 by the poet Christy Davids about my new book After We All Died. We talked about rage, leaking bodies, Taylor Swift, and understanding fire–among other things!
I’m honored to have the chance to perform this Sunday in my hometown!
Join us on the anniversary of the world’s first atomic test to experience Suspended Moment, a sculpture installation and Butoh dance and poetry performance by Los Alamos native Allison Cobb and Hiroshima native Yukiyo Kawano, with Butoh choreography/dance by Meshi Chavez, soundscape by Lisa DeGrace, and video projections by Stephen A. Miller.
At the center of the performance is a life-sized sculpture of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945, created by the artist Yukiyo Kawano. Yuki was born and raised in Hiroshima, a third-generation atomic bomb survivor. She creates her sculptures from WWII-era kimonos that belonged to her grandmother, and sews them together with her hair, melding the DNA of generations of atomic bomb survivors.
Co-sponsored by Los Alamos History Museum, Los Alamos/Japan Project, and Los Alamos County Library System. Funded in part by a grant from the New Mexico Intervention Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Grateful to Boog founder David Kirschenbaum, and Portland editors Phoebe Wayne and Sarah Bartlett for featuring two of my poems in the Portland-New York edition of the Portable Boog Reader [PDF].
“There is rain in me” is dedicated to Paul Maziar. “You want it darker?” is after a line by Evan Kennedy (by Leonard Cohen)
It’s been a year since the death of Prince.
I’m proud to have this poem about him, “On Loss,” in the Delaware Poetry Review.
I wrote a poem responding to the beautiful song “Summa” by the Estonian composer Arvo Part, and my pal Andrea Murray interviewed me about it for National Poetry Month on Portland’s All Classical.
Here’s the poem:
for Arvo Pärt
in shining dark.
Thanks to Kaia Sand and Ellena at Powell’s for the footage.
Rob McLennan published this interview with me–in which I admit to having wanted to be a figure skater, and get the chance to speak of many other poets I love.