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.”
A lovely review of Green-Wood by John Pluecker over at Public Face.
At 17 Poets! literary series in New Orleans.
Pattie McCarthy wrote a moving post about Green-Wood for Sarah Blake Schoenholtz’s National Poetry Month Daily. Thank you, Pattie!
Jules Boykoff conducted a thought-provoking interview with me about Green-Wood called “Poetry, Politics, and Perambulation,” for Jacket2. Such interactions make it possible to envision continuing as a writer, despite all the obstacles that work against. Thanks, Jules!
Tinfish editor Susan Schultz has resurrected Green-Wood with a penetrating analysis that teaches me new ways to read the thing I wrote–big gift. Thanks, Susan.
I’m happy to say I’ll be at Small Press Traffic in San Francisco on Friday, March 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m. with Thalia Field
The Document: An investigation in the remains
with readings and discussions by Thalia Field and Allison Cobb
with a special guest Erin Morrill
Timken Hall, CCA SF
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.