Thursday, January 27, 2011
"These erasures were a real learning experience for me. I'm stunned I had the intelligence and good luck to allow the whole thing to take place...What happened next, really, in terms of how I wrote the poems in The Nervous Filaments, was I began “erasing” during my own composition process. Before a line could even make it onto the page I'd have cut it off at the pass (because it was predictable or too transparent or felt like the next idea one might expect in a narrative poem—that is, a narrative poem that is simply linear, and causal). I don't want poems to enact the logical sequencing of thought (made manifest in language) created by a tunnel of time. I want them to feel fractured, elliptical, impressionistic. I want to feel the disturbing logic of dreams at work."
"To sit down with David Dodd Lee’s fourth full-length collection of poetry, The Nervous Filaments...Find yourself a glass of wine and prepare to be transcendently transported to a parallel sphere. Poem by poem, Lee is going to deconstruct his world, “I believe in words. One by one/they dismantle everything I have faith in” (Wildlife), and then, reader, he’s going to deconstruct your world, and hand you the pieces “in the gray-green part of your eye–/a busted out headlight” (Not A Landscape, Not A Teaspoon), every piece infused with the emotion of living in an emergent world tragically tilted, perennially askew."
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Daniel Tobin is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Belated Heavens, as well as a critical study, Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney. He is the editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present, Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge, and Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art. He has received the Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Widely published in literary journals—including American Scholar, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Nation, New Republic, Poetry, Paris Review, Sewanee Review, and Southern Review—his work also has been anthologized in The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, and elsewhere. Tobin is Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College.
Monday, January 24, 2011
|Three Writers from Four Way Books: Megan Staffel, Monica Youn, and C. Dale Young|
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Even the two or three poems that escaped this reader’s understanding are forgiven for the sprightly mischief and intelligence of the entire volume. The poems as a whole capture the poignancy of human relations and, at the same time, enact the cyclical folly of a constant search and a constant frustration with the search. In many ways they—and Ignatz-- illustrate Puck’s famous observation, “Lord, what fools these mortals be.”
April 22, 2011
Venue: Copper Colored Mountain Arts (CCMA) in red barn
7101 West Liberty Road
Ann Arbor, MI
& TIMOTHY DONNELLY (from the Sun Journal)
FARMINGTON — On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Farmington Public Library will host a poetry reading by Patrick Donnelly and Lee Sharkey.
The reading will include Donnelly’s co-translations of classical Japanese poetry and a multi-voiced performance of Sharkey’s “American Rose.”
The 7 p.m. reading is free.
Donnelly is the author of "The Charge" and "Nocturnes of The Brothel of Ruin," forthcoming from Four Way Books. He is an associate editor of Poetry International and has taught writing at Colby College, Lesley University and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Sharkey had written "A Darker, Sweeter String" and is the author of two other full-length collections, "Farmwife" and "To A Vanished World," and six chapbooks.
She co-edits the Beloit Poetry Journal and has taught writing at the University of Maine at Farmington, Unity College, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Bread Loaf Young Writers Conference, and as a visiting artist in public schools.
Sharkey received the 1997 Rainmaker Award in Poetry and was the Maine Arts Commission’s 2010 Fellow in Literary Arts.