I love reading. I’d better. It’s sorta what I get paid to do. But with professional obligations to read and write, it’s sometimes difficult to remember to read and write for fun. But I’ve been making more of an effort lately, and I’ve made some headway through my substantial to-read list. Why not follow me on Goodreads to keep abreast of what’s going on with my bookshelf?
Here’s what I’ve finished lately, in no particular order.
Posted in Poetry
Tagged Abigail Zimmer, C Dylan Bassett, Chas Hoppe, Columbia Poetry Review, Daniel Scott Parker, Gigantic Sequins, io books, JA Tyler, Joshua Young, Justin Limoli, Kimberley Grey, Nick Courtright, Oliver de la Paz, Oyez Review, Rae Armantrout, Summer Ellison, the invention of monsters, Tony Trigilio, Traci Brimhall
About two weeks ago, my zombie poem “Secret Origin” graced the seventh flight of Pismire Poetry. And for my second publication credit in a row, I’m featured alongside Nick Courtright.
Pismire has a pretty great aesthetic. You call in to their Google phone number, where a robot prompts you to leave a poem as a message. And then you do just that. It’s pretty fun to listen to garbled voicemails as poems, so I suggest you go check it out.
Over the weekend, I got the latest issue of the Columbia Poetry Review (#26). Besides looking great and being nice and thick, it’s got works by some poets who were pretty influential to me right around the time I actually started taking this whole poetry thing seriously. Okay, semi-seriously. No wait, I mean I don’t take myself seriously.
Specifically, the poets I’m talking about are Oliver de la Paz, whose advice was invaluable to me while he was on my thesis committee, and Rae Armantrout, who is a lot people’s hero and probably doesn’t need me to gush.
But I will anyway: I’m in the issue too, and I can’t believe that I share a book cover with her, and that we’ve both got zombies on the brain (pun intended). I’m grateful to my thesis chair, Bruce Beasley, for introducing me to her work, and I’m grateful to all the editors at CPR (some of whom I got to meet at AWP Boston this year) for accepting my poems “HELP WANTED” and “Earlier.”
It’s a great feeling to see some of my zombies show up in print. And you know, once there’s one zombie, they tend to multiply. Here’s hoping more of them will be showing up in the coming year or so.
Flipping through, I also see poems by J.A. Tyler of Mud Luscious Press and fellow Gold Wake Press labelmate Nick Courtright. Both of these guys deserve high fives and candy. Unless they don’t like candy. Then maybe pizza or something.
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Posted in Poetry, The Decedents, Writing
Tagged Bruce Beasley, Chas Hoppe, Columbia Poetry Review, Earlier, Gold Wake Press, HELP WANTED, J.A. Tyler, Joshua Young, Mud Luscious Press, Nick Courtright, Oliver de la Paz, Poetry, Rae Armantrout, Tara Boswell, Zombies