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Christina Strong / Fifth Plateau from Pink Adrenaline Star / Propolis Press / 2011 April 5, 2013: There is very little poetry written that is self-annihilating. I don’t mean that the author of the poem is annihilating herself – I don’t mean that the readers are annihilated by the poems – I mean that the poem is annihilating itself. Christina’s poems do this. The poems are mad at themselves – for causing themselves to exist / [...] by

2012 Poetry Reads April 4, 2013: As a younger writer / I read a lot of the work by my peers / as well as that written by the few generations prior to mine – much of my post-college reading was of poetry written since the early part of the 20th century. I now read mostly things that I know will sustain me in some way – I’ve been reading and re-reading Japanese poetry / [...] by