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My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 10, 2013: 1. Anne Carson, Red Doc> (Knopf). Favorite Line: “The moonlit / ironing boards / grandstanding like steeds.” 2. Brandon Shimoda, Portuguese (Tin House Books & Octopus Books) Favorite Line: “Children were following my retarded stepbrother around the fields” 3. Dara Wier, You Good Thing (Wave Books). Favorite [...] by

The 2013 Chapbook Festival! April 29, 2013: It's like a mini (and less overwhelming) AWP, in New York City, right across from the beautiful Empire State Building. There will be so many fabulous presses there, including Argos Books, Factory Hollow Press, Birds LLC, Brooklyn Arts Press, Forklift, Ohio, Ugly Duckling Presse, PSA, my very own Monk Books, and many more. Then there's [...] by

Creative Compulsive Disorder and the Poet’s Journal April 22, 2013: Mary Ruefle quotes Alan Bean (an astronaut from Apollo 12 who paints pictures of the moon) in her essay Poetry and the Moon, saying “Certainly riding a rocket to the moon is the biggest kick you can have, but when I paint I get the same feeling that I got when I flew in space well. Certainly the view isn’t as good, but the best part of life is [...] by

The Ruth Stone Foundation April 15, 2013: INAUGURAL FUNDRAISING DRIVE! CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW! I’m thrilled to announce the Ruth Stone Foundation’s first-ever fundraising drive. When the celebrated and award-winning poet Ruth Stone passed away in the winter of 2011, she left her entire physical and literary estate in trust.  Her wishes were that the three houses on the [...] by

Captain, All Systems Are Online: Publishing in the Ether April 8, 2013: A mere six years ago, if you asked me if you could find my poems published online, I’d probably have laughed mercilessly and said hell no. I grew up with Ploughshares, Poetry, and  Poets Market 1996 strewn around the house like beacons of my latent potentialities. Plus, the 90’s website aesthetic I knew was, well, campy and unappealing. I [...] by

WONDER Has a Crush On You April 3, 2013: The rise of the small-press is upon us and resources are bountiful for the creative-driven enterprise that wants to focus on new methods of presenting poetry. I’m always on the look-out for presses that explore the use of image and poetry together in a provocative way, such as the strange and undefinable new press: WONDER. Self-proclaimed [...] by

The Gigantic Heart of BIRDS LLC April 2, 2013: When you get a small press that does such gorgeous and professional work, and at the same time doesn’t sacrifice a moment of heart in the process, you get a something like Birds LLC. They’re like the pinnacle of enthusiasm for contemporary young poet's full-length books. And of reinventing self-publishing. What has given me pause lately is [...] by