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My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 16, 2013: Robert Lax Poems (1962-1997) The decision to go with a page wide enough to isolate Lax’s skinny poems was brilliant. The poems pop off the ample pages to invoke the massive void his poems called out of/back into. I haven’t heard songs like these in a long time. Farid Matuk My Daughter La Chola Matuk is a chameleon. He clocks through [...] by

An Incomplete Guide to the Poetry Books I Currently Have on Tap (or, When and Why Networks Work) April 29, 2013: All the “best of” or “holiday gift” lists come out in December and January, when books that had our attention in the early (still chilly, here in New Jersey) days of spring have gotten buried beneath . . . let’s say autumn leaves and winter snows.  Here’s a quick list of newish poetry books currently or very recently on my mind, for [...] by

Notes from the Fence Family Brunch, Part 1 (AWP 2013, Boston) March 12, 2013: Each year the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) holds a conference in a different US city that, for about 4 days, will swarm with (among others) poets, novelists, essayists, graduate students, and college professors, as well as people hoping to one day be counted among those previously listed. Also in attendance are editors [...] by

Special Issue of American Book Review Focuses on Arab-American Literature January 11, 2013: We'd highly recommend this special issue, just out, of American Book Review, edited by Philip Metres, with a focus on Arab-American literature. Among a truckful of good reads are reviews by Dale Smith on Farid Matuk's This Isa Nice Neighborhood, Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky on Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah's Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me; [...] by

A Very Earnest Bewilderment in Farid Matuk’s This Isa Nice Neighborhood November 14, 2012: Mary Austin Speaker reviews Farid Matuk's acclaimed collection, This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine Editions 2011), for Painted Bride Quarterly. "I dress in the styles / of the rich / feel safe” are the lines that Speaker first took away from a Matuk reading at The Poetry Project in 2010, and which open the book. "The poems of his [...] by

Arab American Book Awards for Khaled Mattawa, Farid Matuk June 1, 2011: The 2011 Arab American Book Awards have given some love to poets Khaled Mattawa (winner for Tocqueville, New Issues) and Farid Matuk (honorable mention for This Isa Nice Neighborhood, Letter Machine Editions; also a finalist for PSA's Norma Farber First Book Award). Congrats to both! In 2010, Shawn Kemp wrote about Matuk: If a [...] by