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New Work: Soundings East, Bone Bouquet

Several of my poems are in new issues of Soundings East and Bone Bouquet (forthcoming), with links to follow later when I am less tired and feeling more competent. Because I just forgot how to spell “competent” and had to look it up. Then I mistyped it to add an “s” at the end. Then, when recounting that mishap, I almost spelled out “s” as “ess.” Time for a nap.


New Work: A Round-up of Recent Links

September is here! This summer was such a blur of work, writing, and reading, that I’m honestly relieved school’s started back up again. And I have new work up in Ampersand Review, here:

One of my poems is also in the new issue of Whiskey Island, available for purchase (only four bucks! What a deal!) here:

Finally, my latest review, of Anthony McCann’s Thing Music, can be found here:


New Work In Josephine Quarterly and NewPages

I’m pleased to have one of my new poems in the latest issue of Josephine Quarterly, which you can find here:

And you can read my review of Rivka Galchen’s “American Innovations” here:

New Book Review Up At CutBank

Spring Look Back

I’ve spent the past several months feeling just shy of overwhelmed, because I’ve been adding a lot of new things into my usual mix of responsibilities, so here’s a little roundup of a few things I’ve probably been remiss in posting.

First, here are a couple of my recent reviews, of Mary Ruefle’s Trances of the Blast and  Robert Lax’s Poems 1962-1997–both fantastic books I learned a lot from:

I also taught at the Literary Loft for the first time on Saturday, and I was delighted by how welcoming and smart and engaged the group was. The Loft is creating a wonderful community of writerly support in Minneapolis, and I really look forward to being a part of it more in the future. 

In dislocate news, issue #10 is just about ready to go to the printers, and should be out in print in June. Last month dislocate also hosted a “Women in Publishing” panel discussion featuring several esteemed Minneapolis editors, which Hannah Dentinger wrote about for the Walker, here:

It was really inspiring to hear these women talk about their careers, and about how each of the presses they represent have grown and flourished, and when it ended I sincerely wished we could keep all of them for twice the time. 

When I’m busy, I find it helpful to occasionally take a mental inventory of everything I’ve committed to, and to ask myself honestly whether I think I can handle it all, and the past few months I’ve constantly felt pretty dangerously close to over-committed. So it’s nice to finally be wrapping up a few things and realizing as I catch my breath just how much I’ve accomplished. Onward to whatever comes next!

Yet More Reviews…!

For those keeping score, dislocate’s submission manager is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted! We’re reading your work right now. Promise!

I’ve reviewed a couple more books over at NewPages, so go on over and see them. (Spoiler: Michael Teig’s “There’s a Box in the Garage You Can Beat With a Stick” is really great.)

Everything else is pretty much bad news and paperwork and freezing temperatures, so for the time being I’m hunkering down with a can of beer and an old This Mortal Coil album…

Glowing review for Bestiary

Forgot to mention this yesterday, but A Capella’s issue 10, Bestiary, got a really positive review in Newpages this month. I didn’t write the review, but my work does appear in the issue, which is a huge compilation of editors’ selections from the previous ten issues. Check out the review here:


Worth Reading: Copper Nickel, MAR, etc.

I’ve finally caught up on my journal reading, after a long period of craziness when issues kept piling up on the floor by my bookshelf, unread.

Issue 19 of Copper Nickel is a beauty; my sense of CN is that they’re an excellent journal that occasionally slips up and publishes gimmicky pieces that lack real substance. But even on the first flip through of issue 19, I found myself exclaiming, “Holy Crap!” outloud. There’s some great poetry from Jaclyn Dwyer and Jason Myers and others, new fiction from Roxane Gay, and lots more good stuff in here.

MAR’s also still producing an excellent journal. One of the lesser attractive journals in terms of cover and such, but the content’s almost always spectacular writing, and Vol. 33 #1 is no exception. I dog eared so many pages that my copy looks like hell now that I’ve finished the issue. Standouts here are the winner of the Sherwood Anderson prize by Kyle Mellen, translations of Jan Wagner, a great essay by Diane Embry, and oh, who am I kidding, just go get the issue here:

Third, Harvard Review #43 is possibly my favorite issue of HR yet. And their new issue looks great. (Holy Crap!)

Finally, my latest poetry crush is on Yusef Komunyakaa.

That’s it for now–I’m hard at work on newpages reviews of new books by Andy Singer, Hailey Leithauser, and others, as well as new things for dislocate in the coming year. Stay tuned…

Book Reviews!

My latest review is up at New Pages. Go check it out!

How To Review Poetry In Translation

Here’s some useful advice on approaching reviews of translations, if you’re into that sort of thing, which, I SO AM.
And now I’m tempted to buy the new translation of the Tin Drum.

I am obsessed…

with the word “yes.”


Care to read my thoughts on new fiction releases? I have two new reviews up today at New Pages–one for A Long Way Home, and one for The Purple Runner. You can check them out here:

That’s all for now–back to work with me!

New Work in the New England Review

I live in a new city and I have new work out! My essay, “Zines: A Personal History” is out in the new issue of the New England Review. I love this essay. I love the New England Review. Perfect! You can get yourself a copy of the issue here:

And as if that weren’t enough, I have more work forthcoming soon in the Pinch, Everyday Genius, and other places. Stay tuned…

New Work at decomP

From the hardworking folks at decomP:

Welcome back to decomP for our June 2012 issue, which contains new work from Fatimah Asghar, Ben Godby, Simon Jacobs, Tim Jarosz, Joe Kapitan, Emily Kiernan, Leonard Kogan, Andrew McIntosh, Joe Miller, Gregg Murray, Elizabeth O’Brien, Joseph Pfister, Kevin Tadge, Helen Vitoria, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Vanessa Young, and Ajmal Yourish. Additionally, we have reviews of Stevie Edwards’s Good Grief, Rose Hunter’s A Foal Poem, and Karen Lillis’s Watch the Doors as They Close. Thanks for reading! See you in July. 

Worth Reading: the soul does not prevent the available hand from singing

I’ve been scouting out lots of online journals lately, and Leveler is one I think I’ll be keeping an eye on. This one, by Dan Chelotti, has been on their front page lately:

Worth Reading: THE TEACHERS ARE LOOSE by Erik Bloch

Lately, I’m all over the narrative poems…

Forthcoming Work, etc.

The fine folks at Slice have posted a preview of issue 10, which you can check out here:
Please note that you’ll actually have to fork over the cash and order a copy to read my piece. Worth it! My Mom totally says so.
More soon.

Worth Reading: Diane Seuss in the new Blackbird

Holy crap, dude. This is amazing:

And please do not judge me for saying Holy crap, dude.

Worth Reading: Sixth Finch

My favorite journal today is Sixth Finch, and my favorite poem in said journal today is this one:

Go on over and read it! But come back soon, because I have publications of all flavors coming out in the coming months.

Worth Reading: E. B. White on the Free Press

Jonathan Henig, Photographer At Large

I just thought I’d mention that my banner photo, which features a number of my books and papers and my royal typewriter, was taken by the best photographer I know, Jonathan Henig. More of his work can be found on flickr, here:

If you’re looking for someone to shoot your wedding, cover your event, or just generally make you, your business, or your product look good, he’s the man for the job.

Welcome to my website!

This website will be sporadically updated to include news about my work, news about my friends’ work, and occasional news from the larger literary world.