Archive for the ‘Poetry’ Category


Locus Award Winners Announced

June 25, 2008

John Holbo at The Valve runs through the Locus Award winners with some commentary.

I notice that Holbo makes some notes on Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union that nearly exactly mirror comments made by my friend Nancee of his Gentleman of the Road (in a not-yet-published review of her own). Not to put too fine a point on it: Chabon is committing artistic suicide by tethering himself too tightly to the genres he loves.


Indiana’s Poet Laureate

June 20, 2008

The Indiana Arts Commission has named Norbert Krapf Indiana’s Poet Laureate.

For more information on the IAC’s Poet Laureate program, go here.


Is It Is, or Is it Ain’t a Shakespeare Poem?

June 12, 2008

For the Shakespeare Sleuths out there, Ron Rosenbaum has a fascinating essay in today’s online mag, Slate on various poems that are or are not Shakespearean. This is a different debate than the hyped up and mostly discredited “Was Shakespeare Shakespeare?” debate.


Congratulations Chris Forhan

May 22, 2008

Nuvo this week gave a well-deserved thumbs up to Butler University assistant professor of English Chris Forhan for scooping up his second major prize of the year. After already being honored by having a poem published in the Best American Poetry 2008 he has just snagged the Pushcart Prize for his poem “Love, or Something.”

A simple Google search reveals that Chris Forhan is already in esteemed company as a poet with poems in the Paris Review, Ploughshares and others. You can also hear him here, reading his poem “Vanishing Act” for Slate Magazine’s Weekly Poem, Read by the Author feature.

I could go on about the photo album imagery that powers the poem, the stillness captured in half lines like “the house exhales him” but instead I would rather draw your attention to Forhan’s reading of his line ends.

Many poets, for any number of reasons, either write poems placing line ends willy-nilly or–more tragically–write poems with very deliberate line ends but read them as if they lie elsewhere in the poem. Forhan commits no such fallacy here and it adds the expected gravity and anticipation to such lines as

On the windowsill

an iris in a vase will have taken
the last water into its cut stem. I will

notice it…

that otherwise would have fallen flat with a less conscientious reading.

I feel I should briefly mention that this year’s Best American Poetry was put together by guest editor Charles Wright–no slouch as a poet himself. He won the Pulitzer in 1998 for Black Zodiac; and, nine of his poems have been chosen for previous Best American editions…as well as several other prestigious awards.

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Just Because You’re Paranoid…

May 8, 2008

So dig this humanities cats! The world works in mysterious ways, so to speak.

The Indiana Historical Society Press at some point published this book, which is about the history of the Irish in Indiana.
This book, called Boy, is the book from which the poem read on this morning’s edition of The Writer’s Almanac, was pulled.
And this album is the 1990 release from Irish rock band, U2, that also released an album called Boy.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

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Since we started with Poetry

May 7, 2008

Tim Lockridge is an Evansville, Indiana native although he’s been lately calling Virginia home while earning first his MFA and now his PhD.

His poems recall the early surrealist work of Lorca, touching on the scattered imagery of dreams while staying firmly rooted in real world mini- and mega-crises. His diction is cleaner than Lorca’s but his accessibility is mostly a trap–set by a skillful poet who hides the fact that he thinks deeply with a playful guise.

His next poem will appear in the fall issue of The Pinch.

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