Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’


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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Hark! Hark! I Say

May 7, 2008

I just moved offices and as a result I’ve inherited a plaster bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow–not my favorite poet but I’ve never been in possession of a plaster bust before–I’m feeling pretty isolated in my ivory tower, I must say.

In honor of my new toga-bedecked officemate, and in honor of our current month, here is the fifth stanza from HLW’s “The Poet’s Calendar.”


Hark! The sea-faring wild-fowl loud proclaim
My coming, and the swarming of the bees.
These are my heralds, and behold! my name
Is written in blossoms on the hawthorn-trees.
I tell the mariner when to sail the seas;
I waft o’er all the land from far away
The breath and bloom of the Hesperides,
My birthplace. I am Maia. I am May.

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Notre Dame Announces Launch of Latino Poetry Review

May 6, 2008

One final Latino-inspired post for the day. Late last month the University of Notre Dame’s Letras Latinas program announced the launch of their online magazine Latino Poetry Review. According to their mission statement, LPR is dedicated to publishing “book reviews, essays, and interviews with an eye towards spurring inquiry and dialogue.”

There are several inter- and re-views over there right now and I encourage all those interested in Latino literature or poetry to pop over there and check it out. It’s a new venture in a lot of ways so I’m sure they would appreciated your feedback.

Here’s mine: Publish some poems.

I know it’s not in the mission statement and the journal is clearly out to plant itself in the critical realm rather than in artistic production but, I fail to see how the two aren’t integrally connected. The Institute for Latino Studies there at ND has already published several books of poetry by Latin American-American authors and with LPR they are poised to take on a central role in the Latino literary arts. It seems strange with the limitless space of the internet, they wouldn’t try to either 1) cross promote their own publications or 2) provide a venue for finding future poets to publish.

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Interview with Norbert Krapf

May 5, 2008

In advance of their release of Norbert Krapf’s memoir The Ripest Moments: A Southern Indiana Childhood, the Indiana Historical Society has published an interview with the author on their blog. Krapf is a nationally recognized poet. One of his previous works, The Country I Come From (2002) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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