Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Interview on WYEP’s Prosody


Recently I was interviewed for radio station WYEP’s poetry show, Prosody.  The show will air this Saturday, November 3, at 6:00 A.M Eastern time.  Yes, that’s 6:00 A.M.  Unfortunately, the poetry show is shunted into a crazy time-slot, but if for some reason you happen to be up at that hour on Saturday morning, you can listen live, either on the airwaves or by streaming it through the internet.  Start with this page, and there’s a link there to their live feed.

In the interview, I talk a lot about the new collection, Future Blues, and read poems from that book and the earlier Ancestor Worship.  If you can’t listen live, the episode will eventually be available to download as a podcast, though I understand there is a short delay in getting those podcasts up.  So, poetry on the radio at 6:00 A.M.  (That’s 11:00 A.M. Irish time, though.)

UPDATE: You can listen to the podcast here: http://prosodyradio.com/episodes/prosody121103.mp3

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review of Lavorato


I have a review of Wayworn Wooden Floors by Canadian poet Mark Lavorato up on Todd Swift’s Eyewear blog.  It was a tough review to write, in a way.  Lavorato clearly has a lot of skill as a writer, and this collection aims for mass acceptance.  The author seems to be under the impression, though, that the best way to achieve it is by being “accessible.”  But, for me anyway, as the book pretends to operate in ignorance of recent developments in the field of poetry, as well-wrought as it is, it ultimately ends up missing the mark.  I explain why in greater detail here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Reading for the Butterjoint Variety Show

If you are in Pittsburgh: I will be reading a few poems tomorrow (16th October) at this new live variety show, the Butterjoint Variety Show, at the bar of Legume Bistro, North Craig St., from 9pm.  Aside from me reading poems, there will be blues from Leslie Addis and the Rusty Nails, “klezmer jazz” from the Average Beasts, lo-fi blues from John Cihon, and a comedian.  Promises to be a fun time. . .