Maurice Turcotte hosts an interview series for first poetry book authors. Excited The Nomenclature of Small Things is featured this month! Questions cover process, influences, cover art, and future projects. The archives section of the web site is worth perusing as well. Maurice customizes each interview to the author and book. Link here: Open Alphabet.
“There were only so many narrative grief poems I could write (and that a reader could stand to read). Some other voice or perspective had to step in to carry the book, and in this case it was science.”
So happy to have the chance to contribute to The Cloudy House, a website devoted to project books and the process of writing them. Thanks to Cynthia Marie Hoffman Studner for coordinating this interview! The Cloudy House website features my interview and dozens of others.
Happy to be the spotlight today at 24PearlStreet blog about poetry, online community, classes, and the process of writing The Nomenclature of Small Things. 24PearlStreet (part of Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center) is a resource that I continue to use and highly recommend! Read the blog entry and more about the programs at 24PearlStreet.
Thanks to Claire Lucille Trévien for creating a video poem of “How to Speak Nineteenth Century!” Lots of lyric leaps captured here from lunar nomenclature to photosynthesis to the chemical formula for water. This is part of a larger project to post a video poem a day featuring UK poets (and a few other writers) during the month of December. I will add the link below to the master list of Claire’s video poems. (The first video is one of Claire’s poems.) I met Claire when she edited a poetry anthology that included my work, and she reviewed my chapbook Tiktaalik, Adieu as well. “How to Speak Nineteenth Century” was originally published in the New England Review, as well as in the chapbook Theories of Rain and the full-length collection, The Nomenclature of Small Things.
The Poetry Foundation featured “The Birth of Superstition,” from The Nomenclature of Small Things*, as Poem of the Day today. Three other poems went up this week on the Poetry Foundation site as well! Honored and glad to have these up as searchable resources for poetry readers, teachers, and students.
The Birth of Superstition
A Brief History of the Passenger Pigeon
How to Move Away
The link to the Poetry Foundation.
*Note that books have temporarily sold out on Amazon.com but are available through Carnegie Mellon at this link: Nomenclature of Small Things
The Birth of Superstition
I’ll be reading at 1 pm this Saturday, September 3rd, at the Local Poetry Stage at Java Monkey as part of the Decatur Book Festival. Looking forward to reading along with Memye Curtis Tucker, Megan Sexton, Lee Passarella, Lynn Alexander, and Diana Anhalt. Thanks to Dan Veach for organizing!
More information is on the Festival link below.