A Poem Miasma

  • August 12, 2015 A speck of white paint, off to the side

    Just as songs can get inexorably linked to a season or a feeling, so can poems. There are poems that are tied to rooms and smells and people in my memory. There's one poem in particular that gets stuc...

  • July 15, 2015 May I never be afraid

    This poem arrived in my life with the force of a benediction. More prosaically, I kept seeing Alice Notley as a tag on things I liked on poetry Tumblr. *Al...

  • June 16, 2015 "could do without this"

    It is considered corny to like Billy Collins. His poems are as easy to read as your standard airport bestseller paperback. This makes them less important than poems that demand more out of their reade...

  • April 12, 2015 Dragging a dead poem up a hill

    For the past eleven days of April I have been writing a poem every day. It’s a challenge that I’ve heard called the grind or a ...

  • January 15, 2015 You are publicly listening

    Long ago in Internet Time (which moves much faster than Everyday Life Time) I sent an email where I recommended this prose poem by Claudia Rankine

  • December 16, 2014 Recent work; future hangs

    I don’t have a long letter this month. I have a few links to other things I’ve written and done, and one thing I will be doing. If you like reading these emails, you’ll probably enjoy these thin...

  • November 11, 2014 Beyond all this fiddle, what’s useful

    At the end of this month, on November 30th, I’m doing a reading here in Chicago. There’s more information on Facebook. I’d love to see you in ...

  • September 27, 2014 A theory of muchness

    Here’s my latest review for the Volta , of a new poetry collection called *Interrobang*. In it I keep returning to “m...

  • August 19, 2014 Baba Yaga and sky every day

    First: my third review for the Volta, of Aram Saroyan's Complete Minimal Poems, is online . This is some of the...

  • July 15, 2014 Poems by heart, and an exciting reading

    I am so excited to tell y'all that I'm a semifinalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. If you're in Chicago, please come out to the Chopin Theater at 7 pm on July 23