Galatea Resurrects’ 2016 List of Poetry Recommendations will be released in the first week of 2017. But we wanted to present a separate list of the publishers, partly to highlight their variety.
See List HERE.
A Hole in the Ocean is a beautiful written recollection of a simpler time on the East End when main streets were quiet even during the summer and one could hear “the crashing of the ocean waves a half-mile away.” e.e. cummings said “A hole in the ocean will never be missed.” Neither should this book.
“From their earliest setting out, the poems of Norman Finkelstein have fetched a new Vision, not only mapping but marking the Vision with supernal inscription, the signature of Heaven as it were. And theirs is not a cold heaven. Nothing in these poems is imposed or rehearsed. What is permanently remarkable here is that the work goes forward to imagine what no American poetry has imagined before: a society of Vision.” — Donald Revell
"The foreign press is waiting for you," the hostess of the Chat Noir, our local coffee shop told me, her eyes directing me to the back table.
And, indeed, they were: The Washington bureau chiefs of "Le Figaro," the French daily, and "Die Zeit," the German weekly, a feature writer from "Jyllands-Posten" from Denmark, and his photographer- wife.
I've been having an odd kind of fun these past six months giving print and TV interviews. Although I had a new book out in early spring, not one of my interviewers was interested in publicizing it. Instead, they all, foreign and domestic, wanted to know about the four years during which I knew Donald Trump and went to military school with him. Therefore, following Gore Vidal's advice to never miss an opportunity to have sex or go on television, I assented modestly to each invitation to tell what has now become my set routine of four or five Donald Trump stories.
I will probably never see most of the TV interviews. But I do know that I've been dubbed into Hebrew, Portuguese, German and French. From what I've heard, I come off much more articulate and intelligent when dubbed. So I've begged the producer of the one interview I will see (this Tuesday night) that if he includes any of my comments in the film to please have James Earl Jones over-dub me.
Christina Olivares. No Map of the Earth Includes Stars. Marsh Hawk Press, 2015.
White, Black, Puerto Rican, everybody just a-freakin, and this non-Cuban’s just a-groovin’ to Olivares’s syncopated dictations and lyric visions and poetic prose blocks, which redraw diasporic maps as palimpsests (as in how the poem “Palimpsest” answers its “City beckoned. To be come a new home” with “Reality laid over reality until nothing is whole any longer”). This call-and-response extends, over several poems, into a conversation with Babalú-Ayé, the Orisha (syncretized with Saint Lazarus) of the healing of the Earth. Against the legacy of 1898 and its juridical maps, where Cuba is just one more pawn of empire, Olivares offers a spiritual map attuned to “the memory of my hands moving through the carcasses of others’ prayers.”
|Thursday, September 15, 2016, San Francisco, CA: I will be reading selections from The Village of Bones and signing books at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission District. TIME: 7:00 PM. PLACE:Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th Street, San Francisco, CA . Free and open to the public. Come join us.|
September 21, 2016, Berkeley, CA:Party Time! Celebration of the paperback edition of The Village of Bones. I will read selections from The Village of Bones and sign books. There will be time to have fun, browse the books in one of the West Coast’s finest bookstores, and talk to interesting people. TIME: 5:30 to 7:00 pm. PLACE:University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA. Free and open to the public.
To see Mary Mackey's COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS, go HERE!
To Celebrate the Beginning of the Poetry Season
Marsh Hawk Press Readings in New York City
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
7:00pm - 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
(12 W 37th St.)
(click on the poets' names to read more about them.)
An interview, a long poem and a visual poetry exhibition—these comprise EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME, an innovative and multi-layered poetry investigation by Eileen R. Tabios. Among its layers are discourses on identity and authenticity, the perils of the form of (auto)biography, Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law dictatorship, colonialism, her self-avowed “Babaylan Poetics,” the indigenous Filipino trait of “kapwa” and orphans, the non-binary of lyric and experimental poetries, and her invention of the diasporic form “hay(na)ku,” as well as a long poem resulting from the poet’s Murder, Death and Resurrection (MDR) Project and a reference to her visual poetry project “DON’T CALL ME FILIPINO. The cover features a front cover with a cut-out revealed into an artistic rendition of the star from the Philippine flag.
Burt you studied Medieval history—what appealed to you about this period of man’s history?
I didn’t study medieval history except within the purview of my study of medieval literature. I was lured into medieval studies by Chaucer’s poetry that just simply blew me away. I soon realized, moreover, that there was something special about medieval literature’s ideality and medieval civilization that a professor of mine, Frederick Goldin, described as a very “clean world.” He certainly was not referring to the standard of material living or anything like that, but rather to a clarity within a world in which what was right and what was wrong were easily and surely identifiable. The ambiguities and equivocations of the modern world had yet to come into being (ironic since they do along with the emergence of modern, empirical science).
I’ll admit that when I first picked up Paul Pines’s latest poetry collection I didn’t truly appreciate its subversiveness… It was only when I realized how rare such tributes are that I began to understand the true importance of these spare, elegant poems.
The Gilded Age of Kickstarters presents a dozen poems inspired by 12 Kickstarter fundraising pages chosen at random. The covered fundraising projects are varied, ranging over gluten-free bakers, a scientist's documentary, a peace plan by zombies, art and children's books, eyebrow wax strips, French boot designers, a dance company, a game of plastic bones, a banjo pick, a Sri Lankan cuisine cookbook and a vegetal cyborg. They all attest to our shared zeitgeist!