Sunday, November 4, 2018

PHILLIP LOPATE ON CHAPTER ONE


Marsh Hawk Press' new "Chapter One" feature -- about how poets got their start -- has released its November feature on Phillip Lopate. It's interesting -- here's an excerpt:
"A higher, “purer” standard of what it took to be a poet seemed to reign in that corner of academia, based partly on the possession of an MFA credential, and partly on the networking of the professional poetry world. I got a real taste of the way that poetry guild mentality operated: the mentoring and bestowal of the blessing on a chosen few acolytes, whose books would then be recommended for publication, and the whole priestly sense of the Poet as someone of rare vatic powers. The non-exclusionary ethos of the Sixties and early Seventies had ended, in the face of the writing program-generated mystique of technique. The impression was conveyed that there could only be two dozen poets at most in one era who had received the vision. I knew I’d never gotten a message from on high: I did not fit that bill. My sense of myself as a poet began to shrivel up. 
"But that simple explanation is false. It would be wrong to blame my colleagues for killing the urge, since anyone who can be discouraged so easily from writing poetry is not cut out to be a poet."
You can see the whole article HERE.


Friday, October 26, 2018

BURT KIMMELMAN MEDITATES OVER PRAGUE AND MEMORY


From a recent half-year stay in Prague, Burt Kimmelman shares his 3-part meditation on "Prague and Memory" over at BODY, a lovely English-language journal headquartered in Prague.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

MARY MACKEY RECEIVES SPIRITUALITY BOOK AWARD!



Marsh Hawk is delighted to announce that Mary Mackey's The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2018 has won a  2018 California Institute for Integral Studies Women's Spirituality Book Award. Congratulations, Mary!



A SLOVENIAN TRANSLATION FOR ED FOSTER!


We are pleased to share that Sowing the Wind by Ed Foster (Marsh Hawk, 2016) has been published in a Slovenian translation as Sejanje Vetra by Zalozba SKUC (Ljubljana) in their series Zbirka Lambda. You can check out the original English through our distributor SPD.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

MARSH HAWK REVIEW--FALL 2018 ISSUE IS RELEASED!


We are pleased to release the Fall 2018 issue of The Marsh Hawk Review. Thank you to the poets for sharing their works. Here are the participants to this issue of the Review:

Mark Young
Irene Willis
Peter Vanderberg
Lynne Thompson
Susan Terris
Eileen R. Tabios
John Simonds
Mara Adamitz Scrupe
Barry Schwabsky
Susan M. Schultz
Janice Lobo Sapigao
E. San Juan, Jr.
Barbara Jane Reyes
Randy Prunty
Paul Pines
Naomi Buck Palagi
Gwynn O’Gara
David O’Connell
Geoffrey O’Brien
Rich Murphy
Michelle Murphy
Daniel Morris
Sandy McIntosh
Tricia McCallum
Agnes Marton
Mary Mackey
Hank Lazer
Amy Grace Lam
Basil King
Burt Kimmelman
Sherry Kearns
George Kalamaras
Jacqueline Jules
Paul Ilechko
Michael Hardin
Grace Grafton
Anne Gorrick
Kirk Glaser
Robert Gibb
Danny Gallardo
Thomas Fink
Thomas Fink and Maya D. Mason
Carol Dorf
Shira Dentz
Aileen I. Cassinetto
Tom Beckett
Ryan Bayless
Ivy Alvarez




Saturday, October 13, 2018

CHAPTER ONE: DENISE DUHAMEL

One of Marsh Hawk Press' newest initiatives is the Chapter One Project which shares writers' early beginnings. Watch and listen to Denise Duhamel reading from her Chapter One memoir--click HERE to see the video.




Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SANDY McINTOSH ON FRENCH PUBLIC TELEVISION

Last night, October 8, 2019, a new documentary, Le parrain de Manhattan,  (Trump: The Godfather of Manhattan) premiered on FRANCE 3, French Public Television. It featured an interview with Sandy McIntosh on his recollections of Donald Trump as a fellow military school cadet and opinions of his present occupation. The documentary will repeat often and is available on demand on cable. It's in French, of course. 




Friday, October 5, 2018

INTERVIEW OF THOMAS FINK


Thomas Fink is interviewed about his Selected Poems & Poetic Series by  Shivaji Sengupta and Natsuko Hirata.  You can see this interesting conversation at Dichtung Yammer, but here's an excerpt:
I think that, in much visual poetry, spatial arrangement that departs from the accustomed linearity of free verse influences the reader’s process of meaning-making. In my shaped poems, I solicit the mutual pressure of words’ and clauses’ signifying possibilities and shapes’ constraining and exfoliating tendencies. This also happens in the enjambments and end-stops of free verse, accentual verse, and texts that involve a counting of words per line (something I do), but curves and angles of shaped poems may slow down or speed up a reading process in a different way than these other modes. Except in the “Goad” series, I haven’t intended shapes for series or individual poems to offer referential or emblematic “hooks.” One example would be the smaller quasi-sphere on top of a larger quasi-sphere in the “Jigsaw Hubbub” series which probably encourages a slowing down in the second, longer part. 
When I develop a shape or ensemble of shapes for a poem or painting, I tend to read each abstractly. I prefer somewhat arbitrary collisions between the visual and verbal elements. I’m not George Herbert nor was meant to be, and not only from a religious perspective. Of course, when Willem de Kooning was asked whether it was possible at a certain point in art history to paint a face, he retorted that it was impossible not to; any intended abstraction can be contextualized as a figurative construct.




Sunday, September 30, 2018

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER!

OCTOBER 2018 NEWS FROM THE PRESS
Is Live

The Chapter One Project: On Becoming a Poetfeatures original memoirs of outstanding poets from diverse backgrounds, published monthly. They'll recall the ways by which these writers got their starts. 

This month we are featuring Denise Duhamel's "Mr. Rogers and Me." In November Phillip Lopate writes about his beginnings in "The Poetry Years." Mary Mackey completes the year in December with her memoir, "Fever and Jungles: On Becoming a Poet"

In 2019 we will publish 12 original memoirs by poets such as Jane Hirshfield, Burt Kimmelman, Barbara Novack, Geoffrey O’Brien, Dan Morris,
and Sandy McIntosh.
The MARSH HAWK REVIEW Fall 2018 Issue will be available in October. Thanks to all those who submitted.
Coming in January 2019
Winner of the 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize

LYNNE THOMPSON
Fretwork

“The bright magnesium of discovery enacts itself on every page of Fretwork’s telescopic and unified narrative. With calligraphic precision and a dazzling originality of word and perception, Lynne Thompson investigates the genealogies of her birth, her adoption-family, and her—and our—shared history at larger levels. These poems render life as mystery, labyrinth, longitude, sorrow, exuberance, chosen and unchosen risk, and above all, story. Schoenberg’s twelve-tone music, a Schwinn bicycle, a circus, a suitcase—all carry a time and a world’s scents and colors into these pages. Fretwork’s story is personal, particular, Thompson’s own. It is also metonymic. Necessary and informing, this book shows how poetry can weave of fragment, multiplicity, imagination and empathy, a self whose resilience and wholeness do not blur the griefs of its sources.” —Jane Hirshfield
Reading Will Begin for the 2019 Marsh Hawk Press Prizes on December 1, 2018.
Contest Judge: Marge Piercy

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Friday, August 17, 2018

2019 MHP CONTEST JUDGE: MARGE PIERCY


Marsh Hawk Press is delighted to announce that Marge Piercy will be the 2019 Judge for the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize.  You can see information about the Prizes at the Marsh Hawk website.




Sunday, August 5, 2018

MARSH HAWK PRESS AT AWP 2019

A panel proposal by Marsh Hawk Press has been accepted for AWP 2019.  The panel is
"Readings from the Chapter One Project," has been accepted by AWP. The readers, who will read their own memoirs written for the Chapter One project, will be Sandy McIntosh, Geoffrey O'Brien, Denise Duhamel, Mary Mackey, and Jason McCall. 

We hope to see you there!


Saturday, June 30, 2018

R.I.P. PAUL PINES

Marsh Hawk Press is devastated to share the passing of Paul Pines, brilliant poet and light-filled human being. Paul published four books with Marsh Hawk Press and was a great promoter of the press. We shall miss him.  R.I.P., Paul.




Friday, June 22, 2018

MICHAEL HELLER ENGAGES PAUL PINES' GATHERING SPARKS


Galatea Resurrects publishes Michael Heller's engagement with Paul Pines' GATHERING SPARKS! You can see the entire essay, which was presented at the Marsh Hawk Press book launch, HERE, but here's an excerpt:
As with all his works—sometimes sharp to the point of poignancy in Gathering Sparks—Paul’s poetry is a quest, spiritual, linguistic, psychological, a constant effort of human repair and recovery.  His way, as he proclaims in Gathering Sparks, is to find something which “allows him to feel/the world as proximate/unbounded.”   That unboundedness, which one finds in the amplitude of Paul’s poetry, its range of reference, its  epical breadth of open sea, foreign lands, international capitols, all coexisting with an equally powerful grainy particularity of immediate presence and human contact, is, in my reading, also an ethical quest for openness to experience and vulnerability.


MARSH HAWK ANNOUNCES 2018 CONTEST WINNERS!

2018 Contest Winners
Chosen by Jane Hirshfield

The MARSH HAWK PRESS POETRY PRIZE
($1,000.00 Cash Prize and Publication of the Book)



The ROBERT CREELEY MEMORIAL AWARD
($250.00 Cash Prize)

Laura McKee

The ROCHELLE RATNER MEMORIAL AWARD
($250.00 Cash Prize)

Andrea Carter Brown

Finalists

Amanda Auerbach, Arthur Brown, Aruni Kashyap, Caryn Davidson, Charles Kell,Christopher BruntElizabeth Aoki, George Kalamaras, Jacob OetJacqueline Jules, James Grinwis, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Karen DonovanKathleen McCann, Ken Haas, Lila Dlaboha, Lynne Thompson, Mel Elberger,Michelle Lewis, Miho Nonaka, Nancy Keating,Nicole MelansonRachael Peckham, Reed Wilson, Shaun Griffin, Steven Haven


Thanks to Everyone Who Submitted

Thursday, May 10, 2018

SANDY MCINTOSH UP AT LIU HEADLINES!


Sandy McIntosh's memoir books from Marsh Hawk -- LESSER LIGHTS and A HOLE IN THE OCEAN: A HAMPTONS APPRENTICESHIP -- are presented in a feature on him at LIU Headlines. You can see it HERE.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Eileen Tabios / j j hastain's collaboration in POST-CRISIS POETICS


Eileen R. Tabios' and j/j hastain's collaborative book the relational elations of ORPHANED ALGEBRA is addressed in T.C. Marshall's essay, A Secret Agent, a Spaceman, & a Talking Bear: ATheory of Doubling the Stakes in Poetry for POST-CRISIS POETICS edited by Brian Ang. Here's an excerpt:
Eileen Tabios and j/j hastain have carried doubling into a collaborative text that combines her “sense of physicality” with hastain’s trans identity and “the idea of the poem as also a body,” all while working with her adopted son’s school life and the condition of orphaned bodies (v. my review in GR #20). This seemingly labyrinthine combination was for her “a useful scaffolding for managing personal biases and emotion so that they did not get in the way of creating the poem.” She ends this book with “A Poetics Fragment” that expresses the belief that a poem is “completed elsewhere” by others, beyond the poet’s realm of control, and that “one poem can have many different completions.” This is the essence of the noetic, where questionings and contradictions put off conclusions.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SPRING BOOK LAUNCH AT POETS HOUSE!


Marsh Hawk Press
Winner of the 2017 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize
Geoffrey O'Brien:
The Blue Hill
"Sometimes time is the subject,
sometimes materiality as these poems
point us toward the strangeness at the
heart of being. We are swept away,
almost in spite of ourselves, by the
hypnotic precision of language. The
long opening sequence 'The Blue Hill'
stuns and delights. It veers through
twists and turns of utterly simple phrases
into its own incandescent music."
-Meena Alexander, 2017 Marsh
Hawk Press Prize Contest Judge


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Spring 2018 Book Launch
& Party at Poets House, NYC

When: Friday, May 25, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York City

Free and Open to the Public
Celebrating the publication of:
PAUL PINES: Gathering Sparks
"In this profound, powerful, beautifully illustrated collection, poet Paul Pines masterfully explores correlations and juxtapositions to reveal new connections in a poetic
language.... What he gives us in Gathering Sparks is something so unusual that it hovers almost beyond words: a  museum of the Infinite...." -Mary Mackey
SANDY McINTOSH: Obsessional: Poems for Performance
"Ernesta," the drama of a 19th century Spanish pianist and murderer, "bursts with brilliance and sizzles with sass. An audacious, ravishing, syntactic marvel." -Denise Duhamel
"Obsessional" is remarkable for yoking an engaging Elizabethan literary detective story to a personal narrative about life as a grad school poet. Even more impressive than this set-up actually succeeding is the way McIntosh is able to tie compassion to daggerthrust humor. 
-Brian Clements, Boog City
JON CURLEY: Scorch Marks
"The pace too quickened to be a flaneur's, the passion too corporeal to seem the eye of a camera. Jon Curley's latest book of poems, Scorch Marks, is a visceral shout-out, a call-as much prayer as dare-to those who would acquiesce by keeping virtual or literal pen in pocket, in the face of injustice and lies....Scorch Mark's poems cut, jab, and yearn. It is a yearning that refuses to give in or give way." 
-Elena Alexander
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UPDATE ON MARSH HAWK PRESS PRIZE RESULTS

The 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Prizes
Winners Will Be Announced
in Early July 2018
Thanks to Everyone Who Submitted

Prizes Include:

The MARSH HAWK PRESS PRIZE
($1,000 and Publication of the Book)

The ROBERT CREELEY & ROCHELLE RATNER MEMORIAL AWARDS
($250 each. Winners Chosen from Contest Finalists)


Contest Judge: Jane Hirshfield
About the Contest Judgeeature Heading
Jane Hirshfield is an American poet, essayist, and translator. She received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University in the school's first graduating class to include women. Hirshfield's seven books of poetry have each received numerous awards. Her fifth book, Given Sugar, Given Salt, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and her sixth collection, After, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize (UK) and named a 'best book of 2006' by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the Financial Times.