Thursday, May 10, 2018


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


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

Prizes Include:

($1,000 and Publication of the Book)

($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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018



Eileen Tabios, Chris Santiago and Barbara Jane Reyes
sponsored by Philippine American Writers & Artists (PAWA)
6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018
447 Sutter Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
The event is free, open to the public, and include refreshments.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Michael Simms provides a long-overdue appreciation of Robert Gibb.  You can see it HERE, but here's an excerpt:

Robert Gibb is a poet’s poet. By that phrase I mean that he’s widely admired among poets across the country, but virtually unknown to the public. He’s published a dozen full-length collections and won many awards, including the National Poetry Series, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, and a few Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships. His collection After won the 2016 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize chosen by the acclaimed memoirist and poet Mark Doty, and his latest book Among Ruins won the Ernest Sandeen Award from the University of Notre Dame Press. Yet, despite being regarded by many as one of the most important poets in the country, few people outside the poetry field, even in Pittsburgh, know that he exists.
You might say that in the national poetry community Gibb is famous for being unknown. The paradox can be explained perhaps by his unfashionable shyness, his passion for privacy, and his utter lack of narcissism. Gibb is an anomaly in contemporary America, a person who dislikes the limelight and despises self-promotion. He rarely gives readings. He doesn’t attend conferences. Flattery is a foreign tongue to him, and he’s completely at a loss when schmoozing is called for. If you want to talk to him, you’ll have to go to his neighborhood bar where he nurses a beer every Friday evening while talking to his neighbors who have no idea that he’s a major American poet because he’s never mentioned it. And his art is not the only subject he doesn’t discuss with his neighbors. In the poem “On Not Telling Anyone At The Bar,” Gibb explains why he didn’t tell them about the death of his wife:
Because I could not find a place for her death there
In the auspices of gossip and small talk and jokes…

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Louis Proyect over at The Unrepentant Marxist has reviewed Paul Pines' latest, Trolling With the Fisher King. Mr. Proyect calls it "a work of staggering erudition and deep spiritual insights." You can see entire review HERE.

Here is the press release:

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Monday, January 1, 2018


Creative Democracy: The Legacy of Black Mountain College - Art and artifacts by people who were students at the now legendary North Carolina art school (1933-1956)

Exhibition begins: Friday, January 12, 2018
Exhibition Celebration: Friday, March 2, 2018 (6:00pm -10:00pm)
Exhibition ends: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Venue: Main Gallery of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 

Basil King is represented in this exhibition with twelve recent paintings.  Martha King and Basil King are represented in displays of broadsides, books and magazines in which their literary and art works appeared. 

On March 1, 2018, at 6 PM Basil King will give an evening talk on his experiences as a student at BMC, its impact on his development, and his perspectives regarding the continued and growing interest in Black Mountain ideas.

He and Martha King will be attending the Exhibition Celebration the following night -- 6PM to 10PM.
The exhibition is part of the campus-wide celebration of the legacy of Black Mountain College during Appalachian State University's Spring 2018 semester.  Click this link for descriptions of the campus-wide activities.