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.