- November 20th, 2013John Taylor on 1001 Winters, poems by Kristiina Ehin, translated from the Estonian by Ilmar Lehrpere (Bitter Oleander)
A generous, representative, bilingual selection of Kristiina Ehin’s verse, rendered from the Estonian by Ilmar Lehrpere, has appeared from the Bitter Oleander Press.
- November 11th, 2013
Welcome to the Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, fourteen poets write briefly on some of their favorite new and recent titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. The commentary includes:
David Rivard on Collected Poems by Joseph Ceravolo (Wesleyan)
- November 5th, 2013on Teenie Harris, Photographer, edited by Cheryl Finley, Laurence Glasco and Joe W. Trotter (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press)
Charles “Teenie” Harris won his first award at the 1945 Pittsburgh Photographers Show for an image called “Cotton Candy.” Hired in 1940 as the staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, Harris would go on to shoot over 80,000 images for that weekly publication. The Courier was the country’s largest African-American weekly, publishing from 1907 to 1966.
- October 28th, 2013
In “Cosmos,” the fourth poem in Katherine Soniat’s A Raft A Boat A Bridge, the speaker recalls a sleepless night (“I toss my leg over a pillow”) caused by physical pain. But the poem’s unease shifts between the bodily and something indistinct but looming.
- October 22nd, 2013on Italian Identity in the Kitchen, or Food and the Nation by Massimo Montanari (Columbia Univ. Press)
Before traveling to Perugia this past summer to attend a wedding, I did some research on the region of Umbria.
- October 18th, 2013
The narrator of Kathryn Davis’ seventh novel, Duplex, carries another narrator in her memory named Janice. It is Janice who tells the story of the Rain of Beads in which girls attending a dance at the Woodard mansion get transported by robots to a scow floating above where they are raped, reduced to fragments, and discharged to fall to earth as colored beads.