- November 29th, 2015on Moscow in the Plague Year, poems by Marina Tsvetaeva, translated from the Russian by Christopher Whyte (Archipelago Books)
Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) published her first book of poems, Evening Album, at age 18 in 1910. Although her second book, Mileposts, appeared in 1921, it did not include most of the poems written in the interim, “arguably the most productive [years] of her entire career” according to her latest translator, Christopher Whyte.
- November 20th, 2015
First published in 1988, Tip Marugg’s novel The Roar of Morning comprises just two and a half hours in the life of its unnamed narrator. But it conveys a lifetime of brooding on the beauty and desolations of life in the Caribbean.
- November 11th, 2015
The title character of Fanny Says, Nickole Brown’s second collection, is her late grandmother, Frances Lee Cox of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- November 9th, 2015
Welcome back to The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature. This season, eight poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. This multi-poet/title feature is posted here in April and November. The commentary includes:
on Delinquent Palaces by Danielle Chapman (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern)
- November 4th, 2015
Apprehended in Herald Square carrying the head of his sister-in-law
by her sprung hair. Hoop earrings. He said, I’m trapped in a story I heard.
Unsure of motive, the DA couldn’t say where the accused,
striding through the streets, was going.
On victory night, when celebrations erupt,
young men rock a pizza delivery van, striving for something
- October 26th, 2015
With speed, one’s attention may dart from jotting a shopping list, to a radio report on a bombing in Ankara, to a daydream, to a child in the yard poking a stick at a dead squirrel. With speed, a poet changes what is sensed and envisioned into a poem, an incarnation of the mind’s unstoried action we all experience. A poem accelerates change.