Books for Reading

I’ve been sitting in the yard reading Hillary Gravendyk’s Harm (Omnidawn, 2011), saddened by her death on May 10. One poem starts, “Ahead the sky is winnowed to its smallest feature.” One starts, “The route within is familiar— / dedicated…

Two Silver Threads Poets

Earlier this week, I posted my interview with composer Jacob Cooper about his new album Silver Threads, a song cycle that features Cooper’s collaboration with several poets in a luminous and supple electronic score. I asked two of those poets,…

Interview with Jacob Cooper

“The first composer / could hear only what he could write,” reads the entirety of W.S. Merwin’s “Memory of Spring.” Anyone who has labored alone to make a thing might recognize the poem’s hard blessing: it evokes a sovereign isolation…

Award-Giving (4)

About ten years ago my father, who was living, took me in a car from Seattle to Iowa City so I could study poetry. The program took two years; I stayed four, doing a range of post-MFA labor that, while…

Award-Giving (3)

Spring seems to be happening in real-time out my window, though I’ve been making my friends stare at Selfeed instead. It offers “real-time updates of the #selfie tag on Instagram” and is dizzying, mundane, at once horrifying and heartening in…

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