Over at Weird Sister, I have a new review of Marie Buck's recent collection of poetry Unsolved Mysteries, which is one of my favorite books published in 2020. The review opens:
"What makes a life worth documenting? And whose lives are most often documented in capitalist societies? Unsolved Mysteries, Marie Buck’s most recent book of poetry, raises these questions and more as the author explores the television show of the same title. Completed before the Netflix 2020 reboot of the series, Buck’s book focuses on the show’s original run in the 1980s and 90s. However, this book isn’t about rehashing or dwelling in the past, nor is it simply about a TV show and the terrible deaths the show documented. Ultimately, it is a book about life and the reasons to keep going. It’s about imagining a future where things aren’t so shitty."
Read the full review at Weird Sister.
At Entropy, Levi Bentley writes, "Conversations among poets continue amid the intensifying crush of global climate change, illness, severe weather. The book, written before and published amid the pandemic, anticipates the aura of grim carrying on amidst crisis, the importance of cataloging small joys."
A huge thanks to Levi for this review of Some of the Times! Read the full review.
Bedfellows has been publishing some great work in their Little Black Book anthology, and I'm thrilled to have a new
anticapitalist love poem in collection III.
You can read the poem here.
I'm beginning the new with gratitude to Bear Review, who recently posted a recording of my poem "Snow Day." "Snow Day" appears in Some of the Times (Barrelhouse 2020), but it was originally published in the inaugural issue of Bear Review, which I was super excited to be a part of. You can listen to the recording here, and also read an extremely kind write up of the poem by Editor Marcus Myers. In the weeks to come, look for recordings by other past contributors on Bear Review's blog.
The new issue of The Volta includes a feature in memory of Molly Brodak. It includes her final poems as well as remembrances from Blake Butler, Caroline Crew, Carrie Lorig, Nick Sturm, and myself. My essay is the hardest thing I have ever written. Molly's death has been devastating, and there are no words to capture what a truly amazing person she was. You can read the feature here.
A huge thanks to Bill Carty at Poetry Northwest and to Alex Gallo-Brown for putting together this interview with me on Some of the Times. You can read it here.
A huge thanks to Brett Fletcher Lauer and the Poetry Society of America for including my poem "New Year's Day (2018)" in the In Their Own Words series. You can read the poem and a brief description of the writing of it here.
Thank you to rob mclennan for engaging with Some of the Times. You can read his review on his website.
I'm honored to have a selection of my work-in-progress "Works & Days" included in the new issue of Recenter Press Poetry Journal. The issue features poetry by Michael Begnal, Yuan Changming, Simon Crafts, John Davis, Doriana Diaz, Darren C. Demaree, Maija Elizabeth Ekey, Elaheh Farmand, Jacob Fowler, Emilia Hamra, Blake Hurzeler, Nicole Mitchell, Angel Nalubega, Maya Renaud-Levine, Sam Slupski, Brandi Spering, Travis Tate, Jonathan Todd, and Alex B. Wasalinko, and features art by Alexandra Gordon.
A huge thanks to Terra Oliveira for putting together such a great issue! Read the issue here.
On Tuesday, October 13th, I'll be reading alongside of JM Wong, Duji Tahat, and Paul Hlava Ceballos in the Fight For Our Lives Reading Series. Hosted by Alex Gallo-Brown, the reading is a fundraiser for Unite Here's Relief Fund, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and League of United Latin American Citizens. The suggested $10 donation can be made directly to the organization(s) of your choice during the reading.
To learn more and register to attend, check out the Facebook event page.