A few months ago, I talked with Zack Pieper over email about his Ghost-It Notes project, an annual installation of thousands of drawings of ghosts on post-it notes in gallery and shop windows. Our conversation covers the drive to create, the process and scale of this project, and what it means to haunt or be haunted, among other things. You can read the interview here.
Since we launched CDSOB, I've also had a few reviews go up in the Friday Feature series:
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
Fright Night Promotional Poster
And an excerpt from my Works & Days video.
There are a couple of days left to dial up the Healing Verse Poetry Line to hear me read my poem "Hold It Down." The Healing Verse Poetry Line was launched by Trapeta B. Mayson while she was serving as Philadelphia Poet Laureate. The project has since moved to the Philadelphia Contemporary, with support from Co-Director of Curatorial Programs and Curator of Spoken Word (and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate) Yolanda Wisher. A huge thanks goes to Trapeta and Yolanda for featuring my poem! Be sure to save the number in your contacts because a new poem drops every Monday.
I'm honored to have a new poem in the Spring 2022 issue of Voicemail Poems. This is such a great journal--offering poems as both text and audio recordings. The Spring issue features work by Anthony Moll, Melissa Ferrer &, Basia Wilson, Maxana Quinn, Malvika Jolly, Marisa Siegel, Jonathan Chan, Nicole Steinberg, Kay E. Bancroft, Amrita Chakraborty, Sean Hanrahan, Tessa Shea Whitehead, Kathryn Kysar, Jessy Edwards, and Layla Lenhardt. You can view the issue here. Many thanks to the editorial staff!
A hug thank you goes out to Brandi Spering for writing a review of Some of the Times on her blog. She writes:
"Each page varies in length and structure, frequently avoiding punctuation, which conveys a sense of continuation; this, and the placement of line breaks, contribute to the list-like flow of the writing. Myers catalogs what she absorbs, from daily news, illness, loneliness, decay, as well as comradeship. Often philosophical, “Some of The Times” prompts its readers to evaluate their own framework for construction."
Read the full review.
Some of the Times also appeared on Entropy's "Best of 2020-2021: Poetry Books & Poetry Collections" list. This is a really fun list to go through, as it includes some of my own favorites but also many books that I have not read yet and am excited to check out.
I am sad to see Entropy closing. It has been such an important resource over the years. I especially loved reading their book reviews and interviews, and I feel like there are fewer venues that feature small and indie press book reviews (I hope that I am wrong about that). I wish the best of luck to all the editors and folks who have dedicated themselves to Entropy over the years!
Earlier this year, I spoke with Charles Valle about his debut book of poetry Proof of Stake, published by Fonograf Editions in June.
The interview is now live at Poetry Northwest. I'd like to send a huge thanks to editor Bill Carty for giving our conversation a home and to editorial assistant Alexa Luborsky for her work getting it up on the website.
Here is a snippet from the intro:
How does one speak the unspeakable? How can grief and immense loss be conveyed to others? These are questions that Charles Valle grapples with in his debut book of poetry Proof of Stake, released by Fonograf Editions in June. Written in stops and starts over nearly a decade, Proof of Stake is comprised of a single long poem, an elegy addressed to Valle’s daughter, Vivian, who died shortly after her birth. Unlike traditional elegies, the speaker does not arrive at a place of consolation or solace by the end of the poem. Instead, Valle rages as he unsettles himself throughout the poem, mourning not just the loss of his daughter, but also decrying the persistent racist history of colonialism, and the contemporary racism and cruelty of capitalism—the things Vivian would have inherited, the things Valle’s other children have inherited. This is an elegy that resists and refuses closure as it recounts various traumas. It is a poetics of grief, a rallying cry, and a protest song.
You can read the interview here.
Earlier this year, I started an Instagram account for mini book reviews. I just hit my 50th post today (though not all posts have been reviews). It's been a fun challenge to write something that fits within the character limit of the Instagram caption. If you want to follow along, you can find it at @reviews_by_gm.
Thank you to New School Alumni for including Some of the Times on its summer alumni reading list. It is pretty incredible to see this selection of great books that have come out from New School alumni in the past year. I already have a couple of titles on my to-be-read list and look forward to checking out more. View the Summer Reading List.
They also have a series of author events related to the reading list.
I am super honored to be participating in this year's 215 Festival, which is its 20th anniversary! I'll be sharing work during the Regional Small Press Poetry Showcase on Saturday, May 15, from 1 - 2:30 pm. The showcase includes poets representing Barrelhouse, Thread Makes Blanket, Radiator Press, and Bloof Books. See full event details and register here.
Also check out the full schedule of 215 Festival events here--there's a lot of great stuff going on. I have great fondness for this festival, and I'm excited to see it in its virtual form!
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.