Thursday, December 24, 2009

new review to share

Erin McKnight at Prick of the Spindle calls WATER THE MOON a “stunning debut collection.” Read the full review of Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s WATER THE MOON here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Poets Follies Reading October 2009

October 20, 2009 Reading Photos

The Country of Loneliness by Dawn Paul was released by Marick Press on October 20, 2009!

Friday, July 31, 2009

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Whole Tree as Told to the Backyard

The Whole Tree as Told to the Backyard
Published by Litterature d’Aphelie, an imprint of Rocky Shore Books

I first fell in love with Russell Thorburn’s poems because of their wild sense of invention, poems that liked to play with history and time, that liked to take such public figures as Ty Cobb and Apollinaire and place them into strangely contemporary situations. There was something of the ‘never before’ in these earlier poems that Thorburn seemed to be pulling out from thin air, a sleight of hand poetics that seemed to be hiding up his magician’s sleeve. Of late, in his last two books, Father, Tell Me I Have Not Aged and here in his latest, The Whole Tree as Told to the Backyard, Thorburn has turned away from persona and invention in favor of the deeply personal, the skinlessly domestic—the tensions of the marital bedroom, the desires that still burn for other lovers, other lives—and although it’s difficult to say if Thorburn is inventing a personal past or drawing from it, the end result is that the feelings behind these new poems are authentically and emotionally true and that the hard truths that the poet is making point to a life that is turbulent and trembling with familial unrest. To read these poems is to encounter the heart of a man that is shaped by the ache of longing and driven by the insistence to go on living and loving even though it might be easier to surrender to the silence and indifference of inarticulation. These are poems of the first order, made out of the Beckettian mustness—I can’t go on, I must go on—that resides on the flipside of can’t. And I’m happy that he has, that Russell Thorburn did.
--Peter Markus

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Drunken Piano

Thorburn writes across as broad an imaginative spectrum as any poet working today. The subjects of The Drunken Piano are exquisitely varied—real and fantastic literary biography, childhood rapture, rock and roll, adolescence, old movies, spies, soldiers, love, baseball played by sons and legends, the Russian cold of Upper Michigan. And through all this, the mental life we inhabit has a consistent complexity, depth and (above all) authenticity that makes this book the best of company.
--Jonathan Johnson, associate professor at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, the graduate writing program at Eastern Washington University; poet, Mastodon 80% Complete and In the Land We Imagined Ourselves

Friday, June 12, 2009

New England College MFA Program in Poetry

New England College MFA Program in Poetry

Saturday, June 27, 2009
OPEN HOUSENew England College Campus8:30 AM-9:00 PMFree Open House for prospective students interested in an MFA. A day of writing workshops, lectures and a performance with Regie O'Hare Gibson. Pre-registration required. July 6-11, 2009
Download application and full schedule here:Post MFA Symposium with Peter Campion, Rachel Hadas, Ilya Kaminsky, Major Jackson and Ed Ochester.
July 8, 2009 (free and open to the public)
on Donald Hall's historic essay "Poetry and Ambition"
2:00 PM in the Great Room,
Simon Center,
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH
ReadingsAll readings held in the Simon Center, 98 Bridge Street at 7:30 PMFree and open to the publicCall 603-219-9172 to confirm readingWednesday, June 24Ilya Kaminsky and Carol FrostThursday, June 25Featuring NH Poets Pat Fargnoli and Maura MacNeilFriday, June 26Kazim AliSaturday, June 27Performance with Regie O'Hare GibsonSunday, June 28NEC alumnus Chris Goodrich and Paula McLainTuesday, June 30NEC student readingWednesday, July 1,Brian Henry and Eleni SikelianosPost MFA Symposium ReadingsMonday, July 6Major JacksonTuesday, July 7Rachel HadasWednesday, July 8Peter CampionThursday, July 9Chard deNiord & Peter EverwineFriday, July 10Ed Ochester and Ilya Kaminsky