Sunday, June 10, 2007

your june annogram

God, it’s spring—beautiful out. At night I smell invisible honeysuckle floating out of dark trees and nameless bushes. It’s time to write poetry or dive into your chosen art. Hope you are as intoxicated as I am.

Call for submissions
Big City Lit is calling for themed submissions for Fall 2007: epigrams, moving/motion, dust, corridors, insects, cemeteries, smoking, infanticide, surrealism, timepieces, kites, suicide, ‘lovesick,’ hands and gloves, wells, windmills and small town wherewithal. Kinda a poem in itself! You can read my poem, “Anthem", in the spring issue at

Translation into French
In a kind gesture celebrating our work together, poet Hélène Sanguinetti and linguist Claire Barre have translated my poem, “Amphibious” into French. Thanks to Cipher Journal’s editor Lucas Klein, you can read the original and translation, as well as a translation from Hélène’s De la main gauche, exploratrice (Flammarion, 1999) at

Reviewers needed
If you’d like a byline in a literary journal, consider reviewing my chapbook, Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007). I have a couple of journals willing to publish a review if someone will submit one. Contact me if you’re interested.

Hence this cradle available online
My translation of Hélène Sanguinetti’s D’ici, de ce berceau (Flammarion, 2005), is now available at Small Press Distributors for $12.95. Blending the fairytale world of childhood with the sensual world of the adult, this sequence of poetic fragments fuse the innocent and the intimate in a single lyric voice.

Poets celebrate Cleve Gray
I will be joining some of the area’s best poets this Wednesday, June 13, at the Neuberger Museum for a reading celebrating artist Cleve Gray (1918-2004). A tour of his works starts at 6:15 pm, followed by the reading featuring poets from Manhattanville’s Inkwell and the Hudson Valley Writers Center, at 7:00pm. Harpist Sherry Robinson will also perform. Admission $6; $3 for Museum and Hudson Valley Writers’ Center members; free to Purchase and Manhattanville College faculty, staff and students. For directions, see

‘Ode to Coal’ inspires symphony
Sherry Fairchok’s “Ode to Coal,” from Palace of Ashes (Cavankerry, 2002) inspired a commissioned orchestral piece celebrating the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s 25th anniversary. Composer N. Lincoln Hanks says the poem brought up “the images I wanted to convey.” “Reverie: through a mountain of buried night,” made its orchestral debut April 24. Congratulations to Sherry on this wonderful honor!

Publishers read their poetry
Some well-known publishers will be reading locally in the next few weeks: Toadlily editor Meredith Trede will join the June 13 Cleve Gray (above). Camber Press editor Ron Egatz will be reading Sunday evening, June 24, to launch the Sarah Lawrence Summer Seminar for Writers; and John Amen, founder and editor-in-chief of The Pedestal Magazine, will be at Cornelia Street Café in New York City on June 22, 6:00pm, $6 admission.

Camber Press Poetry Competition
Stephen Dobyns will judge the third annual Camber Press Poetry Competition. The winner will receive $1,000 and have his or her manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc. Typed manuscripts of up to 24-pages must include a cover page listing author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and manuscript title. A title page with no biographical information and table of contents should follow. Simultaneous submissions okay. A $15 entry fee payable to Camber Press must accompany submissions postmarked no later than July 15, 2007. For more info, see

Book review
Bolano, Robert. The Savage Detectives (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), translated by Natasha Wimmer.
Dickinson may recognize poetry when the top of her head blows off—when I read amazing fiction, I feel like I’ve entered an electrical field. The Savage Detectives, roman-à-clef about the late Robert Bolano’s life as a young poet in Mexico City, is such a book. It opens with the diary of 17-year-old Juan Garcia Madero, who has joined a poetry gang called the Visceral Realists. Then it shifts into first-person recollections of encounters with Visceral Realism’s founders as they alternately bless or damage everyone they meet on three continents. Bolano’s over-the-top passion for poetry, hilarious and riveting, is a must-read for poets: There’s never been anything like it that celebrates what we do—and how some of us live.

“Today I didn't go to class. I spent the whole day in my room writing poems.” [Juan Garcia Madero in The Savage Detectives]

Wishing you similar rebellion,