Peter Waldor’s The Unattended Harp. Alicia Partnory's Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales, translated by Gail Wronsky *. Louie Skipper’s The Work Ethic of the Common Fly * Sheppard Ranbom’s King Phillip's War * Louie Skipper’s It was the Orange Persimmon of the Sun * Dennis Sampson’s Within the Shadow of a Man * Paul Zimmer’s The Importance of Being Zimmer * Maria Teresa Ogliastri’s South Pole/Polo Sur translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno and Patricia Bejarano Fisher * Dennis Sampson’s The Lunatic in the Trees * David Allan Evans’ The Carnival, The Life * Peter Waldor’s Who Touches Everything
Catherine Jagoe of Madison, Wis., has won the 2015-16 Settlement House American Poetry Prize. Her collection of poems, Bloodroot, will be published in the fall. In addition to publication, the award includes a $500 advance and royalties. Finalists were Doren Robbins, Lisa Grunberger, Claudette Mork Siggs and Kathleen Helen. Read on
Peter Waldor is one of the most original voices in American poetry today. With subtle wit and a pitch perfect ear, he celebrates all things great and small—be it a bolt hole on a bridge or the speed of light—with a transformative, often spiritual, imagination. We are better off after reading him.
In the Lobby of the King David with the Italian special security detail.
Accidently, passing through
the coterie I brushed against
an old man in their group
and he dropped some papers
which I picked up and returned
to him. He said “grazi” sweetly,
the guards turned and glared,
their earphone cables
stretching. The next day,
in the news, I saw the Italians
went to Bethlehem to upgrade
their diplomatic mission.
The old man I brushed against
was the president of Italy.
Flowering Fires/ Fuego Florales Honored—Grace Cavalieri of the Washington Independent Review of Books selected Alicia Partnoy's Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales (translated by Gail Wronsky) as one of the best 18 books of, or about, poetry in 2015. (Published in late 2014, the book was reviewed in 2015.) /// The Library Foundation of Los Angeles features a podcast of Ingrid Betancourt’s conversation with Alicia Partnoy. /// Peter Waldor’s poem “Old Light” from his recently published The Unattended Harp was an end-of-the-year poem-of-the-day selection of Poetry Daily. /// Publishers Weekly reviews Paul Zimmer’s novel The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove. /// Coming in April: Louie Skipper's As Sunrise Becomes the World: A Trilogy.
King Philip's War is an epic poem about King Philip, sachem of the Wampanoag Indian nation. One of the bloodiest wars in American history (1675-78), it ended a period of peaceful coexistence with the British settlers and led to attacks on half the towns in Puritan New England and to the annihilation of the New England Algonquians. "This is an important book."—Philip Levine Read the Interview
The following conversation between poets Louie Skipper and Dennis Sampson took place in the fall of 1998 at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia, where Sampson was the Margaret Bannister Writer in Residence. The core of this discussion is Skipper’s sensibility as evident in his poetry and, more specifically, its expression in Skipper’s first full length collection of poems...watch the interview