Monday, December 28, 2009

Look What I Stumbled On!

An interview I did with the poet Campbell McGrath that originally appeared in BOMB in 1994. McGrath has now published eight books of poetry, and he has received the extremely prestigious MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships and the Kingsley Tufts Prize, but this was the first interview with him to be published. The wide-eyed interviewer is a bit embarrassing in retrospect, but my interest in the list poems he introduced me to have not abated over time.

Dept. of Shameless Self Promotion

Two poems that originally appeared in volume two of the Minnetonka Review are now available online. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Has Anyone Noticed . . .

that critically-acclaimed holiday movies The Messenger and Up in the Air are basically the same story? A pair of employees goes around informing people of bad news, the older ones, settled in their ways, supposedly showing the young pups the ropes, while ending up learning a lesson or two along the way themselves.

A Few of Her Favorite Things

The smell of water. The smell of the back stacks of libraries. A good steak, medium rare. Growing garlic. Sleeping in late under a down comforter. Reading and rereading certain poems. Watching my dog run.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Line of the Week

"You gave me nothing; now you're taking it away."
—Soul Asylum