Vox Populi

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Mike Schneider: Notes from the Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Blackface is in the news and — should anyone be interested in the details — instructions on “How to Black Up,” complete with recipe for burnt-cork face-paint can be found in Olio, Tyehimba Jess’ book that won the 2017 Pultizer Prize for poetry.

February 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Mike Schneider: The Wages of Fracking

Amity and Prosperity, One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York, 2018). An accomplished, award-winning poet, Eliza Griswold also writes for The New … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: An Appreciation of the Poetry of Robert Gibb

Robert Gibb is a poet’s poet. By that phrase I mean that he’s widely admired among poets across the country, but virtually unknown to the public. He’s published a dozen … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Very American Poetry of Jose Padua

What are poets for in destitute times? — Hölderlin . Every poem is a subversive act. In an age when our senses are benumbed by competing media screaming for our … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: A Few of my Favorite Jailbirds

But I’m Starting a New Life: A Words without Walls Anthology, Anthony Ciotoli (ed.) Chatham University, Pittsburgh, 2015 Many important writers and poets have spent time in jail or prison, … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 9 Comments

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