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Tony Trigilio interviewed on Best American Poetry Blog

 

"Eleven Questions for Eleven Poets" Part 1 of the Best American Poetry blog interview! 



Alan Michael Parker interviewed Tony Trigilio
 and 10 other poets (Elizabeth Colen, Carolina Ebeid, Dana Levin, Max Ritvo, David Rivard, Chris Santiago, Lee Sharkey, Clint Smith, Megan Snyder-Camp, and Monica Youn). Everyone talks about their new books coming out this fall.
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The Solace of Islands by Ansie Baird Now Available!

 

“Scanning the dark” is often what Ansie Baird is doing in this rich new collection of poems that open into emotional terrain in which her only compass is a mix of intelligence, clear-sightedness, and the power of exact articulation. These new poems chart a lifetime’s emotional journey–open to pathos, humor, and above all compassionate understanding. What strikes me again and again is the inimitable authenticity of her voice, and the resilience of a spirit finding the right words--so truly personal feelings are neither self-indulgent nor self-regarding. “Holding On” is the title of one of her poems, but the phrase grounds a great many of them and the emotional temper they embody. In all of them, she walks her elected territory with sure formal steps, and--oddly enough--with her own brand of undeceived optimism: traversing the dark, singing her own song. “This radiant world is good enough to keep,” she says in her title poem. And we know she means it.

—Eamon Grennan


Although the title poem of this collection presents her overlooking the Aegean Sea, and the last poem leaves her hiking a murky trail at daybreak, Ansie Baird’s poems tend to congregate around her house and garden in the heart of Buffalo. Whether she is listening to her father’s wordplay or her mother’s laughter, chiding her contrary sister or her distant husband, sending billets doux to a lover or elegies to departed friends, she finds herself at home: the house of poetry provides permanence in flux, sheltering, delimiting, concealing. But the windows are open and the back yard is full of trees: so she also finds herself at home in the world.

—Emily Grosholz


I recently read, The Solace of Islands, by Ansie Baird, student of John Logan in the 1970s and active Buffalo poet for nearly 40 years. I found her imagery striking. The wave of the hand in her poem “En Route to Algeciras” has hold in my mind. It will not exit. These days, after many years of reading, this is what I hope to find in poetry. The Solace of Islands is focused and deals thematically with various forms of loss, aging, death and abandonment. The poet is master of her craft and poetic magic manifests in each poem. The magic is all the music of the poetry. Without question, the theme of this poetry is solemn, but there are sparks of humor and tenderness that light the way through the musical landscape. An island is, of course, an enclosed space, a protected place, for poet Ansie Baird the place of the very human heart. 

—Michael Basinski

Ansie Baird teaches at The Buffalo Seminary, is a former editor for Earth's Daughters, has taught for Just Buffalo in their Writers In Education program, and participated in the Albright-Knox collaborative entitled: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, The Southern Review, The Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, The South Dakota Review, The Quarterly, The Recorder, and a number of other journals. In addition, her work has been included in The Paris Review 50th Anniversary anthology from Fall 2003 and several more recent anthologies. Her book, In Advance Of All Parting, won the White Pine Press national poetry competition and was published by White Pine Press in 2009.


Book Information:

· Paperback: 102 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-242-6

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To The River by Diana S. Adams Now Available!

Diana S. Adams’ To The River, is a delicious novella – the first of a trilogy – that is both resolutely gritty and often magical. It’s a wonderful, modern-day exploration of urban life, with characters who stick to the ribs and travel well past the final pages. Adams is a spare, clear-eyed and fearless writer who wades into the lives of her characters and reveals just enough to give them perfect breath. A mere glimpse of a character in an Adams’ novella is full meal – with wine, dessert and an espresso. She reveals the right flavours and readers come away with a full understanding, complete with unanswered questions.

You know these characters – they are your neighbours, your acquaintances, the people you work with. Adams peels away the layers and we get a look at the eccentric, the unconventional, and the banal oddities beneath. Adams reveals them providing mysteries within mysteries.

—Thomas Trofimuk, Author of Waiting for Columbus

In her provocative new novel, To The River, Diana S. Adams presents us with a landscape that is fraught with tension: the deathly currents, "paper birch," and "spring debris" that surround the protagonist are gradually revealed as both beautiful and violent, as luminous as they are destructive. As the book unfolds, each of Adams' expertly described characters see "their own warped reflection" in the world around them, suggesting a complete breakdown of boundaries between interior and exterior, self and world. To The River explores these complex philosophical questions about landscape, interiority, and projection with great elegance, offering tentative answers in the work's most subtle stylistic choices. Diana S. Adams is a writer to watch.

—Kristina Marie Darling, Author of Failure Lyric

The inventiveness of To The River by Diana Adams seems never-ending. It leads you into unexpected spaces, resonated by a unique strong vision. Through a juxtaposition of contrasts and a countless array of brilliant images and atmospheres, Adams reveals an energetic intelligence. At once dramatic and surreal, organic and synthetic, ornate and evocative, To The River is a poignant journey and a compelling delight of a narrative.

— Geoffrey Gatza, Author of Apollo

Diana Adams is an Edmonton, Alberta based writer with work published in a variety of journals including Boston Review, Drunken Boat, Fogged Clarity, Oranges & Sardines, The Laurel Review, Ekleksogaphia. Her work has been included in several anthologies including the 2009 Rhysling Anthology. Her work will be included in Best American Experimental Poetry 2016. Her third book of poetry Hello Ice was published by BlazeVOX Books. Theaters of the Tongue was also published by BlazeVOX Books in 2008. Corrupt Press recently published her poetry chapbook Catch. Larry Fagin kindly published her chapbook Lights on the Way Out through Greenzone Press. To The River is the first of a three novella sequence that will be completed this year.


Book Information:

· Paperback: 108 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-213-6

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Anne-Adele Wight will read in Boulder, CO next week!

 

If you are in the Boulder, CO area come out to see Anne-Adele Wight read at

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
Boulder, CO

Date and time: Thursday, September 15, 7:00 PM 

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Animated Landscape by Robert Gibbons Now Available!

 


Robert Gibbons (Salem, MA, 1946) is one of the great secrets of contemporary US poetry. Gibbons says that Animated Landscape is the collection he was destined to write. One hopes too that it’s the collection destined to reveal him to a wider circle of readers. It places him firmly in the tradition of modern US poetry, following Olson, Creeley and the Objectivists, and alongside some of the best contemporary Anglophone poets, like Jean Sprackland, and great poets writing today in Spanish, like Cristian Aliaga and Sergio Raimondi. —Ben Bollig, Professor of Spanish American Literature, Oxford University


Robert Gibbons’s new collection of poems lays bare the vast expanse of human history as a widening landscape of the most august imagination. Gibbons, a born maximalist, carries Charles Olson’s excavations into the present tense, but does so in his own measure of music, personal and specific, yet universal and inclusive. Animated Landscape never forgets history is not a then, but always now, always all around us. —Richard Deming, Director of Creative Writing, Yale University


The Animated Landscape that is Robert Gibbons' concern in these dazzling poems stretches from the Pleistocene to the present, from prehistoric images of human and animal presence to the work of contemporary painters, poets, and jazz musicians. If there is a poet in America possessed of a broader vision, I have not encountered him or her. Gibbons' stereoscopic vision, which he has kept faith with across eighteen books, is nothing less than the quest for a metaphysics, centered on the experience of time, by which we might be restored to wholeness. He wants to acknowledge the "uncoiling scroll of brutal force, horned/ weapon, testeronic origin of energy, not syntax" as he writes of the prehistoric painting of a bull at Altimira. He is not content with mere emblems or images of the life-force; he wants to understand the ways that both the erotic and destructive issue in the present, in our own historical moment, in our lives. —Richard Hoffman, former Chairman of PEN New England


Animated Landscape is a revelation. Like Marsden Hartley with his painted mountains or John Marin with his written seas, Robert Gibbons, through the mastery of his own medium, reminds us that writing and painting (and sculpture and architecture and music) move in the same way, are part of the same topography, share the same substance, are the same thing. His passages carry us along many paths and lines of thought to the essential places where stone is stone, water is water, and art is art. All the while Gibbons kindly suggests, to borrow a favorite phrase from the polymath Guy Davenport, that the "geography of the imagination" is boundless. -Charles Brock, Associate Curator for American and British Paintings, National Gallery of Art


In Robert Gibbons' new collection Animated Landscape there is much that brings the pleasure of familiarity to one who knows his previous work: the obsession with art in all its forms from cave paintings to abstract expressionism; the love of the flow and beat of music from Bach to Coltrane; the erudition that springs from his knowing literature, especially poetry, and the heritage of critical thinking that has travelled intertwined with literature for centuries. —Bent Sørensen, Associate Professor of English, Aalborg University, Denmark

Robert Gibbons is the author of nine books of poetry, numerous chapbooks, and a unique study of the affinities in approaches to art in language by Charles Olson and that of Clyfford Still in paint: Olson/Still: Crossroad. In 2006 he was awarded a John Anson Kittredge Fund grant to travel and read his work at the Poetry & Politics Conference at the University of Stirling, Scotland. There, he met Ben Bollig, now at Oxford, who recorded the meeting online writing that, “he is the most passionate advocate of poetry I have met.” National Book Award Finalist, William Heyen, calls Gibbons “one of the great writers of our time.” In 2013, after publishing his Trilogy of prose poems, This Time, Traveling Companion, and To Know Others, Various & Free, the poet was invited to give the Creative Keynote address, titled Kerouac & the Ecstatic Act of Writing, at the 2nd annual European Beat Studies Conference held at Aalborg University, Denmark. For the past 12 years he’s lived and worked in Portland, Maine. Former chairman of PEN New England, Richard Hoffman, wrote, “Gibbons is in the process of sacralizing Portland, lodging it in the imagination of readers, as Williams did for Paterson, Cafavy for Alexandria, Joyce for Dublin.”

Book Information:

· Paperback: 146 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-257-0

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