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Lots and lots of reviews around the net! Michael Joyce, Stephen Vincent, Bill Yarrow


Michael Joyce

An interview with Leonard Schwartz will be aired this Thursday at 8PM Pacific on KAOS 89.3FM, Olympia, Wsashington, the Evergreen College community station http://kaos.evergreen.edu/.

You can also listen here at Pennsound:

Episode #251, "Paris Views," in which Michael Joyce reads from and discusses his recent book of the same name

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Stephen Vincent

A nicely considered blog review of After Language. Go hear/here:


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Bill Yarrow

A great review of Pointed Sentences by Bill Yarrow is now available at This Zine.


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Geoffrey Gatza interviewed in the Huffington Post on the whole NEA thing :-)

Geoffrey Gatza interviewed in the Huffington Post on the whole NEA thing :-)


National Poetry Month Feature: Geoffrey Gatza of BlazeVOX [books] Talks About the NEA Ban on His Small Press by Anis Shivani 





A big controversy in the poetry world these days is the discussion surrounding Buffalo-based small press BlazeVOX [book]'s (now discontinued) model of charging some authors a portion of the costs of publishing their poetry books ($250, as I gather). In the closing months of last year, the revelation of this practice inflamed passions in the generally staid world of independent literary publishing. The controversy just got an enormous boost with the recent decision of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) banning poets from listing books published by BlazeVOX on their grant applications.

Questions arise about the viability of poetry publishing in an age of narrow audiences and little financial reward, and about gate-keeping, quality control, editorial integrity and the technologies of dissemination.


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Verse Wisconsin reviews Historic Diary

 Historic Diary by Tony Trigilio, BlazeVOX Books, 2011. $16

Reviewed by Margaret Rozga


Each November 22nd, the nation still pauses, remembers, and listens again to facts about the 1963 assassination in Dallas, Texas, of President John F. Kennedy. Each November, someone will recall where she was—in a school cafeteria, a grocery store, or at a neighbor’s—when she heard the news that so shocked the nation. This event and Jack Ruby’s subsequent shooting of presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald right in front of news cameras have thus become woven into the fabric of our collective experience. Multiple versions of the story have already been offered, digested, and accepted or discarded. Why then, one might ask, write poems about these assassinations?

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A review of a womb-shaped wormhole by j/j hastain on Fact-Simile

female semen into femme womb: review of a womb-shaped wormhole by j/j hastain

Reviewed by Debrah Morkun

Over drinks the other night, I was talking to another poet who said that contemporary poets have moved away from myth. This might be true in a world of word games and carbon copies. However, a womb-shaped wormhole by j/j hastain is not lamentable in this way. “by funnel and by phallic” hastain gives over a “monotone-less monument” in which a mythological avatar, known as the unicorn, gets to know the virgin, while swimming into the virgin & becoming the virgin, thus drawing “the body of the beast to a submissive stance.” I swim in the myth of this; as reader, I enter a new virginity in which the unicorn is tamed, thrown into “positional rest.”

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Buy it here: http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/Poetry/a-womb-shaped-wormhole-by-j-j-hastain-245/ 

Book Information:

· Paperback: 122 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-075-0

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Sidestep Catapult by Anne-Adele Wight reviewed

Sidestep Catapult Drives Me Wild

Reviewed By Elizabeth Kirwin


Anne-Adele Wight lives in Philadelphia, works with the series Poets and Prophets, and writes as much as she can. She talks to plants and animals and considers herself lucky when they talk back. She is worried about the fate of the biosphere and hopes for a reversal, but doesn’t count on it.

Book Information:

· Paperback: 44 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-073-6


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