Here I am taking care of business while still under the grips of St. John’s and Tracy (my sister loaned it to me so I figured I’d give it a go, it’s very, very silly, I know). I’ll try almost anything that will help me to continue propelling myself forward. It’s been rough lately!
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be included in Paige Taggart’s Bling that Sings. I know I’ve mentioned this here before but Paige is not only an awesome poet but she also makes super awesome jewelry. Check out her newly revamped site here and buy something for someone you love now!
In other news, the latest Poets off Poetry is up and features an essay by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout! Check it out here. Very exciting to have Rae contribute to my little series.
I have another review up at The Rumpus- Laura Gibson’s La Grande. You can read it here.
As always, please blog and forward far and wide.Super big thanks to Matt for this massive and thoughtful contribution to the Poets off Poetry!An update: the Song of the Week series that I sent out a call for submissions for is almost ready to get started. With launching the new weekly series we took the opportunity to restructure the POP page, which has slightly delayed the launch. So those of you who have sent along submissions thank you for your patience. If you haven’t sent in a submission yet, there is still plenty of time to do so, so be in touch with me if you are interested. Song of the Week and POP got a nice little nod on the Best American Poetry blog from guest blogger Ray DeJesus. Thanks Ray!Also, in other news my manuscript was a semi-finalist for Sarabande Book’s Kathryn A. Morton Prize. The nice, hand written note on the bottom of the form letter says that my manuscript came really close. Which is of course great news, but also insanely frustrating. I guess there is nothing to do but keep sending the little bugger out.
This was my fortune from an oracle designed in support of Miranda July’s new movie The Future. The movie looks awesome and awful and very, very strange. Exciting. I hope I am aware of what the thing is that goes very wrong today and not mistake it for a normal day in the life thing, of which there are many…
And for emotional posterity purposes there is this. This song, and much of Everything but the Girl, makes me think of my summer in Cambridge, England. Feeling so alone and separated from everyone and yet only calling home once, about two days before actually coming home. I guess this is why I never moved away. Seems like deep down I know that I probably wouldn’t be able to come back.
Oh, goodness! I should have let you know two weeks ago that part 2 of Matt Hart’s 4 part Poets off Poetry essay is up and ready for your reading pleasure. You can check out part 2 here. And guess what? Part 3 is also up and ready for your reading pleasure. I think this section may be my favorite of the bunch. In the essay Matt talks about a Jawbreaker lyric which goes, “I believe in desperate acts./The kind that make me look stupid.” I told Matt that I totally understood the sentiment as my whole life is one big desperate act! Haha-wahwah, etc. But really, please do check out part 3 here. The final installment of Matt’s essay will be up Sunday. Don’t miss it!
In other news, I am going to be reading this weekend in Raleigh, NC for The So and So Series and through serendipitous means I am going to be reading with three friends from grad school. It wasn’t intended to be so and I couldn’t be happier that this is the way it turned out. Also, I am going to visit a friend from high school who lives down there and is a new mommy so happily I will get to see an old friend and her cute little daughter. I’m going to be renting a car and driving from Raleigh to Charlotte where my friend lives. Should be a fun mini road trip.
One last thing. Thanks to my friend Sam I now know about this song. It pretty much made my day yesterday.
Very excited to let you know that this month’s POP is up now, featuring part 1 of a 4 part essay by Matt Hart! Matt’s essay was so massive that we decided to split it up into 4 parts, each part appearing through out the month of May. What’s the essay about? The Sex Pistols, The Blood Brothers, Gertrude Stein, Jawbreaker, Storm & Stress, and Kenneth Koch. In addition to the four part essay, four selections from Matt’s Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless will be featured each week as well. Check out part one here. HUGE thanks to Matt. I am flattered and proud to be able to publish this!
Also, the POP page is getting a redesign/restructure in order to make room for the Song of the Week feature which will be appearing soon. I think POP is getting a new, spiffy logo too. Stay tuned for that.
In other news, my chapbook manuscript The City Salutes Itself is a finalist in the Boom Chapbook Contest from Bateau Press. Exciting! Fingers crossed! But either way, I’m excited enough to be a finalist. Bateau Press makes pretty, pretty books!
Lily Ladewig and Anna Cecelia Holmes run a neat collaborative project called I Am a Natural Wonder, wherein they ask poets to write a poem using “I Am a Natural Wonder” as the title. The project started off as a collaboration between Lily and Anna (you can see the eChap of their collaboration published by Blue Hour press here). Then they started asking others to contribute. You can read mine here. Thanks Lily and Anna!
In other news, the latest POP is up and available for your reading pleasure, featuring an essay about Dave Davies of The Kinks by Ish Klein. Check the essay out here. Thank you Ish!
The next few months of POP are already jammed packed with good stuff. Next month brings us an essay by Marshall Walker Lee of Poor Claudia fame. Did I tell you that I have some poems in Poor Claudia 4? Because I do, and I’m in good company! Order it for yourself and see! Then May brings us the month of Matt Hart, whose essay will appear in four parts over the course of the month. Awesome.
Also, soon I will be launching a new feature on Coldfront called Song of the Week in which poets write about one song in 150 words or less. Stay tuned for that. I hope to have the new feature up and running within the next month. If you or someone you know would be interested in writing a piece for Song of the Week please contact me at jackie [at] coldfrontmag [dot] com.