Robert Vaughan and I were interviewed by Stephanie Lecci on WUWM’s Lake Effect where we talked about the Middle Coast Poets reading series.
Archive for the General Poetry Stuff Category
Molly Snyder writes about poetry for OnMilwaukee.com and here she interviews several Milwaukee or Milwaukee-connected poets (including yours truly) about why they think people hate poetry.
“It’s funny, people I meet – non-writers – for the most part say they like poetry, but don’t seem to actually read much of it,” says August. “But so much poetry being written today is accessible and easier to relate to than maybe ‘The Wasteland’ or Pound’s ‘Cantos.’ And it is so good.”
Read it here and put Molly into your regular reading schedule. She’s a good one!
The Next Big Thing
Christina Lovin, author of the book A Stirring in the Dark (Old Seventy Creek Press, 2012) was good enough to tag me in the blog chain that is going around known as The Next Big Thing interview project. Thank you Christina! Here are my responses to the self-interview based on my (hopefully, someday) forthcoming full-length book of poetry Apologizing to Fish.
What is your working title of your book?
My first full-length manuscript is titled Apologizing to Fish. It is currently making the rounds at a whole bunch of poetry book contests and I hope it grows-up soon from a manuscript to an actual book.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
After several years of writing, revising, and publishing individual poems, themes and patterns presented themselves until it began to look like a book. The title of the manuscript comes from a poem I wrote about going fishing with my father and my son.
What genre does your book fall under?
Oh, it’s definitely poetry.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the love and relationship poems. Robert Duval to play the speaker’s father. Kathy Bates to play the speaker’s mother.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Narrative Explorations and lyrical bursts concerning dead and dying railroads, towns, parents, and relationships.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Well, hopefully it will win a contest and be published by a reputable press.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I think after about three years of writing and revising and publishing this group of poems, I felt it was time to compile them into a book.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I wouldn’t compare it to other specific books of poetry, but I would say certain books that I read during this time period gave me inspiration and pushed me to craft better poems than had I not read them. Other poets are my teachers.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
While writing this collection of poems, I was reading and constantly returning to poetry by James Wright, Richard Hugo, Larry Levis, James Harms, Robert Wrigley, Keetje Kuipers, B.H. Fairchild, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio and many others. They were both inspiration and poetry guides.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The amazing cover, which doesn’t yet exist outside of my head. For the book which doesn’t yet exist. But *I* believe it will, and it will be amazing, this cover. Trust me. You’ll love it.
Some other writers and poets I have chosen to “tag” and who will posting their responses at the links below:
P.J. DeGenaro’s blog can be found here.
Terry Lucas’ blog can be found here.
Christi Craig’s blog can be found here.
Johanna C. Dominguez’s blog can be found here.
My poem Apologizing to Fish appears in Midwestern Gothic Issue #6 available now.
This is a fantastic lit mag with lots of good stories and poems.
And will you take a look at that cover!
I’m sure they’d love it if you subscribed…
I will be reading my poetry on April 27th at 7pm at Boswell Books on Downer Avenue in Milwaukee as part of National Poetry Month. (Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211)
The main reader will be Marie-Elizabeth Mali from New York City whose new book “Steady, My Gaze” is wonderful. In addition, she is co-editor along with Annie Finch of the new anthology “Villanelles” and will be reading selections from it along with Kate Sontag, Marilyn L. Taylor, and Lisa Vihos. Both books will be available for purchase.
The Review Review does an review of Midwestern Gothic Issue #1 and mentions me and my poem “His Wife Called Him Moose.”
In “His Wife Called Him Moose,” Paul Scot August responds with a sound as devastating as Riegel’s wind, as an old man sits in his home at sunset by the Clam River, bathed in radio static while “the river washes itself / through cattails, the sound like the final sigh of a dying wife.”
Here’s a short interview I did for their blog after my poem His Wife Called Him Moose was published in Midwestern Gothic Issue #1.
I was interviewed today on WUWM, our local NPR affiliate station, on their Lake Effect show.
I read two of my poems during the interview.
Thanks to poet Ed Makowski and producer Stephanie Lecci for the opportunity.
Here’s the link to their web page with an audio link or a download link to the interview.
Well, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement. Then again, maybe not. But a few years back, at a time when I could see no beauty in the world and things were getting pretty dark and ugly, I realized that poetry was the one constant beauty in my life.
I don’t really have a specific goal for this blog, so I am just going to post poetry-related stuff as it comes to me.
I used to post a daily poem thread on another web forum, but it was run by tight-ass puritanical idiots. I stopped posting there when a poem I posted by Stephen Dobyns (The Requisite Grin) was characterized as advocating rape and was subsequently deleted as being obscene. I had a small group of avid readers who I hope will find me here.
Hopefully you’ll find something useful to you, or just entertaining. Maybe something will make you go hmmm. And maybe something will lead you to read deeper into a poet’s body of work.
Please feel free to comment, start some discussion, or just say hello and let me know you’re out there reading…