Tag Archives: Poetry

My latest interviews: Stacy Mattingly, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, and Ricky Ray

Recently I joined the masthead of American Microreviews and Interviews, overseeing its interviews. So much gratitude, so much respect for my predecessor, Melissa Studdard, who entrusted me with the job as she took on more responsibilities with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. … Continue reading

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Goran Simić: A Fresh Collection of Poems

Just this month, Smokestack Books released a new anthology of poems written by my dear Bosnian friend Goran Simić. Called New and Selected Sorrows, it includes some of the best of Simić’s postwar and diaspora writing — from collections like … Continue reading

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Beauty and Solidarity

One of post-war Bosnia’s enduring struggles is to keep its extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage alive. Some twenty years ago, the architects of genocide did all they could to destroy it. I’ve written before about some of the incredible Bosnian … Continue reading

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Linda Pastan, “Ethics”

Today, needing five minutes of solace, I closed my computer screen, walked to my bookshelves, and grabbed An Introduction to Poetry by X.J. Kennedy (7th edition). My father had assigned it for a poetry class I took from him about … Continue reading

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Merima and Ariadne at Exeter (Update!)

Merima and Ariadne have come and gone — what gorgeous artists, what wonderful people! Their concert Tuesday night absolutely blew the roof off the place. Jaw-dropping virtuosity (concert accordion and soprano voice), extraordinary emotional depth and range. Two very short, breathtaking audio clips … Continue reading

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Goran Simić, “Sleeping with Poetry”

Today, a gem: a dazzling, very short essay called “Sleeping with Poetry,” by Bosnian-Canadian poet Goran Simić. Every English class, everywhere, should read it — in my humble opinion. 🙂 An excerpt is below; click on the link above for … Continue reading

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Sarajevo Remembers

On April 6, 1992, the horrific siege of Sarajevo began. Last week, to mark the twentieth anniversary, Sarajevo’s East West Theatre Company staged an extraordinary outdoor ceremony of remembrance, combining music, dance, and an installation of 11,541 empty red chairs, one for each person who … Continue reading

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