Our recent film-poem collaboration “One Stop” was nominated for best music/sound at Liberated Words III in Bristol, where it premiered. The original soundtrack was composed and performed by Valerie Kampmeier. The film commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. One Stop Do you remember beach-combing for three-oh-three shells, our little Easter-egg hunt for […]Read more »
I never thought of myself as a children’s poet. Yet it was thanks to Dr. Seuss that I began to delight in language itself, and I believe this early contact was crucial to my subsequent love affair with poetry. The tradition continues today, with excellent children’s poetry books coming out in print like In the […]Read more »
I received my electronic version of Rattle #44 today. My poem “La Campagna, London, Friday Night” appears in it, alongside poems from fellow Pacific University MFA Alumni Daniel Bohnhorst and Kathleen Diane Nolan as well as an incisive political poem by Transatlantic Poetry’s own Janice D. Soderling. Rattle remains one of my favourite US journals–accessible […]Read more »
There is a great paradox in contemporary poetry. On the one hand, poetry seems to be dwindling–in bookstore shelves and traditional academic curricula–so much so that it has become fashionable for journalists to frequently declare it dead. On the other hand, I have but to scroll through my social media feeds to witness an eruption […]Read more »
I am involved with three different poetry events in the coming week. First, the UK Poetry Society commissioned me to design video sequences for “The Pity”–a commemoration of the centennial of the First World War involving new poetic responses to conflict. As poets Denise Riley, Steve Ely, Zaffar Kunial, and Warsan Shire read their poems […]Read more »
Geosi Gyasi is an avid reader and blogger based in Ghana who has interviewed a wide range of authors over several years. He discovered my work through a poem recently published in Rattle, and asked some interesting questions in our interview–about how formal study has influenced my poems, about how I see technology shaping poetry, […]Read more »
“So which country is better?” The US Homeland Security Agent glances between me and my passport photo. I try to detect a smile. No luck. I tell him what I now tell everyone–that no place is perfect, that living in the UK really suits us for now, and that each country could learn a lot […]Read more »
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