Interview with Geosi Gyasi

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, and the best thing that has ever happened to me as a poet.

I also talk about why the human element is so important to me in world of word-play, and give a sneak peek at what readers might expect from my forthcoming collection The Knowledge.

You can read the full interview here at Geosi Reads.

21 Most-Mentioned Poets

As the year comes to a close, I find myself in a reflective mood. Having compiled a list of the more than 350 poets I have mentioned on my website since I began writing about poetry in 2003, I was curious to discover which poets I have mentioned most often in the last ten years.

What follows is that list of poets — most alive, some dead; most writing in English, some not; many I have met, some I won’t and never will. Click on the name or image for a brief summary of who each one is and and what they mean to me, and to read what I have written about them over the years.
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Hanging Out with Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes on Air

I just finished “hanging out” with Jane Hirshfield, George Szirtes, and about a hundred new poetry-loving friends.

As part of the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series, George and Jane were able to join me from their homes, read some of their newer work, and answer questions from viewers — all online, using their laptops and a web browser.

I love how this format gives space for the poetry, sparks interesting conversation, and makes such an intimate experience global. Best of all, the entire broadcast is already available to watch (and watch again) at your leisure.

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Two Reviews in Poetry International

Poetry International 18/19My three-year-old nephew brought the post to me this morning. He wanted to do it himself because the package was very heavy and, like all three-year-old boys, he wants everyone to know that he is very strong.

It was my contributor’s copy of Poetry International 18/19, all 736 pages of it, a treasure chest of poems and reviews. I am particularly enjoying the profile on Jane Hirshfield, whom I will be hosting for a Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading in August.

My two book reviews begin on page 700. Fred Moramarco was longtime editor of Poetry International, and his The City of Eden collects a lifetime of work spent in the rich conversation of poetry. Jonathan Harris is a newer poet, contemporary with me at the Pacific University MFA, whose brave debut The Wave That Did Not Break is a duet between him and his poet mother, who committed suicide when he was eleven.

The hefty double-issue also contains a review of Nikola Madzirov’s latest collection, exciting translations of Pablo Neruda, and many other gems. It will easily sustain me for another year. You can order copies directly from San Diego State University Press.

Ranting About Transatlantic Poetry

Ireland-based The Ranting Beast interviewed me recently about the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series. I talk a bit about how the idea came to me, the perfectly imperfect nature of the very first broadcast, and what we are doing to make future broadcasts engaging and memorable. You can read the full interview here.

I am particularly excited about our upcoming broadcast in August, featuring Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes, two well-known poets who are also translators, scholars, and deeply thoughtful people. It should be a wonderful evening. In case you need one, here is a personal invitation to join us:

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An Interview and Two Readings (Busy Week!)

Books by Mackenzie and PhilipI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Scottish poets Rob A. Mackenzie and Andrew Philip for the Huffington Post UK. We conducted the interview using email, passing around batches of questions so that they we could bounce off one other’s ideas and create a conversation. It was the next best thing to sharing a table at a coffee shop with them both, and the results make for an an enjoyable read: “Music, Memory and Subversion: Two Scottish Poets’ Second Books“.

Andrew will also be featured on July 10th as part of the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series, paired with California poet Michelle Bitting. The response to that initiative has been extremely positive so far, with poetry lovers on both sides of the pond eager to tune in these very special kinds of readings that could only happen in this century. To sign up to attend this reading, as well as a reading on August 14th with Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes, be sure to join the rapidly-growing Transatlantic Poetry Community on Google+.

Michelle Bitting and Andrew Philip // Transatlantic Poetry on Air


Jane Hirshfield and George Szirtes // Transatlantic Poetry on Air

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