I Interview Cynthia Cruz @ The Rumpus

“Cruz: Well, regarding the “big, mythological words living next door to convenience store words,” the idea, in other words, of incorporating both the “high” and the “low” in my work: I love to do this, have always done this, exhibit this in my own life, and am a product of this. For example, when I was a child and we didn’t have much money but still, my parents saved up so we could go to the ballet in San Francisco, my mother still brought us to museums, and they saved their money all year round so we could travel to Europe summers. So I experienced beauty and what would be considered “high culture” from a very young age despite the fact that we didn’t have much. I grew up with piles of fashion magazines on our living room floor and so I saw, early on, the possibilities: haute couture, fantasy, art, painting, literature—it was all in these European fashion magazines my mother brought home. So, though I was growing up in a Northern California beach town (beaches, bikinis, skateboarding, etc.), I had access to this other end of the spectrum.”




I Review Lew Welch @ The Rumpus

Lew Welch, Ring of Bone, Collected Poems.

“Lew Welch was many things; a scholar, a father, a drunk, a laborer, an adman, a madman, a friend, and an ascetic— no better description of him exists than that which came in his own vision, deep in the wilds of the Klamath Mountains, the poem after which the collection is titled:

I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it

and vowed
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through

and then heard
“ring of bone” where
ring is what a

bell does

A bell, we might add, also resonates. These 40 years later, Lew, you are missed.”

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Emily Kendal Frey Interview @ The Poetry Foundation

The nice folks over at Harriet (the Poetry Foundation’s blog) were kind enough to review my interview with the poet Emily Kendal Frey @ Omniverse:

“Omniverse posted an interview (a wonderfully conversational interview) between Lisa Wells and Emily Kendal Frey. They talk about the ease of the English major, MFAs, Bill Knott, submitting poems, and freshness”:


BEAST reviewed @ Calyx

Jyoti Roy reviews BEAST in the summer 2012 issue of Calyx (Vol. 27 no.2) !

“Despite their lyrical beauty, her poems are brutal, almost hopeless in their assessment of our environment and humanity’s place on earth. Yet redemption comes through the very act of shaping language, observing nature, and the crafting of beautiful pieces out of horror. While the situations described may make humanity seem insane, our instinct for life is our saving grace: The road’s yellow stitch hems me to earth/ fragile as a swatch of sun, but enough to keep me driving. (“Airport Poem”)”