The Beautiful / Terrible

The Beautiful / Terrible

Last August I talked to the poet Cynthia Cruz over at the Rumpus about her new collection The Glimmering Room. Dana Jennings quoted that interview yesterday at the New York Times in a piece that compared Cruz’s exploration of death with C.K. Williams’s latest collection Writers Writing Dying. An interesting read if you get a minute. Congrats Cynthia! And Happy New Year to all of you!

Unchaste Readers @ Electric Literature

“Co-founded by Dena Rash Guzman and Jenny Forrester, the Unchaste Readers series showcases local female writers. A collection of local poets, writers, publishers, communists, socialists, and their friends filled the Jack London basement bar on a sunny Portland evening.”

I review “Madness, Rack, and Honey” by Mary Ruefle @ The Rumpus

“The hybrid/fragmented essay has gained popularity in recent years. Once the domain of experimental authors and small press publishing, they now appear in major periodicals and have even acquired a manifesto (Reality Hunger, released in 2010 by Knopf, David Shields’ attempt to gather and gain perspective on the proliferation of nonfiction, in all its iterations.) In other words, what could have been described as fringe in the not so distant past, has become almost common, has articulated a tradition …Madness, Rack, and Honey is a gift from a rigorous intellect, unflinching critic, and a big old sloppy heart. Ruefle has created a work of poetry from the daunting task of writing about it. Don’t be surprised if this book is remembered as a classic of its genre.”

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