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The NEH Supports Indiana Poetry, National Poetry Month, and My Poem About Eating Hot Dogs

I once wrote a poem about a hot dog eating contest. Yesterday, it was beamed out to all of Indiana for National Poetry Month. These are your NEH dollars at work people. (With thanks for Shari Wagner and the Indiana Humanities for this opportunity.)

“Glaciers” in Crab Creek Review 29.1 (winter 2016)

In last year’s winter issue of Crab Creek Review, I wrote a poem in the voice of a glacier. Pick up a copy of this fantastic journal if you have a chance, or subscribe. My thanks to Jenifer Lawrence and my old friend and press-mate, Martha Silano. What follows is a brief note that accompanies [...]

“Letter in a Bottle for When the Seas Rise” in Poetry Northwest 11.2

I am delighted to return to Poetry Northwest with a poem about–in order of appearance–early snowstorms, a bouquet of microphones, and a garbage flotilla. It’s called “Letter in a Bottle for When the Seas Rise.”

“Exhausted, Renegade Elephant” in New England Review 37.2 (2016)

My thanks to Rick Barot at the New England Review for publishing my poem “Exhausted, Renegade Elephant” last year. The title comes from a fantastic Joel Sternfeld photo of the same name, which I saw at the Portland Art Museum.

Two New Poems Online: Hawai’i Pacific Review & concīs

It has been a few months since I posted links to my new poetry available on the web. (These things happen when you start a new academic position, as I recently have at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.) That said, here is “Old Tyme with a y,“ a brief meditation on time, with thanks to [...]

Join Me in Supporting the NEA and NEH

Please consider writing your members of Congress to voice your support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Both organization have been–as John Ashbery writes in his monstiche “The Cathedral”–”slated for destruction.” My wife, Anne Fisher, and I would not be where we are today were it not [...]

An Open Letter from the Only Poet on the Professor’s Watchlist*

When my name appeared on the noxious Professor’s Watchlist–a McCarthyist attempt to shame professors who speak out about social justice–I set aside some precious break time to write a reply. Not only is my entry on the list factually inaccurate, it is intimidation masquerading as public service. Many thanks to the Kenyon Review for giving [...]

A Letter to the Indianapolis Star about the Myth of Voter Fraud

(NB: The following letter was sent to the Indianapolis Star on September 24, 2016. The Star never responded to my request to print the letter, whether online or in print.) September 24, 2016 To the Editorial Board of the Indianapolis Star: Although I appreciative the investigative rigor that Tony Cook applies to the voter fraud [...]

Mantis 14 Now Available!

My final issue as Mantis‘s Poetry Editor is now available! You can pick up your copies at AWP in Los Angeles (March 30th – April 2nd) or through our new website. Below you’ll find my introduction to this issue’s New Poetry.   “Everything that I thought would be gone is still here,” Natalie Garyet writes in [...]

New Maxim Amelin Translations in Waxwing (8) and Two Lines (24)

The current issue of Two Lines (Spring 2016, #24) is a great one for Russian literature. Sibelan Forrester translates I. Grekova, James Kates translates Aigerm Tazhi, and Anne Fisher and I translate two more poems by Maxim Amelin. We’re particularly proud of our “Classical Ode to V. V. Mayakovsky,” where Amelin tells Mayakovsky to become “the man you [...]

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