Old Mother Twitchett has but one eye because she is a needle, and needles must be women, they poke you, and hurt you, and take care of your clothes, and it’s difficult to find them in crowds, they blend in, invisible, their paths through the woods are nearly grown over.
It was a great honor to receive poems from some of my favorite poets writing today on a subject I have spent great time on over the past year while writing my book Man vs. Sky (YesYes Books) which is a book-length elegy written in the voice of my best friend following his suicide.
I cannot recall how the idea to write the book came to me but I do recall simply writing out of a great grief. Approaching the subject, I didn’t want to write a bunch of poems about being sad. … Read the rest
National Book Award finalists have been announced. Congratulations to all the finalists! Dinty Moore on the value of the MA in Creative Writing. P&W take a look at the pdf chapbook, featuring the efforts of presses like Publishing Genius and H_NGM_N!
After a long hiatus, The Bakery returns with a new look and a wonderful feature that contains some of the most compelling voices in poetry. I’ve decided to tweak the format a little bit. Instead of a new poem every day, The Bakery will feature a new poem every Monday through Friday. The weekends will feature a recap of the work that appeared that week. If you have not already, take a moment to enjoy these poems. A new poem will be featured on Monday. Enjoy your weekend!
I didn’t understand the precise anxiety of editing a book until I received in the mail from Laura Boss Michael Benedikt’s papers. I’m supposed to be able to put out of my head that all his books are currently out of print and that he died several years ago and that the papers I now have in my possession are the only copies of his unpublished work. I’m supposed to be able to just sift through and make the best book I can.
Problem one: Michael Benedikt couldn’t leave well enough alone. He was an obsessive reviser, … Read the rest
The Other World, Lucy Biederman, Dancing Girl Press, 2012.
Lucy Biederman’s The Other World is crammed with voices. It’s an overstuffed suitcase. It’s a wide-open field with some very noisy zephyrs. The Other World is a chapbook comprised of two long poems written in, what Octavio Paz would call, “another time that is now” and written about a world we barely know and also know too well. The central narrative is intensely archetypal: a woman loves a cowboy and the cowboy leaves her. Both characters are lonely in the end, but only the cowboy chooses his … Read the rest
In the early eighties Benny was a sixth grade student in a New York State Literary Center program on Ancient Greece that integrated ancient Greek literature in
English translation, as the inspiration for student writing, with the school’s Social Studies curriculum on Ancient Greece. It was a two-month residency with sixth grades in two schools. I invited poet, Greek translator, and Harvard professor, Robert Fitzgerald to work with me for two days. We were reading his translation of The Odyssey.
The day Robert Fitzgerald arrived, a student in the first class asked him how he became interested … Read the rest