Sunday, January 24, 2010


Sandy McIntosh and Denise Duhamel will give a reading this Saturday night, Jan. 30, in Florida. More information here at the Miami New Times.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


You are invited to read an excerpt from Philip Lopate's essay "The Poetry Years" at Poetry.Org; the essay is featured in his new Marsh Hawk Press book, At the End of the Day.

Also, Sandy McIntosh interviews Philip Lopate HERE.


Paul Pines' LAST CALL AT THE TIN PALACE gets reviewed in the new edition of RAIN TAXI! Click HERE FOR FULL REVIEW by Jon Curley, which begins:
“The future is only the past turned around to look at itself,” instructs Fanny Howe in her recent memoir The Winter Sun. Paul Pines’s poetry invokes this elegant truth with forceful, sometimes feverish pitch. His new volume, Last Call at the Tin Palace, projects and introspects, cultivating a memory-jogging archive of wondrous sweep. Acts of remembrance become studies in reclamation; the subjects and places these poems consider are summoned with a boundless faith in their preservation.

Congratulations Paul!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Burt Kimmelman’s new book of poems, As If Free (Talisman House, Publishers), is now available from Amazon and SPD / Small Press Distribution

About As If Free:

“Make no mistake about it: Burt Kimmelman appears here – & not for the first time – as a successor to the lineage of William Carlos Williams & George Oppen (to name but two), no less so for being a master of that lineage worn proudly. The sense of number in his writing – particle by particle & breath by breath – & the attention that he gives to other particulars – the littlest words & the small moments through which we live – are of a piece. In this there is nothing minor or modest, although it might appear to be just that, but a strict & powerful accounting, leaving me – for one – filled with admiration & hooked on every word.”
– Jerome Rothenberg

About Burt Kimmelman’s previous books of poetry:
“Somehow achieves a rare purity. Few contemporary poets so gracefully demonstrate classic notions of what the practice of poetry must be: Kimmelman’s work is carefully wrought, with concision, focus, and the rhythm of musical composition. . . ..”
– Madeline Tiger, Jacket magazine

“Burt Kimmelman’s poems flourish as they pivot from a repertoire of reiterated subjects—works of art, natural landscapes, family, the animal world—to a transfiguring notion of their properties and possibilities. For over twenty-five years, this practice has produced dynamic patterns of insight, patterns comprised of recurring figures and forms which nevertheless shift in their relations to his poetic witness.”
– John Curley, Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

“[The poems’] consistent occasions reinforce each other. We find the arts restate the questions we have been asking and the ways they clean and stretch our questions reward us more than answers would.”
– William Bronk

“As quiet an experience as anyone could wish for.”
– Cid Corman

“This is a rare evocation of a luminous place indeed—the wonder of this world in itself.”
– Robert Creeley

“In Burt Kimmelman’s poems, form calls deeply to form, as though the works of art, the paintings and sculptures of the titles, lifted one to the very brim of language where one could speak, not museum notes, but of a life caught whole.”
– Michael Heller

“. . . artful, fastidious, learned . . . I am delighted by so much feeling for style.”
– Alfred Kazin

“. . . Kimmelman strives for and often attains ‘the simple / lettering stating / the facts’—his own words.”
– Samuel Menashe

“Burt Kimmelman is a poet who obviously admires the clarity of classical Chinese poetry and strives for it in his tight syllabics and in his shifting images of light and dark. In doing so, he finds what is luminously transcendent in the routines of everyday life.”
– Harvey Shapiro

“[Burt Kimmelman’s] poems evince a quality infrequently encountered in contemporary American poetry: modesty, an attentive and forthright modesty. . . . . Modesty in an age of irony is infrequent, rare, i.e., valuable, i.e., worth our own best attention. These poems are “worth it.”
– John Taggart

Thursday, January 07, 2010


Poetry Picks — The Best Books of 2009

Selected by Bob Holman
By Bob Holman & Margery Snyder, About.com Guide

In the Spotlight

More of the Best Books of 2009

The 2009 poetry harvest was bountiful, and Poetry Guide Bob Holman is still sifting through his shelves to present the best of the year for your library. This week we've added notes on books by Ed Sanders, Craig Arnold, Breyten Breytenbach, Mahmoud Darwish, Rodrigo Toscano, Wednesday Kennedy, Elena Georgiou, Gil Fagiani, Robert Polito, Norma Cole, Paul Pines, Ed McClanahan, Edwin Torres, and the Belladonna Elders Series--and there are still more to come next week. Our list is the best place to find the new poetry book that suits your fancy!

Last Call at the Tin Palace, by Paul Pines

(Marsh Hawk Press, 2009) Back in the day, 1970 say, Paul Pines, bartender/poet, decided that the thing to do was open a jazz/poetry club, genius, and for the next 18 years or so the Tin Palace was a beacon on the Bowery. If you were there, you knew. And if you weren’t, well, you can feel it in Last Call at the Tin Palace, poems that are stories that are jazz that are memories that are everlasting imprints of music on retinas and the truth from the other side of the bar. Some crazy surrealist collages and all—a gift.

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