Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Several Marsh Hawk Press poets are involved in the following conference. You are invited!

"William Bronk in New York"

A Conference on the Life and Work of William Bronk


Celebration of the Publication of
Bursts of Light: The Collected Later Poems of William Bronk

Sponsored by
Columbia University, New York University, and Talisman House, Publishers

Friday, April 13, 2012 at New York University

(The Great Room, 1st Floor, 19 University Place

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Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Columbia University

(501 Schermerhorn Hall

View Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/schermerhorn.html)

Free Admission and Open to the Public


Friday, April 13th, NYU (The Great Room, 1st Floor, 19 University Place)

William Bronk Correspondences 10:00

Robert Murphy, “The William Bronk – Robert Murphy Correspondence”

Mark Katzman, “Desire and Denial: The William Bronk – Mark Katzman


Paul Pines, “My Brother in Elysium”

William Bronk and Reader Reception 1:00

Daniel Wolff, “Why Nobody Reads William Bronk”

Stephan Delbos, “Cusp Poet: A Case for William Bronk”

Burt Kimmelman, “The Problem of Pleasure in Reading William Bronk”

William Bronk and Religion 3:00

David Clippinger, “Bill the Taoist”

Daniel Leary, “The Mystery of Faith in Two Poems by William Bronk”

Ed Foster, “William Bronk and the Reformed Church”

“William Bronk’s Walk by the Canal" 5:00

(a talk by Daniel Leary about his photographs of William Bronk)

Plenary Address 6:00

by Henry Weinfield, “[Title TBA]”

Saturday, April 14th, Columbia University (501 Schermerhorn Hall)

William Bronk’s Rhetorical Forms and Figures 11:00

Jane Augustine, “The Image in Bronk, Early and Late"

Elisabeth Joyce, “‘another house’: William Bronk’s Contained Spaces”

Joseph Donahue, “The Ones We Meet Asleep: William Bronk and the Limits of


Jonathan Curley, “"Gnostics and Nots: William Bronk's Poetic Questionings”

William Bronk and Nineteenth- Century Writers 2:00

Norman Finkelstein, “Bronk, Melville, and the Mild Day”

Carole Stone, “Gender Issues in Emily Dickinson and William Bronk”

Tim Peterson, “The Presumptuous We: Figures of Address in Bronk

and Thoreau”

William Bronk and World 3:45

Sherry Kearns, “The Arts and William Bronk: Response and the Artist”

Eric Hoffman, “‘The Real World’: William Bronk as Nature Poet”

Deborah Diemont, “A Visit to the Ruins: William Bronk, Pablo Neruda,

and Octavio Paz”

William Bronk and Reality/Unreality 5:30

W. Scott Howard, “Apophatic Haecceity: William Bronk and the Analytic Lyric”

James Marian Bober, “The Late Agnostic: God, Sleep and Dreams in the Poetry

of William Bronk”

Gerald Schwartz, “From ‘The Sunbeam on the Balcony’ to ‘The Ignorant Lust for

Knowledge’: Bronk, Proust, Desire, Beauty and the Reality Veiled”

"String Quartet for Ballet Inspired by Poems by William Bronk" 7:00

(original music by Jonathan Newell, interspersed by recordings of William Bronk reading)

The Silhouette String Quartet, Conducted by Jonathan Newell

Ariana Rosen (violin)

Kate Mollica (violin)

Hannah Hens-Piazza (viola)

Lauren Riley-Rigby (cello)

Readings of William Bronk’s Poetry 8:00

(Closing Ceremony)

Readers (in alphabetical order):

Jane Augustine, Charles Bernstein, Martin Bober, David Clippinger, Jonathan Curley, Stephan Delbos, Deborah Diemont, Joseph Donahue, Norman Finkelstein, Ed Foster, Lyman Gilmore, Michael Heller, Sara Henning, Eric Hoffman, Alan Holder, W. Scott Howard, Susan Howe, Courtney Hughes, Elisabeth Joyce, Sherry Kearns, Andrew Klobucar, Burt Kimmelman, Basil King, Martha King, Daniel Leary, Ruth Lepson, Robert Murphy, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Peter Nicholls, Geoffrey O'Brien, Michael Perkins, Tim Peterson, Simon Pettet, Paul Pines, Gerald Schwartz, Leonard Schwartz, George Spencer, Carole Stone, James Tolan, Henry Weinfield, Mark Weiss, Daniel Wolff.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Steve Fellner's newest Marsh Hawk Press book, THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES, is reviewed by Jeannine Hall Gailey in The Rumpus. You can see the review HERE, and here is an excerpt:
I have always liked a little bit of snark in my poetry, and an unlikable, even mean-spirited narrator. There is something trust-worthy in a bit of self-pity, a vulnerability in admitting one’s least admirable qualities. Steve Fellner manages to walk this edge in his newest volume of poetry, The Weary World Rejoices, between a trustworthy if splenetic guide to pop culture, human relationships, with an unforgivingly sharp eye to the ways we try to deceive ourselves and each other.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Basil's Arc: The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King

We, The Friends of Basil King, have organized to call attention to Basil’s amazing work straddling two major creative forms – painting and poetry. While his books and public readings have garnered praise and attention, the vast majority of his visual work has never been publically available.

We have commissioned a film, Basil King: Mirage, by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, to depict the intimacy between writing and painting in his work, with special attention to his visual art. Here is a one-minute trailer:


This film will premiere as part of “Basil’s Arc – The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King,” celebrating his achievements. We'll have talks and performances along with the film -- on September 22, 2012, in New York City.

We have already raised half the funds needed to complete the film and host the event! We need $7,000 to complete the project.

Please join with us in creating a memorable introduction to what George Quasha called “a self-contained civilization waiting for visitors.” TO DONATE BY CREDIT CARD OR PAY PAL ACCOUNT click this link and use the DONATE button.

Lunar Chandelier, Kim Lyon's small press, is hosting the online donations. If you prefer to SEND A CHECK, make it out to Kimberly Lyons, with "Basil's Arc" on the memo line. Mail to Kim c/o V. Bakaitis, 323 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Even small gifts will help get us there.

The Friends of Basil King:
Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Martha King, Kimberly Lyons

Please consider forwarding this appeal to anyone you know who may also be interested.

For more information about the film or the program, visit the King Ink blog at www.basilking.net

Our early advisors, friends, and supporters:
Bill Berkson
Vyt Bakaitis
David Kirschenbaum
Nicole Peyrafitte
miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Tom Patterson
Elinor Nauen
John High
George Stanley
Eileen Tabios
George Quasha
Jeffrey C. Wright
Mark Lamoureux
Lee Ann Brown
Lewis Warsh
Eileen Myles
Karen Yager
Kyle Schlesinger
Ping Chong
Harry Lewis
Dave Gearey
Michael Mann
Bob Crozier
Sol Israel
Barbara Lyons
Sanjay Agnihotri
Daina and Forrest Claypool
--and Anonymous

Friday, February 10, 2012


Jottings of an AmeriQuebeckian presents a smart review of Paul Pines' latest book, Reflections in a Smoking Mirror: Poems of Mexico & Belize (Dos Madres Press). The review is HERE, with the following an excerpt:
This book appealed to me on two levels: one was its creative (almost experimental) format, i.e., you're reading a group of reflective poems about myth and conquest and journeys retraced; then mid-book find yourself gently speed-bumped back in time. The poet-voyager with whom you've been traveling recedes into the background and another, centuries' older voice emerges. Presented with the translation of an ancient manuscript, you pause to examine its contents -- suddenly you're living a piece of history. Then blip! - you're taken back to the 21st century to rejoin the poet in Belize, with poems that accentuate the mesh of change and continuity. New meanings emerge, the fog clears ... you begin to really see.

Its second appeal was the insight it imparted. Merely stating that the book proved "insightful" doesn't do justice to the unexpected expansion of consciousness that results from reflecting on these parallel journeys--the poet's as narrator/ one's own as reader, "mirroring". The poems themselves become the vehicle that awakens (or enlarges) this consciousness. Granted, I'm relating a very personal, subjective response here, but I am not alone in noting that this book contains more than just--as its title suggests--a compilation of poetry and reflections.

Thursday, February 02, 2012


The new issue of Press 1 features two poems by Thomas Fink, as well as a review of his newest book PEACE CONFERENCE. The review is available HERE. Here's an excerpt:
It’s also important to remind yourself that it’s not so much what the words are, as what they are NOT. In this case, the idea of the "blanc" is that of generative white noise. It is a simple procreative space which brings to mind all kinds of ways to break free of conventional thinking, conventional relationships, and conventional (which is to say socially determined, and power-hierarchically determined) meanings. In a very clear sense, concrete poetry as in Fink’s gorgeous “Goad” series and the “Generic Whistle-Stop” poems create an “Occupy the Printed Word / Page” moment in which the reader is encouraged to resist the “normal” way of reading.

Also featured is a review of Eileen Tabios' most recent book, SILK EGG: Collected Novels. The review is available HERE. Here's an excerpt:
The twelve novels in Silk Egg provide a respite from intricate elaboration of plot. We have the pleasure of speedy actions mixed with metacommentary. While the often fractured narratives of Eileen R. Tabios’ poetry and prose-poetry offer similar benefits, I believe that the use of chapters is not merely a caesura, but a new way of indicating pacing. The reader can pause or slow down and then speed up again. And one with a desire to write a novel of the usual length can regard such examples of “shrinklit” as remarkably concise blueprints for long projects. Tabios would like that; she has longed championed the idea that the reader becomes the writer once the latter’s job is done.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012


whose newest book THE WEARY WORLD REJOICES is among the January poetry bestsellers at Small Press Distribution!


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