Modernist Style, Contemporary Play, and Ecological Lament: On Betsy Andrews’ The Bottom

Originally posted on The Line Break:
A version of this review (and a better edited version) may appear in a future issue of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose. // Betsy Andrews’ The Bottom (42 Miles Press, forthcoming 2014), winner of the 2013 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, opens with the 48-page long poem “The Bottom,” which consists…

Allan Peterson on Blunderbuss

Allan has three poems up on Blunderbuss Magazine. Here is an excerpt from the first of those three…   Erasures First goes the faraway fashioned apparently of ivory in this light all the leaves of olive some large obscuring breath against a glass basalt and granite hardening to pencils […]

A FEW FAVORITES / Carrie Oeding

Interview with the Dickman twins, small excerpt and link . . .   Matthew: Everyone reading this should run and read Michael’s poem “Stations.” This poem has helped me sleep at night and then also kept me up until dawn. Right now, as far as my own contemporaries are concerned, I am excited about Bianca Stone,Continue reading “A FEW FAVORITES / Carrie Oeding”

Carrie Oeding in forthcoming anthology

BLACK OCEAN ANTHOLOGY Our own Carrie Oeding is included in a new anthology: PRIVACY POLICY: THE ANTHOLOGY OF SURVEILLANCE POETICS with poems by: Emily Abendroth, Nick Admussen, Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Ken Babstock, Mary Jo Bang, Jessica Baran, Micah Bateman, Charles Bernstein, Mark Bibbins, Melissa Broder, Stephen Burt, Dan Chelotti, Feng Chen, Paula Cisewski, DavidContinue reading “Carrie Oeding in forthcoming anthology”

Stephen Burt on Erica Bernheim

Excerpt from Stephen Burt’s “Nearly Baroque,” in Boston Review “We can also find the nearly Baroque in some recent first books. Erica Bernheim, who studied alongside Schiff at Iowa, specializes in the almost-adult, not-quite-committed love poem: “Roll over and tell me you’re a sofa, / backboned by an old quilt, tied to the notion /Continue reading “Stephen Burt on Erica Bernheim”

Our forthcoming books

Excerpts from our two forthcoming books, The Bottom by Betsy Andrews and Precarious by Allan Peterson, to be released this fall: BETSY ANDREWS from The Bottom the channel is a working-class stiff: bouys and ragged Confederate flags, a coveline of crosses on cliffs; “Look what they built us,” the pelicans think, concrete piers and signalContinue reading “Our forthcoming books”

Bill Rasmovicz and Joanna Penn Cooper reading at Berl’s

Bill will be reading from his new collection, IDIOPATHS, “a dark, lustrous book of hardscabble living, & wandering meditations on living & dying.” Joanna Penn Cooper will also be reading from her debut collection of lyrical prose. The reading will be at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, Thursday, April 24th at 7:00 pm. For more information:Continue reading “Bill Rasmovicz and Joanna Penn Cooper reading at Berl’s”

Allan Peterson to read at Germanna Community College

Allan will be reading at Germanna Community College on Wednesday, March 26th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at the Sealy Auditorium at the Fredericksburg Area Campus. For more information: