Check out one of my poems, “Commute #2,” live now at The Southampton Review!
Erasure and material poetry artist Jenni Baker (please read our wonderful conversation, and have a look at her incredible erasures) invited me early this year to make a rolodex poem. It was a fantastic experience that had me, each morning, really studying a letter, a through z. The result was an austere project, but one of which I am incredibly proud–especially as it takes place with extraordinary projects by M. NourbeSe Philip, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Micheal Leong, Evan Kleekamp, James W. Moore, Barbara Balfour, and Collier Nogues. I would love if you have a look at the project and a few of my thoughts about it here.
Or you can just watch my weirdo promotional video, in which I sing the alphabet:
I’ve been working on a long poem, which I very much view as an entrance into a new modality, titled “Season / Dogma / Ghost.” I’ve been very judicious about what to do with it, and in fact have only sent it to one place, Anomalous Press (the re-up of Drunken Boat). I am so thrilled that it has been accepted as a finalist! See it tucked here with an incredible roster of finalists. No matter what, some great things are about to be published.
The opening poems of Alan Felsenthal’s Lowly suggest a collection that will fall squarely within a familiar subgenre of contemporary poetry: newly crafted myths, fables, and parables. Taking up classic modes of speech and story-telling, many poems of this subgenre operate according to a fairly defined mechanic, developing tight, logical sequences that utilize inversion, tautology, and other structural maneuvers to arrive at illuminating surprises—often with a bit of jesting. . . . But as we progress we begin to see quickly that Felsenthal is interested in something more complex than the mere crafting of postmodern parables. By the fifth poem, “If You Need a Ride,” it’s clear that we are in a much broader project. . .
Read the review at Newpages.