by Benjamin S. Grossberg • from An Elegy • Jacar Press
Benjamin S. Grossberg
Benjamin S. Grossberg is the author of Space Traveler (University of Tampa, 2014); Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa, 2009), winner of the Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award; and Underwater Lengths in a Single Breath (Ashland Poetry Press, 2007), winner of the Snyder Prize.
"What An Elegy achieves, through its own assured music, is this very contradiction: to go ‘in places where you never were,’ to honor the dead as well as to reimagine them..." (Rickey Laurentiis)
Final judge: Lawrence Raab
"Nothing is natural in the work of Rae Armantrout. Our words, gestures, and relationships are conventional, scripted, deformed — or outright produced — by, as she has it, 'the interventions of capitalism into consciousness.' On the subject of 'nature,' I notice plenty of leaves, and leaf-shadows, and leaf-reflections (in both senses of the word) in her poems — but her plants are urban, compromised, possibly parodying of Keats..."
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Audio recordings of events in our Readings & Conversations and In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series are available via podcast generally within one week of the event. Selected past Lannan events are also being released periodically in audio and/or video format. We also have rare video interviews with people such as Peter Reading and John Berger.
Susan Cohen introduces "Patois" by Lisa Allen Ortizn.
Ben Wilkinson reviews A Herring Famine, by Adam O’Riordan.
Lara Feigel reviews Deaths of Poets, by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts.
Kristofer Collins reviews Jackknife, by Jan Beatty.
Jacob Polley's Jackself reviewed by Kate Kellaway.
Matthew Zapruder introduces a poem by Susan Firer.
"If Nothing Escaped Us:"
Piotr Florczyk interviews poet and philosopher Troy Jollimore.
Anthony Madrid goes "toe-to-toe" with Mark Twain and his translation of "the most famous children's book ever written in German."
Emmanuel Touhey on John Montague and his final collection of poems, Second Childhood.
Kevin Young Reads John Berryman
The late Thomas Lux on "Bill Knott’s primal poetry."
Between Day and Night: New and Selected Poems (1946-2010), by Miguel González-Gerth, reviewed by Roberto Bonazzi.
Fiona Sampson on John Burnside's novel, Ashland & Vine, and his poetry collection, Still Life With Feeding Snake.
Viet Thanh Nguyen interviews Chris Santiago aout his collection, Tula.
James Crews introduces Billy Collins's "Ignorance."
Thomas Lux, 70: "a bigheartedness, a generosity..." MORE