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Jericho Brown
San Diego, CA
Jericho Brown is a poet.
Interests: Poetry
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Thank you for reading, Susan.
Thanks so much, Brian. I mean for this week's posts to say everything about me as a writer.
Thank you, Derrick Franklin (the other fine man pictured above), for being the love of my life, for putting up with me and without me in the midst of my end of the semester grading and recommendation writing and refusal to sleep or eat because I think I've figured the right word in the last line of some old poem, for being my long distance love who makes both coasts my coast, for letting me flirt with the anonymous and the ridiculous knowing that, in truth, I'm coming home to put my whole check and whatever else you require in the palm of your perfect hand. Thanks for letting me chase whatever it is I think I'll catch when I'm foolish enough to agree to blog for a week at the busiest time of year. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Well, those of us sick of the love-fest are going to have to find another blog to read today. (Some of us already changed the channel as soon as we saw the word, “black.” Scary asses.) Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Another surprise. Let me tell you a story you don’t want to hear. After I my first book was published, I felt a sort of emptiness that I don’t know if I can explain. It was as if the one thing I had for years been doing was done and taken away from me… No, it was as if the one thing I had for years been doing was done, and I had given it—my world beyond this world—away. Worse, there was no time for my sorrow and no way to explain it to anyone. Surely, I wanted the book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Here we are at gratitude day four, and since earlier blogs and resulting conversations this week have taught me so much about the process of selecting, anthologizing, and publishing, I thought you might be interested in hearing from someone who works as an editor. Michael Dumanis is Associate Professor of English at Cleveland State University, where he also serves as Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, a literary press, and teaches poetry in the consortial Northeast Ohio MFA Program (NEOMFA). He is the author of the poetry collection My Soviet Union (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007) and coeditor... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
David! David! David! Thanks so much for chance to let us get as lively and thoughtful here as possible. I would love to hear that "talk for hours" you could have about securing permissions for the Oxford Book. Hearing more about your trials and tribulations in the area could make for fewer of such trials for anthologists in the future. Thanks again. jb
Thanks so much for your response here, Kevin! I do hope most of all that this leads to a larger and longer conversation in the poetry community about these fees. I'm sure you know a great deal about this since having published your recent anthology. All love to you, jb
Thanks so much for reading and reading so closely, Brian. I'm glad that Rita touch on form a bit when she discussed writing _Mother Love_, but I think you're absolutely right; I should have asked someone so good a making villanelles sing off the page more questions about form. Next time...
Jericho, the term “experimental” for poetry may have begun with experimental drugs, or with the infiltration of the sciences into popular culture. But like most words it probably has a hidden meaning to do with marketability and job security. That is, an experimental poet would be someone who is taking a chance on being obscure and unemployable. In any case, it is probably the case that all poets write in hopes of discovering something they didn’t know before, something that only the words, let loose, can reveal. In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, every day was an experiment in survival for poets. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Power is knowing who you are -- your strengths as well as the flaws -- and being content with what you see while still striving to improve. Powerlessness means you’ve handed that judgment over to someone else and buckled under other people's ulterior expectations. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
Ruth Stone surprised me with her confession that she didn’t read much poetry so she “wouldn’t write like anyone else” and felt more like a transcriber of her muse than a poet. Lucille Clifton surprised me when I asked her if she was working on any new poems and she responded, “What kind of question is that?” Maxine Kumin surprised me when she professed that she didn’t think she had been that radical or political in her early poetry. Galway Kinnell surprised me with his contentment with the remoteness of his home and abiding love for silence. Donald Hall surprised me with the impeccable accuracy of his vast memory and his still inconsolable grief over the loss of his wife, Jane Kenyon, sixteen years ago. Robert Bly surprised me with his abiding need for a church community, despite his longstanding eclectic interest in Sufi mysticism and Jungian psychology. And Jack Gilbert surprised me with how far down the list he placed poetry on his list of life priorities. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2011 at The Best American Poetry
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