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Simple, Clichéd Phrases can have Profound Meaning

World Wide Poetry Studio Interviews Michael Symmons Roberts
Michael Symmons Roberts
I was recently commissioned to write a poem for a bio-medicine and poetry project happening in the UK. As I set about writing and researching my contribution, I thought of the poet Michael Symmons Roberts whose most recent collection, Drysalter, is earning a tremendous amount of praise and has been shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize. We had a lengthy conversation, but here is an excerpt of Roberts and me discussing a couple of his commissioned poems.

You Have Died of Dysentery

Farewell Prairie Schooner by Eric Jones

When I hitched my spurs to the wagon a year ago I had no idea how fast a prairie schooner could go. We were essentially a party of three. Marianne Kunkel, a phenomenal Managing Editor. Kwame Dawes, the insane genius who drives this rig. And myself, the web editor. I play video games. So it’s us three and we’re going along like that old educational point-and-click game, The Oregon Trail, except its more historically accurate because we’re crossing a vast digital plain made up ones and zeros. 

Briefly Noted – August 2013

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates
Incarnadine - Mary Szybist

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.

Vol. 2 Issue 5. August 2013. Ed. James Madison Redd.

Incarnadine by Mary Szybist | Reviewed by James Crews The Genius of J. Robert Oppenheimer by William Todd Seabrook | Reviewed by Jeff Alessandrelli A Gentleman of Leisure [or The Intrusion of Jimmy] by P.G. Wodehouse | Reviewed by Jacqueline H. Harris (A Short-shrifted Review) Diary of the One Swelling Sea by Jill McCabe Johnson | Reviewed by Jack Hill

Shoot Lists, Not Drugs, Or, The Great List Rapture

Natalie Diaz on Sports & Poetry
A Grocery List
This is not the blog I planned on writing this time around, but how could I not be carried away by the Great Depressing List Fad of 2013, or judging by the myriad commentary and speculation and prediction on Facebook, what we might as well call The Great List Rapture: Everyone got put on the list, but I was left out.

The Essay is Wildly Capacious

An Interview with Lia Purpura
Lia Purpura
The deadline for our second annual Creative Nonfiction Contest is fast approaching! We've already received many excellent submissions--get yours in by August 31! To inspire you, here's an interview with this year’s contest judge, Lia Purpura.

Astrology - A Very Poetic System

An Interview with Poet Rachael Boast
Rachael Boast
A new post from the Worldwide Poetry Studio with Ryan Van Winkle: After reading Rachael Boast's highly-praised and extremely rewarding first collection, Van Winkle discovers she is a star-gazing student of astrology. In their conversation about her Forward Prize-winning book, Sidereal, they examine her relationship to stars, sky, time, and patterns and how it affects the structure and content of her excellent debut.

Enajori.com Promotes Language, Literature, and the Heritage of Assam

By Nabina Das
Himjyoti Talukdar
Good things are bound to happen on birthdays. Enajori.com, the first online, bilingual, unicoded magazine from Assam devoted to Assamese literature, art, and culture, launched on March 13, 2010. March 13 is my birthday. Over the last few years, I have read Enajori.com posts on and off. The frequency of posts and topics seemed to grow quickly. That is what got me interested in the e-zine. How does a primarily vernacular website carve out a niche, which it did rather quickly? The answer came in deep, satisfying layers.

I Do Not Have a Particular Home, Place, or People

A Literary Conversation with Poet Richard Lyons
Richard Lyons
This conversation with Richard Lyons is the twelfth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. Richard Lyons (Ph.D., University of Houston) has published poems in The Nation, Poetry, New Republic, Paris Review, and North American Review. He is the author of three books of poetry: These Modern Nights, a Devins Award winner in the University of Missouri Press Breakthrough Series; Hours of the Cardinal, published in the James Dickey Contemporary Poets Series at the University of South Carolina Press; and Fleur Carnivore, winner of the Washington Prize. A new project, Blood Psalms, is currently in the editing stages. He teaches creative writing at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.

Briefly Noted - July 2013

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.
Fire on the Mountain

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.

Vol. 2 Issue 4. July 2013. Ed. James Madison Redd.

The Home Jar: Stories by Nancy Zafris | Reviewed by Nick White

The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories by Ethan Rutherford | Reviewed by Jacqueline H. Harris

Fire on the Mountain by Edward Abbey | Reviewed by Jack Hill

RUN'N'GUN

Sports Blog Series by Natalie Diaz
Basketball Photo
The following is the introductory blog for Natalie Diaz’ Basketball/Sports Blog series. She was part of the Old Dominion Lady Monarch basketball team that made it to the NCAA Championship game in 1997. After playing professional basketball in Europe and Asia for several years, Diaz returned to Old Dominion and completed a double MFA in poetry and fiction.

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