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Madzirov Recap

Macedonian poet and translator Nikola Madzirov visited UNL as a Prairie Schooner visiting writer. Yesterday (Wednesday 4/18) he gave a talk on the characteristics of Balkan literature. Madzirov linked the formal developments in Balkan literature with the historical-social movements of the times. Balkan literature, he claimed, tends to gloss the personal with the epic, the intimate with the mythic. Madzirov also spoke of his own journey as someone grateful to be able to leave home "by choice" instead of by exile. Finally, he offered some advice to translators, including the following: "The imperfection of language is one of its greatest perfections."

The Right Kind of Dog: On Poet Adil Jussawalla’s Forthcoming Collection

Part II

This is a continuation of Nabina Das' previous post on a forthcoming work by the Indian poet Adil Jussawalla.

Poetry International Web’s biography of Jussawalla states: “He writes a complex poetry – ironic, fragmented, non-linear, formally strenuous – that evokes and indicts a dehumanised, spiritually sterile landscape, ravaged by contradiction, suspended in a perpetual state of catastrophe.” The last poem in Jussawalla’s forthcoming collection embodies these ideas:

“A Song of Ekalavya”

The Right Kind of Dog: On Poet Adil Jussawalla’s Forthcoming Collection

Part I

This is the second in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das on Indian books and authors.

A poet and writer in a university conference could perhaps be likened to a bull in the china shop. I’m told that often it is the writer who feels like the china shop! However, my first visit to Pondicherry couldn’t have been better. This former French colony on the eastern coast of India that still has the strangeness of a bipartite town/city defined by Ville Blanche (literally, White Town) and Tamil Town, the Indian side, is home to Pondicherry University (PU). My visit to PU in March was an academic one, so to say, but at the same time a unique literary opportunity.

Kwame Dawes on his Guggenheim Fellowship!

Blog Editor Claire Harlan-Orsi interviews the PS Editor in Chief and recent Guggenheim recipient on getting (and using) the award

Where were you when you found out about the fellowship? Do they call you? Give us the blow-by-blow of your reaction to the news.

Jan Beatty--Full Interview!

As part of Air Schooner #6, host Stacey Waite interviewed poet Jan Beatty. Listen to the uncut version of Beatty's musings on being a rock and roll poet, teaching with music, and keeping "the grit" alive.

A Couple Questions for Stephen Ajay

Claire Harlan-Orsi interviews the PS Spring 2012 Contributor

Stephen Ajay has published two books of poetry: ABRACADABRA and The Whales Are Burning from New Rivers Press. His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, The Progressive, ZYZZYVA, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Michigan Quarterly Review and the Christian Science Monitor. He has been a writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Djerassi Foundation and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at the California College of the Arts.

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"Having Come This Way Before" gives me a powerful sense of the pathos of transitional moments. What inspired this poem?

Congratulations to Richard Graham!

Congratulations are in order for PS guest blogger Richard Graham, whose book Government Issue: Comics for the People: 1940s-2000s has been nominated for an Eisner Award, otherwise known as the "Oscars of the Comics Industry"!

Richard is up against some illustrious competition, including Will Eisner himself! The results in all categories will be announced on July 13 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. You can see the full list of nominees here.

Hear Elizabeth Trundle's "Sift"

Listen to this excellent audio recording of an excerpt of Elizabeth Trundle's story "Sift" from the current issue.

Megan Persichetti reads; Jim Coleman engineered the recording.

Elizabeth Trundle has degrees from Brown University and Hollins College. As Boo Trundle, she performed and recorded original music, which was released through an imprint of Caroline Records. She has also written for textbooks in the subjects of math and literature. She gathers her thoughts online at www.itchybanquet.com.

P(rivate)S(paces) w/ Eric Weinstein

in which Prairie Schooner contributors give us a glimpse into their writing spaces and sensibilities.
Eric Weinstein

Eric Weinstein’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2009 anthology, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, and others. He was named a finalist for both the Poetry Foundation’s 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the 2011 National Poetry Series. He lives in New York City.

What Madame Bovary Taught Me About Reading

I think I may be the only person in the world who didn’t know how Madame Bovary ends. Like Anna Karenina’s train suicide or The Awakening's closing drowning, Emma Bovary’s death by arsenic remains one of the great cultural referents for end-of-novel suicides. To everyone else, at least. Assigned the novel in a nineteenth-century history class this semester, I dutifully skipped the plot-spoiler introduction, remaining blissfully unaware of Emma’s iconic end as the book unfolded. Until AWP, that is. I have no objections to the panel, which was on the state of the contemporary novel, nor do I remember the exact context of the remark. It was an aside; the panel itself had nothing to do with Flaubert’s famously obsessive work.

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