Time, which eats its own children, wants to pull everything in, and Silliman’s revelator fights back with the same weapon.
A new mini-chapbook of mine is out from Phafours Press, where $10 will get you all 7 of the mini chapbooks in the series. Cicada Radio is a series of square handwritten poems (like this one at Apocryphal Text but smaller). Perfect summer porch reading as this year’s cicadas emerge!
Photo by Pearl Pirie, editor, Phafours Press
The Art of the Poem
When I titled my first book Organic Furniture Cellar: Works on Paper 2002-2004, the title bore the mark of the influence Susan Howe had on me during my studies at the University at Buffalo. I went to Buffalo as an undergraduate because my high school correspondence with Robert Creeley made me feel like I’d be welcome in the Poetics Program. I immediately loved Charles Bernstein’s pedagogical methods and his brain which was so full of things I wanted to imbibe (student as zombie). I didn’t take Susan’s creative writing class; I didn’t take any classes with her until I was a graduate student, when I studied Wallace Stevens under her tutelage. But I read everything I could get my hands on. I bought the handmade books and the older chapbooks. I scoured the Poetry Collection for odd volumes. For six years, Singularities never left my bedside. I watched her from afar while creating intimate relationships with her work—almost as if I couldn’t approach the author because I was furtively hoarding her work (student as mouse).
My essay on Susan Howe for Literary Mothers is up!