Patricia Kirkpatrick, Tish Jones, and Shá Cage: A wealth of poetry

Last night Parthenia and I made the rounds of poetry readings. We couldn’t stay but wouldn’t miss a stop at Open Book to congratulate Patricia Kirkpatrick, winner of the first annual Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. Patricia read from her new collection of poems, “Odessa,” published by Milkweed Editions. Poetry is nice, but Parthenia and I both noticed great shoes in the crowd, especially Patricia’s soft, suede flats with ankle straps and daughter Simone’s shiny golden heels–stand-outs with black tights. Continue Reading

Jeffrey Skemp presents a cacophony of poetry at the Bryant-Lake Bowl

Despite a great number of near-meets, sightings, and acknowledgements of friends-of-friends, I still haven’t met poet Jeffrey Skemp. Prior to October 18, I had watched him read once, at the Hazel and Wren Words at WAM open mic last February, and in June, noticed him watching (and enjoying) Sierra DeMulder, Haley Lasche, Cary Waterman, and Richard Robbins reading at a Maeve’s Session, while I sat hoping that he would get up and read as part of the open mic. No dice.

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Poet to Poet: Wendy Brown-Báez

For many publications, poets are interviewed in a journalistic, narrative fashion, even when being interviewed by another poet. During the Poet to Poet series, we are turning that notion on its head, interviewing Minnesota poets from diverse communities in the forms they work in the most. This week we’re interviewing Wendy Brown-Báez.

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Poet to Poet: Rebecca Marjesdatter

The poet Ezra Pound once said poetry is “news that stays news.” Often, when we see poets interviewing other poets it is done in a journalistic fashion rather than in the forms we work in most. But what happens when poets do get interviewed in verse? 

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Poet to Poet: Kathryn Kysar

Often, as poets, when we do interviews we approach them in a journalistic fashion, even as Ezra Pound reminds us, “poetry is news that stays news.” Over the next few months, I wanted to see what would happen if Minnesota poets were interviewed as poet to poet, through the forms we work in the most. Continue Reading