Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A poet whose work ought to be more widely read is Tina Kelley. Her book The Gospel of Galore is smart, exuberant, witty, original: poems that utilize science, faith, and natural history as jumping off points for speculation and playful digression, but remain connected to everyday events and situations. I liken her to Pattiann Rogers and Molly Peacock, but her voice is her own. (Interesting to note that like David Tucker--the NJ Star Ledger editor whose first book is receiving so much notice--Ms. Kelley is a working journalist, who writes for the New York Times.) http://www.versedaily.org/abouttinakelleytgog.shtml

Friday, April 14, 2006

Adam Kirsch reviews several books for The New York Sun in a National Poetry Month grouping, including The Apparitioners. Please forgive this vanity post; I'll focus on other books next week. http://www.nysun.com/article/30977

Thursday, April 13, 2006

A poem for April 13: a day when our office seems evacuated, excepting those of us who are wholly unobservant (Passover + Easter weekend = no phone calls). It's from Plan B by Augustus Carleton.

Long Hours

Office work is one relentless season
Marked by no arrival, tinged with no loss,
Lauding or conceding no migration,
Relegating calendars to paper
Kept in case of threatened audits, lawsuits.
No one is expected at the manor
Holidays; there are no holidays, but
Mere vacations squeezed in tight to no rhyme
Or to crass "observed" Mondays stringing
Third days to the weekend now and then, more
Time to squander, to be made up later.
Office years do not repeat. Remember
Years the summer lingered, winter tarried?
Even wars had spring and fall campaigns, once.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

By way of introduction: my first collection of poems, The Apparitioners, has been published by Three Rail Press, a new poetry publisher based in Seattle www.threerailpress.com. TRP is a small, two person outfit with limited time and resources, but they've done a careful job with the book cover and interior design. My lonely website would appreciate some visitors; it has a book description, sample poems, quotes and reviews, and information about readings: www.georgewitte.net

The Apparitioners is TRP's second book; the first, Plan B by Augustus Carleton, is a beguiling collection of "diverted sonnets," organized A-Z, which utilize language from the business, law, and tech worlds within an Ammons-like sensibility. These poems seem to proceed randomly but somehow find exactly the right landing point. Anyone who would like to see an expansion of the sonnet's possibilities should track down this book.