In the May/June edition of Boston Review, Stephen Burt discusses Flood Editions in the context of what he calls “the New Thing.” As Burt writes, “The new poets pursue compression, compact description, humility, restricted diction, and—despite their frequent skepticism—fidelity to a material and social world.” The poets he addresses include Graham Foust and Ronald Johnson (among others). You can find a full text of the article here.
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Ange Mlinko has published a thoughtful and extended review of Jennifer Moxley’s Clampdown (Flood Editions, 2009) in The Nation. It concludes, “never tinny, never trivial, her self-dramatizing has yielded poems that spill over with terror and bitterness, high lyricism and lust. (It’s not French experimentalists she should be translating; it’s Antigone.) That she sets her personal theater against the backdrop of the world stage may seem like a grandiose gesture, but it is a necessary one. The figure she cuts is as erect and austere as a gnomon; the shadow she casts will be long.”
Rob Stanton has an enthusiastic review of the book in Jacket. It concludes, “She has long been the most promising poet of her generation, but this new book makes a confident claim that she is its best.”
A swollen swell a rushing tide
swept away my cushty bride
amongst the fishes she resides.
River waters deep and wide
where your lady does abide.
How can you reach the other side?
City Solstice, a choral and orchestral work composed by John Harle with words by poet Tom Pickard, will have its world premiere at the City of London Festival on Monday, 22 June 2009. The piece has been commissioned to mark the 800-year anniversary of the completion of the “old” London Bridge in stone. It will feature the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and Harle himself on saxophone. Ticket information can be found here.