Matthew Thorburn, Poet - Author of Dear Almost
Elizabeth Onusko’s poems are sharp-edged, sometimes bleak, but also very funny. They feel timeless, but also of the moment in their portrayal of a hopeless modern world -- ours -- and the struggles and complicated emotions surrounding infertility and, ultimately, pregnancy and impending parenthood. It was a treat to get to talk to her about her debut collection, Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor, over at the Ploughshares blog.
Thanks so much to Story South and reviewer Sean Delgado for this thoughtful review of Dear Almost. Delgado calls Dear Almost "a book-length poem that is clear, yet nuanced and subtle in its use of imagery and implied metaphor, compassionate and graceful in its grief, and marvelous in its myriad of arrangements and structures." You can read the full review here.
Marianne Boruch’s poems delve into the quirks and oddities of our daily lives. They show us the mind in motion as the poet explores, and revels in the experience of exploration as much as what it might reveal. We caught up at the end of a busy semester (or maybe it was the start of a new one) to talk about how poems happen, how books come together, and the quiet rituals of her begging bowl and hospital rounds over at the Ploughshares blog.
Eileen Pollack’s stories are smart, big-hearted, and thought-provoking. They are easy to read and hard to put down. We recently caught up via email to discuss her novel A Perfect Life, the differences between novels and short stories, and how changes in society can help novels find their audiences. Check out our conversation over at the Ploughshares blog.
Thanks so much to editor Rebecca Morgan Frank for the chance to be featured in a contributor's spotlight over at the Memorious blog. I had a great time talking about Dear Almost, Elizabeth Bishop and epistolary poems with my old friend Leslie Harrison. You can read our conversation here.
Monica Youn’s poems are precise, sharp-edged and fleet-footed; they always seem to be moving in three different directions at once. It was a pleasure to read her new book, Blackacre, and have the chance to talk to her about it earlier this month via email for this Ploughshares interview.
Thanks so much to Verse Daily for featuring an excerpt from Dear Almost today. The opening section of "The Day Winter Gives Way" is the poem of the day. You can read it here.
The poems in Allison Joseph’s recent chapbook Mercurial are wise and clear-eyed, charting moments of tenderness and emotion in everyday life. I had a great time catching up with Allison via email to learn more about her writing for this Ploughshares interview.
My review of Marianne Boruch's new book of poems, Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, is up now at On the Seawall, as part of "Nine Poets Recommend New & Recent Titles." You can check out all the reviews right here.
Thanks so much to poet and Seawall editor Ron Slate for inviting me to take part. I've been a fan of Marianne Boruch's work for years, but never had the opportunity to write about her poems before.
C. Dale Young’s poems explore themes of personal transformation and self-discovery, delving into what binds people together and pulls them apart. His carefully crafted poems balance strong emotion with formal precision. It was a pleasure to talk with him about his new book, The Halo, for the Ploughshares blog. You can read our interview here.