|Nancy Mitchell “Script”|
Speaking of those Reviews — this month Adam Tavel takes on Greta Stoddard’s Alive Alive O.
Alive Alive O by Greta Stoddart
Bloodaxe Books Ltd.
$24, 64 pages
published June 2015
A sample from the review to whet your appetite — for it and the book —
Alive Alive O, much to its credit, rejects the tidy binaries of ache and closure that so often define elegiac books. “The Curtain,” its opening poem, employs Shakespeare’s metaphor for life as a grand performance. What instantly ensnares the reader, however, is Stoddard’s tactile fixation on the liminal space between the spotlight and darkness, where our loved ones, once their parts end, must transition back into the cosmic mystery:
No tears then. Just one of us to hold
aside the curtain — here we are, there you go —
before letting it slump majestically back
to that oddly satisfying inch above the boards
in which we glimpse a shadowy shuffling dark.
And when the lights come on and we turn to each other
who’s to say they won’t already be
in their dressing room, peeling off the layers,
wiping away that face we have loved,
unbecoming themselves to step out
into the pull and stream of the night crowds.
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Speaking of, again — this time the Featured Selection. This month’s is from Emmanuel Moses, translated by Marilyn Hacker, and introduced by Nancy Mitchell.
M. Moses appears above, should you be the type who wishes to carry an image of the writer in mind as you read the work. (‘I’m not. In fact, I make a point of discarding the dust jacket that might feature such an image before I begin to read.)
Look for Cynthia Cruz and Brian Swann among other notables in future issues.
The print Plume Anthology of Poetry V 4 has been completed — with W.S. Piero as the Featured Poet this year, and a marvelous Preface by Daniel Tobin. Many, many thanks to both. The release date, once again: March, in LA, at AWP.
As noted, Plume will be represented there, and we have scheduled a reading for the book. Here’s the tentative roster and venue details:
Kelli Russell Agadon
LACE gallery in Hollywood
6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://welcometolace.org
Date/Time: Wednesday at 7 pm.
We’ll have the space for 2 hours. Wine and food will be available. The gallery offers 45 chairs and a few benches.
Once more, Plume in conjunction with Bob Devin Jones at Studio@620 http://www.thestudioat620.org/has organized a monthly series of poetry readings in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The Studio is a wonderful site, near downtown (suddenly hip, if you can believe it), and the readings I have been to there in the past have been well-received. The remarkable Jay Hopler kicked things off in late September. So a heads up to any area poets, or poets touring in our vicinity, on the lookout for a venue, please keep us in mind, and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the calendar.
The Series will continue on March 8 with a reading by Terese Svoboda.