Commentaries

Mark Weiss: Suite of Dances XXIV

Song of a Leaping Girl

NOTE. A writer of remarkable skills and insights, Weiss has written of the present venture: “I’ve joked before that my work isn’t so much composition by field as composition of field. A Suite of Dances might be composition by notebook.”

Unfolds herself from the chair.

 

Each line a decision.

 

“Already the years will pass without me.”

 

This time of year no nights are green,

Maid Marian.

 

Lost thoughts

Fables, selfhood, and affect

Orchid Tierney

Reviews editor Orchid Tierney returns with capsule reviews of three timely poetry titles: This Window Makes Me Feel by Rob Fitterman, H & G by Anna Maria Hong, and Echolocation by Evelyn Reilly. Fitterman's long poem, she writes, aptly demonstrates that the noisy polyvocality of the digital world remains tersely conversant with the real-world scales of human tragedy. Spinning lines with urgency of thought, Reilly's Echolocation is vital reading for poets and scholars in the field of ecopoetics today. 

Reviews editor Orchid Tierney returns with capsule reviews of three timely poetry titles.

Sit up and listen: Tusiata Avia.

Tusiata Avia [photo credit — Hayley Theyer, courtesy of Phantom.]
Tusiata Avia [photo credit — Hayley Theyer, courtesy of Phantom.]

Sit up and listen! The poetry of Tusiata Avia demands that you do, whether you are reading it in book/online form, or more especially if you see her perform her work live. Check out also the links to her delivering on YouTube, as listed below this commentary.

Talofa lava. (Hello to you).

Sit up and listen! The poetry of Tusiata Avia demands that you do, whether you are reading it in book/online form, or more especially if you see her perform her work live. Check out also the links to her delivering on YouTube, as listed below this commentary.

Before I write more, let me provide a bit of background information about Tusiata.

On Pages

An interview between Robert Sheppard and Joey Frances

Pages 1–8, July 1987

The following interview was conducted over email between Joey Frances and Robert Sheppard in 2017 on the occasion of the Reissues release of Pages, which can be found in Reissues here.

Ira Joel Haber on Hannah Weiner

© Ira Joel Haber

from Ira Joel Haber on this 1970 poster: