Tuesday, March 2, 2010

On Not Applying for an NEA

Been seeing lots of facebook stati and the like bemoaning the difficulty of the NEA grant application. I thought about applying, but I'm really barely qualified to send, publication-wise, and after seeing how much others are struggling with the system, I figure I'll just wait until next go round when most all these forthcoming poems will be out and usable. Anyway--good luck to those are applying: weather the storm! I want to be able to say I know an NEA grant recipient, so some of y'all better win! (Selfish motives, as always...)


Killer first line of the moment:

"How they loved us"

from Alan Shapiro's "Last Wedding Attended By the Gods"
(Old War, Houghton Mifflin, 2008)

I'm not sure if I love this first line as much as I love this poem (which is, quite a bit). I want to re-print it in its entirety, though I'm not sure what the rules are on that. I've done it before, but always felt a bit sketchy about it. Is it okay to re-print published poems on blogs and the like? It's not against the rules or anything? Anyway--the more I read of Alan Shapiro, the more I buy in...


There's a snapshot of a my poem drafting journal up at Di Mezzo Il Mare. Love this project, it's neat to see what people put down in long-hand, what gets crossed out. This particular poem was written while I was living in a tent this past summer in West Virginia. The poem has changed since then, and the revised version will be published soon on Di Mezzo Il Mare, which I think is neat, to have some record of the poem's evolution on the same e-zine. Anyway--send your journal snapshots, your poems, their way.


A new-ish poem, to disappear in the not-too-distant future:



This video is crazy. Pharoahe Monche is crazy.


Nancy Devine said...

thanks for adding me to your blog roll.
i've seen a number of posts about applying for nea grants. i look forward to the posts of nea grant recipients.
i like the poem, especially the interaction (or ostensible lack thereof) between the speaker of the poem and the father.

Matthew said...

I love chopping wood. I could do it all day, pretty much year round, and be happy.

Drew Perry said...

the turn in that poem is so damn lovely...

Denis said...

I think reposting poems with author attribution is completely acceptable. I'm a big fan of Alan Shapiro as well.

newzoopoet said...

Thanks for posting the video. Worth seeing.