All posts tagged: collaboration

The Subvocal Zoo: Sierra Nelson – The Brink

Poetry Northwest‚Äės monthly podcast series,¬†The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets. Each episode features lively conversation between writers in a different¬†location. Episode 10¬†features¬†Sierra Nelson¬†with Johnny Horton rowing around the edge of¬†Seattle’s Union Bay.¬†Topics of discussion include¬†finding the right director for your dream-poems, silence, frog song, collaboration, John Donne’s “Relic,” humor & wit, poetry as technology,¬†and encountering¬†the brink.

The Subvocal Zoo: Episode 4 – Zach Savich

Poetry Northwest‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets during the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle. Each episode will feature lively conversation between writers in a different Seattle location. Episode 4 features Kevin Craft interviewing Zach Savich. Their conversation takes place at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle. Topics of discussion include George Oppen, where the eyes go after reading a great line of poetry, creative community and collaboration, and Zach Savich’s most recent collection of poetry, Century Swept Brutal.

Review // Sierra Nelson’s I Take Back the Sponge Cake

By Kristen Steenbeeke, Contributing Writer I grew up on choose-your-own-adventure books, and now that I‚Äôm older, it seems poetry¬†has always been a choose-your-own-adventure lying in wait. You know: the wordplay inviting one to interpret the work how they wish, then that interpretation branching off into some other dimly-lit pathway, which branches to another, and sooner or later one ends up out of the forest altogether and at some dark-blue lake, teeming with fish. This is why Sierra Nelson and Loren Erdrich‚Äôs poetry/art collaboration book ‚ÄúI Take Back the Sponge Cake‚ÄĚ is so enticing: The poems are like tiny jigsaws in themselves, connected by choose-your-own-adventure snippets, such as ‚Äú____ the night from day, O dreamers,‚ÄĚ with the option to choose ‚ÄúRest: to repose‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúWrest: to take by force.‚ÄĚ Depending on the reader‚Äôs choice of homonym, they are led to another page, another poem, another of Erdrich‚Äôs whimsically sad watercolors. The poems are small and concise but chock-full of their own wordplay and tricks. One highlight was ‚ÄúPseudomorph,‚ÄĚ a word which means ‚Äúa cloud of ink, …

Ed Skoog: “Space”

The fourth and final in our series featuring poems by Ed Skoog with photographs by J. Robert Lennon.¬† Read the first, and Ed’s introduction to the series, here. Space wants to be held away from its surface, between shape and place. Looking for solace, do I walk or drift? For protection, I wear a soup pot. When I call out sweet, when I try to get it alone, late and talking in the pool light glow. Across midnight‚Äôs white tile floor, like cough medicine, or the grass stains on her rugby shirt. In dark basement, saying her name toward the vernal scent of vetiver. Sacked city we are fleeing, bright on our backs. — Ed Skoog‘s first collection of poems, Mister Skylight, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2009. His poems have appeared in Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, and Poetry.¬† He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the Richard Hugo House and George Washington University.¬† He lives in Seattle and teaches at Everett Community College. J. Robert …

Ed Skoog: “Radial”

The third in our series featuring poems by Ed Skoog written in response to photographs by Robert J. Lennon.¬† Read the first, “What’s Your Beef,” introduced by the poet, here. Radial More and more the radial makes a horrible noise. My tires and I are made to the worksong noonwhistle of Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka‚Äôs limited, endless grid, building two wheels into my surname rolling further from home & harangue to slash tires, shoot out lights, break into the old hospital to get high, admire the radical simplicity of whistling, which, not radial nor rubber, is air, — Ed Skoog‘s first collection of poems, Mister Skylight, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2009. His poems have appeared in Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, and Poetry.¬† He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the Richard Hugo House and George Washington University.¬† He lives in Seattle and teaches at Everett Community College. J. Robert Lennon is a novelist and photographer living in Ithaca, NY.¬† He teaches writing at …