Friday, January 13, 2017

The Soluble Hour

I'm hard at work with Omnidawn doing the marketing and design work for Hillary Gravendyk's book of poems The Soluble Hour. This is an incredible collection of poems by the author of Harm and The Naturalist. If anyone would like to review this book, please feel free to drop me a line at arrieuking on gmail with a mailing address. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New Poems

I have three new poems out this fall. The first two are on the daily-posting Gramma Poetry which is so beautifully laid out and posts amazing poets: click here. The third is out at Powder Keg. I appreciate the magazine's use of Shanna Compton's "inclusive spaces" seal. To read my poem click here. Thanks to the editors, the universe, the great company in each.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Interviews

In the summer I had a conversation with Lily Hoang about all kinds of stuff. It's here. She's the intensely funny and gripping author of The Bestiary. I was also interviewed for The Collagist and asked really thoughtful questions by Dana Diehl, here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thrilled to share the Asian-American issue of Dusie. Susana Gardner generously gave me the freedom to create quite a large issue and I feel so grateful to her. Thanks to all the contributors who gave such wonderful work. You can read it here.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Wildness

Just want to share the table of contents from a lovely issue of Wildness that I was in last month. Love this periodical all around. Click here.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Summer Tour






It was a really amazing trip through California this summer. So wonderful to see folks who knew Hillary and to spend time being away from civilization in the Mojave desert and the redwood forest. Felt like a healing action that moved time forward and difficult feelings into new arrangements. Thanks to all who hosted, came to see, hugged me, traveled from far away, and love to those who I didn't get to see because of time and circumstances or because I was hiking up a big rock or walking through the trees. Love always to the Gravendyk family and to H.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Just want to say a few words about New to the Lost Coast by Joshua Butts. Josh has a virtuosic ear, has known, engrained in his mind and bones, the music and lyrics of the great 20th century folk and rock singers, plus Anglophone poetry of all eras, plus has an ear for all the old ways of speaking, the rural Ohio ways too. So "he has a good ear" just doesn't cut it. I appreciate the candor, and the witty incredulousness and so much beauty. Josh's wife Lesley Jenike is also a great poet, but that's for another day. Here's one of the poems from the book as it appeared on Verse Daily.


Tranquility Pike
        
A flash across the windshield at late day
or in the morning can make a wreck.
So if you drive here try to be as patient
as a cat waiting for a door.
You know you are helpless.
Last winter I was covered up—snow
for three weeks can dazzle. The kettle
whirred for coffee until I ran out.
I lived on tomatoes cooked quick with salt.
(We are pure blood around here.)
I'm not lonely. Heat and rain breed many weeds.
I've been sober as a bell at midnight—
is that a phrase? My talk show host has been gone,
captured in fact. His band plays a familiar waltz
and then it's morning, the heat swallows
the valley, soaks the blacktop, rises
like a camphor from the road and so I wait
on this rain and then it pours and pours.
It hits in my head and I tell myself,
This isn't the kind of rain that answers questions.
Could I take my wrong moments,
set them to some tune? If you need flannels,
I'll send you a bagful.
Give them to people you meet under street lamps.



I also had no idea this youtube existed until this very moment. I am so happy right now. I wonder whose dog that is barking. A dream come true.


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