Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dosha, Flight of the Russian Gypsies, by Sonia Meyer.

Dosha, Flight of the Russian Gypsies, a new novel by Sonia Meyer, is just out . Wow! If you like wild romance, passion, horses, love scenes and nomadic tribes fleeing across the lands of the frozen north, this book is for you. Its a terrific ride/read! The book is published by Wilderness House Press. Steve Glines is the designer. Look for it.

Copyright Kathleen Spivack

Charles Olson, Kunitz, Lowell, Bishop. Worcester Review.

The recent issue of the Worcester Review edited by writer Rodger Martin includes work from the recent Olson Centennial Conference. I turned immediately to the essay by close friend and colleague Laura Jehn Menides, Charles Olson and the Blackstone Canal. Thoughtful,well written, witty, it discusses Olson’s relation to Worcester. There are many other great pieces on Olson in this issue, as well as on the dedication of the Stanley Kunitz House,now a National Literary Landmark. Also in this Worcester Review, my essay Robert Lowell and His Circle, an excerpt from the memoir Student! The WR published my first piece on Elizabeth Bishop several years ago.

Worcester is a center of literary activity. Kunitz, Olson, Bishop all spent significant time there. Through the admirable Worcester County Poetry Association and educational and cultural institutions, tradition and the artistic present are vibrant. For another essay on Bishop, look at the Massachusetts Review (online Spivack.pdf) Conceal/Reveal: Passion and Restraint in the Work of Elizabeth Bishop.

Copyright Kathleen Spivack

Teresa Cader, Martha Collins, Fred Marchant: Reading

Three extraordinary poets read at the Liberty Hotel last week. Teresa Cader read from History of Hurricanes, TriQuarterly Books, and Guest, the Norma Farber winner, PSA. Her poems are moving, intricate. Martha Collins, outstanding writer and reader, read selections from her innovative books,featuring Blue Front. We were especially struck by poems from her daring work in progress, White Paper. Fred Marchant presented from The Looking House & Full Moon Boat, His work is personal and expansive at the same time. He read a sequence of new poems from Gulf Coast that knocked our socks off! The reading was sponsored by Tapestry of Voices and the Grolier Poetry Bookshop.

Copyright Kathleen Spivack

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