Articles by: L.A. GroveL.A. Grove
Lisa Grove's poetry, translations, and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, A cappella Zoo, The Puritan, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere. Formerly a contributing editor for Poetry International, she co-founded the Poetry Translation Reading Series in San Diego. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she hosts the web series A Poem By for Poetry.LA.

It’s the Blurby Awards!

It’s the Blurby Awards!

It’s that time of year when we as a society look back at the previous year’s excellence and accomplishments in film, television, and music. However, one cultural field is often overlooked by critics—blurbs! That’s right, it’s time for the Blurby Awards, honoring excellence in blurb writing for poetry books. So without further ado, we at CalJoPo give you 2011’s best […]

An Interview with Valzhyna Mort

An Interview with Valzhyna Mort

My personal history of violence is quite visible, yes, and it challenges first of all myself.   Valzhyna Mort’s previous two poetry collections, I’m as Thin as Your Eyelashes and Factory of Tears, garnered international acclaim, and she quickly developed a reputation as an electrifying reader. Mort has received numerous awards and fellowships throughout Europe and the US, and has […]

Author Audio: Nikola Madzirov

Author Audio: Nikola Madzirov

Click on the links below to hear Nikola Madzirov read from his translated poetry collection, Remnants of Another Age, performed at San Diego State University, April 2011. Read our interview with Madzirov here.   I Don’t Know Shadows Pass Us By Before We Were Born Usual Summer Nightfall When Someone Goes Away Everything That’s Been Done Comes Back The Hands […]

Collected Body by Valzhyna Mort

Collected Body by Valzhyna Mort

In large part, this book is the speaker’s desperate attempt to reconstruct her family’s history, pulling its various characters together as best as she can, with little more than her own subjective experience to guide her recreation.   Collected Body is the first book Valzhyna Mort has written in English. It is a rich and complex tapestry of characters and their […]

An Interview with Gioia Timpanelli

An Interview with Gioia Timpanelli

While the bones of the story stay the same, the art is in the telling, in the uncovering, in creating the form.   Gioia Timpanelli is one of the world’s foremost storytellers. Timpanelli doesn’t give readings; rather, she performs her work, quickly and deftly weaving between personal anecdotes and folktales from a variety of cultures and traditions, including her family’s […]

Author Audio & Profile: Nikola Madzirov

Author Audio & Profile: Nikola Madzirov

From my father I learned to believe in doubt, and from communism I learned to doubt in believing. Recently, we interviewed Nikola Madzirov about his latest collection of poems translated from Macedonian into English, Remnants of Another Age. Read the interview here. We also had the chance to hear Madzirov read from Remnants. Click on the links below to hear […]

Po-Chop: Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood

Po-Chop: Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood

“Vesuvius clocks all black bells and lava, Niagara clocks that cataract their ticks…” This brief description of two kinds of clocks from Dylan Thomas’ play for voices, Under Milk Wood, is part of a longer passage in which one of the voices describes a room filled with a great variety of clocks.   Whether or not these clocks are truly […]

An Interview with Nikola Madzirov

An Interview with Nikola Madzirov

The translator is a silent deconstructor, a night guard of the bridges of difference and understanding.   Nikola Madzirov (poet, essayist, translator) was born into a family of Balkan Wars refugees in 1973 in Strumica, Macedonia.

How to Speak American: Heather McHugh’s “Language Lesson 1976”

How to Speak American: Heather McHugh’s “Language Lesson 1976”

This is an analysis of Heather McHugh’s poem, “Language Lesson 1976.” You can read the entire poem here, at Under the Umbrella.   “Language Lesson 1976” examines the peculiarity of common American expressions and parlays that examination into a personal statement about love, relationships, and American life and culture in the 200th year of the United States. McHugh’s study of […]

Days of Unwilling by Cal Bedient

Days of Unwilling by Cal Bedient

In his new poetry collection, Days of Unwilling, Cal Bedient resurrects Odysseus to navigate a 21st century world, and more specifically, modern America. This new odyssey is not a narrative, epic poem, but rather a surprising, tragicomic exploration of the male ego, language, and American myth.   Bedient pegs Odysseus as the essence of machismo from the first poem, “What […]


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