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Gymnastics in Language: Herta Müller

Gymnastics in Language: Herta Müller

Looking at these collages—complete with peculiar drawings and colorful wording—one cannot help but picture a madman/woman hunched over a desk while cutting up words for ransom letters. These poems are in fact ransom letters to an oppressive regime that can only be criticized and exposed anonymously.   What do gymnasts and poets have in common? They both have to bend […]

Po-Chop: Kathleen Graber: The Telephone

Po-Chop: Kathleen Graber: The Telephone

  … once I fell in love with a beautiful voice passing through the wire. I remember the drop of it, a man talking about something he’d read, turning to a page with an audible rustle & breath, whispering, Listen. These are the lines that haunt. It’s not that the skin has no function, only that the tongue can play […]

Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Porno

Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Porno

Throughout our first year of publishing, we’ve noticed a few folks have stumbled upon our journal Googling the oddest of phrases. We’d like to commemorate these Internet searchers with a poem, composed entirely and verbatim from their queries. Perhaps in CalJoPo, they found what they didn’t even know they were looking for.     Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Porno […]

An Evening with Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky

An Evening with Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky

On a magical night among the Buddhas at the San Diego Museum of Art, Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky read their own works of art for the 2011 Summer Salon Series curated by K. Lorraine Graham. Here are some special moments from the reading. (The text to two of Kaminsky’s poems appears below the audio links.)     Katie Farris […]

Music for the Black Room by Sarah Maclay

Music for the Black Room by Sarah Maclay

In Sarah Maclay’s third collection of poems, Music for the Black Room, humans attempt to conquer the natural world, but out of this desire for dominance, a synthesis of nature and civilization emerges, forming at times a surreal and dreamlike landscape. Quite possibly there is no place on Earth more suited to surreality and dreamy escapism than southern California, specifically […]

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 […]

The Alchemist’s Kitchen by Susan Rich

The Alchemist’s Kitchen by Susan Rich

The beauty and musicality of the English language cannot be overlooked in Susan Rich’s third book, The Alchemist’s Kitchen (a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year). She invents new forms and reinvents the tried and true, exploring every device and tool with a keen ear and deft tongue.   Rich begins her […]

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 […]

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.

Paul Celan Revisited: Moving from Silence to Speech

Paul Celan Revisited: Moving from Silence to Speech

In his famous “Meridian” speech Celan confessed that poetry is ultimately “an eternalization of nothing but mortality, and in vain.” The contradictions between silence and speech, between human consciousness and death are present in his poem “Chanson of a Lady in the Shade.”   One of Celan’s earlier poems, “Chanson of a Lady in the Shade” (Mohn und Gedächtnis, 1952), […]

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 […]