Waywiser Reading @ Politics & Prose

During the upcoming AWP Conference in Washington DC, I’ll be reading at an off-site event with a bunch of my press mates, who also happen to be some of my favorite poets: Austin Allen, Morri Creech, Joseph Harrison, Jaimee Hills, Dora Malech, Eric McHenry, Penelope Pelizzon, Shelley Puhak, and Cody Walker. The reading takes place […] Read more ...

VBF among TLS’s “Books of the Year”

Voices Bright Flags—together with recent books by Clive Watkins and Joshua Mehigan—got a nice shout out from AE Stallings in the “Books of the Year” section of the latest Times Literary Supplement. It’s a pleasure to be in such fine company and in such fine pages. Read more ...

Poetry Daily bifecta

I didn’t have time to post this in a timely fashion, but I’ve had two pieces featured on Poetry Daily this past week. My essay “Exhuming Vallejo” (which originally appeared in this month’s issue of Poetry magazine) was the Prose Feature from November 17 to November 23, and on November 23 my poem “About Opera” (which originally appeared in 32 Poems) )was the” poem of the day. Read more ...

Exhuming Vallejo, Or: The Third Way

“I first read César Vallejo in college, when a Peruvian friend presented me with several of his poems as if they were national treasures she had smuggled through customs. I was struck most forcefully by a strange sonnet called “Piedra negra sobre una piedra blanca.” Read more ...

Voices Bright Flags is now out

I’m happy to report that my new book of poems, Voices Bright Flags, is <a href="http://www .amazon.com/Voices-Bright-Flags-Geoffrey-Brock/dp/190413064X/” target=”_blank”>now shipping from Amazon. That’s something I don’t get to say very often: it’s been nine years since my first collection. I’m really pleased with the look and feel of the thing—Waywiser did a lovely job.ir-leasing.rumountainsphoto vardenafil 20mg – levitra generika northwestpharmacy.com Read more ...

Poems of the American South

On returning home from our summer holiday last night, I was pleased to find in the mail pile my contributor copies of Poems of the American South (Knopf), edited by David Biespiel. A beautiful book, it draws from several centuries and is shaped by an admirably catholic notion of what constitutes Southern poetry. The fact that the editor chose to include my poem “Trip Hop” rather than one of my more explicitly Southern poems is perhaps indicative of the volume’s fresh take on its subject. Read more ...

Homeland Security

Throwback Wednesday? The Poetry Foundation ran my poem, “Homeland Security,” as their audio Poem-of-the-Day today. The first poem I wrote after moving to Arkansas, it will be included in Voices Bright Flags, forthcoming from Waywiser Press in November. Read more ...

Something Indecent

While wandering dazedly through the AWP Book Fair in Seattle, I stumbled on Something Indecent, a lovely new anthology from the Poetry Foundation, and was delighted to find that it included my translation of one of my favorite Cesare Pavese poems, “Grappa in September,” from Disaffections. Regarding that poem, the editor, Valzhyna Mort, says: “This is how you stop a moment and turn it into eternity.” Read more ...

Lines in Long Array

I’m very pleased to have a poem of mine—a ten-part sequence called “Staring Back at Us”—included in Lines in Long Array, a gorgeous anthology commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civll War. Beautifully conceived by editors David Ward and Frank Goodyear and exquisitely illustrated with Sally Mann photographs, it was published by Smithsonian Books and launched in November at the National Portrait Gallery. Read more ...