Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Forthcoming Publication - Cream City Review

My poem, "The Last September," was selected by Cream City Review for its Spring 2011 issue.

For back issues please visit their webpage

taken for website:
cream city review has established a prominent place among independent literary magazines by featuring the work of up-and-coming as well as established writers. Past contributors include: Kate Braverman, Charles Bukowski, Robert Olen Butler, Maxine Chernoff, Amy Clampitt, Billy Collins, Oliver de la Paz, Tess Gallagher, Diane Glancy, Joy Harjo, Bob Hicok, Allison Joseph, Caroline Knox, Ted Kooser, Audre Lorde, J.D. McClatchy, Simon Ortiz, Linda Pastan, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Adrienne Rich, Alberto RĂ­os, Catie Rosemurgy, Denise Sweet, James Tate, Mark Turcotte, Gordon Weaver, Aimee Bender, and Ben Percy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Publication - Word Riot

October Issue of Word Riot has been released, containing my ode to the great Charles Mingus, titled, "You Name Repeats Like Marching Elephants." He was a amazing bass player as well as a composer. He contained a great anger that built up inside, and through music, he let it all pour out onto the stage and his life. Please follow the link or click here to read my poem and the current issue of Word Riot.

Also, the poem references the great poet, William Matthews. Please follow the link to visit his poem (which served as inspiration) about a confrontation with Charles Mingus. The poem is titled, "Mingus at the Showplace."

Side note, if you have not listened to much Mingus, might I suggest one of my favorite albums: The Clown.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Publication - The Blotter

For those in North Carolina, please pick up the October issue of The Blotter. October's issue features two of my poems, "Homecoming Game" and "My Grandpa Reminds Me of Charles Bukowski." For those that are not in North Carolina, you can visit their website or click here to be redirected to the October issue in PDF.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Reaper and How the Poem Ends.

The Reaper is "the great deleter, the one who determines when the story ends."

This line comes from the first essay in a collection of essays taken from the now defunct, narrative literature journal, The Reaper. These essay s were written by poets, Mark Jarman and Robert McDowell between 1980 and 1989.

I felt that I have ignored my small audience and wanted to share this collection of essays. This past year I have been looking into language and how it creates distance from speaker. Poetic devices such as rhyme and alliteration, while useful in poetical context, can also create distance. Much of my own work is narrative, and after discussing some of these ideas of narration, speaker's distance, and language with my colleagues, I was given the suggestion to read The Reaper Essays. I am grateful for the suggestion.

One thing I find interesting is what The Reaper call its "Non-negotiable Demands." For the sake that I hope this jumps your curiosity, they are listed as followed:

  1. Take prosody off the hit list.
  2. Stop calling formless writing poetry.
  3. Accuracy, at all costs.
  4. No emotion without narrative. (This is my favorite.)
  5. No more meditating on the meditation
  6. No more poems about poetry.
  7. No more irresponsibility of expression.
  8. Raze the House of Fashion.
  9. Dismantle the Office of Translation.
  10. Spring open the Jail of the Self.
Below are some of the covers:

If you are interested, I have included the link for The Reaper Essays below.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Forthcoming Publication: The Blotter

Two of my poems ("Homecoming Game" and "My Grandpa Reminds me of Charles Bukowski") have been picked up for publication in the October issue of The Blotter. The Blotter is a popular regional magazine on North Carolina.

Monday, August 23, 2010

McNeese State University New MFA Ranking

McNeese State University jumped from #78 (#11 Funding) in 2010 to a whopping‎ #55 all around, #42 Poetry, #22 Funding in 2011. McNeese received kudos in the new issue of Poets and Writers, which has the 2011 listings.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Videos - Southern Writing/ Southern Writers Conference

I finally was able to get these posted on youtube. I hope you enjoy. These videos are from Southern Writers Conference in Oxford MS, July 15-17. It was a wonderful time, especially to meet new writers and poke around the literary city of Oxford, MS. I had to split the readings into two videos for uploading purposes.

William Lusk Coppage

J. Bruce Fuller

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Publication - You Must Be This Tall To Ride

Please check out my poem, "A Mile Off the Highway," published online in the summer edition at You Must Be This Tall To Ride.

"A Mile Off the Highway" was originally published as a Limited Edition Broadside by Yellow Flag Press for Vision/Verse II, 2010.

Taking The Long Way ‘Round: A Reading with William Lusk Coppage

Taking The Long Way ‘Round: A Reading with William Lusk Coppage

I recently had the opportunity to read at the 2010 Southern Writers/ Southern Writing Conference on the campus of The University of Mississippi. As pleased as I was for the opportunity, I was even more excited to learn that my friend and classmate William Lusk Coppage would also be reading, and we would be on the same panel together. Because we are in school together and live in the same town, this news meant one thing—road trip. Willie is from Mississippi and definitely knows his way around the state, and so we turned a half-hour reading into a four day adventure.

Willie actually left for Mississippi a day earlier than I could, so I met him at Ole Miss on the day of the reading. I had read with Willie several times before, and had seen him read and teach, but this reading felt different to me. I guess it was because we were outside of our own college. There was also a sense that we were on his home turf—this was Mississippi after all.
I had already read or workshopped many of the poems he read, but hearing a person read their own work, with all the intended emphasis and cadence, really gives the poems life. One of Willie’s strengths is how he adds to the poetry by reading it. I have come to appreciate many of his poems more by hearing him read them. I understand his choices of diction or rhythm better, and what I really noticed in hearing a group of poems together, is that each piece compliments the other in a series, which is basis of a good poetry collection.

Once our reading was over we had several days to explore and sightsee. We stayed in Oxford for another night and did some stomping around Faulkner’s old stomping grounds. I underestimated how thick this area is with writing history. After shopping for books for a while we went to dinner and drank whiskey with some of the best new writers in the south. It was one of those rare times when I felt like a true writer.

We left Oxford the next day and headed for Willie’s hometown of Greenville, MS. Driving through rural Mississippi, I began to get a sense of where Willie’s poems were coming from. There is an endless supply of source material for poems here, from the fields, to the people, to the sheer way of life that has existed for centuries. It reminded me very much of my own Louisiana, and helped to inspire me just by simple association. We stopped at the Crossroads for a bit of the Delta blues (turns out it’s just a couple of large highways now). We found a random sunflower field (not all that common in the south). We found a roadside Ronald McDonald at a country store. I got to see a large cross section of a region that has inspired writers for generations.
I heard that the Delta has more writers per capita than any other area of the country. And I found out that they’ve produced more than writers and blues musicians. Jim Henson was born in Leland, MS, not far from Greenville, and Will and Missy make it a point to take visitors to the Jim Henson Museum whenever they can. I got to take a picture with Kermit the Frog, perhaps one of the Delta’s most famous sons.

We spent our last night at the Coppage home, on an oxbow lake off the Mississippi River. It felt good to be on the water and fish and swim like I did as a kid. I don’t have many opportunities for that kind of fun anymore, between work and school, and living away from my family and the waters of my boyhood home.
I know I got more from this trip by going with Willie and Missy than I would have if I went alone. I would have probably spent one night in a Ramada Inn and come back home. But I had some good times and a hell of an inspiring experience instead, one that goes beyond the actual work of being a writer. With any luck some poems may come from this, and hopefully I’ll get a chance to go back one day.

J. Bruce Fuller is the author of 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World (Bandersnatch, 2010) and blogs at http://jbrucefuller.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter - @JBruceFuller.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

We Owned the Road: Southern Writers/Southern Writing Conference - Oxford, MS

What a time. I just made it back home. I am exhausted. Please check back in the next few days for pictures and videos. I want to specially thank my family for making the trip to see me read. Also, it was wonderful sharing a panel with friend and fellow McNeese poet, J. Bruce Fuller. Also I am happy to announce that a poem from the reading was picked up to be published in a forthcoming issue of You Must Be This Tall To Ride. More info: TBA. Stay tuned for updates, videos, and pictures.

Here are a few to tide you all over

This was a random occurrence. A sunflower field in full bloom. Somewhere on HWY 6.

After getting back to the Delta, we headed straight to the Jim Henson Museum in Leland, MS. Every time we bring guest to the Delta, this is a must see location. It is the birthplace of Henson and Deer Creek served as the "ideal" home for Kermit.
The Crossroads. According to J, "Ralph Macchio was full of crap."
Our panel. The reading went better than I could have expected. We recorded videos of Both J's and my reading. Hopefully those will be posted this week.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blog Swap 2010 -"When the Levee Breaks – Levees, Literature, and Symbolism of the South"

J. Bruce Fuller and I are swapping blog post during the summer months. We hope to encourage readers to check each other's page. My first post on his blog, "When the Levee Breaks – Levees, Literature, and Symbolism of the South," discusses similar elements found in each of our writings. To be redirected to his page, please click on his name above, or click here.

Here is a picture and video I found of Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy, authors of the song, "When the Levee Breaks."

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Dear Sandy, Hello: Letters from Ted to Sandy Berrigan

I was happy to see a new book (Dear Sandy, Hello: Letters from Ted to Sandy Berrigan) being published posthumously by one of my favorite poets, Ted Berrigan. The book will be released in October. It is a book of letters between the poet and his wife. Shortly after they were married, her father committed his daughter to an asylum and had the sheriff run Ted out of town. For more info, follow the link below to pre-order the book.

If you are not familiar with Ted Berrigan, follow this link. Here you can find poems and audio links. He is my favorite poet to hear read.

This is my favorite poem of his taken from his book, The Sonnets.

Sonnet #2
Dear Margie, hello. It is 5:15 a.m
dear Berrigan. He died
Back to books. I read
It's 8:30 p.m. in New York and I've been running around all day
old come-all-ye's streel into the streets. Yes, it is now,
How Much Longer Shall I Be Able To Inhabit the Divine
and the day a bright gray turning green
feminine marvelous and tough
watching the sun come up over the Navy Yard
to write scotch-tape body in a notebook
had 17 and 1/2 milligrams
Dear Margie, hello. It is 5:15 a.m.
fucked til 7 now she's late to work and I'm
18 so why are my hands shaking I should know better

Friday, June 25, 2010

Prose Poetry - Narrative vs. Lyric

After our discussion of prose poetry the other day. Not to get into a large debate, but one thing to consider: Poetry written in prose form does not have to be narrative--it can be more or have more lyrical qualities (and i agree that most poems we read today share both qualities). It seems that there is an assumption with prose poetry that it has to have a linear narrative. And this assumption is when the blurring of flash fiction and prose poetry seem to exist. Rather, we should look at a prose poem as a poem (whether more lyrical/narrative/linear/ broken/hypotactic/ paratactic/etc) and see it as a choice not to consider line breaks. However, all the other elements exist. language, image, sound, etc. In these following two poems, for me, there is a bombardment of the senses and in that I am left with an emotion. I am not concerned with a linear narrative or what is happening or what it means.

Ted Berrigan:
Two prose poems

Don’t Forget Anger
Never hits us the day it’s lovely gathers us up in its name who pierced the shower 40 below the heel hidden shoes the ruined exercises the shine is all night again pleasure falling off parting the bed during the biting lust. Today we speak above the noise a spyglass littered with soot scenes from the ruins boys and partners before the big bite imitating that’s the penalty denial of gain through pranks the essence of belief. I knew the world of incantations under the sheets of the neck line of the teeth behavior cloth the earth that we know we will go on rubbing. There’s this Lady she has been my friend for some years now and later glee pills a light bulb a tongue saying the damage is done by hands over a period running overtime puzzles rising for some years journeys arms legs learning what is yours love change love emember across passion truly going into the earth No that was another earth how many goats were there on it her and her father movies glazed motives: Put the books back the brown hair simple ways premonitions chance bugles calling the powder flat white in yellow air throbbing then going on off a light lady dark lady cool nights meaning years of writing this news shunted aside before a girl whom you all know and recognize flashing on then off hear lifelong release in these intimate gaits.

Lady, she has been my friend for some years sketches, I haven’t explained Actually of horror subject to neither of our laws intimate incantations under the sheets tried nothing a quivery sort of fellow hurts my forehead this shower No thought for your life and casual abductors in books I cant stand if it die. The life range examination as I am a cowboy it is unless it isnt and you imaginary scenes soot years of writing this most of it movies I cant stand a particular buttressing of the body. Olive green color. Let’s take a sentimental journey. Dont forget to bleed. I have. Many days writing the same work into itself the appearance of a role but How dark for some forty years Irish brogue rolls toward sister mother shunted aside that’s the penalty of time or of space Certainly not a place. So we come together in this bed. Later glee (lie) now pills (no lie) The End. Bugles call no snow to the powderhouse the library abductors, woe unto you also ye lawyers! No. Not reminded, I go (revealed) (No Smoking In This Room)

from Angel Hair 4, Winter 1967–68

I do suggest for those interesting on expanding their definition of what prose poetry can do and offer to a poem, please pick up:
you can purchase it from Amazon by clicking here: An Introduction to the Prose Poem

Thursday, June 24, 2010

What is the future of poetry?

This is a great article that shows different definitions of the purpose of poetry.

What is the future of poetry?
What is poetry for? Who is it for? And can it really be on the ascendant? Stephen Moss (who has, sadly, not become the next Oxford professor of poetry) reports from the front line.

The Hungarian-born poet George Szirtes, who teaches poetry at the University of East Anglia, says poems try to capture a reality that is deeper than language. "You're trying to say: I know what this thing is called," he says. "It's called a chair, and that thing is a table. I've got this word 'chair' and I've got this word 'table', but there's something peculiar about this chair and table which using the words chair and table will not actually convey." Readers, he says, may race through novels because they want to know what happens, but they should look to inhabit poems. "Nobody reads a poem to find out what happens in the last line. They read the poem for the experience of travelling through it."

"The simplest and best answer I got at the event in Oxford was "for paying attention". Judith Palmer, director of the Poetry Society, echoes that phrase. "One of the things poetry gives all of us is a way of developing an attentiveness to life, a way of observing the world, of noticing things and seeing them differently," she says. A good poem looks closely at the world; does that Martian thing of trying to see it for the first time. Everything else – the emotional charge, the lyrical delight, the intellectual pleasure – is secondary."

Read the full article from guardian.co.uk here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Your Ears Need Poetry!

While I was bar tending the other night, a man (buzzed strong to medium strong) wanted to talk poetry with me. He was the only patron left and it was after midnight. I really had no interest. I heard the all to familiar story when someone finds out you are a writer. The man claims he was sitting on two novels and copious pages of poems, but didn't understand the poetry world. Okay, I am rambling now--back to your ears and poetry. He brought up Shakespeare like a gun in his pocket and asked me have I read The Sonnets. After I said yes, he asked me if I read them out loud. And the truth is, only some. He then proceeded to mock the idea of a poet not reading The Sonnets out loud. I served him his last call and hurried him out the door. I was tired and ready to go home.

What I didn't tell him was that, for me, the auditory experience is extremely important. I know that sounds like a "duh" moment, but one of my most memorable experiences with poetry was skateboarding around town while listening to Ted Berrigan's Sonnets on my Ipod. There was a blurring of private and performance. Modern technology has aloud us to capture poetry readings for private consumption later. It is interesting when listening to these performances. These were moments, tiny instances of time--these are not moments to be scrutinized. This is their reading, for us.

From those readings we are privileged to hear the breath and pacing of the poet. Like a young guitar player listening to Jimi Hendrix or Wes Montgomery trying to learn their phrasing (sure the notes are played easy, but the breath and phrasing--that is were the soul is), by listening to these poetry read, we can learn there breath and sing there songs.

Anyway, many of us never are able to watch or hear the poets that we love. I thought I would share a few links of places to download readings (and lectures) in there entirety.

Naropa Poetics Audio Archives: This is a great place to find complete lectures, as well as readings that feature many poets reading collaboratively.

One of my favorite places that I frequent all the time is Penn Sound. The authors are listed by index, and each pages usually has multiply readings. Some of my favorites here are Ted Berrigan. My favorite poem of his is Sonnet II. Another favorite that I have enjoyed getting to hear is Joe Brainard. There is also a great Yusef Komunyakaa.

So again, do your ears a favor and listen to poetry.
If you know of any websites that have audio links to poetry, please post them in the comments.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Publication - Word Riot

Word Riot selected my poem, "Your Name Repeats Like Marching Elephants" for an upcoming issue. More info: TBA

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Mile Off the Highway - William Lusk Coppage

Once in Mississippi the Moon was Hidden - William Lusk Coppage

Vision/Verse II - A success

This years Vision/Verse II went over extremely well. It was standing room only for the reading. I hope to have a video posted later this week. If you did not make the event, the exhibit will remain on display through the month. Also, beautiful broadsides were created by Yellow Flag Press and are for sale through their site. I have two broadsides for sale, based off my poems, "Once in Mississippi the Moon was Hidden" and "A Mile Off the Highway."

Friday, June 4, 2010

Not Just About Sex: The Threesome As Poetic Form

Not Just About Sex: The Threesome As Poetic Form is a craft/form essay by Michael Kriesel first published in Chiron Review Fall 2009. It is now available online at The Raleigh Review. The images this "form" create seem not only fractured, but lack a hierarchy of images that is mainly associated with linear poetry.

If interested, please check out Kriesel's chapbook, Moths Mail the House, available from Sunnyoutside Press.

Michael Kriesel is a poet and reviewer whose work has appeared in Small Press Review, Library Journal, Nimrod, North American Review, Rosebud, and the Progressive. He served on the Poet Laureate Commission from 2006-2008, and won the 2004 Lorine Niedecker Poetry Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and the 2009 WFOP Muse Prize.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

In A Different Language: An Art & Literature Exhibit

The Cure for the Common Reading and Cure artist Andy Wiles are pleased to announce a cross-over exhibit guaranteed to come crashing down upon the Wilmington arts scene like a sack full of rabid Easter bunnies!

"In a Different Language" is an art/literature exhibit that will pit a host of talented poets and fiction writers against the artwork of local artist Andy Wiles. Our writers were given access to Andy's work and asked to write a staggering work of brilliant splendor (yeah, we went there!) inspired by his art. The result of this "old west challenge" will be on display at Parallelogram from June 1 - June 12, with a reading held on Sunday, June 6.

Both the art and the writing will be on display for the entire period.

For Cure fans, this will be another chance to see/hear more work from your favorite Cure writers. It will also give you the chance to encounter some work from new writers.

For art fans, this will be an opportunity to come to a unique art exhibit, have some shenanigans and jump on the Andy Wiles bandwagon.

The writers who will be having this bare-knuckle brawl with Andy's artwork are:

Dan Bonne
Anne Branigin
Jeff Carney
William Coppage
Corinne Manning
Jason Mott
Randy Skidmore
Cheryl Wilder

So, please, make plans to come down to Parallelogram on Sunday, June 6th to see what happens when art and the written word have the proverbial "throwdown in the school yard!"

Sunday, June 6, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
523 South Third Street
Wilmington, NC

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Vision/Verse II

Plans for Vision/Verse II have been confirmed. The reading will take place on June 5th, 2010. It will be held at the Art Associates Gallery, located in Lake Charles LA at 809 Kirby. The gallery is located in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center. Poets include: Michael Shewmaker, Jacob Blevins, Lou Amyx, Angelina Oberdan, Rita D. Costello, M. Rather, Jr., Stella Nesanovich, Jan Rider Newman, William Lusk Coppage, and Andrew McSorley. The artist will include: Blane Bourgeouis, Judy Baggett, Sue Zimmermanm, Heather Foster, Hillary Joubert, Brendan Egan, Heather Ryan Kelly, Chris Marcello, Melinda Antoon, and Josh Guimbellot.

The opening reception will be from 6-9pm. The reading will start at 7pm.

The entire exhibit will be open June 5 through June 28.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

2010 Southern Writers/ Southern Writing Graduate Conference

I will be reading at this years 2010 Southern Writers/ Southern Writing Graduate Conference. It will be held at Ole Miss in Oxford, MS on July 15th-18th. Time/place: TBA

Sunday, February 7, 2010

In A Different Language: An Art & Literature Exhibit

I have been selected to participate in an art and literature collaboration called "In A Different Language: An Art & Literature Exhibit." Poets are being paired with artwork by Wilmington, NC artist, Andy Wiles.

More info:TBA

Friday, February 5, 2010


My poems "Funeral Song," "Good Luck on New Year's Day," and "Funeral" were accepted in the 2010 issue of Mikrokosmos.

Mikrokosmos is Wichita State University's Literature and Arts Journal

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vision/Verse II

"Once in Mississippi the Moon was Hidden" was selected for Vision/Verse II. This event will be a collaboration between poets and visual artist. Yellow Flag Press is sponsoring the event, as well as making broadsides for the selected poems. Event should take place at the end of May. Date and more info:TBA