A Conversation with Margaret D. Smith, Poet and Author of “Holy Struggle” and “Barn Swallow”

TWO POEMS BY MARGARET D. SMITH Pavel talks to me over lunchMy farmhouse is away, so far from Prague there are no planes, not even cars.You can hear everything that way. The pigeons make love on rooftops,workers talk in fields, bees make sounds like music far off.My grandfather loved bees. He left Prague to live in that farmhouseto raise bees: bees in boxes, bees in fields. When he died he left me his farmhouse.The first time I stepped inside after he was … [Read more...]

Come Have a Pint at The Eagle and Child.

Yep.I have another blog.I'm going for some kind of world record.I'm really excited about this one. It will give me a chance to invite you to meet some of the most interesting people I know in the world of artmaking.Ever since I visited The Eagle and Child, the pub where the Inklings gathered to discuss their work, I've wanted to start a website with that title. And now... since I really have nothing else to do (choke, cough)... I've started a blog where I'll be hosting … [Read more...]

New Poems by Luci Shaw, Reviewed in Books & Culture

Luci Shaw and Margaret Smith: two good friends of mine, two marvelous poets, two folks who were incredibly generous in helping me finish my book about films. … [Read more...]

Favorite poets

Prompted by my earlier recommendation of the Jane Hirschfield book, a reader asked me for a "top ten list" of favorite poets.I can't offer a list of my favorites in order of preference, but I can easily come up with a list of writers whose work I whole-heartedly recommend to you... poets that Anne and I read often and with gratitude.Here they are, in no particular order... … [Read more...]

“Just Right.”

Her blog entries are rare, but Jessica Poundstone's entries at Utopia Parkway are usually gems that I can't wait to share with others. Today's is no exception: In a story on a new planet European astronomers discovered…"However, there is the tantalising question as to whether it lies within the "Goldilocks Zone" -- a distance from its star that is not too hot, not too cold, just right." Meanwhile, my friend and co-worker Margaret Smith, author of Holy Struggle (a profound work of poetry a … [Read more...]