Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera and August Kleinzahler on their shared National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for 2008. Barbara Jane Reyes has more on Herrera.
Ron Silliman on on anthologies: “It is all but impossible to even characterize the map of poetry today. If this were the 1950s, a quarter of America’s poets would be producing flarf, another quarter conceptual poetry. What we have is a much bigger pie, and one sliced into many more fairly narrow slices. And it’s up for grabs as to the order in which they fit.” Yes.
Al Filreis on a very different March Madness.
New free e-chapbooks from Blue Hour Press.
And some great advice from Frank Black.
And thus ends my first week as Saturday editor. Coming soon: an interview with Mary Rosenberg and Sean Singer’s review of Emily Wilson’s Micrographia.