. . . The heartbreak in Griffor’s poetry is deeper than one person’s; she speaks for a country’s grief.
Along a Line of Melody: A Review of Hugh Behm-Steinberg's The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press, 2013)
. . . Perhaps what makes it so easy to spring into the text, as if from a fractured winter, is Behm-Steinberg’s humble, transcendental voice; a trinity of light seeping in through a stained- glass cathedral.
It’s a book for those who want to see beyond the real and into the surreal, or better said, to inhabit the surreal within the real, a core within the deeper subconscious which is—despite its phantasmagorias and hyperconnectivity— well aware of structure both in poetic form and in the physics of reality.
WHAT'S GIVEN TO US: A Review of David St. John's The Auroras
by Natalie Skeith
In fact the three denotative definitions of the title word ‘Aurora’ canvas the multiple modes of living explored in St. John’s work. The first ‘Aurora’ is the Roman goddess of dawn, whom represents the search for spiritual truths and connections in St. John’s work.
WITH ONE WING: A Review of Laura Kasischke's Space, in Chains
by Casey Goodson
When reading Kasischke's phrases there seems to be an intended sense of elation, even alarm, so that watching a mother "disintegrate before a mirror" gives more than it takes away.
Susan Straight, Michael Martone, Jennifer A. Howard, Nathan Holic, Andrew Bales, Jacob Guajardo, John Arthur
Matt Hart, Jane Springer, George Kalamaras, Nicole Provencher-Natale, Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, Russell Dillon, Katie Berger, Kiik A.K., Frank Giampietro, Robert Evory, Amy Neil Bebergal, J. Bradley, Mark Decarteret, Kyle Hemmings
Ghost Town is published by the California State University San Bernardino MFA Program in Creative Writing
In our current issue of Ghost Town, we are fortunate to be publishing four poems from your new book-length project Radiant Action. Please, tell us about this new project, its arcs of energy or its shipwrecks.
“Radiant Action,” the poem, is a blast-off long sequence—at this point some 160 pages—that reflects on art and life and the invisible energies they give off, the shadows they cast, and how our words, our songs, our interactions with other people often have extra-sensory, but powerful—sometimes life altering—consequences and effects. Radiant Action is a CALL TO ACTION! The poem is full of punk rock explosiveness and twitching and grrr, but it’s also full of light and faith, belief and love.
ON POETRY AND WRITING: An Interview with Kjell Espmark
by Mariela Griffor
MG: Okay, let’s talk about Lend Me Your Voice, specifically: why did you have to write this book? Tell me the story behind your book.
Espmark: Sitting on deck, reading an article in the New York Review of Books about Sapho´s poetry, especially about the loss of almost all her poetry in the fire in Alexandria, I was hit by an epiphany. I had a vision of a multitude of voices from past centuries searching for someone to receive them, to listen to them and record them. The chorus of voices demanded to be a collection of – perhaps – one hundred poems.
THE WORLD'S SOUL: An Interview with Paul Kareem Tayyar
by K.L. Straight
When I listened to you read from your novella In the Footsteps of the Silver King, and then, when I subsequently read other examples of your work, especially the poetry, I found the voice to be lively and upbeat. How is it that you are able to write such “happy” and optimistic poetry when so many other poets write from deep and dark emotional places?
The “happy” poetry thing is funny to me: I do definitely try to incorporate a celebratory thematic in much of my poetry. Though I hope it is not an unearned happiness, but rather that it is the kind of physical, emotional, and spiritual affirmation that comes from being engaged in the world around you, and from trying to constantly be sensitive to people’s capacity for goodness, and for the natural world’s ability to restore a sense of psychic and religious balance to our lives.