Archive | May, 2008
On Friday May 30th at 9 p.m. (no cover) I’ll be read along with Lauren Hoffman at the McLeod Residency (McLeod Residency, 2209 Second Ave – 98121 – Seattle) as a guest of the Ghost Gallery. Along with the reading there will be music by The Duke and the Duchess and Troubletown. The event was put together by Laurie Kearney. I hope you can come.
Pudding House Press, a small press in Columbus, Ohio, has recently released the first chapbook by Jared Leising who says he is a Midwest Poet, a regional poet, which might strike some people as an odd and even humble declaration from a poet when every poet is a mouse click away from every other poet on the entire planet. Any poet with access to a word processor can launch a Web browser capable of exchanging poetry with poets in Perth or Timbuktu.
What exactly is Jared Leising? Is he actually a regional poet? He grew up in the Midwest, and this is a chapbook of poetry rooted in the dirt of the Midwest, and really very few things could be as locally specific as dirt. In ” Loess” Leising writes ” But, this dirt made me, I can’t help it.” The poems are Midwestern poems.