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Reviews: What we’ve been reading, part 2

March 15, 2011

As we mentioned a few week’s ago, occasionally (as in an unknown random pattern) we are going to point out Big Tent Poetry friends and participant’s blog posts that discuss what poetry books or chapbooks they have read.

Carolee read Blameless Mouth by Jessica Fox-Wilson recently as a part of a virtual blog tour and writes about it at her blog, Carolee Sherwood.
James Bush also participated in the same Blameless Mouth tour, but wrote about a different aspect of the collection at Coyote Mercury.
Juliet Wilson, AKA Craft Green Poet, recently reviewed Jackie Kay’s new book Fiere for Brighton Blogger’s Book After Book. She also reviewed Mark Doty’s My Alexandria at her Over Forty Shades blog.
Madeleine Begun Kane says her post and haiku about Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden Of Verses isn’t exactly a review. It’s more of a recollection of a strong childhood memory and influence: A Childhood Shadow.
Deb Scott read a collective book from four New Zealand poets, including one whose blog you may read, Catherine Flichett. Find Deb’s thoughts at Stoney Moss and consider buying Flap: The Chook Book 2. All proceeds go to New Zealand earthquake relief efforts.

Have you posted about a poetry collection you’re reading? It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged or formal review. Email a link to your post to, or leave it in the comments. We’ll gather up your links and every few weeks or so (not on any particular schedule — remember how laid back we are around here?) plop them into a Big Tent post. We think it will be fun to hear your voices not just in your own poems but in how you react to the poetry of others!


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Sideshow: Practice and product — reflecting on napowrimo

May 6, 2010

A column by James Brush, Big Tent Poetry Sideshow Barker

What I like about making poems—about writing, really—is that process of discovery and feeling of channeling things from somewhere else that I then share with others. When I go back and read something I’ve written that’s actually good and brings me or someone else enjoyment, my initial response is always “Wow, who wrote that?” Maybe I should ask “Where did that come from?” but either way, the answer is I don’t know, and that mystery is a reminder to remain open, which is where I fell out with NaPoWriMo: it upends the balance and turns poetry into a mad quest for product.

Click on the excerpt to read the entire article. Check our About page for a list of Sideshow Barkers, friends of Big Tent Poetry who are generous enough to share with us their columns, interviews and reviews. There is no set schedule for these appearances; willy-nilly is a symptom of creative genius!


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