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Contest: Prairie Fire

August 24, 2017

I’m judging the Prairie Fire’s  Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Prize this year. You should send your poems! Guidelines and etc are here.

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Interview: The Overcast

July 18, 2017

Here’s a little review of QUICK/interview with me in the alt paper The Overcast.

The Overcast

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Tweeting QUICK

June 23, 2017

I’m not much of a Twitter guy, but I’ve been Tweeting out a few lines a day from QUICK, working towards Tweeting one from each page of the book! That’s 1/5th of the entire thing! If you like what you see, please follow and Retweet!

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How a Poem Moves

May 15, 2017

Poet and professor Adam Sol’s How a Poem Moves project is looking at Diversion this week. It’s a very good close reading that really gets the book.

 Since I started working on this blog I’ve known that I wanted to write about George Murray’s Diversion, but I’ve had a problem because most of the poems are well over 30 lines long. For the sake of keeping my essays readably short, I’ve tended to stick with shorter pieces. And so finally I asked George’s permission to use just a section from one of the poems – you won’t get the full picture here, but I hope you can get a sense of how the poems move, and that it will encourage you to dive more deeply into this funny, inventive, often disturbing collection.

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Events: International Aphorisms Conference

March 1, 2017

“Hot on the heels” of my first book of aphorisms (2010’s Glimpse), my second book of aphorisms, Quick, should be back from the printer soon, and some events around its launch are started to get nailed down. The first will be on April 1 in Hartford, CT, where I’ll be speaking at the first international conference on the aphorism along with James Geary, Sharon Dolin, and Alfred Corn. After that, I’ll be in NYC to speak to some groups of young folk and then off to Toronto where ECW will launch the book at 7pm on April 6 at the Dora Keough. More information on the April 1 conference below.

APHORISMS: A ONE-DAY CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP ON SHORT WRITINGS  

Saturday April 1, 2017, 10am to 4:30pm

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, Hartford CT

Opening talk—JAMES GEARY

Celebrate the art of the aphorism with James Geary: His presentation will explore the witty power of aphorisms in literature and daily life through the lively juggling of words & ideas. Geary is the foremost contemporary authority on the aphorism.

Presentations by three contemporary aphorists—

 Alfred Corn: Concision, Concentration, Poetry 

Sharon Dolin: Sequencing the Whole Fragment

George Murray: The Aphorist as Undertaker

Aphorism Workshop

Starting at 1:45 pm, James Geary will lead an interactive workshop on how to write aphorisms.

Group Reading

3:30 pm, conference participants will have the opportunity to read their original aphorisms. Followed by a Q&A with the contemporary aphorists.

Conference is Free. RSVP by March 25 to — Jim Finnegan (jforjames@aol.com)

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Publication: Contemporary Verse 2

October 18, 2016

I have an interview and new poems in CV2 this month, as well as a photo on the cover. The caption on the cover reads “Poetry, Politics, & Poor Choices.” Egad, what did I say to them? Will have to read it to remember.

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Publication: The Puritan

September 8, 2016

I have a new poem at The Puritan in an issues guest edited by Sonnet L’Abbe and Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. Classy joint, The Puritan. Hopefully I don’t bring down the property values.

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