“Blue Yodel” by Ansel Elkins

Blue Yodel” just wrecked me. My only regret is that I can’t read this book again for the first time. At least I’ll have other times.

“Death, Captain,
is not what I feared it would be.
I was blown through death.
Death blew through me.
I was sewn into the wind itself
as a singing voice blown out to sea.”

Ansel Elkins



Terrance Hayes at the Library of Congres

I saw Terrance Hayes give a lecture at the Library of Congress today. He had a lot of wonderful ideas. The idea of receptiveness to influence as a type of vulnerability, fluidity as an ingredient of innovation. What I found most intriguing was his idea of perpetual apprenticeship. Practice without the goal of mastery. Never settling into yourself as a poet. He used Etheridge Knight as an example of the “fluid poet.” He also referenced this wonderful poem by Marcus Wicker in Rattle. The first time I read this it knocked me on my ass. After today’s lecture, I figured it was time for another round.


My First Review…

I was surfing the web and happened to stumble across an interesting find: TextEtc.com.  This  site, curated by Colin Holcombe, is chock-full of literary resources, and offers its visitors insights into “the craft and theory of poetry: composition, analysis and improvement of literary work, including translation and the creation of good copies of well-known poems.”  Colin devotes a great deal of time to showcasing the work of poets in literary magazines, including a post titled “4 Poets in the New Delta Review.”  As it turns out, I was one of the poets he discusses in the post, alongside fellow Issue 4.1 contributor siblings Anders Carlson-Wee, Hanna Tawater, and Christopher Shipman.