I hope this April finds you well.
To begin with, it saddened me the other day to hear of the passing of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, one of the most talented postwar Russian poets. For anybody wanting to learn more about Yevtushenko, click here to read his Art of Poetry interview first published in the Paris Review. I’ve also included a link to a poem I really enjoy by him, titled We Should Be Stingier, here. The seemingly random imagery, ranging from space to oil cakes to sailor suits, is one of the things I enjoy most about poetry in general, the way that it connects things that could not be connected through other means. It is clear that Yevtushenko was skilled at making these connections.
In other news, I’ve had a recent stroke of luck in getting some poems published so my publications list has been updated accordingly. In general they are poems I am proud of, not merely surprise choices but strong ruminations that I have faith in. A couple can be found online so go right ahead and check them out!
One of these three, titled Amateur Cartography at the Bagel Shop, is my second publication with Vox Poetica. Since the editors behind this website have been most kind I wanted to take a moment to give them an extra word of thanks. Founded in 2009, they have been publishing an interesting stream of poetry since then in varying styles and I strongly suggest you check out their Today’s Words blog, which can be found here.
In terms of the future: I am expecting three more poems to be published in the next month and a half in the magazine of my alma mater, the Paris/Atlantic, which means that I have passed the 15 poem mark. I have a couple more poems that I will publish here on this blog as well. Since I generally am fond of the affirmation that comes with traditional publishing, the poems I publish here are of two kinds: those that I have trouble finding a suitable magazine to publish them in, thematically speaking, and those that commemorate specific events. Since there aren’t many publishers that will publish a poem right away I have decided to simply publish them here. Though I haven’t decided yet, this might also include poems about other poets as they are a class of their own.
Also I plan on paying more attention to short story publications. During the next couple of weeks I am hoping to finish a second short story to try and publish. Stay tuned for more news on that.
Those who are looking for a book to read should check out Egon Hostovsky’s novel The Arsonist. It was published in the mid-1930’s and they have a prestigious prize named after Hostovsky in the Czech Republic now. Out of all the Czech novels I have read, The Arsonist is perhaps the most enjoyable.
That’s all for now. I wish all of you a pleasant April.