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Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems

Thrilled that my poem "Radio" appears in the newly-released anthology Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems (Persea, 2014), edited by Gabriel Fried. Very proud to appear in the company of such poets as Marianne Moore, Donald Hall, Linda Gregerson, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, William Matthews, May Swenson, and Robert Pinksy.

You Are Here Reviewed in Canadian Literature

I was thrilled to read Laura Cameron's dual-review of my book You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, and Carmine Starnino's Lazy Bastardism: Essays and Reviews on Contemporary Poetry, in the journal Canadian Literature. Click "Read more" for a taste:

Rilke Essay in Voltage Poetry

My essay on Rilke's "Archaic Torso of Apollo" has been published online at Voltage Poetry. Many thanks to editors Kim Addonizio and Michael Theune for giving me a chance to write about one of my favorite poets.

Echolocations: Poets Map Madison

Very pleased that an excerpt from my long poem "Quarry Park" has been reprinted in the newly-released anthology Echolocations: Poets Map Madison (Cowfeather Press, 2013), along with poems by John Koethe, Martin Espada, Jesse Lee Kercheval, and many others. Thanks to editors Sarah Busse, Wendy Vardaman, and Shoshanna Shy.

Interview in Evening Will Come

In an interview in the November, 2013, issue of the online journal Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, I discuss the goals of the critic, honesty in criticism, what today's critics are missing, and other critical topics. The editor asks the same questions of twenty-two poetry critics with widely varying approaches and values, from Charles Bernstein and Marjorie Perloff to yours truly.

Sailing to Babylon Reviewed at the Savvy Reader

Inderjit Deogun, reviewing Sailing to Babylon at The Savvy Reader, writes "I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by a single collection. After each poem I had to stop and allow myself the time to marvel at Pollock’s mastery. . .  The extraordinary thing about [the book] is Pollock’s ability to recall an action, a moment or an object with tremendous elegance.  . Pollock revisits his past and sees it with absolute understanding. . .

Excerpt from Griffin Poetry Prize Reading on YouTube

The Griffin Trust presents an excerpt from the Griffin Poetry Prize finalists' reading on YouTube, in which I read the poem "My Grandmother's Bible."

You Are Here Reviewed in Geist

Stephen Osborne, in the latest issue of Geist, observes, "The poetry celebrated in the pages of You Are Here includes the work of Jeff[er]y Donaldson, Karen Solie, Anne Carson, Daryl Hine, Eric Ormsby and Marlene [Cookshaw], each of whom receive illuminating and often brilliant close readings." Warm thanks to Stephen!

Brian Palmu Reviews You Are Here

Delighted to read Brian Palmu's appreciative and thorough review on his blog. Click "read more" below to read an excerpt.

First Book Interview

In this interview, part of a series of interviews with new poets, I describe Sailing to Babylon's journey to publication, and what came after.


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