Sailing to Babylon Featured at Poetry Daily

Very pleased that my book Sailing to Babylon is the featured book at Poetry Daily for April 19, 2013.

Sailing to Babylon Shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize

I'm filled with joy to learn that Sailing to Babylon has been shortlisted for the Canadian category of the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize. For my page at the Griffin Poetry Prize Web site, click here. For the official announcement, click here. For the CBC story, click here.

Sailing to Babylon and You Are Here Reviewed at The Urge

I'm immensely pleased to read Stewart Cole's thoughtful review of both Sailing to Babylon and You Are Here at The Urge. For brief excerpts, click "read more" below.
 

Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

I'm looking forward with pleasure to the 2013 Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, where I've been invited to read my poetry and to participate in a round-table discussion. I'll be reading from Sailing to Babylon at the Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal, from 7-8:30 pm on April 26, 2013, along with poets Julie Bruck, Carmine Starnino, Steve Luxton, Johanna Skibsrud, Sue Sinclair and Nick Thran. Click "read more" below for more details.

Delighted to learn that Sailing to Babylon has been given an Honorable Mention (that is, it was named the runner-up) for the 2012 Posner Poetry Book Award by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Congratulations to the winner, Sarah Busse, and her book Somewhere Piano, and warm thanks to the judge, Jennifer Reeser! For the full list of winners in all genres, click here.

Sailing to Babylon Reviewed in Arc Poetry Magazine

Wonderful to read Chris Jennings' appreciative review of Sailing to Babylon in issue 70 of Arc Poetry Magazine. ​He writes, "in Sailing to Babylon, the formalism—the regular stanza patterns, sonnets, and the long poem in terza rima—prepares you to think about the fine line between an advanced knowledge of the rules of traditional poetic form and a mastery of the subtleties of traditional poetics. When a poet deploys tradition gracefully, as James Pollock has, the pleasure in the poems also renews my affection for tradition." A warm thank you to Chris!

You Are Here Shortlisted for the 2013 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award

I'm happy to announce that my book You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, is a finalist for the 2013 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for a collection of essays. For the list of other finalists, including Rick Bass and Gerald Stern, click here.

The Essential Daryl Hine

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be editing, and writing an introduction for, The Essential Daryl Hine, a volume of selected poems in the Essential Poets Series published by The Porcupine's Quill. The book is scheduled to appear in 2014. For information about Hine, see an earlier blog post on this site, announcing his recent death.

Sailing to Babylon Reviewed in Pleiades

Tom Dillingham reviews Sailing to Babylon enthusiastically in the winter 2013 issue of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. For the full review, click the link and scroll to page 247. For a brief excerpt, click "Read more" below.
 

Interview at Open Book Ontario

In this interview, I name the desire behind You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, and discuss the relationship between poetry and criticism for the poet-critic, among other things.

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