Category: poetry

Remick and Ray Interview Larry Crist

We interviewed Larry Crist in July, 2015 R&R: What is a poetic line? I don’t know. Is this a trick question? R&R: All right. If you don’t care to go there, how do you react to poetry that seems to be just broken prose? Far easier to generalize or determine proper prose from the poetic. When I’m taking liberties with punctuation and breaking up a line, for meaning or aesthetics, I’m more than likely trying to indicate that this is a poem—if any nudge of my intent is not clear. I’ve never had any formal poetics. I am guilty of making up my own rules, and what I most often hear back is that my poems are little stories—sudden fiction with odd or unorthodox punctuation. R&R: What’s wrong with American poetry now? Is it dying as some say? Who says? Poetry is absurdly popular. Maybe that’s its problem. Everybody writes it, nobody reads it—well I do, and I know others who claim to. One thing I’d point out is that I think there are a lot of wannabe writers out there with limited or diminishing publishing opportunities, aside from what maybe one just posts or publishes on their own. In another life (or time period) I would mostly write novels. I have a pal who would make a living as a movie reviewer, another who has aspirations of being...

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Ginsberg, Ghost Tantras, Ginsberg Marathon

On June 1, 2013, I was honored to be named the Featured Poet for the 12th Annual Allen Ginsberg Memorial Open Mic Poetry Marathon in Seattle. For the past twelve years poet and archivist Paul Nelson has engineered this event. Paul has the pulse of poetry in the universe. He’s been a guest poet in China, he’s interviewed Ginsberg, McClure, and dozens of other poets, and he has written about the Projective Verse poets of the Black Mountain school—Charles Olson, Creeley, and Duncan among others. His two books: Before Slaughter, poems, and Organic Poetry—American Field Poetics are landmark works. Paul’s goal is to keep it coming—poetry is the heart beat, the blood, the juice of the modern idiom. The marathon is just one aspect of his dedication to poetry. By marathon Paul means a marathon. He kicked it off at 8:00 PM June 1st by giving me 45 minutes to read from my collection Satori, poems. At 6:00 AM the next morning, there was a recitation of Ginsberg’s Wichita Sunrise Sutra followed by a communal breakfast of scrambled eggs and pancakes and man, we were back in the days of the Summer of Love—the only thing missing was the acid dream. Paul ended the marathon at 1:00 PM June 2nd . This is a glorious tribute to the enduring power of Allen Ginsberg to inspire writers, to keep alive...

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Page Eight–Zen Poetics-The Poetics of Fiction 2

Page Eight–Zen Poetics–The poetics of fiction 2 ©2012 by Jack Remick and Robert J. Ray This is the Second Posting on Zen Poetics for Fiction Writers: A Golden Rule: Force the writer to create with power.  Zen Poetics: How to read a poem To read a poem, you must first HEAR it. Let the words roll out and over you. To read a poem, do this—tape yourself reading it then close your eyes and listen. Poems want to enter you as voice. Poems want to enter you as emotion. The voice enters you and you hear action and you see images. Story to the fiction writer is the big thing. Story moves in time. Image and action and compression are the big things to the poet. Compression means the poet squeezes out all the Unnecessary leaving only the Essential. Time is essential to story. Not essential to poem. The Unnecessary is any word or cluster of words in a line that impedes the image’s completion. Image is analogy. Analogy is metaphor. Her hair hung like copper wire Coiled on ashen shoulders Zen  Poetics Unearths Illusion Fiction writers get lost in language because language is deceptive. Clearing out the Unnecessary lets the writer show the story as it happens instead of telling the story in garbled mucked up prose loaded with embedded clauses and wondereds and imagineds and realizeds. The...

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