General

New Book: Darkened Rooms of Summer

The new book is just out.  To see what the front cover looks like, click on the title above. For more detailed information, click on the gray square “Newest Book” above the castle photo.

General

Where have I been?

Where have I been for the past two years?  It’s a good question.  It’s almost March of 2014, and there have been no entries in this blog since April  of 2012.

Well, I’ve been busy writing — and working on the newest of my six books, Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, . . . → Read More: Where have I been?

General

Retrospective — A Dance in the Street

 Jared Carter’s fifth book of poems, A Dance in the Street, was published on 10  April 2012.  A “book launch” was held at the Flat 12 Bierwerks on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis on 29 April at 4 p.m.  The folks at Flat 12 were perfectly wonderful in hosting the event.  Diane Carter . . . → Read More: Retrospective — A Dance in the Street

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Backgrounder — A Dance in the Street

In the media kit that was distributed for A Dance in the Street in 2012, there was this backgrounder:

A Dance in the Street, Jared Carter’s fifth collection of poetry, will be published by Wind Publications, a prominent regional press in Kentucky, on April 10, 2012.  The new book contains 36 poems in 114 . . . → Read More: Backgrounder — A Dance in the Street

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Retrospective — at the Flat 12 Bierwerks

A Dance in the Street.

It’s always a privilege to publish a new book, but it’s far from being a solitary endeavor.  A lot of details have to fall into place, and a lot of people have to help.

I’m fortunate in having new book coming out in April. What follows here is a news release that gives the . . . → Read More: Retrospective — at the Flat 12 Bierwerks

Memoir

Lucy in her Bower, Dreaming

We can only assume that she is dreaming.  Perhaps she imagines that she dozes at the side of an abandoned well, on a warm summer day.  She dreams of being safe in a world of wildflowers and green leaves, with cicadas buzzing, far away and high up in the hackberry tree.

Like all of . . . → Read More: Lucy in her Bower, Dreaming

Memoir

David Haston, 1915-2011

I regret that I have lacked occasion to post in this blog for the past two months, and I apologize accordingly to the Growler’s subscribers and occasional visitors. During that time my attention was focused elsewhere, following the death of my father-in-law on the 9th of May.

David Haston was the father of my . . . → Read More: David Haston, 1915-2011

Politics

Of Elephants and Albatrosses

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John J. Mearsheimer.  Lecture, “Greater Israel’s Bleak Future and the Consequences for the United States.”  Sunday 10 April 2011, Indianapolis. 

Everybody has read the late Stieg Larsson’s best-seller about the girl who kicked the hornet’s nest. But what about the guys who kicked the hornet’s nest – John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt? 

Turns out they’re . . . → Read More: Of Elephants and Albatrosses

Poetry

Questions and Answers with Jared Carter

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In late 2001 I traveled to the town of Hopkinsville, in southwestern Kentucky, in order to give a poetry reading at the local community college.

The reading had been arranged by my friend Brett Ralph, the poet and singer, who was teaching at the college, and who is now a professor in the . . . → Read More: Questions and Answers with Jared Carter

Politics

An Equal and Opposite Reaction?

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It’s called cognitive dissonance – the confusion you experience when you try to hold two contradictory ideas at once.

One of them?  That despite the financial meltdown, everything’s going to be all right. Why? Because many of the same Wall Street financiers responsible for most serious economic depression since the 1930s are now working in the . . . → Read More: An Equal and Opposite Reaction?

Memoir

In Deep Winter, with Snow Falling

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In deep winter, with snow falling, I like to be sitting on a couple of milk crates in someone’s woodworking shop, keeping company while that person re-works the paneling in an old door, or puts together the pieces of a newly stripped kitchen chair.

Woodworking shops are preferred, because they smell the best, but . . . → Read More: In Deep Winter, with Snow Falling

Books

Keep the Channel Open

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Agnes de Mille. Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham.  New York: Random House, 1991.  xviii + 509 pp. $30.  ISBN 0-394-55643-7. 

You can’t read this book without falling half in love with Agnes de Mille, who must have been one of the kindest, most forgiving biographers who ever lived. And without wondering why a . . . → Read More: Keep the Channel Open

Poetry

Still Another Look at Jim Riley

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It was called simply Indiana Writes. It was a literary journal founded on the radical but admirable belief that there were talented writers throughout the Hoosier State, and that it would find their work and publish it.

This was back in the 1970s, and although it appeared for only a few years, the magazine set . . . → Read More: Still Another Look at Jim Riley

Politics

Indiana Lawmakers Confirm Earth Is Flat

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Indianapolis, Feb. 16 – In a stirring announcement from the state’s capital, a joint session of the Indiana legislature announced today what many Hoosiers have long believed – that the earth is flat, and the sun revolves around the earth.

“We initially hoped this would bring us up to the Middle Ages,” a Senate . . . → Read More: Indiana Lawmakers Confirm Earth Is Flat

General

Would the Bard Have Survived the Web?

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That’s the title of a timely op-ed piece by Scott Turow and friends on today’s New York Times web page that every serious writer should read. It’s about existing copyright law – why it is important, how it relates to the web.

The thesis is simple: “Literary talent often remains undeveloped unless . . . → Read More: Would the Bard Have Survived the Web?

Poetry

The Walt Whitman Award: Looking Back

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Different kinds of literary awards and prizes seem to be everywhere these days, but thirty years ago it was a different story. There were only a handful of prestigious awards for poetry back then – namely, the Pulitzer, the Bollingen, the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets prize, the Lamont, and the Walt . . . → Read More: The Walt Whitman Award: Looking Back

Music

Winter Recital

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Music, that most bewitching of the arts, does not spring full-blown from the forehead of some imponderable god. Its consumption is everywhere, but its creation and production are more rarified.

Whether soloist or ensemble player or composer, at the beginning one learns to play one note at a time, depress one key, touch one . . . → Read More: Winter Recital

Poetry

AWP Conference in Washington, DC

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During the next couple of days I’ll be attending the annual conference of AWP – Associated Writing Programs – in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels. 

There will be a gazillion panel discussions, workshops, and readings – all quite worthy, I’m sure.  I’m scheduled to participate in a discussion . . . → Read More: AWP Conference in Washington, DC

Poetry

Return to Paradise Valley

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Poetry from Paradise Valley. Edited by Edward Byrne. San Antonio: Pecan Grove Press, 2009. 134 pp. $15. ISBN 978-1-931247-86-3. 

No, this Paradise Valley is not an old Gary Cooper movie, nor is it a retirement village in Arizona. Instead, it’s a handsome new print anthology of contemporary poetry – work selected from among poems . . . → Read More: Return to Paradise Valley

Poetry

A Mississinewa Novel?

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“The total effect of Carter’s narratives and lyrics is the sense . . . that underlying these two books is a kind of ‘Mississinewa novel,’ a long and continuous story to which the scraps of narrative contribute and give historical depth.”  

This possibility was introduced in Timothy J. Deines’s thesis, ”The Gleaning: Regionalism, Form, . . . → Read More: A Mississinewa Novel?