Punch-in-the-Face Poetry

9 04 2014

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So I’m kind of groovin’ on a site that’s new to me: Punch-in-the-Face Poetry.  This site posts some slammin’ good poems.  Among the criteria that the site’s editor looks for in a great poem is “a strong turn.”  And there certainly are turns-a-plenty at Punch-in-the-Face.  So, check it out, and check out Voltage Poetry, and Voltage!  And let those great turns do what they do so well: knock you out!

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Voltage Poetry 2.0 Launches Tomorrow!

17 02 2014


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Tomorrow morning, at 11 a.m. (CST), the next round of contributions to Voltage Poetry launches!  I hope you’ll check it out–

(Teaser: for the first post of the new launch, David Mason reflects on the stunning turn in Cally Conan-Davies’s “Wompoo Fruit Dove”…)

As noted on Voltage Poetry’s “About” page, in “Lyricism of the Swerve,” Hank Lazer asks, “Is there a describable lyricism of swerving?  For those poems for which the swerve, the turn, the sudden change in direction are integral, can we begin to articulate a precise appreciation?”  Voltage Poetry continues to strive to undertake this important articulation and appreciation.

Co-edited by Kim Addonizio and yours truly, Voltage Poetry is an online anthology that collects essays written by some of today’s most exciting poets and critics about poems with great turns them.  Right now, the site features over 70 essays on some amazing poems.  As with the first round of publication, each week approximately three new essays will be posted.  As we currently have over 30 new contributors, the site’s conversation about the turn will continue to evolve for approximately the next three months or so.  However, submissions also are accepted (interested? click here for information)–so the conversation may continue.  In the months to come, I look forward to further reflecting on the turn here at the Structure & Surprise blog by examining ideas and questions raised in and by the essays on Voltage Poetry.  I hope others also may be inspired by Voltage Poetry and begin to think and write more about the poetic turn.

Voltage Poetry has been a collaborative effort from the start, and it remains so.  It has been a deep pleasure to get to work with Kim and all the site’s contributors–a group of truly amazing poets and critics.  Additionally, many poets whose poems are featured on the site offered gracious assistance when it came to attaining permission to reprint their poems.  And numerous permissions and publishing professionals continue to be generous and supportive of this project.

This round of publications in Voltage Poetry has benefited greatly from the dedicated work of its editorial assistant, Erica Kucharski.  Student assistants Colleen O’Connor, Nicole Pierce, Maggie Zeisset, Kristina Dehlin, Mike Dickinson, and Danielle Kamp have helped with proofreading.  Michael Gorman’s technical expertise has been invaluable.  My heartfelt thanks to all involved with this stage of the project…

I hope you, too, will get involved with Voltage Poetry–if you do: thank you!





Voltage Poetry in the News

31 01 2013

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A nice write-up of the Voltage Poetry site, which features poems with great turns in it–along with discussion of those turns–can be found here.