NewPages.com has featured us in its latest issue (September 6, 2012) of New & Noteworthy Books! We really appreciate the mention, and hope that we live up to the “Noteworthy” mantle once November 1st comes and people can buy Poets’ Guide to America. See you then!
The tag-team poetry of John F. Buckley and Martin Ott is as much a kin to the works of John Ashbery and Edward Field as it is to the radio skits of George Burns and Gracie Allen. In Poets’ Guide to America, Buckley and Ott use satire and irony to follow a folded roadmap across the fractured wholeness of our poetry landscape. Their euphonious cacophony of wordplay, ingenious turn-of-the-phrase concoctions and steady stream of pop/cross culture references create an erudite mix of levelheaded nonsense and harebrained smarts. Think Wheeler and Woolsey with MFAs collaborating on a book of poems: serious art that is nothing short of funny.
-Paul Fericano, author of Sinatra, Sinatra and editor of Stoogism Anthology
In a scene oversaturated with trite, predictable fluff, it is refreshing to see challenging work of this caliber. I appreciate the ambition, scope and fantastic weirdness of this collection.
-Jaimes Palacio, author of Stuck in the Middle and Bad Chicken
On Saturday, June 2, at Vroman’s Books in Pasadena, Enid Osborn and Cynthia Anderson hosted another fantastic reading celebrating their anthology A Bird Black as the Sun, a collection in which one of our poems was privileged to appear. Each contributing poet got to read two poems, the one from the book and another one (preferably also about birds or nature).
The readers were as follows
- Cynthia Anderson (“A Parable”)
- Maureen Alsop (“Cledonomancy, Sleep in the Raven’s Throat”)
- Cathryn Andresen (“Pass the Salt”)
- We two (“Thirteen Ways of Looking by a Black Bird” and “Duologue in Delaware”)
- Jeanette Clough (“Into the Fourth Gate: Dialogue with Birds”)
- Mary Fitzpatrick (“Journey Through Night”)
- Noreen Lawlor (“Tempo”)
- Friday Lubina (“blackest bird obsession”)
- Jim Natal (“Early Morning Crow” and “Lost. One-Footed Adult Crow. Reward.”)
- Halie Rosenberg (“The Company of Crows”)
- Jackson Wheeler (“Crow Sings Jazz”)
- and Enid Osborn (“I Knew Two Crows”)
Thank you, Cynthia, for giving me the list of readers.
John F. Buckley and Martin Ott allow the reader to ride shotgun on a poetic trip throughout America. It is an America where the songs of aw shucks small-town values register as loudly as the burgeoning metropolis. Their journey is ripe with the spirit of goodwill, and the stench of excess. It is where blue-collar ideals and values intersect with regional customs. It is formal, causal, and memorable. Grab a postcard. This trip is truly, “… something to write home about.”
–Daniel Romo, author of Romancing Gravity and When Kerosene’s Involved
Lunch Ticket, a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles, has accepted our poem “The B-Team” for its inaugural issue. Thank you very much to all the editorial board of Lunch Ticket. We look forward to appearing in your pages.
Temenos, the Central Michigan University online graduate literary journal, has accepted our poem “American Eye Doll,” our second poem about ubiquitous Hollywood superstar Hayden Smunchner, chronicling his rise to fame. Thank you very much to all the editorial board of Temenos, notably editor-in-chief Amee Schmidt. We look forward to appearing in your pages.