November 27, 2011

Cool-looking authors No. 16

Kurt Vonnegut, literary legend, author of "Slaughterhouse-Five," "Cat's Cradle" and "Breakfast of Champions"

Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories:
Quick video lesson on YouTube

November 25, 2011

Now that's poetic

A list,
is that what
desire makes,

- An essay by poet Mark Doty linking Walt Whitman, Bram Stoker, meth, sex addiction and vampirism. In Granta's Horror issue, Autumn 2011.

November 23, 2011


It all happened
in silence,
yet within
the silence
voices were
endlessly busy.

- Tomas Transtromer, 2011 Nobel laureate,
from memoir

November 14, 2011

Local star

Creative Loafing's Best of ATL pick for Best Local Poet 2011:

Kevin Young, author of the books "Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels," "Dear Darkness: Poems," "For the Confederate Dead" and "Jelly Roll: A Blues." And curator of Literary Collections and Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.


Every invitation came
with a stern reminder:
“Please don’t bring a guest.”

— From New York Times article about the Wilde Boys poetry readings/literary salon created by poet Alex Dimitrov (pictured)

November 8, 2011


This reader's response to a prize-winning poem certainly goes for the poetic style too:

This poem smells like the sawdust
rising from a puddle of extinguished upchuck.

— Bonnie (reaction to "Likenesses")