Last night, as part of The New School's ongoing Poetry Forum, Craig Morgan Teicher and Lisa Russ Spaar read from their work and shared their insights. Teicher and Spaar agreed that one of the most vital parts of the creative process is reading other work. Teicher went so far as to say "I don't really write without reading," to which Spaar agreed wholeheartedly. Thanks to Craig Morgan Teicher and Lisa Russ Spaar for participating in this forum and to our own Laura Cronk for moderating.
Teicher's latest collection, To Keep Love Blurry, is now on sale.
The brilliance of these poems is how they renovate not only poetry but language, without pretense, without the declaration of war, without summoning the ghost of Shakespeare in any but the most charming ways. I could live in the mind of these poems and never want to leave. — D.A. Powell
Lisa Russ Spaar's collection Vanitas, Rough, is newly released from Braziller Books.
Spaar, known for unveiling erotic lyricism in the quotidian, has been likened to Dickinson and Hopkins, and in this fourth book, her linguistic mastery continues, conveying the rapture—and hilarity—that can occur in suburban stillness. [...]Informed by past masters and contemporary moments, Spaar’s work aims to uncover for us what of the world’s ecstatic lushness we might have missed: "Dear Reader," Spaar writes, "one wonder/ speaks of another." — Publisher's Weekly
Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. His first book of poems, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, was chosen by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry and was published by the Center for Literary Publishing. His collection of short stories and fables, called Cradle Book, was published in spring 2010 by BOA Editions Ltd. His new book, To Keep Love Blurry: Poems, was published by BOA in September 2012.
Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of Vanitas, Rough: Poems, Satin Cash, Blue Venus: Poems, and Glass Town: Poems, for which she received a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers in 2000. Her work has appeared in many literary quarterlies and journals, including Denver Quartery, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Ms. Spaar has been honored by the Academy of American Poets, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry (2009), and the Carol Weinstein Poetry Prize (2011–12). In addition, she is the Director of the Area Program in Poetry Writing at the University of Virginia, where she is Professor of English and Creative Writing, an Advising Fellow, and the winner of several awards including the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.