Poetry

Casting Deep Shade is a newly published book by the late poet C.D. Wright. A tribute to Wright and a community read of the book is scheduled for Saturday at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville. We speak with Kathy Thompson, one of the event's organizers and a friend of C.D. Wright, to learn more. 

John Burcham Erwin

The Open Mouth Readings, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating and enriching Northwest Arkansas' literary community, is accepting applications to the 2nd annual poetry retreat that takes place May 31 to June 3 at the Mount Sequoyah Retreat Center in Fayetteville. Applications are open to anyone 18 and up. 

An attempt to translate Rainer Maria Rilke's poem "The Panther" at age 14 really resonated with Cody-Rose Clevidence. That impulse to dissect and deconstruct is on full display in Clevidence's new collection Flung Throne (stylized Flung Throne).

Poet Peter Twal's debut collection, Our Earliest Tattoos, tackles memory and contemporary life with wit, humor and sentimental flair. The poems draw inspiration from lyrics of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends," which Twal first heard in 2012 and felt an immediate connection to. Throughout the book, he treats the song as an artifact and uses its lyrics to punctuate moments in the lives of his narrators.  

Katy Henriksen

This weekend's Frank Stanford Literary Festival, which celebrates the life and legacy of Arkansas poet Frank Stanford also shines the spotlight on another Arkansas poet and seminal figure in Stanford's legacy: C.D. Wright, whose boundary-pushing poetry landed her a McArthur "Genius" grant and an internationally recognized career as a poet and scholar. 

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