Check out this great review of Megan Hudgin’s new chapbook. She’s representing SIUE real proper like!
By Megan Hudgins
(winner of the 2014 Two of Cups Press chapbook contest)
Two of Cups Press, 2015
In Crixa (Two of Cups Press), Megan Hudgins twists sensuality, artificiality, lost innocence, the creation of life, and relationships into a collection of fresh yet familiar statements on femininity and the various sinews that connect different moments and thoughts into a single meaningful web – or, better yet, a warren – called life.
Hudgins displays a strong eye for different poetic shapes and forms, and how theme and content can affect (and be affected) by those more aesthetic choices. Poems hinging on allusions to Watership Down (where the collection’s title originates) stand side-by-side with descriptions of Eduardo Kac’s famous bioluminescent rabbit Alba, explorations of adolescent sexual awakenings, and emotional explications of Wolfgang Tillmans’s Freischwimmer print series. So too do poems built from couplets…
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So this reading is going down Sunday night around 7:30 at Foam in St. Louis The show includes great poets and friends like Matthew Questionmark, Zaire Imani, and Seymour Justice. I’ll be saying some new poems (some these are about Superman and other comic books characters) with Adam Sirgany on saxophone, and Mic Boshans (aka The Proprietor) on percussion. This is because Sean Arnold made it happen.
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon is the kick in the pants you’ve been looking for.
Kleon has the medicine that many beginners and “blocked” experts need. Take what you like and transmute it. In contrast to the old advice to write what you know, Kleon throws out the challenge, “Write the book you want to read.”
This would be a better use time than watching On The Road and buying a boatload of new denim designed to look like old denim.
But if you’ve ordered Steal Like An Artist and you need something to hold you down until it arrives checkout Exit Through the Gift Shop. Or you could just check out Kleon’s Ted Talk right here.
Here’s a link to a new podcast Kevin Eagan and I have cooked up for you.
The fall semester is happening here in Macomb, across the world, and in the ether. Kevin Eagan and I put together a podcast about the latter. Check it out if you’re interested in MOOCs or other possible fringes and futures of higher education. http://criticalmargins.com/2014/08/08/mooc-education-episode-18/
Kevin Eagan and I just posted a podcast on the Kindle Unlimited Program and Amazon’s Master Plans. It’s a damn fine show, if you’re into that sort of thing.