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Book Trailer for ECODEVIANCE, poetry by CA Conrad

You are beautiful, by Dorothea Lasky : : Poetry Daily

You are beautiful

Thunderbird : : Wave Books

Snapshot: CA Conrad / Coldfront

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Loss letters: Noelle Kocot’s THE BIGGER WORLD / Sycamore Review

Loss letters: Noelle Kocot’s THE BIGGER WORLD


Noelle Kocot reads from her new book, “The Bigger World”

“I wrote The Bigger World in under fifty days, out of a deep need to get away from writing about myself and my grief over my husband’s death. My former roommate, Adam Skalman, got me to watch all of the series, Dawson’s Creek, and I found it was some of the best T.V. writing imaginable, as well as being highly entertaining. We watched all of the DVD’s over the span of about a month, after which I decided I would try to write a novel. My friend Lizzette was visiting, and I knew this would foreshadow some real creativity, as it had in the past when she would visit my husband Damon and I while we were living in Brooklyn. She left on July 1, 2007, and I began my “novel,” only what came out was the poem, “Suburban Tale,” a little macabre for her taste, but I decided to keep going. At first, the poems were more on the fanciful side in general–dense, dark poems that could never have taken place in real life (“The I.R.S.,” “The West Village”). Then, the poems turned to more real-life situations. Then, in general, they became more ontological and diffuse. Though the poems were fictional for the most part, they helped me to exorcise so much existential terror while I was writing them, and I needed to talk to a couple of friends about it as it was happening, in order to process it all. Writing these poems was a more intense experience than writing almost anything else, because it was all so concentrated and fast-paced. I was literally emptying myself of the bulk of baggage I still carried, so I could get to the point where I could be like one of the other kids again. And what happened to me was that I realized that I was not only one of the other kids, but that I was actually very creative, and that my gifts for story-telling and negative capability were in tact. I don’t usually like most of my work. I mean, I’m satisfied with it, but like is not the word I would use. Maybe feeling an affection for it is more on target. But I really like the poems in The Bigger World. They excite me when I read them, at least for now. When I was a child, I used to fool my family and my teachers with long surrealist yarns about supposed goings on in the neighborhood. I feel like I took that playful energy and wrote a bunch of poems I feel proud of, and which I want others to enjoy. I guess I just feel like these character poems establish me as an artist and as a human being.” ~  Noelle Kocot (from Anis Shivani / Huffington Post)