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Happy Thanksgiving. Be Kind.

For the past 20 years, BOA poet Michael Blumenthal (AND, 2009), has written a "Thanksgiving/Christmas/Chanukah/New Year's poem" which he sends to friends and family. This year, Michael has graciously allowed us to post the poem and share it with all of you - our BOA friends and family. So here is "Be Kind" by Michael Blumenthal. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us. Be Kind Not merely because Henry James said there were but four rules of life— be kind be kind be kind be kind—but because it’s good for the soul, and, what’s more, for others,...

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Ray Gonzalez: The Literature of Rock and Roll

BOMB magazine just published this Q & A with BOA poet Ray Gonzalez. Ray is a long-time BOA author and we're proud to have just released his newest collection, [Cool Auditor]. [BOMB Interview with Ray Gonzalez] I’m not usually a fan of prose poetry, however Ray Gonzalez’s new book Cool Auditor (BOA Editions Ltd. 2009) has made me a believer. Gonzalez’s form straddles the line between poetry and prose allowing an opening for readers of both genres to enjoy his thick, musical language and fantastic imagery. His subject matter ranging from Bob Dylan to Kenneth Rexroth to his humorous, factual...

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BOA Office: A Photo Tour

You ask & we deliver! Fred Courtright of [The Permissions Company] has been handling BOA's permission requests for many years. If you want to [reprint] a BOA poem for an anthology, book, course packet, etc. then you'll eventually talk to Fred. But Fred lives in Pennsylvania and BOA is way over here in Rochester, NY. So, even though he's an indispensable part of our organization, Fred has never actually seen the BOA office! Fred sent a "comment" after one of our recent blog entries asking for photos of the BOA office. It occurred to us that other people might be...

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Cecilia Woloch Interviewed on Moe Green Poetry Discussion

Cecilia Woloch was interviewed on 11/15/2009 for the The Moe Green Poetry Dissicusion with Rafael F.J Alvarado & Chelsea Bayouth. The Moe Green show has featured numerous BOA authors over the years, giving listeners a chance to hear them reading and discussing their poetry in their own words.Below is the intro and bio posted on the Moe Green site. You can link to the interview here: [Cecilia Woloch on Moe Green Poetry Discussion] [Purchase Carpathia] Cecilia Woloch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up there and in rural Kentucky, one of seven children of a homemaker and an airplane...

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A Tribute to W. D. Snodgrass

W. D. Snodgrass, affectionately known as “De” to his family, friends and students, was one of America’s finest contemporary poets. De published many collections of poetry, as well as books of translations, essays and a memoir. De’s collection The Fuhrer Bunker: A Cycle of Poems in Progress was BOA’s first title, published in 1977. That book was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award (see our earlier post for an original copy of that nomination letter), as was the last book De published with BOA – Not For Specialists: New and Selected Poems (2006). In between those collections, were...

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