by Tom Savage and Bill Kushner
OCT 2015 | Poetry
Tom Savage is the author of eleven books of poetry including the latest 136 collaborations (mostly sonnets) with the late Bill Kushner. His other books include Afghanistan: From Herat to Balkh and Back Again and Brainlifts. He has had poems in The New York Times and many print and online venues. He has received grants from the Fund For Poetry and taught at The Poetry Project.
Bill Kushner (1931-2015) was a poet, playwright, actor, and director at the The New York Theater Ensemble and Theater Genesis. His books of poetry include Head, Love Uncut, He Dreams of Waters, That April, In the Hairy Arms of Whitman, In Sunsetland with You, and Walking After Midnight. Some poems, recordings, and fabulous interviews with Bill can be found at poet Don Yorty's blog. A memorial reading for Bill will be held at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where he was an important presence for decades, on Monday, November 16 (see poetryproject.org for more details).
by Chris Stroffolino
JUL-AUG 2015 | Poetry
These sonnets are tentative firsts in an attempted pact with this classic European form. It's clear to me at least that they don't quite believe in the form yet, but my creative writing students responded well to the structure, and they've challenged me to write 100 this year.