Monday, May 30, 2016

Mazer on Mazer

"The tension is the meaning of the poet/poem versus the meaning of the world." 

This  comment by Ben Mazer about the vibrating tension at the heart of his work, comes from his 2014 reading at Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in reply to an audience question: "Can you explain for us please .the "mystery" of the "tension" which vibrates in your poetry?" (As reported at the Scarriet blog.)

//-- > Mazer's December Poems, published by Pen & Anvil in May 2016, is available for sale via the press website or

Thursday, May 26, 2016

E.B. White to Shirley Wiley, 1954

"An editor is a person who knows more about writing than writers do but who has escaped the terrible desire to write." From a letter from E.B. White to Shirley Wiley, 1954.