Behind Schedule, Just a Bit

Posted in poetry, Stuff I assume other people care about with tags , , , , on 2011/11/19 by jamiejthomas

Though we are behind publication schedule on Etch and Blur, it is getting inevitably closer . . .


Of nothing, nothing, nothing–nothing at all

Posted in poetry, Stuff I assume other people care about with tags , , , , on 2011/11/18 by jamiejthomas

One of my favorite sonnets for sure. One kick-ass writer. 3 Pulitzers? Really?

The End of the World

Archibald MacLeish

Quite unexpectedly, as Vasserot
The armless ambidextrian was lighting
A match between his great and second toe,
And Ralph the lion was engaged in biting
The neck of Madame Sossman while the drum
Pointed, and Teeny was about to cough
In waltz-time swinging Jocko by the thumb
Quite unexpectedly to top blew off:

And there, there overhead, there, there hung over
Those thousands of white faces, those dazed eyes,
There in the starless dark, the poise, the hover,
There with vast wings across the cancelled skies,
There in the sudden blackness the black pall
Of nothing, nothing, nothing — nothing at all.

I Love the Smell of Poetry in Big Rapids

Posted in poetry, Stuff I assume other people care about with tags , , , , , , on 2011/10/18 by jamiejthomas

Hello all, just wanted to chime in to add a nice little reading coming up in the next few days in Big Rapids.

Yours truly will be reading. I’ll be reading from Etch and Blur, my nearly-released collection of poems from Brick Road Poetry Press.I’ll be reading with fellow Ferris State University faculty member, Betty Stolarek, as she reads from her new novel, One Amber Bead (written under the pen name Rebecca Thaddeus–she has a nom de plume, how rad is that.) It should be a good time–there’s poetry for the poet-types, prose for the prosers, and light refreshments for all.


The lowdown:

What: Reading: Jamie Thomas and Rebecca Thaddeus (aka Betty Stolarek)

Where: ArtWorks Big Rapids – 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307, (231) 796-2420

When: Thursday October 20th at 7pm

How: with our mouths mouthing the words

Why: b/c we love you


If you’re near you should come on out. and if you’re far, you should let someone who IS near know the skinny.



Hecht Prize Anthology – Coming in November

Posted in poetry, Stuff I assume other people care about with tags , , , , , , on 2011/08/21 by jamiejthomas

I just got done proofing the two poems of mine that will be included in the Hecht Prize Anthology (2005-2009). Waywiser Press decided that they would release an anthology of poems from poets who were Finalists for the Anthony Hecht Prize over the first 5 years the book prize has existed.

I was twice a finalist/semi-finalist for The Anthony Hecht Prize for my manuscript Etch and Blur (which will be published by Brick Road Poetry Press this Fall), and the Eds. were cool enough to include my work in this boss anthology.

I am extremely flattered to appear next to so many talented poets. Waywiser Press does a very god job promoting poets’ work–even those who advance but don’t win their book prize–each year including selection from finalists on their website, along with biographical material. It’s a nice touch for sure.

The Hecht Prize Anthology is due out in November, and, as I said, it is busting its seams with killer poems by killer poets. Everything kills you these days, but this anthology kills you with lines and verses.



A Couple Not-New Poems Dressed Up to Look Like New . . .

Posted in poetry, Stuff I assume other people care about with tags , , , on 2011/05/23 by jamiejthomas

Waywiser Press has been real cool about promoting its finalists/semi-finalists of The Anthony Hecht Prize, with BIOs and poems from everyone on that list.

I’ve got a couple of poems up there right nowhe Eds. at Waywiser were cool enough to include me even though I had to pull my manuscript out of the running (unlike another press I won’t name–who struck me from their short list b/c I’d just placed the mss. elsewhere (whatever)).

Anyway follow the link here (The Anthony Hecht Prize 2010) if you want to check the poems out. And check out the other good poets with good poems you’ll find here.

Update on the Progress of Etch and Blur

Posted in poetry, Stuff I assume other people care about with tags , , , , , on 2011/04/13 by jamiejthomas

Things are moving forward nicely on the new poetry collection. I just sent off the Final (final final, I swear) revisions to Brick Road Poetry Press. Added one poem and subtracted one poem. Hopefully the added poem I shuffled in there will stay “shuffled in there.” It’s a decent poem (and a much better fit to how the manuscript shaped up), so it should be no problem.

Also been working on cover images. A very good situation, in that I’ve got some input into the cover of my book. But it is also a bit daunting. I’ve got a few mocks done up and a few images I’ll be sharing with Brick Road. It is starting to get moving toward an actual, live, hold-in-your-hands book.

Author photo: now there’s something that hasn’t been quite as fun. Nothing like taking a bunch of photos, combing through them, looking for the one that makes you look less like a jackass. hee haw . . .

And last but not least . . . Etch and Blur is ready for pre-order, on Brick Road Poetry Presses website. They’ve got a really cool promotion going that gets you free shipping, as well as a chance to get current Brick Road titles at half off. So all you poetry enthusiasts head to Brick Road Poetry Press and check it out. They have some good  books out right now, like M. Ayodele Heath‘s debut collection Otherness.

Here is some video of his book release reading in Atlanta–Heath is a helluva poet, well worth checking out.


Posted in Academia, poetry, Stuff I assume other people care about with tags , , , , , , , on 2011/04/12 by jamiejthomas

“Instant Contempt For the Understandable”

I like that. What a great phrase, and even better as textspeak. You know, “I laid it out in words she could understand, and she went all ICFU on me.”

Seriously though, Austin Segrest has written a nice little piece in The Missouri Review about what happens when poets from within the white walls of academia work hard (too hard?) to distance themselves from the language/jargon of prosody. The backdrop of Segrest’s piece is a review that Mark Halliday did of Tony Hoagland’s latest book.

Segrest’s piece – Halliday, Hoagland and the Creative Writing/Scholarship Divide

Halliday’s Review of Hoagland’s book (originally in Pleaides)