News, Musings, Gnomes

Another Way of Breaking the Pentameter

Greetings, friends, I recently had an essay published online at Literary Matters. It deals with a poem by Joshua Mehigan, discusses “disguised form” (not sure what I mean there), and even uses charts and diagrams. You can find it here! Stay tuned for news of my forthcoming book . . . All good things, Stephen

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Halifax Oyster Festival

Sweet friends, Every seventeen years, cicadas spring from the earth in a flurry of chirping, releasing their sweet song into the world. According to Hindu cosmology, every 4,320,000 years the human race appears and disappears in an awe-and-dread-inspiring cycle. We’re talking birth and death and rebirth here, people, we’re talking eternal recurrence of the same, we’re talking circle of fifths, we’re talking Stephen Kampa & the Pickups play every so often and now is so often and you should be here so often to hear us! That’s right. I’m dusting off my harmonicas, I’m gargling whisky, I’m getting ready to

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Poetry Daily: “Dodo”

Greetings, friends, No, that isn’t a dig at Poetry Daily in the title, that’s a shout-out of gratitude to Poetry Daily for republishing my poem “Dodo,” which first appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review. You can find the poem by clicking here. Many thanks to Poetry Daily and to BPR for their support! Stay tuned, Stephen

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New Interview

Friends, For a recent interview with my alma mater, click here. May all manner of thing be well. All good things, Stephen

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Short Essay

Friends, I have a short essay about Austin Allen’s “Tower Scheherazade” on the 32 Poems blog page.  You can find it here. It was such a pleasure to participate in this Contributors’ Marginalia program! Happy autumn, Stephen

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Poetry Daily

Howdy, friends, A recent poem of mine appears on Poetry Daily today. Enjoy! Click here! All good things, Stephen

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New Poem at 32 Poems

Friends, Just a quick note to let you know I have a new poem up at 32 Poems. Enjoy! http://www.32poems.com/ Best, Stephen

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Harmonica Work on Victor Wainwright’s Boom Town

Friends, I am pleased to announce that I was privileged to contribute some harmonica work to the latest album from Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, Boom Town, currently available on Blind Pig Records. I know I’m liable to be biased here, but I think this is an amazing album, and you’d be doing yourself a favor to check it out. You can find samples from it on Amazon or YouTube, and if you’re interested in hearing one of my humble contributions–the one where they really let me cut loose–you can find it by clicking here. For you harp freaks, I

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Poems online at Unsplendid.com

Greetings, all, Just a quick note to let you know I have four poems online at the latest edition of Unsplendid, which you can find by clicking here. I’m glad to be in such good company, including that of Morri Creech, Joseph Harrison, and Cody Walker (all fellow Waywiser poets) and Rosanna Oh and Claire Walmanholm (fellow Johns Hopkins alumni). All best, Stephen

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Long Live Rattle!

Oi, gente! I just wanted to mention that a poem of mine has appeared online courtesy of Rattle, one of my favorite poetry journals. You can find it here. The poem is called “How to Meet the Love of Your Life: A Basic Guide.” Please note that results are not guaranteed. Much *cough* love, Stephen

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