Victoria Chang’s most recent book is OBIT, published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. OBIT received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize, the PEN Voelcker Award in Poetry, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Book Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Chang’s other poetry books are Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle. She lives in Los Angeles.
Managing Editor Eric Smith spoke to Will Schutt about Italian-Swiss poet Fabio Pusterla, whose poems, translated by Schutt, appeared in our Spring 2019 issue. Schutt, author of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets award-winning collection Westerly, discusses Pusterla’s poetic lineage, ambulation in poetry, and the effect of translation on his own work.
Twenty-five years ago, when my family moved to Waterville, Maine, we bought a house with a finished basement that was sectioned off into a laundry room and a rec room. The latter seemed like the best place for my office, so I soon interred myself there, setting up my desk and computer and half a dozen bookcases below ground in a windowless room, where it would be quiet and I wouldn’t be underfoot (though I was, of course, literally under the feet of my wife and daughters).
When Ken Burns’s landmark mini-series The Civil War was first broadcast over five nights on PBS in September 1990, it was perhaps the most star-studded documentary ever produced. Morgan Freeman and Sam Waterson voiced Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, respectively, with Arthur Miller as William Tecumseh Sherman and Garrison Keillor as Walt Whitman. Jason Robards was Ulysses S. Grant, and George Black his Confederate counterpart, Robert E. Lee. Unfamiliar with that last actor? George is my great uncle.