Here's video of someone who must be myself rocking "The Cosmic Purr" et al. at the UND Writers Conference earlier this year. The lovely and talented Dr. Heidi Czerwiec emceed the event:
"Syllables rough and smooth enough to soothe and stir,
we are the deep massage, the cosmic purr."
New Formalism and the Classical Contemporary Tradition
by Kevin L. Nenstiel, U of Nebraska-Kearney
Like his fellow classicist AE Stallings, Aaron Poochigian forms a bridge between the dead luminaries he translates, and today's introspective verse. He makes use of the ancient, somber forms so many readers love, but he applies them to a muscular contemporary poetic ethos. And though his verse is very new, addressing current concerns for a living audience, it has a lyric texture of something much older, with a robust Greco-Roman spine.
Determined to bring the magic of poetry to life for a broader and younger audience, Poet and Classics PhD Aaron Poochigian has written a new book, The Cosmic Purr.
My home state gets my Meriwether Lewis poems, bless it. The North Dakota Humanities Council featured my poem "Meriwether Lewis at the Great Falls" along with a gorgeous painting of the same title by cowboy artiste Charles Fritz:
Captain Meriwether Lewis and the Great Falls
I was the one, the first white man, to shiver
into the wind of it--a rush so grand
Charles Martin says in the forward that he found Poochigian's use of direct address refreshing, and I have to agree. I did enjoy feeling included in the poetry. But I also enjoyed the surprising variety of subject matter he covers in his poems- he talked about everything from plumbing to Medusa.
Classical Training Invigorates Deeply Emotional Poetry
Reviewer: Judy Katz
I did a radio interview with KMSU's "Weekly Reader" yesterday. Here's a link to the podcast: http://kmsuweeklyreader.libsyn.com/webpage/aaron-poochigian . The show will air tomorrow. I love that the interviewer asked me to read a number my poems for him. "The Cosmic Purr" is rockin' the airwaves--resonance with resonance.
Here are some upcoming readings:
Wednesday, June 6th, for the West Chester Poetry Conference (West Chester, PA)
Friday, June 29th, 7pm at the KGB Bar (NY, NY)
I took no offense that this British author and blogger claims Poochigian sounds “like a superhero poodle.” And I was proud that someone who is “not normally a poetry guy” would write: “it’s nice to find some poetry I actually quite enjoy. Like I said, we’ve lost a lot of Sappho, and if what we’ve got left of her is any indication, it’s a pretty tragic loss.”
Here's a link to the post I include below: http://iansbookpile.wordpress.com/tag/sappho/