It sounds like the cracks and clicks of the house settling
as the room warms in morning, it sounds like a fan
whispered up. It tastes of wood smoke—sweet and then stale.
It looks like the curve of a mountain
under streaked sky, and everything pale blue
just before sunrise, everything translucent,
even stone. The stone is blue, it tastes, after all,
Congrats! We’re really lucky to have Cynthia Huntington here now as a visiting writer!
The 2012 National Book Award Finalists were announced this morning. Some familiar names made the cut, plus a few debuts.
Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)
Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King (McSweeney’s Books)
Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (Little, Brown and Company)
Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 (Doubleday)
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)
Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (Knopf)
Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas (Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press)
Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)
Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press)
Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press)
Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Susan Wheeler, Meme (University of Iowa Press)
YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE
William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (Scholastic)
Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)
Meet our Managing Editor, Sally J. Johnson! Sally is a 2nd-year poet in the MFA program at UNCW. We love her and we knew you would too, so we asked her a few questions so y’all could get to know her:
Favorite author, book, journal? What do you like? ”I love Faulkner, Whitman, Plath, Hemmingway, O’Connor, and Capote. Obsessed with John Rybicki, Kim Addonizio, Dean Young, and Quan Barry. I love Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible.Right now I’m reading a ton of Anne Sexton and the 20 archived issues of Ploughshares I just ordered.”
Hit us with a place-based factoid/story about yourself: ”When I went to visit Prague I fell in love with this bridge there that was covered in locks. The rumor went: you’d place a lock there with your lover and throw away the key, cementing your destiny with them. When I moved to Wilmington, NC, I discovered a fence where people have hooked up loose keys. I don’t know the reason, but I like to think it’s all those promises on display.”
Your favorite thing Ecotone ever published? “I’m in total heart-break love with those ‘Six Poems by Children’ John Rybicki gave us for the Happiness Issue.”
Something random? ”My family has a tortoise right now. His name is Spartacus. We used to have one named Izzo but he ran away.
And that, dear readers, is Sally in 4 questions and a picture! Want to meet the rest of our staff? Stay tuned!
Emma Straub’s youngest fan!
How cute are we!? Start ‘em young!
photo: 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson
“Only Southerners have taken horsewhips and pistols to editors about the treatment or maltreatment of their manuscript. This—the actual pistols—was in the old days, of course, we no longer succumb to the impulse. But it is still there, within us.”
– from the Introduction to The Sound and the Fury
Fun fact: Our managing editor is exactly the same height as Faulkner was. A happy birthday to William Faulkner, a man whose only short(ish) stature was in height.
Celebrating the real mind behind Johnny Cash’s hit “A Boy Named Sue”
Happy Birthday Shel Silverstein!
These photographs of albatross chicks were made on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the north Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean and collect what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.
Check out Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour to experience dinner with Updike.