Promopalooza – L.Shapley Bassen

Promopalooza - L.Shapley Bassen

L.Shapley Bassen

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What inspired you to write this Chapbook/Book? What else should we know about it? Or just add the Blurb.

It’s my first collection over decades of publication. I hadn’t put anything together before.

What was your journey to publication like?

Like a jellyfish evolving into a dolphin, I hope. An early publication in The American Scholar prompted someone I never met/knew to ask AS to get me to sign the copy he was ordering. I had many poems published over the years, and then people started asking me to review their books, plus editors asked me to write poetry reviews [The Rumpus, for one]. I was honored to be asked to review Tess Gallagher’s “definitive collection” MIDNIGHT LANTERN, for another.

Any upcoming Chapbook/Book releases? Upcoming poems in magazines?

I’ve been sending out AIRBORNE … also have one titled BRONZE.

4 new poems just appeared in

Your Website and Social Media Links.;

Any poets or books that inspired your writing?

Ah, where to begin. William Blake, Emily D., Wallace Stevens … too many current ones to start …

Who are you currently reading?

Jodi Picoult:novel THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS … poetry: in translation, Anna Akhmatova 2006 Selected Poems (trans D. M. Thomas) I think D.M. Thomas’s THE WHITE HOTEL is one of the greatest novels of the 20th c.

Pay it Forward – Promote your favorite Charity, tell us why you love it, add a link.

PWS – my niece’s daughter was born w/this genetic syndrome … great research is being done on gene & other therapies … They say Jabba the Hut evidences its symptoms, but all the children I’ve seen are triumphing over its limitations in astonishing, inspiring ways. The 8-year old I know just ran a 5K with her mother!

Promopalooza every day at Gyroscope Review for National Poetry Month. Check back tomorrow for another poet interview.

Past Interviews

April 1 – Alison Stone

April 2 – Jessica Barksdale Inclan

April 3 – Maureen Sherbondy

April 4 – William Rector

April 5 – Carolyn Martin

April 6 – Lucy Griffith

April 7 – Better Than Starbucks

April 8 – Marjorie Becker

April 9 – Karen Arnold

April 10 – Sheree La Puma

April 11 – Sherry Rind

April 12 – Gloria Heffernan

April 13 – Kristian Macaron

April 14 – Martin Willits Jr.

April 15- George Longenecker

April 16 – Tresha Faye Haefner