Over at Common-Place, four of my poems have been published along with a statement of poetics and research in their latest issue (Vol. 14, No. 3.5). Common-Place is an online journal of the American Antiquarian Society. As the magazine describes itself: “a bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks–and listens–to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history.”
You can find the poems here.
I’m no historian, and even I find their articles interesting. In a recent issue, my friend Ari Kelman has a piece on the curious story of the Sand Creek massacre’s contested memory. You can read the article for a preview of his superb book on the same topic, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek, which just won a fucking Bancroft, that’s how good it is.
They also have a cool issue on Early Cities of the Americas. Standouts are Carl Smith’s profile of end-of-the-19th-century Chicago and Inga Clendinnen’s portrait of 16th century Tenochtitlan, the imperial city of the Aztecs. Smith focuses on trains and the way the railroad helped the young, recently reborn, city of Chicago come to engender American progress. Clendinnen brings to life the shock that Spanish explorers must have felt when their eyes first fell upon a city larger and more advanced than any European city they had known.
But besides all those articles on historical topics, Common-Place has room for poetry. Their Poetic Research section is a space for poems based on historical research along with statements of poetics. Previous editions of Poetic Research include poems by Cole Swensen, Brian Teare, and many others.
I am grateful to Robert Strong, editor of the Poetic Research collection, and Trudy Powers, Administrative Editor at Common-Place, for their months of work to prepare this issue.