Catherine Chandler's Poetry Blog

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Slow Burn

One of my poems from the series "Madison Street" -- Slow Burn -- has been published in the latest issue of The Lyric.

Thank you, Jean!

Slow Burn

The children miss their favorite swimming hole
up at the creek, now autumn’s settled in.
This afternoon, one of Glen Alden’s trucks
has brought a mix of pea and chestnut coal.
They’ll chute it down into our cellar bin—
four tons, just over eighty-seven bucks.
We all watch as the monster dump-box lifts
and tilts. The blue-black slow-burn payload shifts
then rumbles to the dank, dark space below.
Our radiators, working full-time till
next March, will clank and gurgle, dry the snow
from woolen mittens, intercept the chill
creeping into the house as blizzards blow
pale spoondrift down our street from Beaumont hill.

Friday, October 19, 2018



My poem, "Votive" is now online, and will be in the November issue of First Things.

HERE is a link.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Three Poems Accepted for Publication

Three poems accepted for publication! "On a Line from Frost" for Marilyn Taylor's upcoming villanelle anthology, "Votive" (a long poem in octets) for First Things, and "Slow Burn" (a sonnet) for The Lyric. 

Thank you, Marilyn, Joseph, and Jean!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Two Poems in Measure

Two of my poems appear in the current issue (Volume XII, Issue 1) of Measure (University of Evansville, Department of Creative Writing): 

"We"-- a sonnenizio based on the first line of Timothy Murphy's Nemerov Award-winning sonnet, "The Track of the Storm" (the word "we" is repeated in every line, often hidden within other words); and "Family at Sunset Beach, California," finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.

Thank you, Rob Griffith and Paul Bone.

Monday, September 17, 2018

My poem "Pentimento" in Antiphon

High Noon, by Edward Hopper (1949)

Thanks to editor, Rosemary Badcoe, for publishing my ekphrastic poem on Edwward Hopper's "High Noon" (1949) -- "Pentimento" -- in the current issue of Antiphon.

HERE is the issue. My poem is on page 21.

HERE is my audio recording of the poem (along with other poems.)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summerfest Reading

HERE is a summary of a recent reading at the Argo Bookstore in Montreal. Thanks to Ilona Martonfi for organizing the event.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

It was my pleasure!

A lovely thank you letter from the Newburyport Literary Festival organizers.

And I thank the poetry coordinator, Alfred Nicol, once again for the invitation.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Newburyport Literary Festival - Save the Date!

I hope some of you can make it to the Newburyport Literary Festival. HERE is a list of the poetry participants.

I'm in the 10 a.m. slot with John Foy.

Saturday, April 28,2018

Beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Central Congregational Church Social Hall

14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
 Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Alabama Literary Review

Three of my poems ("Ending", "My Father's Shirts", and "Nines") are now available in the online version of Alabama Literary Review, Volume 26 (2017).

As well, a review by Rhina P. Espaillat of my Richard Wilbur Award-winning collection, The Frangible Hour.

Thank you, Bill Thompson!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Midge Goldberg reviews The Frangible Hour

I woke up this morning and, as usual, logged in to Facebook.What a wonderful surprise to read that Midge Goldberg had written a review of The Frangible Hour, "Tar & Tallow, Turpentine & Twine" and that it has been published in The Claremont Review of Books, digital edition, February 12, 2018.

You can read the review HERE & HERE.

The review is also announced by Micah Mattix in today's Prufrock HERE.

Thank you so much, Midge!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Good News!

New Year's celebration, Punta del Este, Uruguay

I've just heard from William Baer that my sonnet, "Celebration," which portrays my feeling of alienation at the New Year's  celebrations in Punta del Este, has been chosen as one of twelve finalists for this year's Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award.

It will be published in an upcoming issue of Measure.

Thank you, Bill, Rob and Paul!