Tagged Eric Scovel

‘Insert the poetic where we’d least expect it’: An Interview with artist and poet Mary Flanagan

By Eric Goddard-Scovel, Guest Contributor Introduction Mary Flanagan is an innovative multimedia artist, poet, designer and scholar constantly pushing the boundaries of what art, literature, and games can do in our ever-evolving digital culture. She is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College and author most recently ofCritical Play: Radical Game Design (2009). She is also the founding director of Tiltfactor, a lab focused on “game design for social change.” The first work of Mary Flanagan’s I had the pleasure to encounter was her interactive poem [theHouse] (see Figure 1 below), which appeared alongside a range…

A review of Jeffery Jullich’s Colon Dash Parenthesis

BY ERIC GODDARD-SCOVEL Jeffrey Jullich is the author of Portrait of Colon Dash Parenthesis (2010) and Thine Instead Thank(2007). His poetry, criticism, and translations have appeared in numerous journals and magazines including American Letters & Commentary, Aufgabe, Boston Review, Chain, Ecopoetics, Fence, LUNGFULL!, New American Writing, Poetry, Rain Taxi, Shiny, Spoon River, and VeRT among many others. What does a reader of poetry expect in a new book of verse today? I have to be honest, I’m generally a bit jaded when it comes to new poetry, as 9 out of 10 times I am disappointed by a lack of…

Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s Green and Gray

BY ERIC SCOVEL, Web Editor Liberating: the best word I can come up with for the experience I had reading Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s second collection of poems, Green and Gray.  What else could I say about a poem that declares this victory over life’s demands: “So much for problems and their solutions.”?  What else could I say that would be more accurate than O’Brien’s own commentary on the book and its methods, embedded throughout this self-aware collection?  As one poem puts it, “The feeling is / of the other side of the beginning of a bridge, / imaginary numbers, scratches…

Mairéad Byrne’s SOS Poetry

BY ERIC SCOVEL, Web Editor I’ve mentioned UBU web here before, in particular their /ubu_editions page. Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading some of the books published there. In their newest release (the third series, Spring 2007), one name in particular stood out: Mairéad Byrne. I had not heard of her until I went to AWP in February and saw her at two panel events. She also happens to be a graduate of the MFA program here at Purdue. I guess I did take something worthwhile from that conference after all. SOS Poetry, is best described as a…

Meet Sycamore Review’s New Web Editor, Eric Scovel

No, folks, we didn’t shut down for the summer.  But we’ve got some changes to announce here for the blog and the journal. The first in our short series of introductions of new staff at the Review is for our new Web Editor, Eric Scovel: A restless native of Polo, Illinois, Eric Scovel is at Purdue working on his MFA in poetry. This summer, he’s gotten obsessed with blogging. Besides finding great stories for the SR blog, he’s got two blogs of his own. Learn about his literary interests, etc., at what light already light ; his other blog, Mindless…