Piece in Chicago Sun-Times about a performance I put together for the Poetry Foundation.
Interview with Russell Smith about my day job, Poetry In Voice.
Interview with Mike Doherty in The Grid.
Interview with Shelagh Rogers (no relation) on CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter. Podcast lives here.
Interview with Jeff Latosik at Open Book Toronto
In conversation with poet Michael Lista for National Post’s Afterword
George Murray’s Questionless Interview on Open Book.
Ten Qs for Open Book Toronto
Paper Radio was shortlisted for the ReLit Award and the Pat Lowther Award. (It won neither.)
Bob Holman included Paper Radio in his Best of 2010 online at about.com: “Paper Radio jumped out at me and I can’t say why, but that’s what you want poetry to do, and I never want to say why. Because it’s real and talking to me. Because it’s bloody and horrifying beauty. It’s the Clash and Buckminster Fuller, Auden and Bowie. ‘If there’s a way to come / back as a ghost, I will.’”
Zachariah Wells reviewed Paper Radio in Arc Poetry Magazine, No. 64, Summer issue: “Like the incendiary ‘red bird’ of Paper Radio’s first poem, Damian Rogers is a poet who ‘eats everything in sight.’…. This is a book with all of the right kinds of ambition; don’t be surprised if, in future work, Rogers, like the speaker of ‘Don’t Look,’ changes ‘into someone / completely different and better.’”
Angela Hibbs reviewed Paper Radio in Broken Pencil magazine: “Paper Radio is written with the confidence of a teenager carving her arm…. An auspicious debut.”
Alessandro Porco reviewed Paper Radio in Northern Poetry Review: “Paper Radio is a remarkable debut, and Damian Rogers is a poet I look forward to reading as she continues forth into future projects. She has a ‘brushstroke’ touch with words. That stroke is most potent, though, when it gets a little bit unruly, even cheeky. More than anything else, Rogers ‘[turns] our eyes inward / toward our dearest lies.’ One can’t ask for more.”
Barbara Carey reviewed Paper Radio in Toronto Star: “Rogers evokes an alarming world….. Coolly observed and image-driven, her poems are unsettling and at times enigmatic. But they can also be spellbinding, filled with striking turns of phrase…. Rogers writes with spare, luminous clarity about the spiritual hunger of the 19th-century religious sect, the Shakers. ‘Take hold of my shoulder, / shake me awake,’ she writes in one poem. At its best, Paper Radio itself shakes the reader awake.”
Ariel Gordon reviewed Paper Radio in Winnipeg Free Press: “Though Paper Radio as a whole has thematic and imagistic throughlines (the colour red, birds) whose power is torqued by surrealistic flourishes, Rogers’ manifest smarts seem to find purpose and direction in [the section] Song of the Last Shaker: ‘My body’s for bruising / my heart is her sky. / I train my breath / upwards. / I practice. / I die.’ The American-born Rogers at play, on the other hand, is canny and crafty but also emotionally true: ‘Every day there are new stores. / They look so shiny and great, / mouths stuffed with presents. // I am calculating exactly how much they owe / me and wondering if I can be paid in toys.’”
Brian Joseph Davis gave Paper Radio five stars in Eye Weekly: “Rogers is a storyteller at heart, deftly jumping from socialist history both recent (John Sinclair’s Ann Arbor insurrections) to centuries old (Shakers are reoccurring ghosts in her poems). In between are testimonial fragments like: ‘She wants to / be a haughty old / woman, a high- / boned bitch… She wants / to press / her final / breath / into the / corners / of every / room she / enters.’ As the title suggests, Rogers is tuned into a sublime station, free of static.”
Chris Morgan reviewed Paper Radio in Scene Magazine: “Perhaps the most attractive quality of Rogers’ voice is the meditative effect produced by certain verses, the Zen-like mindfulness that connects past, present and future experiences in a coherent, colorful continuum. ‘I said oh. I said wait, hold on / I am changing into someone / completely different and better,’ the poet writes and suddenly we are all changed too. Recommended.”
Jeff Latosik reviewed Paper Radio in the Mansfield Revue: “Rogers (who grew up in Detroit and completed an MFA at Bennington) writes in a surrealist-inflected style that is not out of place in the company of notable American writers loosely associated with the New York School (Dean Young and David Berman come to mind)…. What makes Rogers special is that she effortlessly incorporates a kind of heart-on-the-sleeve emotional sensibility with rich understanding of image and detail…. Like musician-turned-poet Berman, she has a knack for the deceptively simple—the friendly punch that leaves a bigger-than-expected bruise.”