In the same day's mail I received the new issue of Callaloo with its special Ed Roberson section and this wonderful new book of Roberson's that has just been released by Wesleyan University Press. Click here for information about the new book.
The Callaloo includes new essays by Brent Hayes Edwards, Evie Shockley, Joseph Zamsky and Joseph Donahue. (Evie's is part of her forthcoming book. Watch this space for further word on that.) There are wide-ranging interviews with the poet conducted by Kathleen Crown and Randall Horton, and a generous offering of recent poetry by Roberson. My own essay in the issue, "Face to Face with the Blues," is a critical consideration of issues of race and ethics in Roberson's late poems. (The journal surprised me by coming out when it did. I've been planning to speak from this essay next month -- but it's probably still OK as the presentation includes visual and audio materials that are not reproduced in the journal issue.)