Katie Ford’s approach to poetry may seem unconventional, but it’s deliberate as well.
“I am not a fast writer,” the author of “Colosseum” and “Blood Lyrics” said in a 2008 interview. “Poems, to me, are events, occurrences, not exercises or tasks. Many things — not stars, not fates, not the gods — have to come into alignment for a poem to occur.”
To guide readers through his new book, “No Bull Information: A Humorous, Practical Guide to Help Americans Adapt to the Information Age,” John Gamble invented a character named Arnbi, a cartoon Aristotle who points to the truth of a given situation. When the “bull” in the book’s title gets deep – when the talk turns to politics, for example – the figure is drawn holding a shovel.
Ethan McCarthy’s fingers rattled up and down the keyboard as his eyes fixated on the computer monitor. He was trying to move a small, square-shaped character from one platform to another without it falling into a pit of nothingness.