Genine Lentine

Genine Lentine’s chapbook Mr. Worthington's Beautiful Experiments on Splashes is just out from Diagram/New Michigan Press. Her poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in American Poetry Review, American Speech, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Tricycle. The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden, her collaboration with Stanley Kunitz and photographer Marnie Crawford Samuelson was published by W.W. Norton in 2005. Ongoing projects include Listening Booth, Spacewalks, and The Heinous Task Table, all of which took shape in a 2009 Project Space residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. She is the Artist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Zen Center for 2009-10.

About Mr. Worthington's Beautiful Experiments on Splashes:

"Reading Genine Lentine's poems--so ardent and playful, risky and affecting--I kept thinking that it's not true, what René Char once said, that 'no bird has the heart to sing in a thicket of questions.' These poems plunge headlong into uncertainties of both language and life and, in doing so, they are so original that I often felt while reading them that I was in the grip of a brand new and still unnamed emotion." --Richard McCann

"These clear, refreshing acts of attention seem to wake us to another way of seeing, and to the problems and pleasures of saying what we see. Have we taken the act of speech for granted all along? In her short, formally inventive pieces--and especially in her dazzling long poem about language's power and limits that anchors this collection--Lentine sounds like no one else. Her wry, astonished, aching voice is a fresh presence in American poetry." --Mark Doty

  • Graham Hawthorne & Fugan Dineen, with Darlene Francis
  • George Lakoff