Indiana Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize nominee Adrian Matejka interviewed Mitchell L. H. Douglas about his methods for creating music in poetry. The conversation is an installment of Matejka's National Poetry Month series with Indiana authors for Indiana Humanities.
In a special National Poetry Month roundup, editors of The Rumpus include dying in the scarecrow's arms in the article "What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Poetry." The list features recent and forthcoming poetry collections.
Mitchell L. H. Douglas' dying in the scarecrow's arms is among six recent books of poems that “deliver truth with originality and grace” according to U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. Smith recognizes Douglas’ work in the April 2018 issue of O: The Oprah Magazine. Author of the forthcoming poetry collection Wade in the Water, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for her third book, Life on Mars.
Douglas' dying in the scarecrow's arms is the first book discussed in the feature that celebrates National Poetry Month. Smith notes that the book-opening "Loosies," an elegy for Eric Garner, contains "a sense of violence and vulnerability that touches everything after." In the midst of these poems of survival, Smith says the book's five-part love poem "Persist" is "restorative" and succeeds in "turning even the routine into a daily astonishment."
In addition to Douglas, Smith reviews poetry collections by 2017 National Book Award nominees Shane McCrae (In the Language of My Captor) and Danez Smith (Don't Call Us Dead), Eve L. Ewing (Electric Arches), Khadijah Queen (I'm So Fine), and Nicole Sealey (Ordinary Beast).
The April 2018 issue of O is available at newsstands now.
Nimrod International Journal notes, "The beauty in this collection isn’t only found in the self and the voice, though—quite the contrary. Douglas celebrates the human body, and the work and personalities of countless poets, musicians, icons, and ordinary people."