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Roger Ebert Remembers Poetry in Poetry

Ebert’s first contribution to the magazine has just been published

July 9, 2013

CHICAGO —Poetry magazine’s July/August 2013 issue includes new writing by the late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert. In Poetry’s “The View from Here,” a series that asks non-poets to write about their relationship with and affection for poetry, Ebert recounts how memorizing poems as a child enriched his life. As a contributor to Poetry, Ebert is in company with such esteemed poets as W.B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath, writers whose work he discussed and celebrated.

Poetry’s “The View from Here” series has featured such luminaries as children’s book author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), comic artist Lynda Barry and the late basketball coach John Wooden. The July/August 2013 issue’s installment features contemplations about poetry by Ebert as well as neuropathologist Laura Manuelidis, nonfiction author Amy Frykholm, comic art critic Hillary Chute and artist Hank Willis Thomas.

Poems from such well-known poets as Fanny Howe, Kay Ryan and Philip Schultz are featured in the July/August 2013 issue, with first appearances by Christina Davis, Sadiqa de Meijer and Miller Oberman. In addition, critic Marjorie Perloff remembers Allen Ginsberg, poet Donald Hall writes about Richard Wilbur, poet and translator Clare Cavanagh eulogizes Wislawa Szymborska, and poet and visual artist Bianca Stone reminisces about her grandmother, the late Ruth Stone.

The entire July/August issue is available online.

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Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet.

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