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Obliteration Excavations 3:  To Not Make It

Obliteration Excavations 3: To Not Make It

Sometimes, when the dark sky is very clear, I look up at the Big Dipper, and search for the North Star, though I never really know how to read the constellation—this search is somehow habitual, a [...]

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Poetry Marathon Benefit Reading at Woodland Pattern? Yes, Please!

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Tomorrow, one of our favorite poetry bookshops is hosting one of our favorite annual readings. Of course we’re talking about the good folks at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. If you [...]
R.I.P. John Leggett, Former Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Poetry News

SFGate sends word that the former director of the Iowa Writers Workshop has died. John Leggett was 97 years old. Later in his life he co-founded and directed the Napa Valley Writers’ [...]
Poet and Lyricist, Rod McKuen, is Dead

Poetry News

Word of Rod McKuen’s death surfaced yesterday; he was 81 years old. Rod McKuen was a successful lyricist and poet who, early in his career, regularly performed in San Francisco alongside Beat [...]
Honoring Poet & Dance Critic Edwin Denby

Poetry News

At Locus Solus: The New York School of Poets blog, Andrew Epstein helps promote The Poetry Project’s upcoming tribute to poet and dance writer Edwin Denby (1903-1983), “Dancers, Buildings, [...]
Accessing a Monstrous Perspective on the Animal Nature We’ve Got

Poetry News

Our hero has written up our hero! At Rookie, Eileen Myles writes: “To write about Dottie, I have to mention an enraging thing I love thinking about. Which is that to write poetry and be a poet [...]
The Loft to Begin Search for New Executive Director

Poetry News

Happy 40th Anniversary, Loft! The Loft Literary Arts Center, a cultural hub in Minneapolis for the last forty years (as of this year!) is beginning a search for a new Executive Director. Jocelyn [...]
Fatima Naoot Faces Trial in Egypt for ‘Contempt of Islam, Spreading Sectarian Strife and Disturbing Public Peace’

Poetry News

In Egypt, the poet Fatima Naoot could face anywhere from six months to three years in jail for criticizing Eid al-Adha on Facebook. Eid al-Adha is a Muslim festival in which animals are sacrificed to [...]
Writing Custom Poems Makes Some Real Bucks

Poetry News

Who knew we’d ever acquire our poetry news from Business Insider, but here you are: Poet Lynn Gentry, who puts together custom poems by the Whole Foods subway in NYC, might be making more money [...]
The ‘Mess and Message’ of Ted Berrigan

Poetry News

Today on Dennis Cooper’s blog “DC’s Spotlight,” Cooper provides a long quote from Reva Wolf concerning Mr. Ted Berrigan. The quote remarks on The Selected Poems of Ted [...]
London’s ICA Remembers Adrian Henri

Poetry News

Have you heard of the English poet and painter, Adrian Henri? Whether you know him or not, we recommend a hop, skip, and a jump over to the ICA’s homage to his artful magic. From The Guardian: [...]
Now on a Bookshelf Near You: Amiri Baraka’s <em>S O S: Poems 1961-2013</em>

Poetry News

Thank goodness Grove Press recently published this spectacular Amiri Baraka tome. The New York Times’s Dwight Garner provides a little illumination to the text. From NYT: There are two ways to [...]
Celebrating the Centennial of Thomas Merton

Poetry News

Events to celebrate the life of poet and mystic Thomas Merton are being planned worldwide, reports Melville House, to mark his centennial this month. Claire Kelley writes: Last week at the Brooklyn [...]
Michael Robbins & Anahid Nersessian Talk at <em>LARB</em>

Poetry News

At Los Angeles Review of Books: University of Chicago graduates and friends Michael Robbins and Anahid Nersessian discuss feminism, poetry and pop allusions, Marilynne Robinson, Los Angeles, and [...]
<em>Entropy</em> Lists Top 93 Poetry Books in Translation of 2014

Poetry News

Entropy has listed the top 93 poetry books in translation from 2014, referring to Coldfront’s 2014 best-ofs, writing: “Since Coldfront didn’t mention any books of poetry not originally [...]
<em>NY Times</em> Profiles: Patricia Smith

Poetry News

The New York Times profiles College of Staten Island English Department Professor, successful poet, and “fallen journalist,” Patricia Smith, who is the recent recipient of a Guggenheim [...]
Can Poetry and Medicine Get Along?

Poetry News

Those right there are the kinds of instruments that John Keats encountered during his career in medicine. (Scary!) The young bard trained as a surgeon and was tasked with dressing wounds and setting [...]
Charles Simic Remembers the Salad Days With Mark Strand

Poetry News

Wow: Charles Simic writes about Mark Strand for the New York Review of Books blog. Strand, who died in November, was one of Simic’s oldest friends: “Having known him for forty-six years, [...]
Hurray for This Year’s National Poetry Month Poster!

Poetry News

Yes, yes: The Academy of American Poets revealed the 2015 National Poetry Month poster! As always, The Academy collaborated with Chipp Kidd in its search to find one talented artist to design an [...]