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Open Your Mouth

Hi. Happy Poetry Month. Thanks for reading. My instinct is to try and give you some theme that frames my thoughts about poets and poetry lately. Here are some things I’ve been thinking about: the [...]

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T H E    D I S T A N C E S    and / or    C I T I E S

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You can teach the young nothing —Charles Olson, “The Distances” Cities located near waterways have always been my preferred locales for living in and loitering around. I like to walk [...]
National Poetry Month Special: Download <em>Poetry</em> Magazine (with Audio & Video) for Free!

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re offering lots of freebies to help you get through the cruelest month. First and foremost: the April 2015 issue of Poetry is free to download! If you [...]
Notes Toward a New Language

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I am currently at work on a book based on Ingeborg Bachmann’s quote (from her novel, The Thirtieth Year), “Keine neue Welt ohne Neue Sprache” (no new world without a new language). So far, [...]
Poetry is Not The Final Girl: An Introduction

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I guess I’m obligated to say happy (happy?) National Poetry Month but let’s be real, this April is going to be kind of a rough one. It’s been a shitty year for poetry, and poetry-related spaces [...]
Dear Diary: Sarah Manguso Reviewed at <em>The New Yorker</em>

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At The New Yorker, Alice Gregory writes about poet and essayist Sarah Manguso, and her newest work, Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, in which Manguso confronts the “dark matter”–the [...]
Rare Insight & Heart: Tracy K. Smith’s New Memoir, <em>Ordinary Light</em>

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At Publisher’s Weekly, Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Tracy K. Smith’s newest book (officially out today, in fact), a memoir called Ordinary Light (Knopf 2015). “Ordinary Life begins [...]
Sjohnna McCray is the Winner of the 2015 Walt Whitman Award!

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Congratulations to Sjohnna McCray: winner of this year’s Walt Whitman Award! The Academy of American Poets presents the Walt Whitman Award each year to one poet of exceptional promise. Sjohnna [...]
Poetry Mixtape Volume VIII

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Today is the last mixtape! I can think of no better way to end this series than by taking a look at the work of the wonderful curators who have made this project possible. After spending time with [...]
Help AK Press, 1984 Printing and Friends After a Fire

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The Oakland-based radical publisher and distributor, AK Press, is reeling from a deadly fire that spread to its warehouse early in the morning on March 21st. AK Press shares the building with [...]
<em>Amodern 4: The Poetry Series</em> Collects Writings on Readings, Avant Sound Archives, Listening, Recording, Performance, Resonance, & On…

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Thanks to the evidently tireless work of Michael Nardone and editors Jason Camlot and Christine Mitchell, Amodern 4: The Poetry Series is out and features an incredible collection of writings on [...]
Thom Donovan Talks to Cassandra Troyan for <em>The New Inquiry</em>

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Thom Donovan interviewed Cassandra Troyan about her work’s relationship to violence, post-sovereignty, and masochism–and it’s all at The New Inquiry. “What does the masochist [...]
William Harris Reviews Amiri Baraka’s <em>S O S: Poems</em> at <em>Boston Review</em>

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At Boston Review, William Harris wonders why Amiri Baraka’s writing became so hard to find in print, and his career so different from how it started. He reflects on these unfortunate realities [...]
Poetry Mixtape Volume VII

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In 2009, while attempting to woo a music snob, I wrote to Byron Coley and asked him to help me make a mixtape. He responded with a track list called A Meat As Sad As Butter and an offer to send each [...]
Urayoán Noel’s <em>In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam</em> is Here!

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Urayoán Noel’s new book, In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, documents the history of Nuyorican poetry from the 1960s to the 1990s. Although the number of Nuyorican [...]
O/R Books Will Re-boot <em>The Evergreen Review</em>

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Holy cow! O/R Books plans to bring back The Evergreen Review! As O/R Books co-founder, John Oakes, writes: “We plan to make it an online juggernaut–just as it was a pathbreaker forty [...]
Tomas Tranströmer, 1931–2015

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We are so saddened to hear that Swedish poet and 2011 Nobel Literature laureate Tomas Tranströmer has died at the age of 83. The Independent reports: He had been nominated for the Nobel Prize every [...]
Fanny Howe Is Up for The Man Booker International Prize!

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Wow! The ten authors listed as finalists for The Man Booker International Prize include beloved poet Fanny Howe! “Ten writers are on the judges’ list of finalists under serious consideration [...]
Poetry Mixtape Volume VI

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Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is an artist & casual historian living in San Francisco. Their first chapbook, PDF, was published by Solar Luxuriance in 2014. With Elana Chavez, they organize the [...]