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Peter’s Poem December 31, 2011: I suppose I could quote from Peter’s poem that begins: Between autumn and spring I sleep inside a column streaming semen from the sky a time for mapping and counting is done and it feels really good just letting the waves make their own history and I already I feel good, satisfied. The year is ending. And Peter’s sonnet-ish [...] by

The Best of the Best of the Year of the Week December 30, 2011: Before 2012 is upon us, a quick toast, or a few. Christmas, Hanukkah and the rest of the designated general gift-giving holidays have passed for now, but someone may yet have a special day at hand, and that person may be you. Giving oneself the gift of poetry and poetry-related books and items gives one a special charismatic glow. Thus, we [...] by

Tracy K. Smith’s Top 3 Poems of 2011 December 30, 2011: Tracy K. Smith, in this little NPR post, tells us a bit about her to three poems of the year, and the collections they came from, which are Laura Kasischke's Space, In Chains, Rae Armantrout's Money Shot, and Ross Gay's Bringing The Shovel Down. Here's her poem selection from the latter of the three: Playing similarly between [...] by

Dan Chiasson’s Year in Reading December 30, 2011: From The New Yorker, right in time for the new year, we have The Year in Reading, selected by Dan Chiasson. He dabbles in single poems, collections, and even out-of-genre books, like Keef's Life. A dab'll do ya: Tracy K. Smith, “Life On Mars.” Smith’s book of elegies for her father, an optical engineer on the Hubble telescope, [...] by

It’s Just Like in Workshop When Everyone Says, “This poem has that good,expensive feel” December 30, 2011: Abe Books lets us in on some top secret stuff here, revealing their most expensive book sales of 2011. Here are the three poetry entries: 1. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire - $14,925 This first edition of ‘The Flowers of Evil’ was published in 1857 and was Baudelaire’s first and most famous volume of poems. Six poems were [...] by

Announcing the First Philadelphia Poet Laureate: Sonia Sanchez December 29, 2011: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced a new Poet Laureate program earlier this spring, going on to create a committee to consider candidates. The city has now officially selected Sonia Sanchez, who has lived in Philadelphia since 1976 ("I like to tell people it was 1776," she joked), as the city's first Poet Laureate. More from [...] by

May January Bring Snow and Marathon Poetry Readings December 29, 2011: We're almost more excited for New Year's Day than for the revelry of 2011's last evening: Here in poetry land, the New Year is time for some big events. If you're in New York, you certainly can't miss the lineup (or the chili! or the Veselka pierogis! or the book table!) at the Poetry Project's 38th Annual New Year's Day Marathon [...] by

Mary Jo’s Poem (or else Dante’s) December 28, 2011: Look! It’s the beast with the pointed tail, Who leaps tall mountains and shatters barriers— Stone wall or high-tech weapon. Look! It’s him Who stinks up the world. If you are ever knocking around New York on Maundy Thursday which I can tell you this coming year is on April 5th you should go up to John the Divine on the upper west [...] by

A winter poem December 22, 2011: "The Snow Is Deep on the Ground" by Kenneth Patchen The snow is deep on the ground. Always the light falls Softly down on the hair of my belovèd. This is a good world. The war has failed. God shall not forget us. Who made the snow waits where love is. Only a few go mad. The sky moves in its whiteness Like the withered hand of [...] by

Dean Rader on Poetry and Politics December 21, 2011: Reflecting on the Occupy Berkeley meltdown, Dean Rader wrote this piece for Huffington Post, in which he questions whether or not poetry can bring about political change, seen primarily through the fact that Robert Hass wrote an op-ed, and not a poem, in response to his and others' run in with Berkeley police. From the article: At the [...] by