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Archive for August, 2012

The Week We Looked Back in Relief August 31, 2012: Here at Harriet HQ, we believe that change is possible—nay, inevitable. We believe that change always presents opportunities. We believe that people can overcome pain, mistakes, and misfortune, and that poetry can help. We believe that, insofar as the past is worth examining, it should be examined in service of the future. Before we close [...] by

Contemporary best-sellers this week August 31, 2012: On this week’s contemporary best-seller list, Philip Appleman climbs into the top five at #4 with Perfidious Proverbs and Other Poems: A Satirical Look at the Bible, while Gail Carson Levin rounds out the top five with Forgive me, I Meant to Do It. New to the list this week is Robyn Schiff’s Revolver, which makes its debut at #17. Published in [...] by

Ali Liebegott’s Road-Trip Interview with Claudia Rankine August 31, 2012: Remember when poet Ali Liebegott went on a road trip for The Believer and interviewed Maggie Nelson? That was just her first stop. Now she's gone on to talk with poet Claudia Rankine, and their interview has just gone up at The Believer Logger. We love this bit from their conversation, held recently in Claremont, California: BLVR: I [...] by

Fleet Foxes Start Literary/Art Journal The Unified Field August 31, 2012: News for the hips among us: Fleet Foxes are starting a 60-page full-color literary/art journal, reports The L Magazine, who discovered the band was behind the project after a little digging. Here's the list of contributors to The Unified Field. Do we spy a poet or two? Near Gloria Steinem? More: In the case of the inaugural issue, we [...] by

Honoring Samuel Menashe’s Ghost August 31, 2012: A young Samuel Menashe fan waxes nostalgic about a memorable 2006 reading at The Paris Review, describing the late poet's captivating voice and style. Menashe, who died in 2011, is known for his short, precise poems, which were apparently so powerful that they commanded the attention of a fairly young audience: The audience, mostly [...] by

Letters from Lost & Found August 31, 2012: All those poets' papers, folders, and manuscripts filed by the foot in college and university libraries all over the US, now have an avenue of escape and rebirth with the publication of a series of chapbooks edited by students in the English Program at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. And it is the correspondence, [...] by

A New Anthology of Poems from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Africans August 31, 2012: Check out this call for an interesting new anthology project led by Abayomi Animashaun out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh: Many African countries consider homosexuality immoral. In some, homosexuals are subjected to corporal punishment, imprisonment, or death, simply because of their sexual orientation. These hateful acts are [...] by

“If I had Roseanne Roseannadanna as my writing partner I have no doubt my stories and poems would have the time of their lives.”: An Interview with Sabrina Orah Mark August 30, 2012: Sabrina Orah Mark took part in this interview with Black Warrior Review. She is also judging their poetry contest this year. Deadline approacheth! Here's a bit: BWR: How would you feel if a reader completely misunderstood your work, but loved their experience of it? I guess what I mean is, how much stake do you put in writer [...] by

Newly Unearthed Letters from Sir John Betjeman to his Secret Mistress to Go on Display August 30, 2012: From the Daily Mail: For decades, Britain’s best-loved modern poet was torn between his love for three women – his faithful wife, Penelope; long-term mistress Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, a childhood friend of the Queen; and Margie Geddes, who was revealed to have been his lover only after she died in 2006. Now, almost 30 years since [...] by

Can You Disown Your Old, Crappy Poems? Sometimes, Says The Atlantic August 30, 2012: Any writer worth their salt has cringed while re-reading earlier work. Among them, says a recent post on The Atlantic, was W. H. Auden, who fiddled with an early poem for some time before finally determining it was worthless. Unfortunately for Auden, that poem was "September 1, 1939." Despite his distaste for the poem, especially its most [...] by