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David Bromige Talk at Silliman’s Blog December 26, 2012: To help put 2012 behind us and usher in the new year, we'd like to point you to Ron Silliman's blog where he has posted a talk by David Bromige called "Condition, Information & the Paranoia of the New." The talk was given on October 4th, 1985 as part of the St. Mark's Talks, curated by Charles Bernstein. Go ahead, have a listen!
Talking with Gina Myers of Lame House Press December 26, 2012: The folks over at Kill Your Darlings are thinking about chapbooks, and who better to talk to about the topic than Gina Myers. She's been kicking out the chapbook goods for years with Lame House Press. Matt DeBenedictis introduces their conversation by thinking about the hand-made quality of chapbooks: The chapbooks that I’ve always [...]
Gawker’s 50 Least Important Writers December 26, 2012: Gawker's serving up the news that doesn't exactly stay news with this rip, not on Louise Glück (and that's Glück with an umlaut to you) but on poetry—yes, all of it! Louise Gluck Former Poet Laureate Louise Gluck is one of America's most important living poets, which makes her one of America's least important writers. Seriously, [...]
RIP Dennis O’Driscoll December 26, 2012: We are sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis O'Driscoll yesterday. From RTE News of Ireland: The death has taken place of the poet, Dennis O'Driscoll. Mr O'Driscoll, who was originally from Thurles in Co Tipperary, was 58. He was the author of nine volumes of poetry, as well as being an essayist and critic. His work has [...]
Sandra Simonds at Radio Free Albion December 26, 2012: Newly up on Radio Free Albion is this interview with poet Sandra Simonds. Set down your brimming glass of 'nog and have a listen!
Cheer Up—It’s Only the End of the World December 21, 2012: By the time you read this, the world may or may not have ended. There’s a good chance that things will simply continue on much as they were before (which is probably what makes apocalypse fantasies somewhat appealing in comparison). Nevertheless, because we’re beholden to the best practices of contemporary journalism, we’re going to take a [...]
Leland Hickman’s Poetry Study List to Harry E. Northup December 21, 2012: Here's a hot tip courtesy of Ron Silliman—a poetry study list drawn up by Leland Hickman and passed off to Harry E. Northup. As Northup explains: "Shortly before Dec. 18, 1971, Lee Hickman told me the following lists of books & poems & prose writings to read to learn to be a good poet. He did this without notes..." The study list is [...]
Contemporary best-sellers this week December 21, 2012: If the world was supposed to end today, no one let this week’s contemporary best sellers list know. The same titles are camped out in their familiar positions, including Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings, which leads this rapturous chain of best selling poetry. Following Oliver is Louise Glück with her tome of poems, Poems 1962-2012. [...]
‘sharp sniffs of snow in complex air’: Karen Garthe’s 12 or 20 December 21, 2012: Karen Garthe, author most recently of The Banjo Clock, answered Rob McLennan's 12 or 20 questions over at his blog. Here's a few of them. Make the jump for the rest: 4 - Where does a poem usually begin for you? Are you an author of short pieces that end up combining into a larger project, or are you working on a "book" from the very [...]
How Longfellow’s ‘Christmas Bells’ became ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ December 21, 2012: Check out this HuffPo piece about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Christmas Bells", which became the popular carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." A sample: Longfellow crafted this poem some months before Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Within the poem, however, he captures the years of [...]