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Patricia Lockwood Gets a Post Script Best of at The New Yorker December 21, 2012: Over at The New Yorker, a few late additions have been made to their Best Books of 2012 list. Sasha Frere-Jones had this to say about Patricia Lockwood's Balloon Pop Outlaw Black: Patricia Lockwood is one of the few people who makes Twitter seem like it needed inventing, rather than being a new digital signal to abide. As [...] by

A Look at Two Versions of A Melville Poem December 21, 2012: Check out this article at at the NY Times Opinionator blog. It begins: Early in 1864 Herman Melville was one of a number of Northern writers solicited to contribute works to “Autograph Leaves of Our Country’s Authors,” a volume of literary works intended to raise funds for the United States Sanitary Commission. Obligingly, [...] by

New James Sherry Page on EPC! December 20, 2012: Good news over at EPC, where an author page has been created for James Sherry--poet, editor, publisher and founder of Roof Books (née 1976, with Roof Magazine) and the Segue Foundation (1977). Online works there include complete PDFs of early work: Popular Fiction, Converses, In Case, and Part Songs; and Sherry's reviews of The Grand Piano [...] by

Bernadette Mayer Will Read Her ‘Midwinter Day’ with Peter Gizzi at The Bookstore in Lenox December 20, 2012: All you lucky ducks in Lenox, MA are (well) lucky! Don't miss Bernadette Mayer reading from her beloved Midwinter Day with Peter Gizzi tonight at The Bookstore. Mayer's book "chronicles her experiences on Dec. 22, 1978, moves through the day in details of what happened near 100 Main St., just down the street from [The Bookstore]." As the [...] by

Further Tributes and Remembrances for Jake Adam York December 20, 2012: Jake Adam York's impact in life and, sadly, death continues to ripple throughout the poetry community. Here is an obit from the LA Times. And another in the Denver Post. And one, here, in the Westword blog. Additionally, the fine folks over at The Volta have put forth a call for tributes far and wide: The Volta will host a [...] by

Poets & Writers Loving on Flying Object December 20, 2012: And who doesn't? Check out this nice little feature. Here's some to whet the ol' appetite: The multifunctional space encourages a number of collaborative synergies. The bookstore sells the work of writers and artists exhibited in the gallery, which doubles as a performance venue for events—from readings, lectures, and book-release [...] by

Four Coconut Facts December 20, 2012: Coldfront has compiled these four facts about Coconut Books, among them: When you Google the word “coconut,” coconut poetry is fourth. There's more, including a deal, here. by

‘For me, writing is a communion and communication with my ancestors’: An Interview with Carmen Calatayud December 20, 2012: Head over to the Letras Latinas blog for this interview with Carmen Calatayud, author of In The Company of Spirits. A sample: LV: The title of the book evokes the idea that poetry is both communion and communication with the ancestral, that poetry is not an act done in isolation but rather an act of communal undertaking. How do you [...] by

HTMLGiant Has a Holiday Shopping Guide for You December 20, 2012: The lists, recommendations, and merrymaking will not cease! HTMLGiant has posted their Gift Guide of Poetry Recommendations here. by

An International Call to Release Qatari Poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami from Life Sentence December 19, 2012: As you might well have heard by now, Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami has been sentenced to life in prison for "reciting a poem extolling the courage and values of the popular uprisings in Tunisia." The Guardian reported on the sentence in late November, writing that: Ajami was jailed in November 2011, months after an internet video [...] by