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Transformations September 30, 2009: So long September. On this, the last day of the month, have a lasting look at Cathie Bleck’s “Transformations” above, also featured on the current cover of Poetry.  Inside, I see a hoof, a [...] by

Is that a poem in your pocket? April 15, 2009: Poetry staff was happy to see Ana Benaroya’s e-mail come over the transom with big, beautiful illustrations for us to consider for the cover of the magazine. (See November 2008 for her first [...] by

Poetry Tweets February 27, 2009: O Swallow, Swallow, if I could follow, and light Upon her lattice, I would pipe and trill, And cheep and twitter twenty million loves.      —Lord Alfred Tennyson Every morning I [...] by

Legendary, Lexical, Loquacious October 17, 2008: Every year Poetry hosts a gathering for Chicago literary publishers called the Printers’ Ball. Over 100 local literary organizations showcase a diverse selection of print publications, available [...] by

Stop Making Sense November 15, 2007: Those drawings on the cover of November’s Poetry are of chairs. The chairs are drawn by David Byrne. Why did David Byrne draw chairs? by

GONZO PURO! October 16, 2007: At birth, before the umbilical was cut, Ralph Steadman pooped in the hand of the hospital nurse. This marked, according to Steadman, the “earliest manifestation of a Gonzotic event.” He claims to [...] by

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL July 18, 2007: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL (YAB) is my favorite public art collective based in Chicago. by

Long Live a Hunger to Feed Each Other July 15, 2007: The best book-publishing story of the year is from Open City in New York. by

The Price is Right July 12, 2007: How much would you pay for a first-edition, one-of-500, Prufrock and Other Observations by T.S. Eliot of your very own? by

The White Issue July 6, 2007: Every time I pick up a copy of Chicago Review I learn something. They have a knack for special sections: Kenneth Rexroth, Lisa Robertson, Christopher Middleton, Louis Zukofsky, and Stan Brackhage(!) [...] by