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Poetry Against the War March 18, 2014: The poems in our March 2014 issue come from poets who will be featured at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. at the end of this month. Among the poets taking up the theme of "provocation & witness" are Natalie Diaz, Dunya Mikhail, Claudia Rankine, Tim Seibles, Danez Smith, and many others. Sarah Browning notes in her [...] by

Reading List: March 2014 March 5, 2014: [caption id="attachment_82227" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Book Hive by Rusty Squid[/caption] The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the March issue share a book—or several—that held their interest recently. Kareem James Abu-Zeid Having recently taken part in several [...] by

Reading List: February 2014 February 11, 2014: The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the February issue share a book—or several—that held their interest recently. Mark Ford I’d like to recommend a wonderful little book called The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping (translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire, and [...] by

Jane Freilicher & the New York School: Paper, Canvas, and Celluloid February 6, 2014: [caption id="attachment_80889" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo credit: Oscar Arriola[/caption] The poets are often consummate art lovers—both in their work and in their friendships. This time last year we highlighted the affinity between Joan Mitchell and writers such as James Schuyler, Frank O’Hara, Bill Berkson, and John Yau. This [...] by

Reading List: January 2014 January 14, 2014: [caption id="attachment_79868" align="aligncenter" width="500"] By Tatsuro Kiuchi. He has illustrated two Poetry magazine covers: July/August 2009 and October 2011. [/caption] Emily Berry I had a nightmare last night, probably because I am currently reading The Shining (the nightmare also featured cross-dressing as a means of disguise so it [...] by

Douglas Kearney’s Fathers of the Year December 17, 2013: [caption id="attachment_78790" align="aligncenter" width="500"] From "Every Hard Rapper's Father Ever: Father of the Year"[/caption] Douglas Kearney has four poems in our December issue on famous (or rather infamous) fathers: Kronos, Noah and Ham, Jim Trueblood, and "Every Hard Rapper's Father Ever." How do I read these? You may ask yourself. [...] by

Reading List: December 2013 December 11, 2013: [caption id="attachment_78346" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Installation by Luzinterruptus[/caption] The Reading List is a new feature of the Editors’ Blog this year. Each month we ask Poetry’s contributors to share a book—or several—that held their interest recently. Here are some recommendations from the poets and writers in our [...] by

For Margaret Walker November 19, 2013: [caption id="attachment_77133" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Margaret Walker with poets at Jackson State College festival. Walker is in the front row, second from right, with Langston Hughes to the right and Robert Hayden at top right. From the Poetry archives.[/caption] Margaret Walker, accomplished poet and onetime Chicagoan, died fifteen [...] by

Reading List: November 2013 November 12, 2013: The Reading List is a new feature of the Editors’ Blog this year. Each month we ask Poetry’s contributors to share a book—or several—that held their interest recently. Here are some recommendations from the poets and writers in our November issue. Dilruba Ahmed Frost's declaration that a "poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom" [...] by

How Should We Write About War and Trauma? Tom Sleigh Looks to David Jones November 1, 2013: [caption id="attachment_75738" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photograph of David Jones in uniform[/caption] Our November 2013 issue features an in-depth essay by Tom Sleigh on poet and painter David Jones. Admired by W.B. Yeats and lauded by W.H. Auden, Jones was well-known among the British modernists. His first literary publication was the [...] by