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Reading List: March 2013 March 28, 2013: Rae Armantrout I've just received a copy of the new Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, edited by Paul Hoover. I've been enjoying the good selections of some of my favorite younger poets like Catherine Wagner, Katie Degetesh, Graham Foust, and Ben Lerner. I’m also reading Cathy Wagner’s Nervous Device from City Lights. And I [...] by

Jeffrey Yang Leads Us into the Abyss March 20, 2013: [caption id="attachment_62944" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Yves Klein in the Void Room (Raum der Leere), Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, January 1961.[/caption] “I used to keep a list of books in which ‘the abyss’ appeared — the [...] by

Reading List: February 2013 February 27, 2013: [caption id="attachment_62019" align="alignright" width="500"] A young Joan Mitchell reading. Courtesy of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.[/caption] The Reading List is a new feature of the Editors’ Blog this year. Each month we ask Poetry’s recent contributors to share a book—or several—that they’ve been poring over. Here are some [...] by

Lynette Roberts: ‘Pastoral ding-dong is out’ February 15, 2013: If you’ve been keeping up with Poetry over the past two years, you perhaps weren’t surprised to see Ange Mlinko write about Lynette Roberts for our “Enthusiasms” section in this month’s issue. Back in October 2011, Poetry published Mlinko’s “Cantata for Lynette Roberts”: Want to read some Lynette Roberts for yourself? [...] by

Joan Mitchell: An Installation February 8, 2013: [caption id="attachment_60686" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Joan Mitchell, August 1935.[/caption] How does one install a quadriptych painting that is eight and a half feet tall and twenty feet wide? Very carefully! This week we welcome the Poetry Foundation's newest exhibition, Joan Mitchell: At Home in Poetry. Joan Mitchell’s mother [...] by

Reading List, January 2013 January 30, 2013: [caption id="attachment_60198" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Paul Blackburn, from the POETRY magazine archive[/caption] We're pleased to welcome a new series to the Editors' Blog this year. Each month we will ask Poetry's recent contributors to share a book—or several—that they've been poring over. A big thanks to our January [...] by

Poet Photos November 30, 2012: For the “Poet Photos” portfolio in our November issue we invited each poet to tell us more about the circumstances behind his or her photograph. Diane Wakoski's note was too long for us to include in the portfolio, but it's so lovely that we want to share it with you here. She writes: In 1961 I was living on Bank Street in New York [...] by

One Hundred Years October 4, 2012: One hundred years ago this month, Harriet Monroe published the first issue of Poetry in Chicago. To mark the occasion, we've put together a little history of how Poetry has celebrated its many anniversaries over the years: October 1917 POETRY may not be a grand enough portal, and the lamps that light it may burn dim in drifting [...] by

Daryl Hine 1936-2012 August 24, 2012: We were greatly saddened to hear that Daryl Hine, former editor of Poetry, passed away in his Evanston, Illinois home on August 20. Evan Jones informed us of the news: "He caught something on Saturday and with his weakened immune system didn't have the strength to recover. I spoke to him two weeks ago and he was stable, had just bought a new [...] by

The art of Poetry magazine August 2, 2012: For the first fifty-seven years of Poetry’s history, the table of contents served as the cover of every issue. In October of 1969, Virgil Burnett changed all that. Under his art direction, each new issue of Poetry had a distinctive illustration on its cover. Burnett served as the magazine’s Art Director through the December 1973 issue, and his [...] by