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The National Mall, Washington, D.C. January 21, 2013: Who: Richard Blanco What: President Obama's Second Inauguration When: January 21st, 2013 Where: The National Mall, Washington, D.C. *** “Knock knock.” “Who's there?” “Inaugural poem!” That's the approach I settled on as I biked down to the National Mall this morning. A good way in, I thought, much more likely to get [...] by

Tomas Tranströmer wins Nobel Prize October 6, 2011: The 80-year-old Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has won the 2011 Nobel Prize in literature, surprising, as always, the prognosticators. From the NYT: Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy praised Mr. Tranströmer, saying that “through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.” The [...] by

“The only thing I’d really like to be.” January 28, 2010: Comin thro' the rye, poor body,   Comin thro' the rye, She draigl't a' her petticoatie   Comin thro' the rye. Oh Jenny 's a' weet poor body   Jenny 's seldom dry, She draigl't a' her petticoatie   Comin thro' the rye. Gin a body meet a body   Comin thro' the rye, Gin a body kiss a [...] by

Can “Experimental” Poetry Save the Earth? December 2, 2009: In his essay "Vermin: a Notebook", the Australian poet John Kinsella writes that without acts of resistance, "the environment has no chance." This seems obvious enough. The way things are going, the earth (or at the very least, life on it) is in danger of being irreparably damaged by humanity's heedless gobbling of resources. Resistance [...] by

Nocturne at High Noon. And the National Book Award Goes to . . . November 19, 2009: From a list of the most interesting list of of finalists ever (so says Ron Silliman), the National Book Award judges picked Keith Waldrop's Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (UC Press) as this year's winner. Waldrop, a fixture of the poetry world of Providence, Rhode Island, has been celebrated as a translator (most recently of Baudelaire's [...] by

Fall and All October 1, 2009: Fall is here, which means ponderous Hollywood movies, funky potpourri, [W]ild [T]urkey, and of course, new bloggers on Harriet! Today, we say our goodbyes to Joel Brouwer, Rebecca Wolff, and Eileen Myles.  They've done a wonderful job here on the blog, and we hope they'll come back from time to time to share a thought or two.  From [...] by

Poetry Reading September 23, 2009: Molly Young and David Noriega read Michael Gizzi's New Depths of Deadpan. by

Jim Carroll, R.I.P. September 15, 2009: Jim Carroll—poet, novelist, musician, diarist, impresario—died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 60 years old. The tributes and reminisces have come in from various sources--from English footballers to New York musicians to everyday readers--all noting what a tremendous presence Carroll was both onstage and off. *The New York [...] by

Measure for Measure September 9, 2009: Original Artwork by Paul Killebrew Anyone who has ever looked at a photo of W.H. Auden knows the man enjoyed a good martini in his time.  Perhaps one or five too many.  "But," the inimitable Rosie Schaap asks in this week's cover story, "what sort of martini?" She writes: If Tarquin Winot, the epicurean protagonist of John Lanchester’s [...] by

This Is the Week That Is August 20, 2009: Jason Conger, Rodrigo Toscano, Riva Roller, Clare Alexa Sammons (photo by Laura Elrick) Meet the Radical:  Jason Boog, GalleyCat impresario and freelance video essayist, explores the life and work of Rodrigo Toscano for this week's cover story.  A taste: "Frustrated by his formal education, Toscano skipped college altogether, moving to San [...] by