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A Code Switch Memoir October 9, 2013: [Note: This post marks the beginning of a new series on the Editors' Blog. Each month, a contributor to Poetry's current issue will write a guest post here. We're very glad to have Nate Marshall inaugurate this series. His poem "praise song" appears in the October issue.] I remember taking vocabulary tests in elementary school. My [...] by

Reading List: October 2013 October 3, 2013: [caption id="attachment_74345" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Adam Bateman installation[/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 October [...] by

The Inward Ear: Reading Basil Bunting’s ‘Briggflatts’ September 20, 2013: [Note: From time to time Poetry will feature online exclusives by contributors. This third installment comes from Nate Klug. You can read past exclusives here.] When I was nineteen, I had a bewildering encounter with language, an encounter that changed the way I relate to words and their sounds. I was reading Basil Bunting’s “At [...] by

Remembering Seamus Heaney August 30, 2013: [caption id="attachment_72904" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Credit: Jemimah Kuhfeld[/caption] What I have to say is personal, a string of little anecdotes that will make, I hope, a complex kind of knot. Seamus Heaney's ability to go all the way to the bottom of a subject (and the bottom is a long way down, as Eliot once said), his devotion [...] by

Letter from Rome, on the Fly August 27, 2013: [Note: From time to time Poetry will feature online exclusives by contributors. This second installment comes from Kevin Craft. You can read the first exclusive, Robert Archambeau's "assessment of the virtues and vices of conceptual poetry," here.] It begins with the swifts. In summer, when I come to Rome, they are the first to make their [...] by

Reading List: July/August 2013 (Part II) August 14, 2013: [caption id="attachment_72134" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Installation by Matej Kren[/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. Our July/August double issue features even more poets and writers [...] by

Reading List: July/August 2013 (Part I) August 5, 2013: [caption id="attachment_71565" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Installation by Matej Kren[/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. Our July/August double issue features even more poets and writers [...] by

Charmless and Interesting: What Conceptual Poetry Lacks and What It’s Got August 2, 2013: [Note: Poetry will be featuring online exclusives by contributors as a way to respond to and comment on immediate, lively debates in poetry. This first installment is by Robert Archambeau.] Fourteen months after reading at the White House, Kenneth Goldsmith found himself in the real center of American power: cable television.  His [...] by

Listen to the Michael Hofmann Effect July 17, 2013: [caption id="attachment_70736" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Michael Hofmann in a photobooth c. 1981[/caption] "I have to admit I felt stricken by them," recalls James Lasdun of his first encounters with Michael Hofmann's poetry. "I could see at once that they were amazingly good, but also that they were good in ways that were going to have [...] by

F.D. Reeve, 1928 – 2013 July 9, 2013: We are greatly saddened to hear of F.D. Reeve's passing on June 28. An accomplished poet, translator, and editor, Reeve published dozens of poems and reviews in Poetry over the years. His last poem in the magazine was "Home in Wartime," published in October 2002: Oxbows round the lower pasture wall; new-mown hay and honeysuckle [...] by