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Richard Blanco Travels to Cuba June 24, 2015: With the metaphorical bridge between the U.S. and Cuba slowly being reconstructed, Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco recently returned to the island to visit his family’s old neighborhood. [...] by

Preferring Top 40 With Brandon Brown June 24, 2015: At Jacket2, a sharp review of Brandon Brown’s Top 40! “In writing Top 40 (Roof Books, 2014) as a conversation with the Top 40, Brown creates an expectation that his poems do some of what [...] by

Praise: Open Democracy Remembers Nazik Al-Mala’ika June 24, 2015: It’s been eight years since “Iraq’s uncrowned queen of poetry,” Nazik Al-Mala’ika, died. Back in 2011, we observed Google’s glorious tribute to Al-Mala’ika [...] by

Claudia Rankine Considers the Black Condition in Wake of Charleston Violence June 23, 2015: Claudia Rankine has written a stunning piece for the New York Times Magazine in the wake of the Charleston shooting, focusing on the current condition of black life–that it is one of mourning. [...] by

Manipulating Space-Time With Motherhood: Joanna Penn Cooper’s What Is a Domicile June 23, 2015: At Boston Review, a microreview of Durham-based poet Joanna Penn Cooper’s first book, What Is a Domicile (Noctuary Press 2014)! If you seek innovative poetry that engages with motherhood, this [...] by

Newly Crowned Oxford Professor of Poetry Is Simon Armitage June 23, 2015: As The Telegraph headline declares in summation: “Oxford ‘dull old farts’ choose Simon Armitage as new Professor of Poetry.” And so our otherwise starving angst malcontently [...] by

Deborah Landau’s ‘You’ve Got to Start Somewhere’ on PoetryNow June 23, 2015: Deborah Landau’s new poem “You’ve Got to Start Somewhere” pushes against digital saturation and thinks about a different, more analog, contact with the world. The poem begins: [...] by

Speculative Thinking With Srikanth Reddy & Lucy Ives June 23, 2015: In “The Technocrat’s Guide to the Galaxy,” poet Srikanth Reddy talks with Lucy Ives “about the possible plurality of worlds, poets as ‘feeling machines,’ and how [...] by

New Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Brings New American Poetry to The Guardian June 22, 2015: Move over, Donald Allen! Juan Felipe Herrera just hit England! From The Guardian: “It’s a good thing, you know, it’s a good thing,” Juan Felipe Herrera told me on the phone last week, as he [...] by

‘Every Era is Replete with Bad Poetry': Donald Hall at New Hampshire Union Leader June 22, 2015: Although he quit writing poetry two years ago, citing a connection between poetry’s sensuality and his octogenarian age, Donald Hall did manage to speak rather candidly with the New Hampshire [...] by