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The Editors of Commune Editions on Gwendolyn Brooks and Opting-Out at Jacket 2 March 21, 2014: At Jacket 2, the editors of Commune Editions write about "opting out," particularly in relation to Gwendolyn Brooks. She's one of our favorite poets. The editors of Commune Editions are pretty far up there too. Learn more here! Begin reading, here: As we’ve been writing about our thinking over the last few years, we’ve been attempting [...] by

Danielle Pafunda’s Natural History Rape Museum March 21, 2014: At Coldfront, a natural pairing: Timothy Liu reviews Danielle Pafunda's Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books 2013). Liu writes: "[N]o other book I know has so thoroughly shaken the fuckwad out of my pudenda." More: Disclosures: I heard her perform many of these poems at the Lynchian Jewel Box Theater in Seattle (sans cellist!) and [...] by

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair: Kickstarting Their Way to April 5th March 20, 2014: Wow, has it been 8 years already? Time flies when you're DIYing some sweet poetry books, no? The good folks hosting the 8th annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair are calling on you to help make their April 5th opening as free, open, and awesome as it's always been. You want some deets? Here ya go! 8th Annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair [...] by

Sharon Olds Reads Rodney Jones on the Newest Installment of The New Yorker’s Poetry Podcast March 20, 2014: Give a listen to the newest New Yorker poetry podcast to hear Sharon Olds read poems by Rodney Jones (as well as a few poems of her own) and join the magazine's poetry editor, Paul Muldoon, in conversation. On this month’s Poetry Podcast, Sharon Olds reads “Hubris at Zunzal,” by Rodney Jones. The poem explores the correlation between [...] by

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf to be Published March 20, 2014: Hear ye, hear ye! Salon reports that J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of Beowulf hits the stands May 22nd, courtesy of Harper Perennial. In 1926, J.R.R. Tolkien, one of fiction’s finest crafters of fantasy worlds, translated the 11th-century epic “Beowulf.” Nearly 90 years later, his son Christopher Tolkien is releasing an edited version [...] by

Celebrate International Day of Happiness with Record-a-Poem March 20, 2014: What better way to celebrate this second year of International Day of Happiness than by recording your favorite cheerful, uplifting, and happy poem! A little background about IDH: In July 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a groundbreaking resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called [...] by

Ronald Johnson’s ‘ARK’ to Be Marathon-Read March 20, 2014: If you remember back to last week, we posted on Stephen Burt's review of the newly edited and redesigned edition of Ronald Johnson's "ARK," published by Flood Editions. You'll also remember thinking, oh, how I wish I could read all of it in one marathon reading binge. We're happy to report that now you can! And you can do it with some pretty [...] by

‘The Sentence as Space for Living’: Renee Gladman Lectures at Berkeley March 19, 2014: Bay Area folks! Get yourself to the east bay via a Richmond-bound BART and listen to Renee Gladman deliver the Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics at UC Berkeley. It's tomorrow, it's a 6:30. Go! And stay in touch here with all things Leslie Scalapino. by

Rare Footage of Philip Lamantia and Bob Kaufman at City Lights Blog March 19, 2014: City Lights is rolling out the goods this week on their blog Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here. Yesterday we posted on this great piece by Garrett Caples about the "little" magazine. Today, you'll want to head over there to check out a reading/lecture given by Philip Lamantia and Bob Kaufman from 1979. About the material from the KPFA [...] by

What the Editors of N+1 are Reading March 19, 2014: Awful lot of writing by women here... good work gang! Keep it up! Just yesterday, at N+1-- I finished Janet Malcolm’s The Silent Woman—her biography of Sylvia Plath—four weeks ago, and it gave me the best kind of vertigo. Malcolm approaches her subject with an almost monastic devotion: as a researcher, she demonstrates the necessary [...] by