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The New York Public Library’s Favorite Recent Indie Press Approaches a Constant Frailty

Poetry News

In “The Best Indie Press of the Past Week,” The New York Public Library’s Ian Baran points out books of poetry that “approach the frailty that is a constant throughout our lives, trapped in ourselves, trapped in imaginary worlds, trapped physically, [that] relate this in a way that communicate perseverance and communication, continually pushing past […]

To Be Asked for a Kiss

Open Door

Suicide’s Note           by Langston Hughes The calm, Cool face of the river Asked me for a kiss.   The desire to be dead and the desire not to be alive and the desire to kill oneself are three different desires. The desire to die is not the desire to be dead. Anyone who has ever […]

Blooks! Check ‘em Out

Poetry News

We know, we know: You’re saying, “What the heck is a blook?” Well, look no further, friends. Blooks are the stars of a new show at the Grolier Club, and as luck would have it, the collection has been amassed by the lead preservationist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mindell Dubansky. The New York […]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Eyes South Korea’s Literary Efforts

Poetry News

Eyes on the prize, South Korea. The New Yorker’s Mythili G. Rao maps the South Korean government’s efforts to bring literature into the mainstream, and its interest in the “octogenarian Buddhist monk, activist, and poet” Ko Un, who is the country’s most convincing candidate for a Nobel Prize in Literature. A certain reverence for the […]

Chris Fritton’s Itinerant Printer Project Drives by <em>The New York Times</em>

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Artist Chris Fritton’s Itinerant Printer Project has made it to the pages of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. On the eve of his pop-up appearance at Drive By Press in Brooklyn, NYT writes: “One certainty has emerged: even in the Internet age, letterpress is far from dead.” More: In the last half of […]

What’s the Deal With the Times Square Subway Poem?

Poetry News

Another reason the New York Daily News just keeps getting better (the first being its amazing election coverage): “The story behind the dark Times Square subway poem.” Check out this investigative report from Keri Blankinger about Norman B. Colp’s poem that lurks over commuters in Times Square subway station. More: The poem was installed back […]

A Playlist for <em>Poetry</em>’s January 2016 Issue

From Poetry Magazine

For this month’s playlist, we asked the Poetry Foundation’s CFO, Caren F. Skoulas, to read through the issue and curate a selection of music for us. You can read about her approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the playlist in your Spotify app.  Earth Day was launched in 1970. Arguably, this […]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Draws Attention to a Somewhat Literary Moment on the Campaign Trail

Poetry News

In her debate recap at The New Yorker, Amy Davidson points out a remarkable moment between Sanders and Clinton: HRC’s odd statement that “you campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.” What does it mean? And when poets conquer the campaign trail, does that mean that they are doomed to fail, because prose…? “Here’s the […]

The Study of Literature Is a Complicated Grief: An Interview With Laura Mullen

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At Full Stop, poet Laura Mullen talks to Kristin Sanders about her first prose memoir, Complicated Grief (Solid Objects, 2015). “Complicated Grief is an interrogation of our societal patterns, an attempt to see different types of patterns, of approaches. Or, as Mullen quotes Stein, ‘The only thing that is different from one time to another […]

Tender Theory

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Los Angeles had been a place for an emergence of thinking about the relationship of illness to capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy, so it was a good thing that I was there. Johanna Hedva had given a talk about something called Sick Woman Theory not too long before I came to LA. In an October, […]

McKenzie Wark on Belgian Surrealist Marcel Mariën: ‘The goal of writing is emancipation from habit’

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At Public Seminar, an online extension of the New School for Social Research, McKenzie Wark writes about the little-known but more than relevant Belgian surrealist (slash precursor of OOO and the Situationists) Marcel Mariën. Wark explains it all: In Mariën, as we shall see, there is a parallel to [Guy] Debord’s theoretical and practical activity. […]

Tomas Tranströmer’s Translator Talks Tenses, Silent Energy

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Paris Review Daily posted an interview with translator Patty Crane about the newest and brightest Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer. “Turn of events such as the ones I experienced—the move to Sweden, learning the language, re-discovering Tranströmer, my chance encounter with Jean, and everything that flowed from that—seem to me to be less […]

Robert Kelly Named Dutchess County’s First Poet Laureate

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Dutchess County (NY) Executive Marc Molinaro has appointed Bard Professor and resident of Annandale, Robert Kelly, to the position of poet laureate. He is the first poet laureate to serve Dutchess County. In addition to his role as professor at Bard, Kelly founded and directed the MFA Writing Program at the college. More via Poughkeepsie […]

<em>Dodge Blog</em> Weighs in on <em>NYT’s</em> ‘Year in Poetry’ Coverage

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Martin Farawell of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation delivers a spot-on critique of The New York Times’s ‘Year in Poetry’ at The Dodge Blog. “Four out of five of those short-listed for, and the winner of, the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry were poets of color. The Pulitzer Prize for poetry was won by […]

The 27th Letter

From Poetry Magazine

Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog occasionally features online exclusives. This installment comes from Mairead Small Staid. Past exclusives can be found here. In the alphabet recited by nineteenth-century schoolchildren, it followed Z. And per se and, they would say, and per se and. A logogram masquerading as a letter, a letter that is also a word—like a and I […]

Value in Silent Observing: Ada Limón on Not Writing

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At Richard Blanco’s website, poet Ada Limón writes about the pleasures of not writing, what happens when the poem slips away, the supposed loneliness of the writer, and accountability. “There’s a sense among writers that the world is so messed up you can’t talk about elation, or that, as someone who has a voice, you […]

2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award Announced

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Yesterday we learned of this year’s finalists for the whopping $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Before we get to the finalists, a little about the awards: The Tufts poetry awards – based at Claremont Graduate University and given for poetry volumes published in the preceding year– are not only […]

Doubly Ideal: First French Edition True to Mallarmé’s Intentions for <em>Un coup des dés</em> Accompanies First Arabic Translation

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Pierre Joris has done it again, writing for the Paris-based publisher Ypsilon Éditeur about the first Arabic translation of Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A throw of the dice will never abolish chance, 1914), “masterfully done by the Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis,” and published last month. “Remember that Arabic is […]

All Brecht Considered: <em>American Theatre</em> Reads Through Four New Brecht Books

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In a recent article, “Brecht from All Angles,” American Theatre investigates four new books that delve into Brecht’s poetry, prose, and plays. Bertolt Brecht wore many hats: artistic director, theorist, prose writer, director, and poet. In America he is primarily known as a playwright, but Brecht scholar Eric Bentley has argued: “If there is a […]

At <em>Jacket2,</em> Introduction to Mohamed Saghir Ouled Ahmed

Poetry News

At Jacket2 Brahim El Guabli introduces Mohamed Saghir Ouled Ahmed, Tunisian poet, to readers. According to El Guabli, Ahmed is “probably Tunisia’s most prominent Arabic poet today.” The post appears in a new section of the site curated by Tsitsi Jaji called “Good News from Africa.” More: Mohamed Saghir Ouled Ahmed (b. 1955) is probably […]