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Searching for Dylan Thomas

Poetry News

At The Atlantic, James Parker re-accesses Dylan Thomas’s legacy, starting at Thomas’s deathbed at St. Vincent’s and further back to Thomas’s multi-city, rock-and-roll style reading tour, then to Parker’s experience reading Dylan Thomas’s poetry today. “Poetry is dead!” cried John Berryman, emerging in distraction from the Manhattan hospital room that Dylan Thomas had just exited [...]

At VIDA: Morgan Parker on Performing & Refusing the Token

Poetry News

“Poet, educator, human” Morgan Parker slays at VIDA, making the site a must-go-to, as always. Parker’s piece is tagged with, to name a few: exoticism, Ferguson, gangsta, gender, isolation, literature, loneliness, micro-aggression, Miley, Oreo cookie, poem, poetry, publishing, racism. Morever, “White People Love Me: Dispatches From The Token” serves to “[spit] out the token.” “I [...]

Tonight’s National Book Awards Belong to Claudia Rankine?

Poetry News

At The Guardian, writer Michelle Dean argues that the Golden Globe of literary awards–that being, of course, the National Book Award–could very well go to Claudia Rankine for her already-acclaimed Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press 2014). It’s a tight race, though, with Fanny Howe, Fred Moten, Louise Glück, and Maureen McLane all in the [...]

At <em>Jacket 2</em> Sarah Dowling Talks Multilingualism

Poetry News

“Modernists and Feminists,” Sarah Dowling’s newest post at Jacket 2, traces the connections between modernism, empire, literary experimentation, and multilingualism. Multilingualism has long been a key characteristic, even a central tenet of literary experimentation. So maybe it seems a bit weird that after all these commentaries I still haven’t found anything to say about the [...]

Clear the Runway: John Ashbery’s <em>Collected French Translations</em> Land

Poetry News

This weekend The Guardian directed our attention to a new collection of John Ashbery’s French translations entitled Collected French Translations: Poetry. It’s a deceptively modest title given the scope and breadth of Ashbery’s exquisite translation efforts. In a 1956 letter to Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery wrote: “I hate all modern French poetry, except for Raymond [...]

New Museum’s 2015 Triennial to Publish Book of Poetry

Poetry News

In conjunction with its 2015 Triennial, called “Surround Audience,” the New Museum has announced its plans to publish a poetry book alongside the exhibition, edited by the writer Brian Droitcour. The over 70 contributors make an actual array, being “60% women, 60% non-white, 65% residing outside the United States,” says Droitcour about The Animated Reader. [...]

<em>Brooklyn Magazine</em> Talks to Four Brooklyn Small Presses

Poetry News

Brooklyn Magazine presents four small presses that deserve your attention! While writer Nicole Disser acknowledges standbys like Ugly Duckling Presse and newcomers like Molasses Books, the focus here is in-depth conversation with “a pack of small-time publishers who are putting out some seriously innovative and beautiful objects while still managing to back first books, weird [...]

<em>Thousand Times Broken</em>: Gillian Conoley on the Works of Henri Michaux

Open Door

Henri Michaux (1899–1984) was a Belgian writer and artist (later a French citizen) of startling originality. Associated with the surrealists, he charted an independent path into the unknown, travelling widely across the globe as well as deeply into the interior of his mind. During an eleven-year period, he augmented his interior travels with the use [...]

An Interview with Fred Moten: 2014 National Book Award Finalist

Poetry News

2014 National Book Award Finalist, Fred Moten, takes a moment to speak with Sandra Lim about his collection that received this year’s nomination, The Feel Trio, at the National Book Foundation. SL: How does it feel to be nominated for the National Book Award? FM: It feels a little strange but very nice; and I [...]

Greet a New Day with Omnidawn Publishing

Poetry News

How many of your favorite books are published by Omnidawn? We can think of several. From now until the end of the year, Omnidawn is raising funds in order to continue publishing more of the great books that we sure do like to read. Take a gander and lend the crew at Omnidawn your support! [...]

Sotheby’s to Auction Significant Collection of Sylvia Plath Material

Poetry News

Poets & Writers points us to a Sotheby’s auction for Sylvia Plath fans: With an estimated value of 150,000—250,000 USD, the lot up for bid as part of the Fine Books & Manuscripts, Including Americana auction includes “[many of] Plath’s early poetry and short stories (both manuscript and typescript), college lecture notes, a typed letter, [...]

Salute Your: Small Press Traffic!

Poetry News

Small Press Traffic has been a living, breathing eco-system of radical poets and writers in the Bay Area for the past FORTY YEARS! FORTY! That’s right. What other radiant literary circle includes Robert Glück, Kevin Killian, Kathleen Fraser, Bruce Boone, Samantha Giles, Evan Kennedy, Erika Staiti, Alli Warren, Brandon Brown, Dodie Bellamy, Megan Camille Roy [...]

The Dodge Poetry Festival: Thumbs Up from Montclair High School Students

Poetry News

Montclair High School students gave even more than two thumbs up to their overall experience at the Dodge Poetry Festival, sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The four-day festival, which takes place every two years in Newark, New Jersey, invites high school students to come and observe poetry live. This year’s readers included Sharon [...]

Walt Whitman & the Bohemia of Nineteenth-Century New York City

Poetry News

At Vox, an interview with the author of Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians, Justin Martin. Writes Brandon Ambrosino: At 39, Whitman was unemployed, broke, and living with his mother and siblings in a tiny apartment in Brooklyn. His now-famous Leaves of Grass had gone through two publishings, both met with critical and [...]

<em>The Guardian</em> Reviews Simon Armitage’s <em>Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014</em>

Poetry News

Check it out! The Guardian sheds some sunny light on Simon Armitage’s newest collection of selected poems spanning from 1989-2014. “How did it get so late?” wonders Simon Armitage in Paper Aeroplane, his new selected poems. It’s a fair question. The recent fanfare of the Next Generation Poets 2014, a promotion touting fresh voices set [...]

San Francisco Art Space Says: Dial West!

Poetry News

On November 15th (This Saturday!) The Lab, San Francisco’s iconic 30+ year-old Mission District art space, presents Telethon: a 24-hour “performance-art-piece-as-fundraiser” with a real, artist-manned phone bank and live performances by SF’s alt-underground, all broadcasted for out-of-towners via YouTube to benefit future programming and urgent structural restorations for one of San Francisco’s last remaining experimental [...]

Adam Fitzgerald Talks About The Miami Book Fair International

Open Door

[Editor's Note: The Miami Book Fair International opens this weekend. This year the Fair is partnering with the Poetry Foundation to present a generous gathering of contemporary American poets. Adam Fitzgerald, one of this year's organizers, sat down with Sara Wintz and talked about what he's excited about at this year's Fair, the new poetry [...]

Daniel Borzutzky Shines Out of Darkness Into Video

Poetry News

At Chicago’s WTTW culture blog, Chicago Tonight, poet, Duras fan, and translator Daniel Borzutzky reads his own work! For a videocamera! For us! Culture reporter Dan Andries writes in advance of the feature: Daniel Borzutzky wrote “Every book has sentences in it the writer hates, that the writer cannot get rid of, that the writter [...]

Long-Lost Dylan Thomas Poetry Notebook Discovered in a Drawer

Poetry News

At the Guardian, Mark Brown reports on a previously lost notebook belonging to Dylan Thomas, now recovered after 70 years of hiding in a Tesco paper bag at the bottom of a desk drawer. “The notebook was the fifth used for poems by Thomas – the other four are held by the State University of [...]

Emily Wolahan Reviews Gillian Conoley’s <em>Peace</em> at CSU Center for Literary Publishing

Poetry News

Can’t wait to get our hands on this one! Courtesy of Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing, a lovely review of Gillian Conoley’s newest book of poems Peace, recently published by Omnidawn. As Wolahan writes, “While Conoley’s poetic virtuosity might accept the world and marvel at it, that’s not to say that some poems [...]