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<em>The Guardian</em> Visits Claerwen James

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The Guardian brought to light Claerwen James’s recollections of her father, the poet Clive James. Claerwen’s recollections are of an isolated childhood, without her father. She is an artist, the subjects in her paintings are melancholic young girls. James, who is 75, and Claerwen’s family recently separated leading to his most recent “groundbreaking” book: Sentenced […]

Mark Nowak Talks About His Poetry Activism at <em>Split This Rock</em>

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Poet and activist Mark Nowak is interviewed at Split This Rock! Talk about a good perception of the poetry workshop. In response to a question about the role of dialogue in his poetry activism, Nowak responds: “To me, the poetry workshop is such an important tool for use in progressive organizations like workers centers or […]

R.I.P. Howard H. Guttenplan, Who Bridged Poetry and Film in the Lower East Side (1934 – 2015)

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Howard Guttenplan directed the Millennium Film Workshop from 1971 to 2011. It emerged from the same initiative, a federal anti-poverty program, that helped create The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. Millennium Film Workshop’s objective, “to offer ‘very personal films by individuals working without large crews or budgets with the same kind of independence as […]

Poetry Mixtape IV

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While hunting down the poems for D. Scot Miller’s playlist, I remembered that we were housemates for a brief period in 2008. Along with Doug (as I know D. Scot), I lived with the artist Tân Khánh Cao, the musician Danny Cao, and Doug’s son, Tre’ in a big flat in SF’s Japantown. Although I […]

Starry Messengers: Milton, Celestial Events, and More at <em>Hyperallergic</em>

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In her review of Starry Messengers: Signs and Science from the Skies (now on view at Harvard University’s Houghton Library until May 2), Allison Meier approaches celestial events through the lens of literature, including Milton’s Paradise Lost. More: When Milton was writing Paradise Lost in the 17th century, a comet grazed through the sky, inspiring […]

Field Report From Field Report: Robin Tremblay-McGaw on Bay Area Event With De’Ath, Tamayo & Troyan

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Robin Tremblay-McGaw continues her turn as the best field reporter in the Bay Area, with this blog post on X Poetics about the March 1 meeting of feminist minds, co-sponsored by Small Press Traffic and Mills College and featuring Amy De’Ath (Vancouver, by way of the UK), Jennifer Tamayo (New York), and Cassandra Troyan (Chicago), […]

Harold Abramowitz & Amanda Ackerman Prompt Carless Angelenos to Read Poems This Sunday

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Attention all “carless Angelenos”! This Sunday, Harold Abramowitz and Amanda Ackerman have quite a reading for you, to take place during this year’s CicLAvia (“an experience, not a race”). At Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg reports that the readers include Sister Spit contributor Myriam Gurba; feminist poet Margaret Rhee; three CalArts alumni — K. Bradford, Laura […]

HOWL to benefit The David Lynch Transcendental Meditation Foundation

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If you live in Los Angeles, we hope that you’ll howl. Yes yes you heard that right. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “Howl,” rockers Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and more, will come together for a benefit concert on April 7th at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles: […]

No Fear, <em>SCOUT</em> is Here

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“Four hundred words. No bylines. A focus on the text itself. And a staunch no-crony rule.” Spencer Short and Kathleen Ossip are the editors of SCOUT, a new journal for short-form poetry reviews. Read an interview with Short and Ossip courtesy of the Poetry Society of America: Tell me about the creation of SCOUT. When […]

Reflecting on Galway Kinnell <em>The Stranger</em>

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At The Stranger, Gabriel Heller reflects on The Book of Nightmares by Galway Kinnell, as well as the reality of the poet’s death last year: “How could someone who’d reckoned so thoroughly with death actually die?” More: I was 20 years old when I first encountered The Book of Nightmares, Kinnell’s fragmented, hallucinatory book-length masterpiece. […]

Matthew Burgess Talks to Dorothea Lasky About Teaching, Making a Space for Wildness, & More

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At Teachers & Writers Magazine, Matthew Burgess interviews Dorothea Lasky about her passion for teaching: “I think if I stopped writing poems—well, I don’t know what that would look like—but I would still be really happy if I could keep teaching. The whole arena of the classroom and what you can do in it is […]

Matthew Rohrer Trades ‘Plate of Chicken’ for Small Batch Irish Whiskey at <em>WSJ</em>

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Matthew Rohrer reflects on his Irish heritage and the pleasures (and pain) of drinking whiskey right here at The Wall Street Journal: MY FAMILY identifies as Irish—more so, perhaps, than is genetically expressed. So, 25 years ago, when I set off for my junior year abroad, Rohrer relatives from Oklahoma to Michigan were excited about […]

<em>New York Times</em> Considers Kate Tempest

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We’ve introduced Kate Tempest before, here as one of twenty “next generation poets” recognized by the UK’s Poetry Book Society. Now, word of Tempest’s talent hits stateside with this review by Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times. A wunderkind rapper and spoken word performer equally influenced by Wu-Tang Clan and Joyce, Bukowski and Blake; […]

In New Issue of <em>BOMB,</em> Ian Dreiblatt Reviews P. Inman’s <em>Written: 1976–2013</em>

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We were delighted to discover the spring issue of BOMB in our inbox, and with it, a piece by Ian Dreiblatt on P. Inman’s recent selected poems, Written: 1976–2013 (if p then q, 2014)! “Inman is a realist of language’s tendency to become material,” writes Dreiblatt, “his poems exemplify the ways in which writing both […]

Hungry for Paradox: Maggie Nelson at <em>Guernica</em>

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A conversation with Maggie Nelson about motherhood, paradox, her many books (including The Argonauts, forthcoming from Graywolf this year), queer family-making, and language is a don’t-miss at Guernica. Her new book’s title came from a parable relayed by Roland Barthes “about how every time you name something or articulate something, you can imbue that thing […]

Jack White to Publish Frank Stanford

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That’s right, more writing is on the way from the author of the epic poem The Battlefield Where The Moon Says I Love You (and more), although Frank Stanford passed away in 1978. In addition, White’s publishing project, Third Man Books, will be distributed by Consortium and plans to publish three books in 2015. More: […]

A Few Words a Day: An Interview With Lisa Jarnot

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Lisa Jarnot is interviewed at rob mclennan’s Touch the Donkey journal supplement, where she responds to questions surrounding her poem, “Part Five: The Sublime Porte,” which appears in the fourth issue of Touch the Donkey (and previously in Prelude #1), among other things. An excerpt from their conversation: Q: Tell me about the poem “Part […]

Jennifer Moxley Wins William Carlos Williams Award + All PSA Winners Announced

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The Poetry Society of America has announced its Annual Awards, handing Jennifer Moxley the William Carlos Williams Award for The Open Secret (Flood Editions)! And the Norma Farber First Book Award goes to Cathy Lin Che, for her book Split (Alice James Books). You can find all of the winners at PSA, with excerpts from […]

A Second Look at Beth Bachmann’s <em>Do Not Rise</em> and Alice Fulton’s <em>Palladium</em>

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Lisa Russ Spaar got a reminder in the mail–when news about Alice Fulton’s newest collection, Barely Composed appeared in her inbox–to revisit Fulton’s previous collection Palladium, published back in 1986. It is Fulton’s second book and bears close resemblance to another collection, Beth Bachmann’s Do Not Rise, which appeared at the start of this year. […]

Benjamin Landry Surveys Kimiko Hahn’s <em>Brain Fever</em>

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Boston Review hosts a swell synopsis by Benjamin Landry of Kimiko Hahn’s new venture Brain Fever published later last year by Knopf. Check it: A characteristically disjunctive turn marks the end of “The Dream of a Raindrop,” from Kimiko Hahn’s latest collection, Brain Fever: “aggregates of water molecules that have condensed around specks of dust […]