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At UK magazine Prospect, Jeremy Noel-Tod explores the writing of Jeremy Prynne, noting that a “two-volume collected prose is at last in preparation.” “To chew through Prynne’s oeuvre unaided would be a challenge to digestion—which may be why a recent, ineffectually angry hatchet-job in the magazine Areté concluded with the reviewer declaring that the book […]

Chapbooks Host Poetic Engagements with Visual Culture

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At Entropy, Toby Altman reviews four poetry chapbooks that foreground visual elements: I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel, by Nikki Wallschlaeger, Mike Lala’s In the Gun Cabinet, The Book of Repulsive Women by Carrie Lorig, and eckClogs by Magus Magnus. As Altman explains, the chapbook has “become one of the primary spaces where […]

Krystal Languell Organizes Conversation Around Administration of Poetry

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“Readers should have the opportunity to learn more about the unseen and crucial work that goes into publishing books of poetry,” writes Krystal Languell in a call for more transparency around labor and poetry at Lit Hub. “This matter is urgent, as we see in some cases quick turnover when new editors burn out and […]

Act Natural: Emily Dickinson’s Verse at Play in the Garden

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In a new article at Slate, Ferris Jabr delves into Emily Dickinson’s verse garden and its creatures, suggesting that “so much depends,” in her writing, on botanical environment. More: A few months ago, I began making my way through the complete set of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems. Right from the start, I was struck by […]

Seamus Heaney Visitor Center to Open With Help From His Family

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BBC News reports that a new visitors’ center dedicated to the life and memory of Seamus Heaney is due to open in September, built on the site of a former police station in Bellaghy in County Londonderry, where the poet grew up and is buried. The £4 million Seamus Heaney HomePlace centre has had help […]

Kim Stafford Advises Escaping the ‘Ivory Tower’ at PBS NewsHour

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At PBS NewsHour, Kim Stafford reads from his poem “Love Money.” In the written transcript, Stafford discusses the ethos that he imparts to his poetry students at Lewis and Clark: they must write “citizen poems.” More: Kim Stafford wants nothing to do with an ivory tower. He believes a successful poet must be fully immersed […]

<em>New Statesman</em> Reviews Novel Tennis Match

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A new novel by Álvaro Enrigue (translated by Natasha Wimmer, of Roberto Bolaño’s fictions) uses the story of a tennis match between Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo and Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to address the origins of tennis, classics like Don Quixote and Utopia, and more. Randy Boyagoda reviews the novel, Sudden Death, […]

Maria Damon and Murat Nemet-Nejat Interview Alan Sondheim for <em>Rain Taxi</em>

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At Rain Taxi, an interview with Alan Sondheim by Maria Damon and Murat Nemet-Nejat! “Since January of 1994, Sondheim has worked on the ‘Internet Text,’ a continuous meditation on philosophy, psychology, language, body, and virtuality; the Internet Text is coordinated with multi-media work on various websites. A pioneer in the field of electronic literature, he […]

Douglas Piccinnini’s <em>Story Book: A Novella</em> Reviewed at <em>LARB</em>

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Poet Douglas Piccinnini’s Story Book: A Novella (The Cultural Society, 2015) “suspends and electrifies narration mid-creation,” writes Rita Banerjee in a review of the work at LA Review of Books. “Piccinnini’s training as a poet illuminates his work, the structure of his prose echoing the long-lines of Ammons and Walt Whitman,” she writes. More: These […]

‘Language is a dangerous code’: A Conversation with Peter Gizzi

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Thanks to Plymouth University’s new venture, Periplum, which publishes and promotes new poetry through broadsides, pamphlets, books, and digital videos of poets in conversation with series editor Anthony Caleshu, we have an intimate look into the life and work of Peter Gizzi, whose 7th collection of poetry, Archeophonics, will be published in September by Wesleyan […]

Cynthia Cruz on Hanne Darboven’s Handwritten Prayers

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At Hyperallergic, Cynthia Cruz explores German artist Hanne Darboven’s handwritten, prayer-like work. Although rooted in visual art, Darboven “considered herself, first and foremost, a writer.” […] In an interview with Miriam Schoofs in Flash Art, Darboven said, “I see myself as a writer, which I am, regardless of what other visual materials I may use. […]

World Within a Word: <em>Paris Review</em> on the History of Word Processing

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From R. Crumb’s rendering of Charles Bukowski “leering” into a computer screen, to Ian McEwan’s “faithful machine,” Matthew G. Kirschenbaum considers the history of writers’s complicated relationships with word processors at Paris Review. When did individual writers begin to use word processors? As I began work on a literary history of word processing, I found […]

George Quasha’s ‘Preverb’ & Its ‘Furthering’ Path of Thinking

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Compelled by George Quasha’s “preverb” books, Thomas Fink writes at Jacket2 that this “development of this new poetic mode … shaped the organization of his work over a substantial period of time and the persistent metapoetic (even metalinguistic) thrust of the poetry.” Quasha and Fink began a correspondence about the “preverb,” which has been described […]

A Complete Experience:  James Cushing Interviews Brendan Constantine

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Los Angeles Review of Books hosts James Cushing’s interview with Brendan Constantine: author of Dementia, My Darling. In addition to rapping about Dementia, Constantine’s fourth poetry collection, the two converse about poetry as a tool to take on themes like guns and age-related loss of memory. From Cushing’s introduction: This spring, Kate Gale’s Red Hen […]

<em>Fresh Air</em> Remembers Michael S. Harper

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David Bianculli revisits a 2000 Fresh Air interview with Michael S. Harper and Sonia Sanchez, who visited the program to discuss a CD anthology of black poets reading their work. Hear Michael S. Harper read “A Love Supreme” and discuss his poetry with Terri Gross in this recording (and transcript) from NPR: GROSS: Michael Harper, […]

Chloris <em>a più voci</em> (Translation as Reperformance, Part 2)

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As a child I lived with a reproduction of an image of Sandro Botticelli’s Chloris—just the detail of the nymph’s face in torment, looking back, a stalk black—with age?—in her open mouth—on the wall of my parents’ living room. It hung there amidst the array of bizarre elaborated objects yielded from people’s garages and the […]

Reconstructing Sappho’s Lonely Night

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Ars Technica reports on a team of physicists and an astronomer who discovered the time of year that Sappho witnessed the constellation Pleiades, referenced in her “Midnight Poem,” with a software package called Starry Night. Their findings, originally published in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, reveal a new method of “close reading” by […]

Google Brain’s AI Turns Out Poetry After Reading Thousands of Romance Novels

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Google’s AI interface read 2,865 romance novels, and came up with poetry? “The experimental parameters are simple and might actually make for a fun group writing game of some sort. The team gave the AI a starting sentence and an ending sentence. Then they asked artificial intelligence to bridge the two concepts using up to […]

Unearthing Emily Dickinson’s Gardens

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New York Times’s Ferris Jabr joins Kerry Lynch and company, from Archaeological Services at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to uncover and restore the fabled gardens on the Dickinson estate. According to literary scholar Judith Farr, during her lifetime, Emily Dickinson was “known more widely as a gardener, perhaps, than as a poet.” More: Some […]

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Tonight, if you’re in New York City, you’d do well to check out Belladonna* Collaborative, Tamaas, and 98 Weeks/Research Project Space at their night of international protest readings for Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji, who has been imprisoned for the language he used in his novel, The Use of Life. This marks a follow-up event, after […]