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Take a Poetry Quiz at Slate

Poetry News

It’s Friday quiz time! Lucky for us it’s a poetry quiz. Doubly lucky is our handy-dandy cheat sheet, otherwise known as the Online Archive. But please don’t cheat… really. From Slate: O Slate quiz takers! We’ve challenged you to guess the pop song from its first second and the painting from one eye. Now we […]

Please Feast Your Eyes on Volume II of ‘poetry is (Speaking Portraits)’

Poetry News

George Quasha is back for round two of his “poetry is (Speaking Portraits)” project, a “portraiture with poetics” that features over 75 poets individually recorded as they consider evolving views of what poetry is. Vol. II, to our delight, is now online. The idea is doubly interesting in that Quasha plans to return to re-record […]

Nathaniel Mackey and the Music of Language at WUNC

Poetry News

Do yourself a solid today and have a listen to this great interview with poet, music aficionado, and Ruth Lilly Prize winner Nathaniel Mackey. Mackey converses with Frank Stasio “about his recent book of poetry Blue Fasa (New Directions Books/2015) which is part of his serial poetry collection. They will also discuss Mackey’s lifelong love […]

New York City Libraries Receive Largest Funding Boost Ever

Poetry News

Hyperallergic reports that the NYC Council voted and approved the fiscal year 2016 budget this week, which includes a $39 million-dollar boost for NYC libraries. More: In a deal on the fiscal year 2016 budget struck late Monday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced an extra […]

James Merrill: Secretly New York School?

Poetry News

At Locus Solus Andrew Epstein reveals James Merrill’s rather unexpected connection to the New York School. Although Merrill “operated at some distance from the avant-garde of his day,” his ties to that world include Tibor de Nagy gallery and the Artists’ Theatre. From Locus Solus: James Merrill is not often mentioned in the same breath […]

Spend Some Quality Time With the Writing of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Poetry News

At Hyperallergic, Megan N. Liberty gives Jean-Michel Basquiat the writer his due, referencing the current show at Brooklyn Museum, The Unknown Notebooks. “Seeing and reading the pages in the gallery certainly make one want to spend more time with Basquiat’s writing, and Princeton University Press’s forthcoming facsimile of the notebooks provides this time for closer […]

(Soma)tic Reading Enhancements INSTALLMENT #2

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A thousand different readers of a poem make a thousand different poems. The creativity in the reading percolates through the same membrane as the writing. (Soma)tic reading enhancements like (Soma)tic poetry rituals create an extreme present, a unique space to force time to come home to the body for the pleasures of the poems. Here, […]

David Tomas Martinez’s ‘Us vs Them’ on <em>PoetryNow</em>

Poetry News

Today on PoetryNow David Tomas Martinez’s new poem “Us vs Them” brings us some Sputniks, the Black Panthers, both Nixon AND Reagan, with a healthy dose of Duck and Cover. The poem begins: My childhood was not an anxious place, though I lay                  in my bed, awake, thumbing my sheets like beads, wondering when […]

Split This Rock Launches <em>The Quarry</em>

Poetry News

Did you know that now there is a public database of contemporary, socially-engaged poetry? It’s true! It just launched! The Quarry comes to you courtesy of Split This Rock: a social justice and literary arts non-profit based in the Greater Washington D.C. Area that “celebrates the power of the imagination to transform the individual and […]

Dolores Dorantes Granted Asylum, Impacts L.A.

Poetry News

In 2011, the Mexican poet Dolores Dorantes (recent Harriet blogger with Jen Hofer) fled Ciudad Juarez and crossed the United States/Mexico border into Texas, telling no one prior to her departure. In 2013, the U.S. government granted her asylum. Now working between Texas and Southern California, Dorantes is making her mark—especially in Los Angeles. From […]

Richard Blanco Travels to Cuba

Poetry News

With the metaphorical bridge between the U.S. and Cuba slowly being reconstructed, Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco recently returned to the island to visit his family’s old neighborhood. Yahoo! News is on the beat with a story that begins with Blanco greeting an old woman near his grandparents’ house: “I’m looking for my grandparents’ house,” Blanco […]

Preferring <em>Top 40</em> With Brandon Brown

Poetry News

At Jacket2, a sharp review of Brandon Brown’s Top 40! “In writing Top 40 (Roof Books, 2014) as a conversation with the Top 40, Brown creates an expectation that his poems do some of what the songs do — that they occasion singing and dancing with the reader. We’re all in this together, in Brown’s […]

Praise: <em>Open Democracy</em> Remembers Nazik Al-Mala’ika

Poetry News

It’s been eight years since “Iraq’s uncrowned queen of poetry,” Nazik Al-Mala’ika, died. Back in 2011, we observed Google’s glorious tribute to Al-Mala’ika on her 88th birthday, via Feministing. This week, Open Democracy lauds Al-Mala’ika: a notoriously shy, deeply brilliant poet. From Open Democracy: Yesterday marked eight years since the death of one of the […]

Claudia Rankine Considers the Black Condition in Wake of Charleston Violence

Poetry News

Claudia Rankine has written a stunning piece for the New York Times Magazine in the wake of the Charleston shooting, focusing on the current condition of black life–that it is one of mourning. “The spectacle of the shooting suggests an event out of time, as if the killing of black people with white-supremacist justification interrupts […]

Manipulating Space-Time With Motherhood: Joanna Penn Cooper’s <em>What Is a Domicile</em>

Poetry News

At Boston Review, a microreview of Durham-based poet Joanna Penn Cooper’s first book, What Is a Domicile (Noctuary Press 2014)! If you seek innovative poetry that engages with motherhood, this is a must-read. Carlo Matos writes: Joanna Penn Cooper has described her new book, What Is a Domicile, as being “about the first few years […]

Newly Crowned Oxford Professor of Poetry Is Simon Armitage

Poetry News

As The Telegraph headline declares in summation: “Oxford ‘dull old farts’ choose Simon Armitage as new Professor of Poetry.” And so our otherwise starving angst malcontently says, “thank you.” Simon Armitage has been appointed as Oxford’s new Professor of Poetry after a controversial contest in which Melvyn Bragg attempted to scupper the chances of a […]

A Tapestry for George Starbuck

From Poetry Magazine

Note: Poetry first published George Starbuck in January 1960, and over the course of nearly three decades he published almost two dozen poems in the magazine. These include elegies, concrete poems, and many others you can find in our online archive. George Starbuck would have been 84 this month. His wife, Kathryn Starbuck, wrote the […]

Deborah Landau’s ‘You’ve Got to Start Somewhere’ on <em>PoetryNow</em>

Poetry News

Deborah Landau’s new poem “You’ve Got to Start Somewhere” pushes against digital saturation and thinks about a different, more analog, contact with the world. The poem begins: I had the idea of sitting still while others rushed by. I had the thought of a shop that still sells records. A letter in the mailbox. The […]

Speculative Thinking With Srikanth Reddy & Lucy Ives

Poetry News

In “The Technocrat’s Guide to the Galaxy,” poet Srikanth Reddy talks with Lucy Ives “about the possible plurality of worlds, poets as ‘feeling machines,’ and how to make an aesthetic object out of bureaucratic relics of the space race,” referencing a talk Reddy gave at Triple Canopy’s 2013 show at MoMA/PS1, Speculations (“The future is […]

New Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Brings New American Poetry to <em>The Guardian</em>

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Move over, Donald Allen! Juan Felipe Herrera just hit England! From The Guardian: “It’s a good thing, you know, it’s a good thing,” Juan Felipe Herrera told me on the phone last week, as he reacted to the news that he was going to be the next poet laureate of the United States – the […]