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<em>Warscapes</em> Introduces Readers to Nathaniel Farrell

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Nathaniel Farrell’s newest full-length book is a book-length poem! Newcomer appeared this year from Ugly Duckling Presse. At Warscapes, poetry editor Noam Scheindlin provides a insightful introduction to Farrell’s work with an excerpt from the poem below. Check it out! Nathaniel Farrell’s book-length poem, Newcomer (Ugly Duckling, 2014), from which these excerpts originate, could be […]

<em>Time Out New York</em> Recommends 10 Chapbooks!

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Time Out New York adores chapbooks, who knew. The weekly finds them to be “pocket-sized gems” “favored by poets” that often offer “exceptional lesser-known writing talent.” TONY’s recommendations for the holiday season include some greats: Emily Skillings, Wendy Xu, Kate Zambreno, Natalie Eilbert, Sampson Starkweather, May-Lan Tan, Sarah Certa, and Leah Umansky. Here’s what they […]

‘Ave Maria': Frank O’Hara at the Movies

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According to Locus Solus, there’s a nice reference to the Frank O’Hara poem, “Ave Maria,” in A.O. Scott’s article about kissing at the movies. The article appears in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Here’s a preview via Locus Solus: In his article “A Brief History of Kissing in Movies” in this upcoming Sunday’s New […]

A Portrait of Nathaniel Mackey by Chris Vitiello at <em>Indy Week</em>

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Nathaniel Mackey has been teaching at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina for the last five years. This year, he received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, awarded by the Poetry Foundation, for his contributions to literature. At the Durham, North Carolina–based publication, Indy Week, Chris Vitiello introduces readers to Mackey’s work. Mackey’s body of work […]

At <em>Aperture</em>: Poets on Photographs

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The Paris Review Daily points us to Aperture magazine’s winter issue, which features four poets discussing their favorite photographs in a piece called “Collectors: The Poets.” The piece features John Ashbery, Ann Lauterbach, Richard Howard, and Ben Lerner, who wrote about the stills from Chris Marker’s La Jetée, 1962, below. Read them all at the […]

Get Your Blake On

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According to Hyperallergic, 21 engravings from a series by William Blake about the Biblical figure of Job are now on view at the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan. Here’s a glance: One of the last series William Blake completed was on the woes of Job, that biblical figure tormented through a bet between God […]

Jane Freilicher, 1924-2014

From Poetry Magazine

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jane Freilicher, a rare artist whose intelligence, wit, and gift for friendship will be sorely missed. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite images of Jane below, as well as one of my favorite paintings from our exhibit of her work earlier this year: Parts […]

<em>The New York Times</em> Reviews Erin Belieu’s Newest Collection: <em>Slant Six</em>

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Slant Six, Erin Belieu’s newest collection of poems, arrived in bookstores this season. At The New York Times, Dwight Garner takes a look at Belieu’s most recent accomplishment, which he describes as having “more smoke, more confidence, more wit and less tolerance for obscurity.” More: The poet Erin Belieu was born in Nebraska. It’s a […]

Joseph Mosconi’s <em>Fright Catalog</em> Movie Will Blow Your Mind, Sayeth <em>VICE</em>

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Over at VICE, writer Kim Kelly came across the movie for Joseph Mosconi’s book Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press 2013). Kelly was blown away: “It was so mesmerizing, and so wholly unsettling, that I just had to track down its creator and find out what the fuck was going on. The extreme metal angle is […]

‘A language organically unpredictable, yet always internally balanced': Will Alexander at the New Directions blog, <em>Now That it’s Now</em>

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New Directions published Will Alexander’s adventurous book, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, in 2009. At New Directions’s blog, Now That it’s Now, Elizabeth Bryant interviews Alexander about his writing practice. Elizabeth Bryant: You were born in Los Angeles and have chosen to live your life there. How often, if ever, do you have Los Angeles in […]

What Ben Lerner’s Reading, Courtesy of <em>The Millions</em>

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Get ready to start the new year off right! At The Millions, begin pulling together your reading list with a few recommendations from Ben Lerner. From where I’m sitting I can see the galleys of Maggie Nelson’s incredible The Argonauts, which will come out this spring from Graywolf, and Aaron Kunin’s brilliant, Cold Genius, just […]

Poetry Will Be Made by <em>Some,</em> Including Dorothea Lasky

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At Hyperallergic, Felix Bernstein writes about Dorothea Lasky as the “Golden Mean” and the “Ello of poetry” (we bet she’ll have more staying power, though!). Lasky’s new book, Rome, writes Bernstein, “is a major achievement in which Lasky shows that she can be sincere and ironic, confessional and ambiguous, without having to be trashy or […]

Reading List: December 2014

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the December issue share some books that held their interest. Jennifer Bartlett I have been writing on a biography on Black Mountain poet Larry Eigner for the past four years. What this entails, mostly, is reading “private” letters, primarily from […]

Abigail Deutsch Reviews New Biography of James Laughlin

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At The Wall Street Journal, Abigail Deutsch writes about New Directions founder James Laughlin. “When he wasn’t running a publishing house, running a ski resort or running around, Laughlin wrote poems.” Quite the life: Appreciated early on as a publisher, Laughlin yearned for and eventually received recognition for his poetry, which, in the style of […]

A Poet Laureate for Massachusetts?

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Massachusetts is actually one of the few states in the U.S. that doesn’t already have a system in place for appointing a state-wide poet laureate. However, according to the Boston Globe, this could all change… Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath. Some of the country’s most admired poets have come from Massachusetts, […]

‘I Have a Right to be Angry:’ #BlackPoetsSpeakOut at <em>Mashable</em>

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Black poets are speaking out! In response to the killing of unarmed African-American men like 18- year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year, poets from the esteemed African-American literary arts organization, Cave Canem, are making their voices heard on the web. From Mashable: “I am a black poet who will not remain silent […]

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Book Culture’s Small Press Spotlight interviews the editors of Projective Industries, Kate McIntyre, Stephanie Anderson, and Karen Lepri. And while “projective” might recall Charles Olson’s “Projective Verse,” McIntyre says that “the idea that the press is itself about launching (projects or projectiles, take your pick) and about futurity, rather than stasis, is important to me.” […]

In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Inferno

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           At the end of daybreak. . . Beat it, I said to him, you cop, you lousy pig, beat it,            Aimé Cesairé, from “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land”            (tr. Clayton Eshleman and Annette Smith) The Necropastoral is a strange meetingplace for the poet and death, or for the dead to meet the […]

At PBS: Rankine on the Violent Deaths of Black Men

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Last week, on the heels of the Eric Garner grand jury decision, PBS News Hour posted a video of Claudia Rankine reading from Citizen on the violent deaths of black men. They’ve also included another video collaboration from Rankine and her husband John Lucas (we linked to one the other week). Rankine says the piece […]

Poetry That Stays By Your Side

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It’s not easy to be a touring slam poet when you’re still in school. Dejanique “Daisy” Armstrong joined a youth poetry collective in Stockton, CA while struggling through adolescence spent in and out of homeless shelters. After participating in local and national slam competitions, she won the opportunity to travel on a two-week poetry tour. […]