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W.S. Merwin’s Johnny Appleseed Turn

Poetry News

PBS NewsHour tracks down American poet W.S. Merwin in Hawaii, where he plants palm trees. He bought three acres of an old pineapple plantation in the ’70s, the spot where a forest of palm trees now grows. From NewsHour: JEFFREY BROWN: It’s Hawaii, so, yes, you do expect to see a palm tree or two, […]

SERPENT POWER: City Lights Looks Forward to David Meltzer’s <em>Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook</em>

Poetry News

At City Light’s blog, Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here, Ryan Haas guides readers through the David Meltzer archives, from Meltzer’s iconic 1960s band, The Serpent Power, to his newly published When I Was A Poet (City Lights, 2011) to Meltzer’s 1977 Oyez Press tract Two-Way Mirror: A Poetry Notebook, which City Lights is […]

Ánima

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Ánima Repetir, reproducir,recrear, reforzar, retomar, recordar, retratar, retener, replicar, resignificar; todas estas instancias en las que utilizamos el prefijo re tienen que ver con la copia y, de repente yo no sabía, hasta el momento en que lo vi en el procesador de mi computadora. No tenía conciencia. —Ariel Vercelli 1 ¿Qué decir ante la […]

Seems Extreme: Emmalea Russo Interview at Textile Arts Center

Poetry News

Emmalea Russo is interviewed for The Textile Arts Center blog! Russo uses “sculpture, installation, and text, [making] process-based works about voluntary and involuntary actions, the central nervous system, and repetitive tasks. She is the author of they (Gauss PDF, 2014), CLEAR1NG (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), and book of southern and water (Poor Claudia, 2013). And […]

<em>Cabinet</em> Posts Audio From Launch of Eva Díaz’s <em>The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College</em>

Poetry News

Lucky us: Thanks to Cabinet Magazine, if you missed the launch for The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press 2015), art historian Eva Díaz’s new book on Black Mountain College, a terrific audio recording of the event is now up on their site. The recording includes a performance by […]

Abe Books Searches for First Editions of ‘The Iliad’ Climb after Release of <em>The Boy Next Door;</em> Film Critics Lay Siege on the Film’s Script

Poetry News

The Guardian reports that searches for “The Iliad, first edition” on the online marketplace AbeBooks have climbed since the release of J-Lo’s new movie The Boy Next Door, which starts with her character being given a first edition of, you guessed it: The Iliad. MEANWHILE, critics from Jezebel to Melville House have penned a number […]

Entidad/Entity

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Entidad Los Angeles, California. Febrero 18, 2015. Perdidamente, estoy pensando1 en la entidad como una alternativa a la identidad. Algo subterráneo, bajo la identidad; algo aéreo, sobrevolando más allá de la identidad. ¿Un aire? ¿O una sustancia? Otro cuerpo más allá del cuerpo categorizado. Una manera de ser, o de no-ser. De ser-en-no-ser. Hace unas […]

<em>Paris Review</em> Re-Connects Readers with William Bronk

Poetry News

In a recent post at Paris Review, Daniel Piepenbring wonders, “Why is William Bronk Perennially Under-read?” During Bronk’s lifetime, Burning Deck, New Directions, and North Point Press–among other presses–published his writing. But why the slip from many readers’s radars? Bronk appears in Ben Lerner’s novel 10:04 and after reading it this summer, Piepenbring began to […]

Inaugural Kathy Acker Fellowship Offered by Les Figues Press

Poetry News

Such great news for Kathy Acker fans (and anyone else with that bent, we’d imagine): Les Figues Press is offering a Kathy Acker Fellowship, currently accepting applications! In honor of the writer, “The Kathy Acker Fellowship provides a part-time, 9-month appointment for an emerging writer/artist, literary editor, or arts curator/organizer. The Kathy Acker Fellow will […]

Hilton Als on McCarthy-era Langston Hughes

Poetry News

In 1953, Langston Hughes was one of many writers brought before Joseph McCarthy’s Subcommittee on Un-American Activities. He and playwright Elmer Rice (who wrote the amazing Adding Machine, and Street Scene, working with Hughes on the latter) corresponded after Rice sent Hughes a questionnaire he built with the Authors League of America, meant to investigate […]

To Infinity and Beyond: Joel Gregory and Emji Spero of Timeless Infinite Light in Conversation

Poetry News

If you haven’t met Timeless Infinite Light yet, Open House Poetry has a very solid introduction. Who are they? Where did they come from? How did they get here? From Open House: IJ: I realize I forgot to ask you, what was the inception of TIL? How did it form? How did it come about? […]

Women in Tech, Represent! San Jose’s Media Poetry Studio Dream

Poetry News

Dream on, and on, and on, and on! This Indiegogo project caught our eye because it’s one of the best: a group of San Jose poets laureate who are joining forces to fund a media studio that allows young women to create films inspired by their poetry. We think that there is probably a Shelley […]

How to Make Your Poetry More Marxy

Poetry News

UK poet Verity Spott tells us how to make our poetry more “Marxy”: “[T]he Poet must be shuddering in the depths of a concept. It is not enough that she regulates her reality through the framework of rigid lyric prosody; she must at once create and dismantle the world through the prism of the value […]

Let Us Not Let John Berryman Lapse Into Obscurity

Poetry News

The door closes on the centennial year of John Berryman’s birth. At The Atlantic, Christopher Benfey considers how this kind of celebration has the potential to bury the poet. “What’s needed now, and urgently, before he disappears for good, along with Ted (Roethke), Randall (Jarrell), Richard (Blackmur), and Delmore (Schwartz), is a rigorous selection of […]

February 19: Jen Bervin to Read at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Poetry News

Hey New Haven! Jen Bervin, whose work has been featured on these pages, will deliver a lecture at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library entitled “On Envelopes and Silk” on February 19th. Bervin will talk about the recently published Gorgeous Nothings and a new manuscript called The Silk Poems. From The Beinecke: Visual artist […]

Does T.S. Eliot’s Ghost Haunt New England?

Poetry News

The Guardian warns readers that a recent phone-in to NPR might prove that the ghost of T.S. Eliot could actually be haunting Dana Hawkes’s house. But, as The Guardian infers, this might simply be because Eliot’s ghost doesn’t have a memorial stone or shrine: a final resting place. Do you have a flashlight? Let’s start […]

Unwelcome Visitations: On Writing ‘Dead Girl Gang Bang’

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Cate Marvin’s “Dead Girl Gang Bang” appears in the February 2015 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] “Dead Girl Gang Bang” is the culminating poem in a series of “high school” poems that […]

Realms Yet to Come: Two Questions for Cassandra Troyan

Poetry News

Christopher Higgs asks writer, artist, poet, and filmmaker Cassandra Troyan TWO questions for Entropy. “These questions arise from my particular approach to reading and critical analysis, which is deeply indebted to Deleuze & Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus. As they put it, ‘Literature is an assemblage…a book itself is a little machine…writing has nothing to do […]

PEN World Voices Festival to Focus on Africa

Poetry News

The New York Times’s ArtsBeat turns our attention to the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, which has announced its lineup for this year’s incarnation, gathering from May 4 to 10 in New York. The festival this year will have a focus on the contemporary literary culture of Africa and its diaspora. From […]

Nobody Was Writing Poetry of This World Like Philip Levine (1928–2015)

Poetry News

We are so sad to help report that Philip Levine—former U.S. Poet Laureate (2011–2012), Pulitzer Prize-winner and beloved professor—has died at the age of 87. A New York Times obituary tells us the cause was pancreatic cancer. From that piece: Mr. Levine was the first member of his family to earn a college degree. “When […]