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McKenzie Wark on Belgian Surrealist Marcel Mariën: ‘The goal of writing is emancipation from habit’

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At Public Seminar, an online extension of the New School for Social Research, McKenzie Wark writes about the little-known but more than relevant Belgian surrealist (slash precursor of OOO and the Situationists) Marcel Mariën. Wark explains it all: In Mariën, as we shall see, there is a parallel to [Guy] Debord’s theoretical and practical activity. […]

Tomas Tranströmer’s Translator Talks Tenses, Silent Energy

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Paris Review Daily posted an interview with translator Patty Crane about the newest and brightest Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer. “Turn of events such as the ones I experienced—the move to Sweden, learning the language, re-discovering Tranströmer, my chance encounter with Jean, and everything that flowed from that—seem to me to be less […]

Robert Kelly Named Dutchess County’s First Poet Laureate

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Dutchess County (NY) Executive Marc Molinaro has appointed Bard Professor and resident of Annandale, Robert Kelly, to the position of poet laureate. He is the first poet laureate to serve Dutchess County. In addition to his role as professor at Bard, Kelly founded and directed the MFA Writing Program at the college. More via Poughkeepsie […]

<em>Dodge Blog</em> Weighs in on <em>NYT’s</em> ‘Year in Poetry’ Coverage

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Martin Farawell of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation delivers a spot-on critique of The New York Times’s ‘Year in Poetry’ at The Dodge Blog. “Four out of five of those short-listed for, and the winner of, the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry were poets of color. The Pulitzer Prize for poetry was won by […]

The 27th Letter

From Poetry Magazine

Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog occasionally features online exclusives. This installment comes from Mairead Small Staid. Past exclusives can be found here. In the alphabet recited by nineteenth-century schoolchildren, it followed Z. And per se and, they would say, and per se and. A logogram masquerading as a letter, a letter that is also a word—like a and I […]

Value in Silent Observing: Ada Limón on Not Writing

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At Richard Blanco’s website, poet Ada Limón writes about the pleasures of not writing, what happens when the poem slips away, the supposed loneliness of the writer, and accountability. “There’s a sense among writers that the world is so messed up you can’t talk about elation, or that, as someone who has a voice, you […]

2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award Announced

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Yesterday we learned of this year’s finalists for the whopping $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Before we get to the finalists, a little about the awards: The Tufts poetry awards – based at Claremont Graduate University and given for poetry volumes published in the preceding year– are not only […]

Doubly Ideal: First French Edition True to Mallarmé’s Intentions for <em>Un coup des dés</em> Accompanies First Arabic Translation

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Pierre Joris has done it again, writing for the Paris-based publisher Ypsilon Éditeur about the first Arabic translation of Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A throw of the dice will never abolish chance, 1914), “masterfully done by the Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis,” and published last month. “Remember that Arabic is […]

All Brecht Considered: <em>American Theatre</em> Reads Through Four New Brecht Books

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In a recent article, “Brecht from All Angles,” American Theatre investigates four new books that delve into Brecht’s poetry, prose, and plays. Bertolt Brecht wore many hats: artistic director, theorist, prose writer, director, and poet. In America he is primarily known as a playwright, but Brecht scholar Eric Bentley has argued: “If there is a […]

At <em>Jacket2,</em> Introduction to Mohamed Saghir Ouled Ahmed

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At Jacket2 Brahim El Guabli introduces Mohamed Saghir Ouled Ahmed, Tunisian poet, to readers. According to El Guabli, Ahmed is “probably Tunisia’s most prominent Arabic poet today.” The post appears in a new section of the site curated by Tsitsi Jaji called “Good News from Africa.” More: Mohamed Saghir Ouled Ahmed (b. 1955) is probably […]

Celebrate Frank Lima at St. Mark’s Poetry Project

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Hey New Yorkers, if you’re shoveled out and the streets are clear, venture down to the Poetry Project tomorrow to check out a celebration of the life and work of Frank Lima, as hosted by Julien Poirier and Garrett Caples. Caples writes about the event for the City Lights blog, the publisher of Lima’s new […]

‘The boys appear not to be happy': UK Literary Press Give Sarah Howe #derangedpoetess

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Sarah Howe, who surprised many by winning the £20,000 T. S. Eliot Prize for her first book Loop of Jade, has a trending hashtag attributed to her success, #derangedpoetess. In a report at The Guardian, it’s noted that “the boys appear not to be happy.” “[L]iterary press is making clear its views on poets who […]

The Serious Poet, Marsden Hartley

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Over the weekend, Douglas Messerli wrote for Hyperallergic about the poetry of Marsden Hartley: “Both poet and painter — he wrote poetry during the mornings throughout most of his life and painted in the afternoons — he survived through the latter, but actively sought out literary attention and wrote about literature as a ‘business.’” More: […]

Janet Malcolm Lambasts Jonathan Bate’s Inaccuracies in <em>NYRB</em> Review of <em>Unauthorized Life</em>

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New Yorker writer Janet Malcom, author of The Silent Women: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes and Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice (among others) – takes Jonathan Bate to task in her NYRB review of Bates’s recently published Ted Hughes biography, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorized Life. In her assessment, Malcolm argues that Bate relies far too […]

There Exist These Opulent Gardens

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What does it mean to have senses at the end of the world, and what does it mean to have them in common? I was wanting to weep on Wilshire Boulevard, wanting to weep for Soul Cycles and fraying palms and anthropocenic heat waves and cosmetic injectables, but I couldn’t even cry, I’d sweated so […]

Paul Celan’s Aphorisms/Counterlights

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At Nomadics, Pierre Joris writes about Paul Celan as aphorist: “Except for two essays and one prose piece (Conversation in the Mountain), Celan did not publish anything beyond his poems and translations. But he did leave a rich trove of aphorisms, paradoxes, sketches, and short narrative & topical fragments (often returning, sometimes openly, sometimes in […]

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Recognizes Renee Gladman

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Congratulations to Renee Gladman who is the recipient of this year’s grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts for her work in poetry and prose! Each year the Foundation for Contemporary Arts furthers its mission to “encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations.” Check out […]

Woody Guthrie Denounced Donald Trump’s Dad in Moving Lyrics

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Woody Guthrie’s landlord was none other than Donald Trump’s dad! Their relationship made for some interesting lyrics, reports The New Republic. “Guthrie lived for two years in a Brooklyn apartment the elder Trump owned, but grew upset at the racist policies that the real estate developer used to exclude blacks from his property.” Writing in […]

Morgan Parker Is in the Spotlight at <em>Coldfront</em>

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Coldfront’s Peter Longofono checks in with Morgan Parker, Pushcart Prize winner, Cave Canem fellow, and author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. Morgan Parker has made a strong, swift, and warranted entrance into the New York City poetry scene with her first book, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback […]

Surprise: Sarah Palin’s Trump Endorsement Is Sheer Poetry

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Jedediah Pudy compressed Sarah Palin’s recent Trump-endorsement speech into poems! Read them all at the Huffington Post. Here’s “Invictus 2″: INVICTUS 2 Turning safety nets into hammocks, and all these new Democrat voters that are going to be coming on over the border as we keep the borders open. How ’bout the rest of us? […]