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At PBS NewsHour, Compton teenager Kimberly Cervantes speaks about how poetry has helped her to deal with “a steady exposure to violence” and with the backlash she faced from her peers after coming out as bisexual. She joins NewsHour’s Sarah Varney and reads her poem called “Guts.” In high school, Kimberly Cervantes, was assaulted on […]

RIP Prince Rogers Nelson (1958–2016)

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We can’t believe he’s gone. At Slate, Katy Waldman extolls the virtues of his thankfully timeless lyrics: “Saturated in color, wild with bizarre imagery, they overload the senses and short-circuit the brain.” More: “All art aspires to the condition of music,” wrote Walter Pater, and Prince’s lyrics are as hot and dreamlike and weird as […]

<em>Telegraph</em> on Modigliani and Akhmatova’s Unrequited Love

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A new exhibition of Amedeo Modigliani’s drawings opens at the Estorick Collection in London this week. Modigliani and Russian poet Anna Akhmatova met circa 1910 and “became inseparable” immediately after their introduction. At Telegraph, Lucy Davies explores their romance. At six feet tall, raven-haired and ravishingly beautiful, 21-year-old Anna Akhmatova proved something of a sensation […]

Reading List: April 2016

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the April 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Jennifer Bartlett The book that I have been reading for the past month is A. David Moody’s three-volume biography of Ezra Pound. I came upon the book in a particular […]

Jericho Brown Reads and Discusses His Poetry at WGVU

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2016 Guggenheim Fellow Jericho Brown visits the studios of WGVU in Grand Rapids, Michigan to discuss his favorite childhood books, his reading habits now, and to read two of his poems: “Summertime” and “Bullet Points.” MA: What is one of the books that you go back to the most, that you keep finding yourself saying […]

Wallace Stevens’s Shaping of the Art of Painter Jake Berthot

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At Hyperallergic, Tim Keane writes about the influence Wallace Stevens had on painter Jake Berthot. “I was reminded of lyrical poetry — its introspective urgency and quiet resonance — as I took in Jake Berthot: In Color at Betty Cuningham Gallery. Dominated by mid-career work, the exhibition’s outstanding range of paintings show how Berthot balanced […]

Times I’ve Got Paid

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It strikes me that Eileen Myles is the first person in this series of pieces about money and poetry to name dollar amounts. I think this is a working class origins thing. I don’t think I can claim working class because my dad ascended to the middle before he died. Or I don’t know what […]

Anselm Berrigan’s <em>Come In Alone</em> Reviewed at <em>Publisher’s Weekly</em>

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Anselm Berrigan’s newest book, Come In Alone (Wave Books, 2016), is reviewed at Publisher’s Weekly. As they tend to be at PW, this review is to the point, but with such brevity still seems to understand the work quite well: “What makes this book such a fascinating object is that Berrigan has conceived of a […]

The World Is Both Real & Available in an Impure Form: Jennifer Nelson in Conversation

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Jessica Tolbert is in conversation with poet and art historian Jennifer Nelson at Ugly Duckling Presse’s Tumblr (home of many interviews, if you hadn’t noticed). Nelson, whose debut collection Aim At The Centaur Stealing Your Wife came out late last year, will be reading at the Brooklyn Public Library for UDP on Thursday, April 21. […]

Dear Gone

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One of my life-long preoccupations continues to be how to write about loss, how to attend to the thing that is beyond one’s grasp. In “Dear Gone” Grey Vild stumbles around in the desert of loss, reaching and reaching only to find that what was is no longer. There is no language for this, as […]

Peter Balakian, Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

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The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday, with Peter Balakian, the author of Ozone Journal (University of Chicago Press), taking it home for Poetry. “The title poem of Peter Balakian’s Ozone Journal is a sequence of fifty-four short sections, each a poem in itself, recounting the speaker’s memory of excavating the bones of Armenian […]

Adonis on Syrian Conflict at <em>NYRB:</em> ‘A Writer Can Never Be on the Side of Killing’

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The New York Review of Books hosts a thought-provoking interview with Syrian-born, Paris-based poet, translator, editor, and theorist Adonis. In addition to his views on the failure of the Arab Spring, Adonis elaborates on his thoughts regarding the west and the role of poetry during times of crisis. Jonathan Guyer: At the beginning of the […]

Bernadette Mayer’s ‘Memory’

From Poetry Magazine

Bernadette Mayer’s Memory closes Wednesday, April 27 to make way for Vintage Poetry Center Posters from the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The show’s closing comes with much activity across town. Mayer will be in Chicago for a number of events, including a midday artist’s talk with Jennifer Karmin and Stephanie Anderson at the Poetry Foundation this Thursday at […]

This Having Been Earthly Seems Lasting

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Notes for national corpse month, continued: I am thinking about the garden. Youna Kwak imagines it (first). Then she remembers it. Then she is in it, walking alone. Before I fail to join her, my mind takes me to another garden. There is only one thing growing and maybe it is not even a garden. […]

<em>BOMB</em> Reviews Don Mee Choi’s <em>Hardly War</em>

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We can’t get enough of Don Mee Choi’s new book, Hardly War (mentioned here back in March). At BOMB, Lizzie Tribone writes that “Choi was moved to write Hardly War after she attended Heiner Goebbels’s ‘Songs of Wars I Have Seen,’ a concert work directly inspired by [Gertrude] Stein’s wartime memoir,” Wars I Have Seen. […]

Poetry of Self-Trust: Brian Blanchfield’s <em>Proxies: Essays Near Knowing</em>

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At Flavorwire, a great piece about Brian Blanchfield’s new collection of essays, Proxies: Essays Near Knowing (Nightboat, 2016). Jonathan Sturgeon casts the work against similar poets-gone-prose writers Maggie Nelson and Ben Lerner, noting that “although it often looks like poststructuralism is the strongest influence, it’s more likely poetry — poetry is the common.” More: If […]

Language Is Migrant

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that Cecilia Vicuña, at the age of 24, and without even meaning to be, was way ahead of her time as a maker of conceptual art in Chile. It is also not an exaggeration to emphasize that as a performance artist, feminist artist, visual artist, and literary artist, she […]

<em>Guardian</em> Reviews <em>English Renaissance Poetry</em> edited by John Williams

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Guardian’s Nicholas Lezard applauds a collection of English Renaissance Poetry edited by American author and academic John Williams. Originally published in 1963, this is a “writer’s book, as opposed to an academic’s” Robert Pinsky says in his introduction. The American author and academic John Williams wrote three acclaimed novels (he let his first be quietly […]

Marianne Moore’s Rebirth

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At the New Yorker Adrienne Raphel draws our attention to the fervent, outspoken readers immersed in Marianne Moore’s literary oeuvre—from Linda Leavell, Moore’s biographer, to Jonathan Galassi, the president of FSG who is working to reissue Moore’s debut collection Observations. In 1924, the editors of The Dial persuaded Marianne Moore to publish “Observations,” a collection […]

Unfree Verse

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I first read this essay when Joshua Clover sent it over spring break. The cold that comes on crying and lingers for a month had just begun but I kept preparing for next week’s classes anyway, through a haze of multi-symptom meds. I was tired, and sad, despite having signed off only a few weeks […]