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Anthologies Beget Anthologies: BlazeVox Books Announces a Call for Nominations to Better American Poetry

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BlazeVox Books wants to better American poetry: who’d … have … thunk … it. Announcing the BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY 2015 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! From the editorial statement of those behind this endeavor: EDITORIAL STATEMENT Our goal is to model a collaborative editorial venture that breaks with the anemic capitalizing tradition and goes ahead of institutional […]

Damion Searls Considers the Translation Work of Robert Walser…

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Did you know today is International Translation Day? Paris Review Daily’s Damion Searls looks at the failures of translation, particularly near the great Robert Walser: “And sometimes, when a translator totally hijacks the original, the failure is so dramatic, its lapses from the source text so catastrophic, that it’s hard to tell if it might […]

Josely Vianna Baptista in Conversation

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Josely Vianna Baptista (Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, 1957) has written several books of poetry and prose, including a book for young adults which received the VI Prémio Internacional del Libro Ilustrado Infantil y Juvenil del Gobierno de México. She has translated more than one hundred books, including the complete poetry of J.L. Borges for the multi-volume […]

Eileen Myles For The World

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Major news outlets are a-gush over Eileen Myles’s newest publications: a re-release of her 1994 classic, Chelsea Girls, and I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014. The two works, which hit newsstands courtesy of Ecco this Tuesday, have garnered praise and attention from The New Republic, The Boston Globe, and The New […]

Is the ‘Confessional’ a Dying Mode?

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Now that memoir is so in-vogue, what’s the fate of the confessional genre? Fifty years after Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Leslie Jamison and Charles McGrath talk about its legacy. (We’ll begin with Leslie Jamison’s assessment.) From The New York Times: Writing that has been dismissed as simply “confessional” is actually full of innovation and artistry. I […]

The View From a Poetry Reading in Tel Aviv

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Poet and scholar Yosefa Raz writes from a poetry reading turned “poetry riot” in Tel Aviv, Israel, nodding to the recent discussion around literary activism: “Many of the responses and counter-responses to Amy King’s panel were premised on the idea that activism is the right thing to do … [b]ut the poetry riot I witnessed […]

<em>NYT’s</em> Ben Brantley [Re]Reviews ‘Reread Another,’ a Play Inspired by Stein

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“Reread Another” is a new play based on the writings of Gertrude Stein. What would Stein think? The play, which debuted in January at Bushwick Starr, re-opens at the Brick. On the occasion of this second production, NYT republishes Brantley’s initial thoughts on the production. More: Words seem to be plucked from the air, with […]

Ellen Bryant Voigt and Ben Lerner Awarded MacArthur Fellowships

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We learned this morning that among the twenty-four recipients of this year’s MacArthur “Genius Grants” were two poets: Ellen Bryant Voigt and Ben Lerner. The New York Times reports: The fellowships, which have come to be known as “genius grants,” come with a stipend of $625,000 over five years — no strings attached. “We take […]

Aaron Kunin Points to the Aesthetic Ground

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“Would Vanessa Place Be a Better Poet If She Had Better Opinions?” asks Aaron Kunin at Nonsite. Kunin posits that Place’s work might just be “poorly written,” particularly in Place’s Gone with the Wind Twitter project, rather than indefensibly racist. He recalls VP’s profession of antiracism in Artist’s Statement (noting meanwhile that “[i]t may be […]

Claudia Rankine Wins Forward Prize!

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Congratulations to Claudia Rankine: winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for her astonishing new book, Citizen. As you may have gathered from our many posts this spring and summer, the book has been central to poetry discussions near and far. A much deserved honor, indeed! More, via The Guardian: A book described by one critic […]

Kenny Goldsmith in <em>The New Yorker</em>: ‘An artist’s right to make a mistake is much more sacred than anyone’s feelings’

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A piece in the October 5 issue of The New Yorker looks at Kenneth Goldsmith’s recent “challenging behavior.” “Goldsmith, who is fifty-four, likes pranks and provocations and making people uncomfortable—challenging behavior, he thinks, is an artist’s prerogative,” writes Alec Wilkinson, who spoke to fellow poets, writers, and critics like Cathy Park Hong–who in a few […]

NPR Asks, ‘What’s the Deal with Book Blurbs?’

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Yeah, yeah… your favorite authors all have ‘em, but why are they so important? Colin Dwyer considers the literary genre’s value at NPR: Whatever the old adage might warn, there is a bit of merit to judging a book by its cover — if only in one respect. Consider the blurb, one of the most […]

LA, Get Ready for Open Press

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It’s that time of year again when our poetry friends in Los Angeles get together for Open Press, a weekend “to extend the work of the writer, editor, and curator, to instigate new channels of reciprocity among those interested and engaged in what might constitute the literary at any given time.” The three-day event will […]

Manohla Dargis Praises Retrospective of Nathaniel Dorsky (and Jerome Hiler’s) Films

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Filmmaker and friend of poetry, Nathaniel Dorsky, has a fresh, new retrospective in tandem with the New York Film Festival. Dorsky is joined by Jerome Hiler; Manohla Dargis praises both filmmaker’s works. More, via The New York Times: Every so often while watching the work of Nathaniel Dorsky, I let out a yelp of joy. […]

A Rob Halpern Performance in Ann Arbor

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At the Michigan Daily, a report from the field: Last Saturday, Rob Halpern read from his newest book, Common Place (Ugly Duckling Presse 2015), at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor; and Cosmo Pappas was there to see it. “As Halpern’s performance reminded the audience, a reading is not an audiobook.” Yes. More about Halpern in […]

Alice Notley in Conversation with Robert Dewhurst at <em>BOMB</em>

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If you’re looking for a deep Friday afternoon read, make your way to BOMB for this expansive interview with Alice Notley, conducted by Robert Dewhurst. The conversation opens with Dewhurst asking Notley to explain why people rarely ask her questions about her poetry, which leads into a discussion about prosody. Robert Dewhurst When we were […]

Kate Tempest Speaks with <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> About Her New Novel

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Hold the phone: Kate Tempest has a new novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses, set for release in May 2016. That’s right, your favorite spoken-word artist is now a novelista. Read Tempest’s thoughts on the matter (and more) at Entertainment Weekly: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How long have you been working on The Bricks That Built […]

Necessary Reading: Amy Berkowitz & Cassandra Troyan on the Curative Power of Talk

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At The New Inquiry, Cassandra Troyan talks to Amy Berkowitz about her new book, Tender Points (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015); the gendered body as a site of struggle; pain–specifically the process of writing while living with fibromyalgia; hysteria in language, as rendered through a patriarchal medical system; the psychosomatic and actual chronic pain; and talking […]

At <em>NY Mag</em>: Eileen Myles, the Legend

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At New York Magazine, the headline says it all: “After 19 Books and a Presidential Bid, Eileen Myles Gets Her Due.” The piece, by Rachel Monroe, makes a point of the new things: Myles’s new house in Marfa, TX; new books, including her “first decade-spanning collection, I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems […]

Sarah Burke Reviews Tom Comitta’s <em>First Thought Worst Thought</em> for <em>East Bay Express</em>

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What happens if you write a novel in a night? For The East Bay Express Sarah Burke reviews Tom Comitta’s new show, First Thought Worst Thought. The result? Comitta has written forty books in four years. More: In October 2012, Oakland artist and writer Tom Comitta secured the domain name NaNoWriNiMo.org. That’s just one syllable […]