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Beer-Loving Poets Rejoice: <em>L.A. Weekly</em> Presents Sam Wagner’s Newest Collection, the First Book of Beer Poems

Poetry News

Now it’s not just John Beer, or The Drunk Sonnets, but rather, poems ABOUT beer. As L.A. Weekly reports, a new book by Sam Wagner boasts the first-ever collection of beer poems. From L.A. Weekly: Many of us might think we’re a poet after a few too many beers, but comedy writer Sam Wagner can […]

NYU Fales Library Acquires <em>Triple Canopy</em> Archive

Poetry News

Although the (mostly) digital literary journal, Triple Canopy, is relatively new (publishing since 2007) compared to many of the archives housed at Fales, the N.Y.U. library has started the process of acquiring Triple Canopy’s archives and will continue to house it even as the journal stays publishing. More from The New York Times: …[O]n Monday, […]

Dead Poets Society of America Founder Visits 500th Poet’s Grave: the Tomb of Sun Ra

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In his trusty van, “Dedgar The Poemobile,” Dead Poets Society of America Founder, Walter Skold, has been traversing the country for six years, documenting the final resting places of American poets with his stuffed traveling companion, Raven. For his 500th visit, Skold chose Sun Ra’s grave because he had never met a poet from Saturn […]

Channel Surfing

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I’d like to note a peculiar absence in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The most basic and influential piece of employment-related legislation in the United States, Title VII protects individuals from discrimination based on almost every background characteristic including race, religion, color, gender, and national origin. It does not, however, protect […]

Meet Tova Ricardo: Oakland’s New Youth Poet Laureate!

Poetry News

Congratulations to Berkeley School (Lafayette, CA) student, Tova Ricardo, who is the honorary Youth Poet Laureate for Oakland, California. Ricardo was selected after a reading at Pro-Arts Gallery on July 11th. The Youth Poet Laureate program is sponsored by Youth Speaks and the Oakland Public Library. The recipient of this prestigious honor also receives a […]

The Intricacies of Following: Sophie Calle’s <em>Suite Vénitienne</em>

Poetry News

Poet, artist, and editor Emmalea Russo reviews Sophie Calle’s Suite Vénitienne (Siglio Press 2015) for Art Critical, and in so doing, reflects on the act of following: its tangential desires, preoccupations, and projections. Sophie Calle makes portraits of herself and strangers through investigative methods including surveillance, interviews, photography, and text. In Suite Vénitienne (Siglio Press, […]

Paul Stephens on the Destruction & Renewal of (Poetic) Attention in Age of Info Overload

Poetry News

At Guernica, writer Paul Stephens considers information overload and its eventual attention: “[t]here are 2.5 million stars in my pocket …. I have nearly unlimited access to music; I can audio record my entire day; I can record high definition video and send it wirelessly. There are over 40,000 messages in my Gmail inbox. The […]

At <em>Wall Street Journal,</em> Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet, Gregory Pardlo Discusses Housecleaning, Elton John

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Who knew?! At Wall Street Journal, Gregory Pardlo, author of the Pulitzer Prize- winning collection, Digest, delves into his childhood in Willingboro, NJ and his ongoing attachment to the music of Elton John, including the difficulty of singing “Bennie and the Jets.” More: Like everyone else, I’ve been mangling the words to “Bennie and the […]

Emeryville’s Poet Laureate Speaks

Poetry News

At J Weekly, the poet laureate of Emeryville, California (Sarah Kobrinsky) speaks about her Orthodox childhood, her favorite authors, and her unexpected, very Bay-Area rent increase. Kobrinsky’s life in Emeryville funnels into the content of her poetry in numerous ways, including a recent poem Kobrinsky wrote about Ikea. More: Name: Sarah Kobrinsky Age: 37 Position: […]

Lisa Robertson’s Urgent Line to the Future at Berlin Literaturwerkstatt

Poetry News

For those of you who speak Lisa Robertson and like German, here’s our rough internet-translate of a talk description at the Berlin Literaturwerkstatt recently: “In a conflict between form, body and feeling, Lisa Robertson (*1961 Toronto, Canada) combines issues like gender, weather forecasts and architecture. Her poems are a perfect assembly of sensuality and abstraction. […]

Marie Buck on Collectivity, <em>Star Trek</em>, <em>Portrait of Doom</em>, Political Hope, More

Poetry News

Our friend Marie Buck is interviewed by rob mclennan! We have a soft spot for these interviews, and have been enjoying Buck’s recent book, Portrait of Doom (Krupskaya 2015). “[A]ll of my work seems to wind up circling around a few things: power, the grotesque, quotidian expressions of power relations, political and personal angst as […]

James Wagner on Translation, Deception, and Vallejo at <em>Entropy</em>

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By now we hope you had the chance to read though this amazing and thoughtful roundtable discussion on translation at Best American Poetry blog, with participants Marie Buck, Jennifer Scappettone, Guillermo Parra, Daniel Borzutzky, and Johannes Göransson. If that wasn’t enough for you, you’re in luck with this bonus response from James Wagner titled “ABZ: […]

Dante’s Tomb Security Boosted

Poetry News

Tomb-raiders, beware! The security around Dante Alighieri’s tomb in Italy just became a little bit tighter due to (eek) threats from Isis. More: The tomb of Dante Alighieri, Italy’s best-known poet, could be subject to an Islamic State-inspired attack, due to the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in Dante’s epic poem the Divine Comedy. Italian […]

So Sweet and So Juicy: WCW Becomes Twitter Gen. Meme

Poetry News

We aren’t sure how William Carlos Williams would feel about the Twitter generation, but, according to NY Mag’s Annie Lowrey—it sure likes him! Lowrey drops it like it’s hot, at New York Magazine: This Is Just to Say I have written this story on the internet about a poetry meme and here you were probably […]

Let Melancholy Not Be Diluted by Cheap Optimism: Santiago Vizcaíno’s <em>Destruction in the Afternoon</em>

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Destruction in the Afternoon (Lavender Ink 2015), by “one of Ecuador’s finest poets,” Santiago Vizcaíno, is reviewed at Entropy. “Against the grain of this [U.S. cultural] optimism, I would argue that melancholia sometimes leads to insights and ways of thinking not accessible to joy, and that poetry especially is richer when the voices of melancholy […]

Elizabeth Willis Reviews Fred Moten for <em>Boston Review</em>

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At Boston Review, Elizabeth Willis reviews two Fred Moten titles, The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions 2014) and The Little Edges (Wesleyan, 2014). “Poetry, by virtue of its adaptive vocality, the thrift of its economic footprint, is suited to being in the wind. But how does a poet turn that wind into a whirlwind, a […]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Considers Poetry’s Ties to Politics in Iran

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How did the Iranian modernist Sohrab Sepehri find his voice? At The New Yorker, Neima Jahromi brings together both poetry and politics in his portrait of Sepehri to paint a picture of Iran after centuries of “bumpy foreign contact.” More: In 1965, after a trip through China and Japan, the Iranian modernist Sohrab Sepehri found […]

Reading List: July/August 2015

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the July/August 2015 issue share some books that held their interest. Tova Benjamin  I’ve been traveling a lot this summer, moving between countries and cities alone with a suitcase small enough to lift onto busses. I don’t have the room […]

Patrick James Dunagan Reviews Joshua Clover’s <em>Red Epic</em>

Poetry News

At Your Impossible Voice, Patrick James Dunagan provides insight into Joshua Clover’s most recent collection of poems, Red Epic. The collection is published by Commune Editions: a new “start-up press Clover along with fel­low poets Juliana Spahr and Jasper Bernes estab­lished in part­ner­ship with left­ist, anti-commercial AK Press” as Dunagan writes. More: Few books, let […]

‘The present has its own peril': Anne Boyer Writes Time in Literature & Illness

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At Full Stop, a new piece by Anne Boyer called “This Imaginary Half-Nothing: Time” reveals her reading-time during sick-time, and the connections therein (Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain met Christa Wolf’s The Quest for Christa T. in the end), including also John Donne’s work on his deathbed, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions; and Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina, […]