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Robert Pinsky Reads Samuel Beckett’s ‘Cascando,’ Disagrees with Paul Muldoon

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At Slate, an argument between Robert Pinsky and Paul Muldoon about Samuel Beckett’s love poem, “Cascado,” is brewing. While Paul Muldoon writes “this is truly dreadful stuff” (as referenced in our recent Harriet post), Pinsky observes that Beckett’s love poem is “clear-eyed yet passionate, personal and impersonal in ways I admire” in this review at […]

Announcing <em>The Improbable</em>: Reviews by Booksellers for Booksellers

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A new, monthly collection of little reviews from independent booksellers is up and running! For its first issue, The Improbable feasts on new books from Ed Sanders, Claudia Rankine, Ray Johnson, Susan Howe, Amarnath Ravva, and Dorothy Iannone, and the plan is to do five to seven reviews a month written by “booksellers from some […]

2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary Talks About Her Writing Process

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At the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, 2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary answers some questions about motivation and practice! On video! Watch it below. Questions of Practice: Jenn McCreary on Finding Form from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on Vimeo.

Obliteration Excavations 1: ‘Para’ to ‘Para’

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In 1999, I was a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Then, I had only recently finished the first set of comprehensive examinations of my doctoral program at the CUNY Graduate Center, which was, for me, no easy feat. I have never been a naturally great test taker, and the obstacle […]

Walt Whitman’s <em>Specimen Days</em>

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This week, Slate presents an excerpt from Leslie Jamison’s introduction to Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days and Collect, published by Melville House in November 2014. From Slate: What is Specimen Days? It doesn’t sit easily in any genre. It’s restless in its recounting. Structurally, it’s a collection of prose fragments written across two decades of Walt […]

<em>The Telegraph</em> Calls Out T.S. Eliot’s ‘Seduction’

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Allan Massie has summoned the spirit of T.S. Eliot to the pages of this weekend’s Telegraph. In an article that he wrote about Eliot’s poetry’s appeal, he explains why it is so easy to appreciate Eliot’s writing, without necessarily understanding it. From The Telegraph: The record-breaking musical Cats is singing and dancing again. The run […]

Patrick James Dunagan Close Reads <em>Deep Code</em> and <em>Lunch Poems</em> at <em>Entropy</em>

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Last year, City Lights published Deep Code, by John Coletti, and a Fiftieth Anniversary Edition of Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara. At Entropy, Patrick James Dunagan considers the similarities and differences between both masterpieces. From Entropy: I’ve been reading and rereading Frank O’Hara’s poems for some twenty years. The Fiftieth Anniversary City Lights republication of […]

At <em>The Battersea Review:</em> John Wieners’s Letters (with Poems!) to Michael Rumaker

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At The Battersea Review, Michael Seth Stewart brings to light several letters with poems sent to Michael Rumaker, written by John Wieners from 1955-1958. Wieners’s letters shed light on the close [platonic] friendship between Rumaker and Weiners, which flourished within a “deeply conformist, rabidly homophobic mid-1950s America.” From Michael Seth Stewart’s introduction to the letters, […]

Remembering Tomaž Šalamun

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The “Literature and Real Literary Community,” Real Pants, hosts a very special tribute to Tomaž Šalamun. The feature, which went live this week, includes a recording of Šalamun reading at the University of Massachusetts in 2003, recorded by Eric Baus. The recording is being made public for the first time. From Real Pants: The great […]

The Beauties: Diriye Osman on the Work of Kwame Dawes

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Diriye Osman writes for The Huffington Post about “one of the most consistently thrilling poets at work today,” Kwame Dawes. Osman looks at Dawes’ 2013 volume of selected poems, Duppy Conqueror (Copper Canyon), and reflects on Dawes’ response to “whether the business of writing poetry calls for solitude and introspection.” “The secret is to have […]

Donald Hall on Missing Poetry: ‘I can’t say I do.’

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The Washington Post interviews Donald Hall about his new book of essays, Essays After Eighty (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which came out in December. An interesting perspective: “Poetry had left me — I had 60 years of it; I can’t regret it — but I love to work, and I did not know what I’d be […]

4 More Days to see ‘An Opening of the Field’ at Pasadena Museum of Art; <em>ArtSlant</em> Spotlights Helen Adam’s Collages

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At ArtSlant, Natalie Hegert reminds readers that there are only 4 MORE DAYS to see An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle at the Pasadena Museum of Art, oh, and by the way: have you seen these amazing collages by Helen Adam before? In this sneak peak, Hegert suggests that Adam […]

Al Filreis & ModPo at <em>The Atlantic</em>

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At The Atlantic, Kristina Bicher writes about Al Filreis’s infamous ModPo course–that’s Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, of course of course, which is now in its third year. “ModPo is taught out of UPenn but it’s delivered as a MOOC—also known as a ‘massive open online course’—meaning it’s a virtual, free class available to Internet […]

Snack Food of the Stars: 9 Famous Authors’s Snack Break Delights

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Yes, Emily Dickinson baked bread two times a day. No, Agatha Christie did not have like to eat scones with her scones and Devonshire cream. (Just the cream, apparently.) More from Mental Floss: Writers are famously ritualistic. Some have favorite desk decorations or can only work during particular hours of the day. And some, like […]

Gaming the Poem: How a Video Game Teaches Users to Write Poetry

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Way back in the day we found ourselves glued to the Nintendo playing hours of Metroid. If only Samus Aran could have taught us how to write poetry, our parents might have worried a little less. How times have changed since the ’80s! According to Wired, there is now a video game that will teach […]

Remembering Michele Serros (1966-2015)

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The Chicana poet, spoken-word artist, and all around fantastic writer, Michele Serros, passed away this weekend at the age of 48. Her cause of death was cancer. From Jacket Copy’s David L Ulin: I used to know Michele Serros — who died of cancer Sunday at her home in Berkeley at the age of 48 […]

Wonder & Les Figues Announce 2014 Book Prize Winners & Select New Titles!

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How about some killer contest news? Here’s one: Wonder has just announced the winner of the 2014 Wonder Book Prize, judged by Rachel Levitsky, which goes to Uljana Wolf for her manuscript i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where, translated from the German by Sophie Seita! This one is comprised […]

On the Translation of Later Poems by Paul Celan by Pierre Joris

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Arlice Davenport of The Wichita Eagle writes about the collected later poetry of Paul Celan, published in December as Breathturn Into Timestead (FSG). Pierre Joris, the translator of this “indispensable, invaluable volume,” “preserves the abrupt estrangement of Celan’s German from the traditional metrics of his mother tongue,” writes Davenport. More: For Celan, the German language […]

All About Brecht

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He seems all right… but was he really a psychopath? In its review of a new Brecht biography, The Partnership, Jacket Copy takes the case: The German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) inspired extremes of loyalty and antipathy. Brilliant, charismatic and seductive, he was professionally unreliable and personally deceptive. He broke hearts at will […]

Steven Zultanski’s Methodical & Tender <em>Bribery</em>

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Just before the New Year, Ugly Duckling Presse published Steven Zultanski’s newest book, Bribery, an unabating narration of criminal acting and readyfound atrocity that “should be put on trial for the violation of United States obscenity laws,” as Ed Steck has put in his closing argument at Fanzine. Steck grasps the work’s tenderness, too: “As […]