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[Editor’s Note: As a response to Amy King’s recent post “What Is Literary Activism?,” Wendy Trevino, Juliana Spahr, Tim Kreiner, Joshua Clover, Chris Chen, and Jasper Bernes have offered the following letter.] Dear Harriet, We were pleased to see your forum “What is Literary Activism?,” not least for the useful and persuasive passages to be […]

2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Judges Announced

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This week, CBC Books announced that Adam Sol, Tracy K. Smith, and Alice Oswald have been named the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize judges. The prize, which “offers two awards of $65,000 each as well as $10,000 to each poet on the shortlist who performs at the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings, scheduled for June 1 […]

Claire Donato’s <em>Burial,</em> Fawned Over Even

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Claire Donato’s book, Burial (Tarpaulin Sky, 2013), is reviewed at Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Judson Hamilton gives us a list. Number one? “The time that must have gone into sculpting this text is staggering and belies its size. It seems to have been lovingly groomed; fawned over even.” And on: 4. You’d do well to avail […]

<em>I Once Met</em> Reviewed at <em>Locus Solus</em>

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Earlier in the week, if you recall, Joe Brainard was on our minds. There must be something in the air, as we find more Brainard to send your way today. At Locus Solus, Andrew Epstein reviews Kent Johnson’s last book I Once Met: A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field, which stands as a sort […]

Heather McHugh’s MacArthur Went to Care for Caregivers

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Wow: In 2009, poet Heather McHugh was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship, reports The Daily Kos, “and had no idea what to do with the money.” Upon recognizing that “people who are full-time caregivers truly need a break,” McHugh created a grant-service organization called Caregifted, which offers getaways for those who care for the […]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Introduces Chika Sagawa (and Her Translators)

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The New Yorker’s Adrienne Raphel introduces the first full-length, English-language collection of Sagawa’s poetry, translated by Sawako Nakayasu, to readers: The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books, 2015) (but of course our informed Harriet readers have been introduced already). In addition to delving into Sagawa’s biography, the article also provides useful context about the […]

<em>Irish Times</em> Revisits Ireland’s Poetry in 1916

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It’s no wonder that Ireland’s rebellion during the Easter Rising was lead, in part, by poets. As Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald writes, “It was in poetry and in song that the rebel, the subversive, the dispossessed, found expression for dreams of nationhood and freedom.” More: Poetry had a long history of living underground in the Gaelic […]

Lev Rubinstein, Romantic Geology, & More at the Worthy <em>continent</em>

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In Issue 4.1 of continent, a journal that appears in/with “low frequency” and presents “text, image, video, sound and new forms of publishing online … as reflections on and challenges to contemporary conditions in politics, media studies, art, film and philosophical thought,” we’re grateful to discover a translation of a “poetic text” by contemporary Russian […]

Broadsides as an Act of Reading

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At The Stranger, the broadsides of Seattle poet Mary Anne Carter are given their due–as in, apparently they do much more than illustrate poems: …Broadsides almost always broadcast a reverence for poetry, and in so doing, they almost always make dimmer some dim corner of someone’s den. Like all art that strains for respectability and […]

At Cuneiform Press, Joe Brainard and Tim Dlugos in Conversation

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Joe Brainard has been on our mind recently, ever since we sent these dazzling poems live in our archive. But really dear reader when is Joe Brainard NOT on your mind? Satisfy your Brainard craving and head to Cuneiform Press today to read an interview from 1977 with Brainard and Tim Dlugos from Dennis Cooper’s […]

<em>Washington Post</em> Reviews New Collections by Juan Felipe Herrera, Major Jackson, and Tony Hoagland

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For the newest installment in its on-going, monthly series of poetry reviews, The Washington Post calls attention to new collections by Juan Felipe Herrera, Major Jackson, and Tony Hoagland. The series is written by Elizabeth Lund. First up: Lund’s assessment of a new collection by the United States poet laureate which, she writes, “provides a […]

Humor & Revelation: <em>Publisher’s Weekly</em> Reviews Rebecca Wolff’s <em>One Morning–</em>

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Rebecca Wolff‘s new collection of poetry, One Morning–, is out from Wave Books, and has just received a review in Publisher’s Weekly that we must point you to: “Not quite ekphrastic, not quite lyric, not quite personal, Wolff instead creates a book that should not be described by what it is, but by what it […]

The Academy of American Poets Announces: Teach This Poem

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Attention teachers, who are also poetry-lovers! This September, the Academy of American Poets is launching “Teach This Poem.” The new initiative is an on-going, daily, subscription-based series modeled after the organization’s popular “Poem-A-Day” series designed to assist K-12 teachers with incorporating poetry into everyday classroom curriculum. More, via AAP: Produced for K-12 educators, Teach This […]

Hoa Nguyen Moderates Roundtable at VIDA on ‘Policing in the Literary World’

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In March, Hoa Nguyen moderated a three-part conversation about “policing in the literary world” for VIDA; the third installment has just gone up. Carmen Giménez Smith notes that “Hoa sent out a preliminary list of questions meant to spark the conversation, but ultimately the frankness and depth of the conversation emerged as we realized that […]

What if Sylvia Plath and Frida Kahlo Split a Blunt?

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In case you have been wondering what would happen if Sylvia Plath and Frida Kahlo got together and smoked a joint, Musas, a new play that takes the stage at the New York International Fringe Festival, imagines that very encounter. Daniel Larkin of Hyperallergic writes: “Finally, both women talk about their pain — whether mental […]

What Is Literary Activism?

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This past summer, I was asked to talk about my literary activism as part of an acceptance speech for an award I was receiving. This request threw my current actions into sharp relief. Was I doing “literary activism”? How to define if this is a thing and not simply a medium used on behalf of […]

‘This young woman’s voice was like no other at the time': Douglas Messerli Recollects First Encounters with the Writings of Bernadette Mayer

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Although Douglas Messerli and Bernadette Mayer are very close in age, Messerli recalls his surprise when he first encountered her poems. She wrote with a connection to Gertrude Stein, but with a style all her own. More, courtesy of Hyperallergic: I first began reading the works of Bernadette Mayer in 1975 or 1976, contemporaneous with […]

New Magazine <em>The Scofield</em> Dedicates Issue to David Markson & Solitude

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Introducing The Scofield, a new literary journal created in the spirit of the lettuce-leaf modernidays of The Dial. Hmm? Each issue of the 1920s version of The Dial seemed to have a who’s who of the arts contributing content. The writers, artists, and thinkers included in the magazine didn’t have the same political ideology, they […]

<em>The Guardian</em> Surveys Bryant Park at its Most Poetic

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The Bryant Park Reading Room recently hosted a celebration for the winners of this year’s Whiting Foundation Awards. Each year, the Whiting Foundation awards $50,000 to ten emerging writers. At the Word for Word poetry series at Bryant Park, The Guardian’s Joanna Scutts listened to recent recipients of the price, Jenny Johnson, Anthony Carelli, Aracelis […]

Fox News Tries Its Hand at Christian Bök’s <em>Eunoia</em>?

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“Mahabharata!” “Mahabharata!” Um. What do you get when you cross Fox News with a “world-famous magician” explaining Christian Bök’s Eunoia? “It’s a ship in a bottle,” says Penn Jillette. “There’s e, there’s i, there’s o, and there’s u.” “It’s like a precious metal that is so heavy,” says broadcaster Greg Gutfield. “I’m not going to […]