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A Tribute to Lee Harwood: 1939-2015

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Translator of Tristan Tzara and a poet inspired by painters, Lee Harwood has died at the age of 76. To learn more about his life and career, The Guardian brings us this obituary: Lee Harwood, who has died aged 76, created a uniquely open and intimate body of poetry. Committed to describing experiences and feelings […]

Coffee Talk: Russell Bennetts and Rob McLennan

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Step inside Queen Mobs’s “Poets Online Talking About Coffee” series and wake up to the sound of Rob McLennan and Russell Bennetts talking about essays, publishing, and, of course: coffee! From the top: I can’t even function properly until I’ve had my first cup in the morning. And yet, I’ve much to do before that […]

Everything Is in the Language <em>Mud City</em> Uses

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Consider the Dakota 38 while reading the work of Layli Long Soldier in the premiere issue of Mud City, “an online literary journal promoting the ideals and vision of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Low Residency MFA Program.” Mud City is published biannually, as part of the MFA residency that occurs on the […]

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Documents Nagasaki

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He’s at it again! The New York Times shares an eight-minute video of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (which originated at the website of City Lights Bookstore) in which Ferlinghetti reads “Tentative Description of a Dinner Given to Promote the Impeachment of President Eisenhower:” a 1958 poem that he wrote about the hazards of nuclear war. More: The […]

Online Poetry Project <em>Lament for the Dead</em> Mourns Daily

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Today we are reading and re-reading Lament for the Dead, “an online community poetry project which will mark the death of every person killed by police this summer, and every police officer who loses life in the line of duty, with a poem.” Norma Cole has written one for Jeffrey Clyde Wilkes of Gaston County, […]

<em>Boston Review</em> Catches Mary Jo Bang’s <em>The Last Two Seconds</em>

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Elizabeth Metzger of the Boston Review has seen Mary Jo Bang’s The Last Two Seconds and the future looks grim. Metzger writes: “Her seventh collection of poems, The Last Two Seconds, is littered with terrible omens, from cockroaches to bleeding dolls to the Doomsday Clock itself.” More: When you let go after taking someone’s pulse, […]

Reflections on the Year of Michael Brown

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Fiction writer and Apogee editor Zinzi Clemmons has solicited a collection of short essays for Literary Hub, reflecting on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the year since Michael Brown’s death, and Apartheid South Africa. The latter, she notes, “offers a rubric for understanding the stratification of race in the US (RFK famously drew this parallel in his […]

Weird Science: Avies Platt, Yeats at the Sex Education Society

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When Avies Platt attended a meeting of the Sex Education Society (a group lead by “controversial sexologist” Norman Haire) she became captivated by “tall, somewhat gaunt, aristocratic, very dignified” W.B. Yeats. Platt, in her early 40s, attended the meeting to find out more about the “Steinach Rejuvenation Operation” for her husband, who was experiencing a […]

Pretending to Disrupt, Merely Distracting: Plundering Privilege in the World of Poetry

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It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me and knows I grew up steeped in the south’s Bible Belt culture of racism that I am compelled to reflect on the surrounding culture, specifically within the poetry community, in light of a white supremacist framework that is being publicly identified and articulated across […]

<em>The New York Times</em> Reviews Biography of Joy Davidman: Sneaky Poet and Love of C.S. Lewis

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Joy Davidman’s pursuit of the “famously sensitive, witty writer” ended with her marriage—to C.S. Lewis—at the age of 41. While The Times writes that her life was “dreary and unremarkable” she did create some excitement for herself ghostwriting Russian and English poetry (she was from the Bronx) for an anthology of international verse. As her […]

Clocktower Radio Show With Lillian-Yvonne Bertram!

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For their series Paper Cuts, and the show Personal Science, Clocktower Radio talks with Lillian-Yvonne Bertram about her poetry, prose, photography, and zine activism! Listen here. Discover the creator’s history with chapbooks and journals as we dive further into the milieu of zines and small publishing. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is a two-time author, poet, and creator. […]

At <em>The New Yorker,</em> <em>The Prophet,</em> Animated

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At The New Yorker, Brook Wilensky-Lanford writes about Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, an animated film translation of the worldwide poetry bestseller that premiered this past Friday in New York and Los Angeles. The project was initiated and produced by actor Salma Hayek, a longtime fan of Kahlil Gibran’s work. “It wasn’t about enlightenment, she told […]

Poetry and the Mess of the Real World

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In his latest article for Jacket 2 Stephen Collis discusses the somewhat vexed relationship between poetry and “the real world.” As we mentioned late last year, Collis was served with $5.6 million lawsuit for protesting Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion that would triple the size of the current pipeline and could pose numerous environment threats […]

William Shakespeare, Dopesmoker

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Over the weekend The Independent posted an intriguing article regarding chemical analysis conducted on a series of clay pipes found in William Shakespeare’s garden. South African scientists claim to have found traces of cannabis on a number of pipes; however, pipes containing residue of cocaine were NOT among those from Shakespeare’s garden. Francis Thackeray reminds […]

Cambridge University Library Adds Oldest Multicolor Print Book to its Digital Library

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Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier reveals that Cambridge University Library “recently added selections from its Chinese collections to its Digital Library Site.” Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu) is the oldest multicolor print book, each image followed by a text or a poem. The book is from the 17th century (1633) and […]

Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe Talks Hiroshima & Future of Japan

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At Democracy Now, Japanese Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe talked with Amy Goodman on the 70th anniversary of America dropping the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Author of A Personal Matter, The Silent Cry, A Quiet Life, Hiroshima Notes and A Healing Family; and winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, Oe remarked that […]

<em>Publishers Weekly</em> Picks Ten Best Novels by Poets

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At Publisher’s Weekly, writer Naja Marie Aidt lines up “10 best novels by poets,” and it’s not what you’d think (no New York School writer in the bunch!); instead, an eccentric list that includes Inger Christensen’s Azorno, Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina, Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, Mina Loy’s Insel, and six more. Here’s what Aidt has […]

<em>The Waste Land</em> Will Be Re-issued on the 50th Anniversary of Eliot’s Death

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What was your first reaction to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land? On the fiftieth anniversary of Eliot’s death, and impending re-issue of the collection, The Independent’s Sean O’Brien recounts what makes this epic poem so great. As a child, I was handed anthologies like James Reeves’s The Rhyming River, where I encountered Edward Lear and […]

Andy Fitch Talks Shop with Daniel Borzutsky at <em>The Conversant</em>

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At The Conversant, Andy Fitch engages Daniel Borzutzky in a dialogue exploring translation, Chile, Chicago, and the current state of higher education in the United States. More: After publishing my Sixty Morning Talks interview collection, I have begun work on a more focused, single-press interview series, offering a comprehensive oral history (a cinéma vérité, in […]

Academy of American Poets Spotlights Board of Chancellors in Ninth-Annual Poets Forum

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“Each fall the Academy of American Poets presents a series of events over three days in New York City that explore the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America.” And fall is coming, as it is wont: The Academy of American Poets is presenting its ninth annual Poets Forum, to be held on the New […]