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VIDA’s New List of Women-Run Presses, Organizations, & Literary Magazines

Poetry News

Kate Angus of Augury Books has compiled a list of presses, organizations, and literary magazines run by women for VIDAWEB. I hadn’t initially intended for my series to focus on women-run presses, but then while out for drinks with my friend Jen, a fellow poet, we found ourselves making a list of women-run and/or women-founded […]

Stephen Burt Remembers C. D. Wright

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The outpouring of tributes and remembrances of C. D. Wright, across publications and on social media, has been much expected and yet still astonishing. As we reported last week, Wright died in her home on January 12th. Yesterday at Jacket Copy, Stephen Burt shared his thoughts on the life and work of Wright. Burt writes: […]

Heather Christle, Evie Shockley & More Write About Their Teaching

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At Boston Review, a “Teacher Feature” features teachers Evie Shockley, Shane McCrae, DeSales Harrison, and Heather Christle! To welcome the new school semester, these four have written about “the texts they return to—the poems they find themselves assigning over and over, the urgencies that recur seasonally, the arguments and inquiries they reprise with successive groups […]

Eric Amling Talks the Author’s Debut Collection

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Eric Amling’s debut book, From the Author’s Private Collection, is in the world courtesy of Birds, LLC. At Entropy he talks with Sam Riviere about his poetic practice and more. In From the Author’s Private Collection, Eric Amling’s debut, poems are conceived of as spaces that can be renovated or dismantled, inhabited or evacuated. His […]

Keys Unlock: Deborah Meadows Interviews Andrew Maxwell

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“It’s just animal stuff, / this mystery / to win an audience,” writes Andrew Maxwell in Candor Is the Brightest Shield. Lucky us: Deborah Meadows has interviewed Maxwell about the book. At Jacket2, Meadows writes that she found the interview to “illumine Andrew’s life and work: his philosophic dispositions, his recondite yet populist interests, and […]

Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte Read in Support of Ashraf Fayadh

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Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte joined a growing chorus of voices in support of the Palestinian poet, Ashram Fayadh, who has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia. Joris is a Visiting Professor at Boise State University and Peyrafitte is a professor in the English Department at Boise State University, where this reading took place. […]

Camille Henrot’s Linguistically Rich Hotline Show

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French artist Camille Henrot worked with poet Jacob Bromberg to create scripts for her “linguistically rich and playful” solo show at Metro Pictures gallery–Camille Henrot, 2015 confronted issues of authority in none other than hotline phones. From the release: Instead of asking if we need help scheduling an appointment or rebooking a flight, Henrot’s hotlines, […]

Bridge Poet Sought in Seattle

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Poetry headline du jour for sure! It’s true, Seattle is looking for a poet willing to live (part-time) in the Fremont Bridge and compose verse that “represent[s] or illuminate[s] some aspect of the bridge and the bridge’s history, be it real or metaphorical.” And the gig comes with a $10,000 stipend. More at Atlas Obscura: […]

‘To Show Me How It Was Done': On the Fiftieth Anniversary of <em>Briggflatts</em>

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Fifty years ago this month, Poetry published Basil Bunting’s Briggflatts. In honor of the occasion, Tom Pickard wrote this recollection of Bunting, Briggflatts, and the Morden Tower. You can read the poem as it was originally published in our archive.  Briggflatts was first performed in public at the Morden Tower, on December 22, 1965, where my then-partner, Connie, and I […]

<em>Queen Mobs</em> Reviews <em>The Inventors and Other Poems</em>

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Mark Hutchinson’s latest translation, The Inventors by René Char, is a great success, writes Greg Behm at Queen Mobs Teahouse presenting “Char in a way the English language had not yet been able.” More: Whether an enduring fan of the complex writing of René Char, or a recent inductee, readers of the 20th century French […]

National Book Critics Circle Award Recipients (and Contenders) Announced

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Our favorite poet/farmer/novelist, Wendell Berry, receives the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, while the nonfiction critic for The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada, takes home the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. Autobiography, biography, and criticism finalists have been announced via The New York Times: Ta-Nehisi Coates, already a National Book Award winner for “Between […]

Thoreau, Eliot, and Cage: Terence Koh’s Desert Island Reading List

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No wonder Terence Koh’s work is so good: he’s got great taste in books! For The New York Times’s on-going series “My Bookshelf, Myself” Koh reveals his top-ten reads. “Silence,” John Cage John Cage sings to me in that calm gentle voice of his every day. Just sitting here while writing this — crick crack […]

Fateme Ekhtesari & Mehdi Moosavi Escape Iran

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Late last year we reported on the arrest and sentencing of Fateme Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi in Iran. Both were given lengthy sentences and 99 lashes for spreading propaganda against the state and “illicit relations” (shaking hands with the opposite sex). Today, however, we learned that Ekhtesari and Moosavi have escaped Iran. At The Big […]

<em>Entropy</em> Lauds Philip Metres’ <em>Sand Opera</em>

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Philip Metres’s Sand Opera arrived on bookshelves just days after details surrounding the CIA’s detention and interrogation program were made public. Its release date was very timely. In Sand Opera, Metres employs operatic forms to reveal the truly horrific structures of Abu Ghraib. Read Marwa Helal’s review of Sand Opera and learn more about the […]

The Sick Bed & Dr. Donne

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Sometimes I think there is no more tragic piece of furniture than a bed, how quickly it falls from the place you fuck to the place you waste away in. or Sometimes I think there is no more tragic piece of furniture than a bed, how quickly it falls from the place you fuck to […]

Ada Smailbegović’s ‘Some Disordered Interior Geometries’

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A new piece that “[moves] across the grid of appearance” from Ada Smailbegović (poet, scholar, and co-editor of the Organism for Poetic Research) is up at the uh-mazing Reanimation Library, titled “Some Disordered Interior Geometries.” Its sections–0.1, 0.2, and so on until 1.7–can also be read against this taxonomic grid, also titled “Some Disordered Interior […]

New Issue of <em>Asymptote</em> Features Brossard, Bergvall, Wolf et Plus

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Holy fumi. The new issue of Asymptote is out, and features Montreal poet and translator Bronwyn Haslam’s special anagrammatic translations of Nicole Brossard’s “Soft Link 1, 2, and 3.” “It’s fears dense and mesmeric that creep into a life at reveille, cereal time, as she questions conflict to come and as all mornings, in an […]

A Lesson in Mentorship and Generosity: Francisco X. Alarcón, 1954-2016

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At Letras Latinas, Francisco Aragón writes about the life, work, and friendship of Francisco X. Alarcón, who we’ve been told died this morning after a battle with cancer. Aragón, as he was coming into his own as a poet, describes how Alarcón acted as a mentor to him, for his work as a poet, editor, […]

<em>LA Times</em> Announces New Books Editor: Carolyn Kellogg

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Kellogg, who has been covering books since 2008, started LA Times books blog, Jacket Copy. We’re big fans of her work: congrats! More, via LA Times. Carolyn Kellogg, who has been covering books for The Times since 2008, has been named books editor. Editor Davan Maharaj announced that Kellogg’s role “will go beyond the printed […]

At <em>New York Times</em> Dwight Garner Reviews New Clive James Collection

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When Clive James learned that he had terminal leukemia, in 2010, he began a “vivifying late-career tear,” as Dwight Garner writes in his New York Times review of James’s most recent collection of poems, Sentenced to Life. “It’s a harrowing collection, gravid with meaning, unflinching in its appraisal of the author’s mistakes, including infidelity, and […]