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

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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

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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

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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>

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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, […]

Meet Ladan Osman at <em>Paris Review</em>

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A resident of Chicago, Ladan Osman is the author of The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony selected for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets in 2014. Our dear readers may also know Ladan from her tenure on Harriet this past April. Her poetry is included in the box set Seven New Generation African Poets (a […]

Go Ahead and Speak Meaningfully with <em>Divedapper</em>

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Finally, a new literary journal devoted solely to interviews! The newest literary powerhouse, Divedapper, is edited by Kaveh Akbar (rhymes with “snack bar,” as he puts it). If you’ve got a hot interview with a literary guru burning a hole in your pocket, here’s the 411: What is Divedapper? Glad you asked! It’s a new […]

For Bastille Day, Alice Notley on <em>PoetryNow</em>!

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When Alice Notley was in Chicago this past June to accept the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, we invited her to our studio to read a new poem and talk a little about it. Her poem “Gift” is set in her adopted city Paris and describes a dream she had in 1977 where she spoke French […]

John Ashbery’s <em>Breezeway</em> Reviewed at <em>Hyperallergic</em>

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James Gibbons reviews John Ashbery’s new book, Breezeway (HarperCollins/Ecco), for Hyperallergic: “[Ashbery’s] writerly game is indulgence (in the sense of aesthetic pleasure, without the puritanical connotations of decadent excess), his allusions and private references running riot across the page.” More: Writers, like all of us, carry around a lot of quirky, trivial, nostalgic, random, or […]

The Metacognitive Dawn Lundy Martin Talks to the Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress has published an interview with Dawn Lundy Martin! In “Why Do We Speak a False Language?” Anya Creightney talks with Martin about the black female body, teaching, her most recent book, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015) and its connection to Carrie Mae Weems, and the […]

South Dakota’s New Poet Laureate is Lee Ann Roripaugh!

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If you’ve heard of South Dakota Review or considered studying poetry at the University of South Dakota then you’ve almost certainly heard of Lee Ann Roripaugh. Roripaugh has been announced as the newest South Dakota poet laureate, replacing Dave Evans: we can’t think of a better person for the job! From Argus Leader: On any […]


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NPR Reads James Tate

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NPR’s “Book Reviews” revisits the prolific American poet, James Tate, who passed away just last week at the age of 71. Tate’s 17th full-length collection of poetry, Dome of the Hidden Pavilion recently hit bookshelves. For NPR, Craig Morgan Teicher walks readers through a few of Tate’s strengths and proclivities: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate […]

Time Signatures: Stefania Heim at Poetry International

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Poet and Boston Review poetry editor Stefania Heim recently took a turn as guest curator for Poetry International, where she considers time as apprehended in language and translation, and representations of it in poems and literature. “As one way of grappling with Poetry International’s extensive, wide-ranging, multi-lingual collection of poems, I begin with a node […]

Anna Deeny Morales on Translating Raúl Zurita

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At Jacket2, Kristin Dykstra notes that her series Intermedium “tracks recognitions and convergences that give rise to bodies of work in translation.” In her most recent addition, “Line to List,” Dykstra talks with Anna Deeny Morales, a scholar and translator who has worked with Mercedes Roffé and Raúl Zurita, among others. [Anna Deeny Morales:] …To […]