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Newly Digitized James Weldon Johnson Recordings? Yes, Please!

Poetry News

This afternoon is the perfect time to put on headphones and listen to some newly digitized recordings of James Weldon Johnson reading his poetry, courtesy of PennSound, and with many thanks to life-saving digitizer Chris Mustazza. Mustazza provides some background on the provenance of the Johnson recordings: These recordings of James Weldon Johnson were made […]

Announcing the 2014 NEA Fellowships in Poetry

Poetry News

The NEA Awards have been announced! This year’s $25,000 grants in Poetry go to: Sean Hill Fairbanks, AK Lynn Xu Laguna Niguel, CA Brandon Brown Oakland, CA Javier Zamora San Rafael, CA Ellen Bass Santa Cruz, CA Eleni Sikelianos Boulder, CO Carolina Ebeid Denver, CO Eliot Khalil Wilson Golden, CO Sandra Beasley Washington, DC Kerry […]

Ladies Reading Books by Ladies? Ladies Say Yes!

Poetry News

Christian Science Monitor and Goodreads report that after comprehensive study, the verdict is in: men prefer to read books by men, women prefer to read books by women. More at CSM: First there was the news that male writers enjoy disproportionate representation in the literary world, both as reviewers and as reviewed. Then we learned […]

CAConrad’s Sexiest Poetry Award Goes to Six New Titles

Poetry News

CAConrad has announced the annual SEXIEST POETRY AWARD! This year’s honor goes to six books, instead of one title. They are more than deserving. “The six titles below are books that will always be in my life now, books that shake me awake each time I read them,” writes Conrad. Click titles for details. Dawn […]

At <em>Boston Review:</em> Stephen Burt Reviews ‘Poems About Poems’

Poetry News

What’s Stephen Burt reading? Recently, it’s books by Daniel Borzutzky, Tytti Heikkinen (translated by Niina Pollari), and Adam Sol. From Boston Review: If you write a book of poetry about sharks, you might get attention from readers who care about sharks. If you write a book of poetry that is explicitly and consistently about poetry—its […]

Dan Chiasson Reviews Poetry by Olena Kalytiak Davis at <em>The New Yorker</em>

Poetry News

The New Yorker’s Dan Chiasson reads Olena Kalytiak Davis’s newest collection of poems: The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems. The poet Olena Kalytiak Davis’s new book, her third, is “The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems.” The title echoes, even as it undermines, an old formula that seems to have gone out […]


Featured Blogger

1 In Don Mee Choi’s new and excellent pamphlet Freely Frayed,ᄏ=q, & Race=Nation (Wave Books, 2014), she says the following about her work translating the amazing Korean poet Kim Hyesoon: My translational intent has nothing to do with personal growth, intellectual exercise, or cultural exchange, which implies an equal standing of some sort. South Korea […]

Good News! Sweet Restorations at the Woodberry Poetry Room

Poetry News

Wow! What’s not to like about this?! A powerful, brand-new technology called IRENE will help listeners at the Woodberry Poetry Room finally hear “The Cantos” as read by Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore’s normal speaking voice, and Wallace Stevens reading “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction.” More: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Imagine being around the Thanksgiving table on […]

The Equation of the Prose Poem

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Molly Peacock’s “The Poet” and “Q’s Quest” appears in the December 2014 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] Poetry = Innocence; Prose = Experience. Of those equations I used to be certain. Although […]

Spill in Aisle 9: Poetry’s Unexpected Relationship with the Grocery Store

Poetry News

From “A Supermarket in California” to Tesco, The Guardian’s Kathryn Bromwich illuminates poetry’s known and unknown ties to the grocery store. In England, most supermarkets lack poetry books within the aisles; however, as Bromwich explains, supermarkets frequently hire poets to write lines to decorate the walls and disgruntled employees have been known to pen complaints […]

Mark Strand Dies at 80

Poetry News

Over the weekend we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mark Strand. The New York Times reports: Mark Strand, whose spare, deceptively simple investigations of rootlessness, alienation and the ineffable strangeness of life made him one of America’s most hauntingly meditative poets, died on Saturday at his daughter’s home in Brooklyn. He […]

The Real Dream-Journey of Adhemar Ahmad

Poetry News

Columbia University’s Spectator profiles chess player and beloved bookseller Adhemar Ahmad, whose first publication–a children’s book illustrated by Ahmad himself–is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse. Ahmad has been trying to publish Hannibal Barca for 12 years. “As creator of Hannibal Barca, c. 259 CE, Ahmad aims for a simplicity that allows for depth—for many […]

I Choose to Eat and Sleep

Featured Blogger

It’s Wednesday night at 11:39pm (change to: 12:38 am on Thursday as I go back to the top of the page to edit), and my month as a Harriet blogger is threatening to end very soon. It’s funny, I’ve known for months and months that I would be the “featured blogger” for Harriet for the […]

<em>The Paris Review Daily</em> on Paul Muldoon’s First Chapbook <em>Knowing My Place</em>

Poetry News

On December 2nd, PEN American Center will auction seventy-five annotated first editions by accomplished writers including Jane Smiley and Don DeLillo, with all proceeds to benefit PEN: a literary organization devoted to free expression. Included in the auction is Paul Muldoon’s first chapbook with Muldoon’s own annotations, it’s called Knowing My Place. At Paris Review, […]

FOUND: In France, A Rare Shakespeare Folio

Poetry News

At a public library in St-Omer, France, librarians recently discovered a previously unaccounted-for first folio of Shakespeare’s plays. The discovery brings the total number of known, remaining first folios, worldwide, to 233. (From an initial print-run of 800.) Every first folio is unique and holds useful information about Shakespeare’s first readers. In St-Omer, librarians found […]

Video From Bernadette Mayer’s Recent Visit to Kelly Writers House

Poetry News

Jacket2 highlights video of Bernadette Mayer at Kelly Writers House in October, where she was a guest during a live interactive webcast hosted by the open online course, “ModPo.” “Bernadette Mayer listens to a call from a ModPo participant named Elizabeth, who asks if one should begin writing traditional forms before attempting to write experimentally […]

Black Lives Matter: A Roundup of Worthy Reads

Poetry News

In the wake of the Michael Brown grand jury non-indictment, this poetry-news day is a slow one. Or is it? Some links we feel might be worth a moment of your time: 1. Audre Lorde’s “Power.” 2. From the blog of our own Don Share: an Open Letter to White Poets From Danez Smith. I […]

<em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em> Reviews the Letters of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry

Poetry News

Counterpath recently published The Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder: a tome that many fans of both poets have been looking forward to, as Berry and Snyder have written to one another for the past forty years and each has produced a cosmos of essays, poems, and articles along the way. Their letters, compiled […]

Surrealism Is a Romantic Critique of the Avant-Garde from Within

Open Door

[Editor’s Note: Garrett Caples delivered a version this talk at the Poetry Foundation on November 6, 2014 as part of the Harriet Reading Series. Other “Open Door” features can be found here.] I begin with the penultimate sentence of “Theory of Retrieval,” the capstone to my recent book of essays, Retrievals: “I admire from a […]

Walking & Talking With Amaranth Borsuk & Andy Fitch

Poetry News

Despite what’s most visible, Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch do much more than look adorable for BOMB Daily: They walk “along the Poudre River [in Colorado] amid scattered showers,” and talk about the process of making their new book, As We Know (Boulder: Subito 2014), which Borsuk describes as “[a] book that attempts to intervene […]