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Matthew Klane Has Good Taste in Poetry

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We’re into this “What I’m Reading Now” feature at Drunken Boat, which today brings us recommended current-poetry reads from poet Matthew Klane, who co-runs (with Adam Golaski) Flim Forum Press from Albany, where he also teaches, writes, and curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series. In his mind’s-eye at the moment: Wyoming, by Iris Cushing; [...]

Leaving the World Alone

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I am going to be devoting my blog posts this month to a central idea: bodies whose sensory capacities have been compromised, and how literatures can engage, represent, or transform these states of being. What kind of writing is produced by these compromised bodies? And how do these bodies read texts? The list of the [...]

Trisha Low’s 18th-Century Conduct Book

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Not easily dismissed: a rigorous review of Trisha Low’s The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions 2014) by Karissa LaRoque at GUTS, “an open-access, peer-reviewed Canadian feminist magazine.” Purge, LaRoque notes, “is described in the DISCLAIMER as a ‘transcription of personal ephemera,’ but Low never confirms nor denies that the work is strictly autobiographical.” LaRoque did her [...]

Welcome to the Newest Issue of <em>The Volta</em>

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–also known as Evening Will Come. In this most recent issue (October 2014) Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Lily Hoang have brought together a gaggle of poets and scholars to mull the connections of avant-garde poetry and accessibility. From JMW’s introduction to the new issue at Evening Will Come: Starting in Summer 2012, I sent out [...]

At Best American Poetry: Erin Belieu Interviews Matthew Zapruder

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Wow: Erin Belieu interviewed Matthew Zapruder for the Best American Poetry blog! Belieu and Zapruder met on the infamous Wave Poetry Bus Tour of 2006. She recounts a memory from the tour in which Zapruder encouraged her to buy a rare print, “Germ Isolation In Dingbat Land,” “a highly detailed cartoon of an adorable germ [...]

When You Are Blacklisted: Amjad Nasser Speaks Out

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After accepting an invitation to speak at NYU’s Gallatin School, Amjad Nasser’s travel to the U.S. stopped after he was harassed by United States Homeland Security at Heathrow Airport. Without any concrete details or reason, Homeland Security denied the prominent Jordanian poet and writer access to his connecting flight to New York. At Jadaliyya, Nasser [...]

Emily Dickinson Tarot Cards! While Supplies Last!

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Holy priestess: Factory Hollow Press has made you a magickal deck of Emily Dickinson Tarot Cards, with each suit designed by a different artist! “I have an errand imminent / To an adjoining Zone.” Swords are by Phoebe Harris, pentacles by Emily Pettit, wands by Bianca Stone, major arcana by Halie Theoharides, and cups by [...]

Ann Lauterbach’s Poetics of Care

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Earlier this month at Boston Review, Jo Ann Clark reviewed (wonderfully) Ann Lauterbach’s ninth book of poetry, Under the Sign (Penguin 2014). “Lauterbach maintains a vigilance for others and other things so consistently curious as to define a poetics of radical, plural caring: ‘For to make something,’ she writes, ‘is to care for it.’” More: [...]

Introducing Raúl Zurita to <em>The Millions</em>

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At The Millions, Magdalena Edwards introduces readers to the life and writings of Chilean poet Raúl Zurita, who persevered throughout his childhood and adolescence after the deaths of both his father and his grandfather, defended his poetry while living under the grip of the Pinochet dictatorship, who published 20 books of poetry and has won [...]

Turn It Up: The Music of Wallace Stevens

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At the Huffington Post, composer Mohammed Fairouz discusses his recent song cycle, Domination of Darkness, based on the poetry of Wallace Stevens. How does Fairouz amplify the inherent music of Steven’s verses? Fairouz explains: My fifteenth song cycle, Domination of Darkness, is also one of my strangest works. For this piece I chose to revisit [...]

<em>The Rumpus</em> Reviews Claudia Rankine’s <em>Citizen</em>

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Have you picked up your copy yet? We can’t wait to get ours! Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric sure sounds like it will do anything BUT disappoint. From The Rumpus: In a recent article on Grantland, staff writer Rembert Browne dialogues his impromptu visit to Ferguson, Missouri in mid-August. In opening the essay, he [...]

Grasping the Moment: George Stanley’s <em>North of California St.</em>

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George Stanley has a new book out! This is always something to celebrate. Our pal rob mclennan reviewed North of California St., (Vancouver BC: New Star Books, 2014), which has for its subtitle “Selected Poems 1975-1999,” and is “‘assembled from the contents of four earlier, out-of-print’ poetry collections.” It is also given a thorough introduction [...]

‘Intolerable’: Authors Against Amazon Speak Out

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When literary lions unite, we can only hope that it will strike fear into the hearts of keepers of the Amazon. This week NY Times reports that in addition to Hachette authors, the outcry into the face of the multi-pronged online sales conglomerate now includes the shouts of 300 authors represented by Andrew Wylie Agency [...]

Let’s Talk About the Midnight Ramble

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As a participant to Furious Flower Poetry Conference at James Madison University, I had to read my poetry (easy to do, sort of) and be interviewed. Well, reading along with poets I deeply admire and who I have admired for many years is not easy, but it was deeply satisfying. Remica L. Bingham-Risher, Mendi Obadike, [...]

<em>NYT</em> Reviews Louise Glück’s <em>Faithful and Virtuous Night</em>

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Over the weekend we came across Peter Campion’s review of Louise Glück’s latest collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, at the New York Times. Campion begins by looking at Glück’s ability to induce wonder in her poetry and to complicate the trope of renewal and regeneration, writing: But one reason Glück has proved so central to [...]

Recommended Reading: Susan Howe’s Syllabus for Poetics: Sexuality and Space in 17th – 19th Century American Literature (SUNY Buffalo, 1996)

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Yep! That’s right: this picture came from the Drag City website because Susan Howe is THAT COOL. Voyage with us to another land, one separate but equal in coolness to Drag City and Susan Howe: New Directions! That is where, Monday morning friends, one can gaze upon the glorious argosy that is the syllabus for [...]

<em>Vice</em> Reminds Us that London Graffiti Artists Were Poets

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Art historian and publisher George Stewart-Lockhart writes for Vice, with a sharp reminder that graffiti writers in London in the 1960s were more poet and revolutionary than artist. Favoring text over graphics, the original graffiti scriptors painted politically charged agitational messages. From Vice: London’s graffiti culture hasn’t always revolved around big bouncy graphics and Shoreditch [...]

See You All Weekend @The New York Art Book Fair 14

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The New York Art Book Fair is way back. Sponsored by Printed Matter and MoMA/PS1, the ninth-annual, labyrinthian event brings over 350 contemporary art publishers and booksellers from all over the globe to lay out their wares–from rare ephemera and out-of-print books to high-end monographs to records, posters, artist books, periodicals, catalogs, and zines–for the [...]

Ginsberg Teaching the Beats

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Thanks, Open Culture, for posting a few great lectures by our favorite Beat guru Allen Ginsberg. To give a sense of what the lectures are about, the editors write: Thanks to the archives at Naropa, we can hear Ginsberg himself lecture on both the style and substance of Beat literary culture in a series of [...]

Charles Wright Joins NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ to Welcome Autumn

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What could be a better way to summon autumn than a visit by new poet laureate, Charles Wright, to the studios of NPR’S “All Things Considered” for a conversation with host Melissa Block? Answer: A conversation with Melissa Block AND a poetry reading! Get your dancing shoes on… MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: The turn of season [...]