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The Language of Caves for Clark Coolidge

Poetry News

“A language and culture grow up around caving; for Coolidge, it is already a poetics.” At Jacket2, Rachael M. Wilson looks at Clark Coolidge’s “sustained engagement with geological motifs,” gleaned even from a quick survey of his titles, as she shows: The Cave, The Crystal Text, A Geology, Keys to the Caverns, Mine: The One […]

<em>CCM-Entropy’s</em> New Canon Includes Olivia Cronk’s <em>Skin Horse</em>

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In July, CCM-Entropy introduced readers to a new series called “The New Canon.” Sam Slaughter presented the series to readers as an antidote to the traditional, “stuffy-white-male” canon many of us became familiar with in literature survey courses. CCM-Entropy’s New Canon series, “will be composed of essays, 500-2000 words on a book that you believe […]

Helen DeWitt’s <em>Artforum</em> Top Ten Includes Frank O’Hara, Van Gogh, Berlin’s Hat Palace…

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Author Helen DeWitt’s Top Ten for the current issue of Artforum includes the new edition of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems; and nine other flashes of art, architecture, literature, and residents in between. A highly readable list of recommendations from the highly readable Berlin-based writer. An excerpt: 3 LUNCH POEMS, FRANK O’HARA (CITY LIGHTS BOOKS, 1964/2014) […]

Don Patterson’s Latest Collection Reviewed at <em>The Guardian</em>

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The Guardian reviews a new collection by the Scottish poet, Don Patterson. Patterson, who won the 2009 Forward Prize for his previous collection Rain, explores the sonnet in this latest work. More: Reading a collection, poems sometimes seem to signal to one another. In Don Paterson’s 40 Sonnets, his first book since Rain, which won […]

<em>Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos, and Notebooks from Turkestan</em> Reviewed at <em>Publishers Weekly</em>

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Publishers Weekly just reviewed Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos, and Notebooks from Turkestan, edited by Zohra Saed for CUNY’s Lost & Found Series V (which also featured Kathy Acker, William S. Burroughs, and Jean Sénac). These writings and photographs, from Hughes’s 1932 trip to the Soviet Union with a group of African-American activists and writers, were […]

Your Favorite Listicle Is Back: NPR Brings ‘5 Best-Selling Female Writers You May Not Have Heard Of’

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We want more! Of course, the NPR list includes, poet: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. (And continues, after the list, to suggest the reasons why a writer might have been popular in the nineteenth century.) Check it out: A handful of popular female writers of 19th century America — such as Louisa May Alcott and Harriet […]

George Orwell’s Poems For Sale

Poetry News

The Independent reports that a collection of poems by George Orwell has been cleared for sale to the public. As Joel Gunter suggests, there might be a good reason why Orwell isn’t known as a poet. In fact, readers associated with his estate questioned whether the mediocre nature of his poetry might tarnish his reputation. […]

A Little Elegy

From Poetry Magazine

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Shane McCrae’s poem, “Still When I Picture It the Face of God Is a White Man’s Face,” appears in the November 2015 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. I look now at “Still When I […]

Joanne Kyger in Conversation and <em>On Time</em>

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We’d certainly be kicking ourselves if we missed this conversation with one of our favorite Bolinas poets, Joanne Kyger. Zachary Clark at Where Traveler talks to Kyger about her latest book, On Time (City Lights 2015), her relationship with the city of San Francisco, and her friendship with poets. Kyger begins by describing her early […]

At BOMB: Andrew Durbin on John Cage’s <em>Diary</em>

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At BOMB, Andrew Durbin looks at John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), now out in full for the first time from Siglio Press. “It was originally printed serially but never gathered in a complete edition,” Durbin notes. “Unlike other diarists, Cage isn’t so much interested in an […]

At <em>NYT,</em> <em>Brooklyn Rail</em> Founder Talks Hustle in a Postprint Era

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Phong Bui, founder of Brooklyn Rail is the subject of a recent article published in The New York Times. Born in Vietnam, Bui came to the U.S. in 1980 and began working on the Rail in 1998: “I was reminded of this Vietnamese proverb: When you argue with an intelligent person, you can’t win. When […]

Functional White: Crafting Space & Silence

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The white space is just as important as the text in a poem, whether it’s the counter that shapes an O or S, a line break after a word or a caesura within a line. With space, one can shape sound and language to create a poetic field. And with that, one may express a […]

<em>The Conversant</em> Hosts Jane Joritz-Nakagawa and Bill Berkson

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At The Conversant, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa and Bill Berkson enter a lively discussion following the publication of Bill Berkson’s 2014 book, Expect Delays. Here, they get into a discussion of art, the art-world, and world of art: JJN: Would you mind also talking a little about your close connection with the art world and its influence […]

New Issue of <em>Lana Turner</em> Now Available

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The new issue of Lana Turner is here (always a delightful sentence to write): Number Eight (that’s #8) is online for free; but as the editors note, “[t]he remarkable poetry, prose, art, and fiction is meant to be experience[d] as a physical journal.” The full list of contents is here, and below is some of […]

News from Reykjavik: Arion Bank Steps Away from Sponsoring Poetry House in Siglufjörður

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In the Reykjavik Grapevine, Þórarinn Hannesson (a teacher) established Poetry House as a place in celebration of the art form. A local savings bank generously supported Poetry House, however, when it was taken over by Arion Bank, the funds stopped. In this article, “So What’s This I Hear About Bankers Defunding Poets,” Kári Tulinius and […]

Marisol Limon Martinez Talks About Her Book-Length Poem, <em>Via Dissumulata</em>, for KMSU Radio

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Artist, poet, musician, and all-around gem Marisol Limon Martinez talks about her book-length poem, Via Dissimulata (Octopus Books 2015), for the Weekly Reader on KMSU Radio (that’s the local radio station for Minnesota State University at Mankato, if you weren’t aware). Martinez is also the author of First Space, Then Structures (Nothing Moments Publishing), and […]

Books Received: October 2015

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Julie Agoos, Echo System (Sheep Meadow) Yehuda Amichai, Robert Alter (translator), The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Guillaume Apollinaire, Zone: Selected Poems (NYRB Poets) Homero Aridjis, Chloe Aridjis (translator), The Child Poet (Archipelago Books) Charles Bernstein, Pitch of Poetry (University Of Chicago Press) John Bricuth, Pure Products of America, Inc.: A Narrative […]

‘If you like being alone then be a writer!': Steve Orth on the Writer’s Life

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The very talented Steve Orth, author of Cyborg Legs (OMG! Press, 2015) discusses the life of a writer, poems about giving CPR to zebras, his experience waking up with hives, WWF and more at SF Weekly. Check it out: When people ask what do you do, you tell them…? I don’t really remember the last […]

Sandra Cisneros on the Writer’s Life: ‘It broke up many relationships. Was it worth it? Yes.’

Poetry News

Sandra Cisneros is on PBS NewsHour! Cisneros sat down with Jeffrey Brown at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington to discuss her new book of essays, A House of My Own: Stories From My Life, “her life as a writer and her journey to find home.” SANDRA CISNEROS: …And people think that “House [on Mango […]

Resisting Closure: <em>The Nation’s</em> Ange Mlinko Reflects on Jorie Graham

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The Nation’s Poetry Editor Ange Mlinko reflects on Jorie Graham’s international career, considering its tragedy within the overall landscape of Modernism. More: In her 2003 Paris Review interview, Jorie Graham evokes a radiant image from her childhood in Rome: a “huge marble statue of the reclining Apollo on the landing above the ballet class that […]