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A Desired Distance: Daniel Owen on the Work of Robert Seydel

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Over at Hyperallergic, poet and editor Daniel Owen details the virtues of a favorite writer and artist, the late Robert Seydel (1960–2011), who composed and “recomposed” language in/to collage. Robert Seydel: The Eye in Matter, at Queens Museum until next Sunday, September 27, features the artist’s journals alongside type-written poems and collages by Seydel’s alter […]

Rest in Peace, C.K. Williams (1936–2015)

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He was born Charles Kenneth Williams in Newark in 1936 and went on to become one of the most significant voices in contemporary American poetry. We learned this morning that C.K. Williams died at the age of 78. He had taught at Princeton since 1996. More: C. K. Williams, whose morally impassioned poems addressing war, […]

Ready for Perusal: <em>Nepantla,</em> Issue #2

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The second issue of Nepantla, “a journal dedicated to queer poets of color,” just hit newsstands (as a downloadable PDF!). The journal is launched annually with Lambda Literary with a mission to support and cultivate diversity within the queer poetry community. Here’s the low-down: Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (launched annually […]

‘There is also a radical hope': Ada Limón Talks With The Rumpus Book Club

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Ada Limón talks with The Rumpus Poetry Book Club about her new book Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions). Limón discusses her influences: “The title is from the poem, ‘I Remember the Carrots.’ But more than the actual line, I was looking for something that spoke to the idea of both living and dying. How death […]

David Trinidad Explains It All Very Well

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David Trinidad is interviewed at Amsterdam Quarterly! Who knew, DT: “Anne Sexton was the first poet I seriously connected with.” More: [David Trinidad:] …I discovered her work in 1975, just months after her death. Her books were everywhere then. I came across Love Poems in the poetry section of the B. Dalton Books at Northridge […]

Joshua Clover’s Fondest Memory, & More, at <em>SF Weekly</em>

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It must be Interview Friday. Put on your suit! Not. At SF Weekly, for one of our favorite columns, The Write Stuff, we have “Joshua Clover on Wearing Intense Knowledge Lightly and Changing Quickly.” Clover gets to the point with Evan Karp’s ever-hard-hitting questions, including “Do you consider yourself successful? Why?” and “What is art? […]

At <em>The Guardian</em>: Young, London-based Poets Reflect on the Refugee Experience

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At The Guardian, five young London poets speak out about the refugee experience, and Europe’s eye-opening: “Europe is slowly (re-)discovering its humanity,” writes poet JJ Bola, author of the collection Word, “…[h]owever, this compassion has not reflected in government.” Then there’s poet Warsan Shire’s “Home,” which hit a nerve online recently: Explaining, in short verses, […]

Kevin Young Is the Winner of the 2015 Lenore Marshall Prize

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As we made mention of earlier, Kevin Young is the recipient of this year’s Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his new collection: Book of Hours. More: Emory University poet Kevin Young has won the 2015 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for “Book of Hours,” his collection of poems about the loss of his father and the […]

Juan Carlos Galeano in Conversation

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Juan Carlos Galeano is a poet, translator, and essayist born in the Amazon region of Colombia. He has published several books of poetry, and has translated North American poets into Spanish. His poetry inspired by Amazonian cosmologies and the modern world, has been anthologized and published in international journals such Casa de las Américas (Cuba), […]

Tonya Foster & John Keene in the Expansive Space of <em>Lit Hub</em>

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Yes, please: Tonya Foster and John Keene are in conversation at Lit Hub! Foster’s A Swarm of Bees in High Court is just out from Belladonna, and “uses haiku to present a piercing portrait of contemporary Harlem.” “In contrast,” writes LH, “the fictions in John Keene’s Counternarratives (New Directions) traverse geographies and eras, and their […]

Fashion Week Update: Rodarte Mines Poetry for Inspiration

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Yup. The sisters Rodarte (Laura and Kate Mulleavy) tell the Associated Press that their sartorial fashion label’s newest collection draws inspiration from poets throughout the ages. More: The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews entered their sixth day Tuesday. LOVING POETRY […]

James Reich Dreamily Reviews Dodie Bellamy’s <em>When the Sick Rule the World</em>

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Hello: At The Rumpus, an amazing review of Dodie Bellamy’s newest book, When The Sick Rule The World, a “moving meld of essay, memoir, and story,” as it is told at Semiotext(e). James Reich places it alongside comparable cultural heavyweights: “‘When The Sick Rule The World’ is a satirical SCUM Manifesto for the sick, and […]

<em>Poetry</em>’s September Issue Playlist

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Note: Poetry has begun an occasional series of playlists for recent issues. This month, contributor Ciaran Berry curated a selection of music for the September 2015 issue. The issue focuses on young Irish poets, so Ciaran matched the poems with songs by Irish musicians. He explains his selection process below. Click the play button to listen or […]

Poetry Is a Call to Action: Juan Felipe Herrera Visits NPR in Washington

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If you tuned in to NPR’s “Morning Edition” yesterday, you might have heard a sound bite from the next United States poet laureate: Juan Felipe Herrera. If you missed it, there’s still time to listen to Herrera in conversation with Renee Montagne of “Morning Edition” and hear a sneak preview of Herrera’s inaugural poem. More: […]

Announcing <em>Vetch</em>, the First Literary Journal Devoted to Poetry by Transgender Writers

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“The literary world reached a milestone this month with the debut of ‘Vetch,’ the first submission-based literary journal devoted to poetry by transgender writers,” writes Corinne Segal for PBS News Hour. Edited by poets and writers from the Iowa Writers Workshop, the journal is named for the vetch plant, “a hardy legume that is often […]

National Book Award for Poetry Finalists Announced

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The National Book Foundation has announced the names of poets on this year’s “longlist” for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. Finalists include poets both established and emerging. More, from Jacket Copy: On Tuesday, the National Book Foundation announced the 10 books longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. The list includes […]

On <em>Azure</em> and Translating Mallarmé

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Blake Bronson-Bartlett and I decided to embark on a translation of Stéphane Mallarmé after a lunch in Iowa City during which we had been discussing how Mallarmé seems so inert in English, so academic, whereas Baudelaire and Rimbaud maintain a perennial freshness and urgency. Why does Mallarmé in English so often fall flat, we wondered? […]

Michael Seth Stewart on <em>Stars Seen in Person, Selected Journals</em> by John Wieners

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Following up from last week when we reported on the publication and review of Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners, just out from City Lights is Stars Seen in Person, Selected Journals by John Wieners. At City Lights blog the editor of the volume, Michael Seth Stewart, answers five questions about the book and more. […]

At <em>OmniVerse</em>: Keith Waldrop’s Collage Work

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At OmniVerse, “A Matter of Collage,” by Keith Waldrop, originally printed in Several Gravities (Siglio Press, 2009). The piece is luminous for those interested in collage as composition. Writing of his first book, A Windmill Near Calvary: “My Windmill does not qualify as a collage book, although—like most of my work—it has collage elements.” More: […]

Michael Gizzi’s <em>Collected Poems</em> Reviewed

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Over the weekend Hyperallergic published Magdalena Zurawski’s review of Michael Gizzi’s Collected Poems (The Figures 2015). Gizzi passed away in September of 2010. Zurawski begins by writing about her personal connection to Gizzi through her time as a student at Brown, and through her teachers Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, and Gizzi’s brother Peter. For Zurawski, […]