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A 50 Greatest Love Poems List by <em>The Guardian</em>

Poetry News

Check it out, Don Juan! This list includes love poems by poets from thirty countries including Latvia, Iraq, and South Africa. Love is all you need! There’s no “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”, or “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” here: instead, a new list of the 50 [...]

Mailing a Letter to the Void: Carol Muske-Dukes Interview at <em>The Paris Review Daily</em>

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At The Paris Review Daily, an interview with Carol Muske-Dukes! Alex Dueben considers the public face of poetry, Muske-Dukes’s mother’s sense of poetry, “unoriginal genius,” writing novels and nonfiction as a poet, and more. “If the inmates’ poetry struggled to breathe, so does the poetry of academia, so does the imprisoned spirit of misogynist rap.” [...]

NADA Contemporary Poetry Reading Now Online for Listening

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BOMB has just posted a recording/podcast of the NADA Contemporary Poetry Reading, which took place in New York in May. It was a “marathon reading featuring thirty emerging and established poets.” Participants for Contemporary Poetry included, in this order: Alina Gregorian (with Monica McClure), Ana Božičević, Andrew Durbin, Ben Fama, Billy Merrell, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Daniel [...]

Let’s Talk About First Books: Randall Horton Considers R. Erica Doyle’s <em>Proxy</em> and francine harris’s <em>allegiance</em> at <em>LARB</em>

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We’re all about Los Angeles Review of Books this week. Yesterday we brought to your intergalactic attention a new column by Dorothea Lasky featured at the publication; today we bring you this review by Randall Horton praising freshly released first collections by R. Erica Doyle and francine harris. Read ‘em and weep, or, grow up [...]

The Rustbelt Rises from the Ruins: Rochelle Hurt at <em>Best American Poetry</em>

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This week at Best American Poetry blog, Rochelle Hurt examines the aesthetics of ruin. As a native of Youngstown, Ohio, Hurt looks at the trend of ruins in contemporary writing through rust colored lenses. She writes: “Lately, I’ve been thinking about what this region has to say for itself in contemporary poetry, and I’m clearly [...]

The Poetic Mediums of Mira Gonzalez

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Novelist Sheila Heti interviews poet Mira Gonzalez at The Believer Logger. It’s a lot about Twitter. “SH: Do you think Twitter is an artform? Do you use it that way?” Well: MG: Yes, absolutely. I view twitter as an art form as much as I view poetry or fiction as an art form. SH: To [...]

Taking Paul Violi Seriously

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Hyperallergic has Barry Schwabsky writing about Paul Violi–match made in The Tame Magpie. “According to Charles North and Tony Towle … our poet was ambivalent about being labeled (as they are) a second generation member of the New York School: ‘Pound, for example, was as important to him as the French modernists,’ they point out; [...]

Dorothea Lasky Interviews Cassandra Gillig at <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em>

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Stardate: [-27] 00640.00 = Day 1 of Dorothea Lasky’s stead at Los Angeles Review of Books and the inaugural post in her new column called “Five Questions and Five Answers with Dorothea Lasky.” Dip your toe into this newly discovered effervescent universe from a diving board located right here, right now: HELLO AND WELCOME to [...]

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Celebrates 40 Years at City Lights

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Did you know that City Lights has a podcast series? Did you know that the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics turns 40 this year? Well, satisfy both ends of your curiosity today at Live! From City Lights. On their July 4th episode, Andrea Rexillus hosts readings from JKS alumni and current instructors. Tune in [...]

Reading List: July/August 2014

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the July/August issue share some books that held their interest. Traci Brimhall As a new mom, I haven’t gotten the chance to read grown up books lately. I have, however, rediscovered the pleasure of rhyme. I’ve also reconnected with some [...]

More Pricks and More Kicks: Beckett’s ‘Echo’s Bones’

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At the New York Times, Dwight Garner takes a stab at reviewing the much belated appearance of Samuel Beckett’s 1933 story, “Echo’s Bones,” which Beckett intended to include as the capstone to his first book of short stories, More Pricks Than Kicks. Unfortunately for readers of the 1930s, Beckett’s editor, Charles Prentice, decided not to [...]

The Singular Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini

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In the new summer issue of Bookforum, Adam Thirwell reviews The Selected Poems of Pier Paolo Pasolini (forthcoming in August from University of Chicago Press). “And so he had really made his films, he argued, ‘as a poet.’ Not that a film and a poem were exactly equivalent, but still: ‘I think one can’t deny [...]

Government-backed Contest Encourages Chinese Migrant Workers to Write Poetry

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Wall Street Journal’s “China Real Time” blog reports that a recent government-backed contest encouraged migrant workers in Shanghai to write poems about “the beauty of labor” and the “China Dream.” Unsurprisingly many of the poems featured from the contest are upbeat, though there are several included in this story that have a somber tinge. In [...]

A Soccer Addict’s Dream Weekend with Charles Simic


Tomorrow is the big day. We have France v. Germany followed by Brazil v. Colombia—does life get any better than this? Not if you’re a bona fide soccer fanatic like Charles Simic. You can read his “confession” today over at The New York Review of Books. And also learn that Octavio Paz wasn’t a fan [...]

In the Garden State: Ras Baraka, Son of Amiri Baraka, Grows Up to be Mayor of the City of Newark

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Congratulations to Ras Baraka: Mayor of the City of Newark!!! Read all about his campaign and his victory, right here right now, at The Nation. The election-night victory party for Ras Baraka, the new mayor of Newark, New Jersey, took place on May 13, at a hotel in the city’s gradually reviving downtown. Jubilant union [...]

<em>Entropy’</em>s Writers Before 1500 Include Margery Kempe, Marguerite Porete

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You know this one: “There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia.” You don’t? Let Entropy explain it all: Hypatia was the daughter of philosopher Theon (who was the last head of the Museum at Alexandria) and was born in Alexandria in Egypt, studied in Greece, and is considered the first notable female mathematician and [...]

At Omniverse: Norma Cole on <em>The Case</em>, Duchamp’s Delay, Distraction

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The amazing Norma Cole adapted a talk she gave on distraction in March, and they’ve posted it on Omniverse. She starts by talking about “that wonderful essay by Robert Creeley, ‘Was That a Real Poem or Did You Just Make It Up Yourself?’” The piece moves beautifully through Mallarmé, Wittgenstein, Laura Moriarty, Duchamp, and into [...]

‘Its weird blooms exceed the edifices of demand, utility, capital and state’: Bonny Cassidy on Poetry Australia

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At The Conversation, Bonny Cassidy presents this rich assessment of the current state of web and print publishing in Australia. Our favorite part is towards the end, where she writes on the advantages of digital publishing. But we’re partial to the beginning, where she writes about print publishing, too! Check out the former, and click [...]

The Launch of Celia Dropkin

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We told you to keep your eyelids way up, and now! This Wednesday, July 16, if you find yourself in New York in particular, please ambulate to the Museum at Eldrige Street at 6:30 for a book launch that will feature translators Faith Jones and Samuel Solomon talking about and reading the Yiddish poet Celia [...]

Fie! Shakespeare Blamed for Pimple Woe

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A new study by British dermatologists suggests that Shakespeare is to blame for our obsession with clear skin. However– according to Jacket Copy– writers at The Guardian and The Independent, and a scholar at the Shakespeare Institute, remain unconvinced. From Jacket Copy– Sure, it was a guilt-ridden Lady Macbeth who cried “Out, damned spot,” but [...]