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Poet in the Crack of Liberty:  My Life with Christopher, 1988

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If you steal my idea I swear to God, well, I’ll be mad at you. It’s a moneymaking machine this idea, and I came up with it when I dated an actor named Christopher. He was very New England-handsome and therefore able to find work dressed as a hot revolutionary war soldier for tourists at […]

Thomas Sayers Ellis’s ‘Man / Dela’ on <em>PoetryNow</em>

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We’re pleased to present Thomas Sayers Ellis’s new poem “Man / Dela” on PoetryNow. Accompanying Thomas’s virtuoso vocal performance is James Brandon Lewis on saxophone and Luke Stewart on bass. The text of the poem begins: A part of, a part of love, hates, hates a part of. A part of, a part of hate, […]

For Sale: A Poem from Jim Morrison’s ‘Fascination Trunk’

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If you’re in the market for a new piece of rock and roll ephemera, the online auctioneer Paddle8 will be auctioning off a remnant from Jim Morrison’s notebook: one of his final poems. The poetic fragment, which ends on June 25th, is anticipated to garner between $60,000 – $80,000. More: Written on the last page […]

2015 Pew Grants Go to Brian Teare & Yolanda Wisher!

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The PEW Center for Arts & Heritage has announced its grantees for 2015! The $75,000 awards offer serious support every year to artists, writers, and cultural organizations of the Philadelphia region. This year’s grantees include poets Brian Teare and Yolanda Wisher (pictured above)! Congratulations to both! Artforum reports: More than $9.6 million will provide funding […]

You’re Not Alone: Frank O’Hara Found Himself in Stephen Dedalus

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A day late and still short: Andrew Epstein wrote about Frank O’Hara’s love for James Joyce’s Ulysses at Locus Solus. Happy day-after-Bloomsday! Apparently, the poet carried the book with him for luck? What book do you carry for luck? We carry around a book about bees. Lotta good that’s done us. Anyhow: In his biography […]

At Asian American Writers Workshop: Don Mee Choi Talks Translation

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Don Mee Choi is the translator of South Korean feminist poet Kim Hyesoon, whose most recent collection Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Action Books, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. At AAWW, The Margins Poetry Editor Emily Yoon interviews Don Mee Choi about the process of translating Hyesoon’s most recent work. From […]

Elaine Kahn’s <em>Women in Public</em> Reviewed at <em>Entropy</em>

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At Entropy Alexandra Wuest reviews Elaine Kahn’s Women in Public, the most recent installment in City Lights’s Spotlight Series. Wuest dives in from the outset, sticking the brass tacks to the reader: “Elaine Kahn’s Women In Public is about moms, peaches, bodies, and garbage, among other things. Things that decay. Things that are often undervalued. […]

The Occasion of Poetry

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Rebecca Gayle Howell’s poems “Every Job Has a First Day” and “Something’s Coming but Never Does” appear in the June 2015 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] In my twenties I had the good fortune of […]

<em>The Blue Shift Journal</em> Interviews Fatimah Asghar

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As a Fulbright Scholar in 2011, Fatimah Asghar studied poetry and performance in Bosnia-Herzegovina. There, she formed the country’s first spoken word collective called Refleks. Her honors (besides the Fulbright) include a Kundiman Fellowship. Get to know Asghar’s poetics at Blue Shift Journal: You went to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a Fulbright scholar and ended up forming […]

Kim Calder Considers Vanessa Place’s Denunciation at <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em>

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Los Angeles-based poet and academic Kim Calder has written an essay, “The Denunciation of Vanessa Place,” for the Los Angeles Review of Books. The piece starts with Mongrel Coalition’s tweet back in May, which called for individual accountability re: a stance on Place’s Gone With the Wind project; and goes on to consider–alongside the work […]

<em>Entropy</em> Provides a Visitation with Robin Blaser

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In the San Francisco-Bay Area, Berkeley Renaissance predates The Beats. At Entropy, Patrick James Dunagan introduces readers to one particularly compelling Berkeley Renaissance figure, and one of our favorites: Robin Blaser. From Entropy: Robin reached a point in the poem that I remember as “the voice of the 26 letters thunders in the alphabet and […]

‘every living cell has consciousness': The Work of Lucas de Lima

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In April, 2015 Lucas de Lima performed with the poet Hiromi Ito and her translator Jeffery Angles at The Kelly Writers House on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. They also had a recorded conversation together in the Wexler studio, which you can listen to below. Here are some thoughts adapted from my introduction. […]

Wendy Xu with ‘The News’ on <em>PoetryNow</em>

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Today on PoetryNow “The News” stays news with a new poem by Wendy Xu. In a sort of “I do this, I do that” poem, Xu takes us through her neighborhood in Brooklyn. The poem begins: Tossing off expletives into the sea of cab lights, I lounge ever more than I work. I wear my […]

At Work with Pamela Paul: <em>New York Times</em> Book Review Editor

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Have you ever wondered who is behind the steering wheel of The New York Times’s Book Review? This newest installment of Times Insider introduces readers to the editor of NYT’s Book Review section, Pamela Paul. From Times Insider: “It feels terrible when it’s happening to you,” Pamela Paul, editor of The Book Review said when […]

Ben Lerner Considers the Poem That Never Appears

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From Ben Lerner’s “Diary,” now up (gratis!) at the London Review of Books: “The fatal problem with poetry: poems. This helps explain why poets themselves celebrate poets who renounce writing.” Certainly! What else: some fine writing in this here essay. An excerpt: There’s an important class of intense poetry-haters who would probably hate my description […]

Amy King Wins 2015 Women’s National Book Award for VIDA-Women in Literary Arts

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Congratulations, Amy King! At the Pace M.S. in Publishing blog, Jane Kinney-Denning, president of WNBA-NYC, speaks with King about VIDA and her contributions to literary publishing. Jane: Hi Amy, congratulations on receiving the WNBA Award and all of your recent successes! Amy: Thank you, Jane and everyone who makes the WNBA such an imperative organization, […]

On Alice’s Birthday, Beaucoup de Translations

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It’s the 150th birthday of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and the Wall Street Journal reminds us that the 1865 classic “is probably second only to the 17th-century allegory, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress,’ as the most translated English novel.” Two Yale professors are translating “Alice” into Late Egyptian hieroglyphs. A language consultant in California is putting […]

An Interview With Deborah Landau About <em>The Uses of the Body</em>

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Maya C. Popa interviews Deborah Landau for Los Angeles Review of Books: “Have you seen an evolution in your generative process over the three collections? Have your aims as a writer changed at all?” asks Popa. Landau’s latest book, The Uses of the Body, published this April by Copper Canyon Press, “considers the pleasures and […]

Peter Dayton Arranges Ashbery, Swenson, and Johnson Poems

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We’re always interested to see poetry coming into contact with other arts. Over the weekend we stumbled upon Tim Smith’s review in the Baltimore Sun of composer Peter Dayton’s choral arrangement that uses poems by John Ashbery, May Swenson, and Ronald Johnson. Of particular interest for us is Johnson’s “The Core,” which first appeared in […]

<em>Artforum</em> on the Films of Stephanie Gray

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At Artforum, Amy Taubin writes about New York poet and filmmaker Stephanie Gray, whose three-evening retrospective at Anthology Film Archives, “Super 8mm Poetics: The Films of Stephanie Gray,” “coincides with the publication by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs of her second poetry collection, Shorthand and Electric Language Stars.” “Poetry informs the place from which she […]