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The Singular Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Poetry News

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 [...]

‘It is about life’: New Edition of Arthur Symons’s <em>The Symbolist Movement in Literature</em>

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The Symbolist Movement in Literature, by Arthur Symons, is a well-fond book of literary criticism (famously, T.S. Eliot called it a “revelation”), now republished and edited anew for the first time in 50 years, thanks to Carcanet. “So it is fair to say that if this book had never been written, the literary landscape of [...]

<em>Jacket 2</em> Presents: Amy Catanzano AND Part 1 of M. NourbeSe Philip’s Essay ‘Black W/Holes: A History Of Brief Time’

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At Jacket 2, Amy Catanzano recently published an essay about M. NourbeSe Philip’s book-length poem, Zong! (Wesleyan, 2008) entitled, “Physics of the Impossible.” After sending the essay to M. NourbeSe Philip, Catanzano received this piece (“A History of Brief Time”) AND permission to re-print it at Jacket 2. What follows is Amy Catanzano’s commentary, and [...]

Cuneiform Press Features Paul Blackburn’s <em>The Nets</em>

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The good folks at Cuneiform Press have done us a solid once again, this time by posting a searchable PDF of Paul Blackburn’s 1961 book The Nets (Trobar Books). What else is there to say but get down to it!

Kinds of Dark

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Rickey Laurentiis’s has four poems in the July/August 2014 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] Now the lights of a long day start their slouch back home, which is the dark, and, like [...]

‘It hurts to feel impossible in your genre’: Zoe Tuck on Trans Literature

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At the Michigan Quarterly Review blog, Zoe Tuck writes on the Writing Trans Genres conference, which took place in Winnipeg in May. It’s a great piece–composed after Tuck “filled over fifty notebook pages in four days”–and is just the start. “[O]ver the course of the next few posts, I’ll introduce some of the questions I [...]

Between Two Boards: the Truth About Antique Book Endpaper Patterns

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Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier uncovers the mysterious world of book endpapers, with the help of Norway’s Bergen Public Library. Take a peak at the public library’s awesome Flickr album, with more than a few beautiful patterns too. Bookbinding developed gradually, with the availability of materials and prevailing tastes dictating the details. One of the more overlooked [...]

Secrets of Literature: <em>NYT’s</em> Susan Cheever on the Untimely Death of E. E. Cummings’s Father

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Susan Cheever, author of the recent E.E. Cummings biography, writes about her experience researching and visiting the site of Cummings’s parents’s car crash. From The New York Times: As Edward and Rebecca Cummings passed the town of Center Ossipee, N.H., in their new 1926 Franklin sedan, it began to snow. They left their home in [...]

Spicer Says: Help Fund (& Go See!) the Theatrical Premiere of ‘Billy the Kid’

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A handful of our favorite New York theater artists are bringing Jack Spicer’s poem “Billy the Kid” to life! It will premiere in July at Mount Tremper Arts Summer Festival of Contemporary Art and Performance. Created by Brendan Connelly, Brooke O’Harra, and Lisa D’Amour, and featuring songs by Brendan Connelly, performed by Connelly and (also-poet) [...]

For the Both of Us

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I would never have become the poet I am if I hadn’t known, in my twenties, a young woman named Rachel Sherwood. I was six months older than she was, but like many important relationships in my life, especially early on, she was someone I looked up to: she was more experienced and confident than [...]

Pauline Kael’s House with Murals by Jess For Sale

Poetry News

Last week we reported on this steal of a house—Wallace Stevens’s Connecticut homestead. If the east coast isn’t your bag, you may want to consider purchasing film critic Pauline Kael’s home, which includes a number of murals by the artist, and partner to Robert Duncan, Jess. Dave Weinstein at the Eichler Network writes: From the [...]

Nick Sturm on Myles & Waldman’s <em>Polar Ode</em>, Sexuality in 1970s Poetry

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Poet Nick Sturm wrote about an oldie on I Said OK Wow; and by oldie we mean polar oldie (oof, long year) or rather, Polar Ode, written collaboratively by Eileen Myles and Anne Waldman in 1979 and published by Dead Duke Books. “I was surprised to have not heard about it before since there were [...]