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‘These Poems Are Exhilarating': Lynn Melnick Praises Diane Wakoski’s Enduring Badassery

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The latest installment of Los Angeles Review of Books features Lynn Melnick’s astounding, wonderful close reading of Diane Wakoski’s work. Wakoski’s 23rd collection of poetry, Bay of Angels, published by Anhinga Press in 2013, is a chart-topper. In her assessment, Melnick writes “In a literary scene not unlike the Southern California of Wakoski’s youth, a […]

Steven Zultanski’s Very ‘Post-Internet Poetry’ in <em>The New Yorker</em>

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Kenny Goldsmith has done the world a favor by bringing to The New Yorker’s attention Steven Zultanski’s new book, Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014) in the context of “post-Internet poetry.” Goldsmith also looks at Sam Riviere’s Kim Kardashian’s Marriage and an anthology edited by Harry Burke, I Love Roses When They’re Past Their Best, which […]

Sophie Seita Writes Lovingly of the Sounds in Bernadette Mayer’s <em>Sonnets</em>

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The brilliant Sophie Seita reviews Bernadette Mayer’s reprinted must-have Sonnets (Tender Buttons Press 2014), for Lemon Hound. She starts with sound, and song: “The first trill, or turn, rather, is sound; how Bernadette Mayer’s sonnets sound to me, their melodic or imagined graphic contours, their richness, their affective and harmonic range, intervals and ties.” And […]

Julie Marie Wade Reviews Tod Marshall’s <em>Bugle</em> at <em>The Rumpus</em>

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What does the sound of a bugle have to do with “music, nature, and human frailty”? What’s the relationship between sound and meaning? In this Rumpus review of Tod Marshall’s latest, Julie Marie Wade considers these questions and more. From The Rumpus: One of my favorite words in our language is embouchure. I like its […]

Poetry Mixtape Volume II

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Today’s mixtape was curated by Elizabeth Robinson. I was lucky enough to study with Elizabeth while she was a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her seminar, Modernism and Mysticism, introduced me to the writing of Robin Blaser, Jack Spicer, Fanny Howe, Simone Weil and many more. She has a passion for reading that […]

Barry Schwabsky Reviews Four New Books of Poetry by Poets He’d Never Previously Known . . .

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Barry Schwabsky writes some short reviews of poetry books for Hyperallergic, acknowledging that the common thread is his previous unfamiliarity with the authors: “I’ve decided now to write some short notices of a few of those lucky discoveries of mine, good books by poets I’d never heard of before their latest volumes showed up in […]

Reading List: March 2015

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the March 2015 issue share some books that held their interest. Rosebud Ben-Oni Winter is a time for reading and rereading. I’ve been sucked into the mythologies of J. Michael Martinez’s In the Garden of the Bridehouse. Here unfolds a […]

Behold! Robert Lax of Olean

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The Buffalo News’s Anthony Bannon reviews the ‘posthumous emergence’ of Robert Lax’s literary excellence in glorious Wave Books-published form. Robert Lax–fearless, hermetic, and post-denominational–spent his childhood in Olean (near Buffalo). Wave Books’s recently-published Lax collection is edited by John Beer. From The Buffalo News: Robert Lax was a poet, a pilgrim and a priest of […]

What Does It Mean to Bear Witness? Carol Muske-Dukes Observes Four Poets at Work

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Jacket Copy hosts Carol Muske-Dukes’s recent article about Tom Sleigh, Marilyn Hacker, Deborah Landau, and Cecilia Woloch: four poets who, like Claudia Rankine, witness and critique four very different worlds that surround. From Jacket Copy: Poets have expanded the boundaries of what we call the “poetry of witness.” We are talking about both the passion […]

Michael Leong Guest Edits Selection of Ekphrastic Poems for Asian American Writers’ Workshop Magazine

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The Asian American Writers’ Workshop has published an folio of ekphrastic poems by nine Asian American poets, guest edited by Michael Leong, for their online magazine, The Margins. “Asking the question of how visual art informs Asian American poetry, Leong pulled together poems by John Yau, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Eileen Tabios, Jennifer Hayashida, Debora Kuan, and […]

KQED’s ‘Boomtown’ Series Visits Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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As part of KQED’s new “Boomtown” series which aims to document the ways that San Francisco is changing: a visit with 95-year-old San Francisco hero Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who co-founded City Lights. Ferlinghetti has lived in San Francisco for over six decades. From KQED: The first time I met Lawrence Ferlinghetti was unforgettable: It was early […]

Hop on Board: Poetry Press Week Submissions Due March 15th!

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Haven’t your poems always wanted to participate in a fashion show? Portland’s own Poetry Press Week features poetry readings that catwalk down the runway, demonstrating how exciting poetry can be. Last year’s participants included Brandi Katherine Herrera, Carl Adamshick, Coleman Stevenson, Jamalieh Haley, James Gendron, Jeff Alessandrelli, Jessalyn Wakefield, John Brehm, Lisa Ciccarello, Natalie Garyet, […]

Words at Play: Luc Sante on the Poet Basquiat

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The New York Times Style Magazine has Luc Sante advance the position that Jean-Michel Basquiat–known, of course, as a painter–was equally valuable as a poet. “Basquiat . . . was a writer. As SAMO, he dealt in words, artfully executed with marker or spray can, to be sure, but nevertheless words intended to convey meaning, […]

Academy of American Poets Announces New Eligibility Criteria for Prizes, Thanking Undocupoets

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In potentially life-changing news, The Academy of American Poets announced today some changes to eligibility criteria for their poetry and book prizes, thanking personally Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Christopher Soto, and Javier Zamora of the group Undocupoets for their efforts. We’re republishing the full letter from Executive Director Jen Benka here: Dear Poets and Poetry Publishers, […]

The 35th Annual <em>L.A. Times</em> Book Prize Finalists Announced

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The L.A. Times announced the finalists for the 35th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes yesterday. Killer lineup we have here! Poetry Gillian Conoley, “Peace” (Omnidawn) Katie Ford, “Blood Lyrics: Poems” (Graywolf) Peter Gizzi, “In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011” (Wesleyan University Press) Fred Moten, “The Feel Trio” (Letter Machine Editions) Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An […]

<em>Jacket Copy</em> Reviews <em>Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation</em>

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Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick’s anthology Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015) is here! At Jacket Copy, David L. Ulin reviews the editors’s and poets’s work collected inside. From Jacket Copy: “Most poets,” Carolyn Forché writes, in the introduction to Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick’s anthology […]

Emily Books, Coffee House Press’s First Imprint, is on the Way

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Publishers Weekly reports that Coffee House Press is teaming up with Emily Books, Emily Gould and Ruth Curry’s “feminist publishing project,” to create an imprint that will bring books that “speak to the aesthetic excellence, experimental boldness, and social concerns of both organizations.” More: Coffee House Press is launching its first imprint in the spring […]

<em>The New York Times</em> Reviews Sarah Manguso’s <em>Ongoingness: The End of a Diary</em>

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Sarah Manguso is the author of a number of poetry collections including The Captain Lands in Paradise and Siste Viator but in recent years she has also developed a successful career as a non-fiction writer. Her book, The Guardians, remembers a friend who was killed by a Metro-North train. (The New York Times calls it […]

<em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em> to Launch New Literary Magazine

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Now in the offing, The Offing! (We had to.) The Los Angeles Review of Books is acting as a “channel” for a new online literary magazine publishing work in all genres—even humor (nicely, they even have a nod to Dorothy Parker in the guidelines). Launching on March 16, The Offing will “[publish] work that challenges, […]

Saeed Jones, CAConrad, Rachel Zolf, Sina Queyras, & More Are Announced as 2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalists!!

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The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award finalists have been announced! We can’t believe it’s been a year since these two took the cakes. Now, excitingly, the “’Lammys,’ as they are affectionately known–kick off another record-breaking year with today’s announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 818 submissions (up from 746 last year) […]