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Clocktower Radio Show With Lillian-Yvonne Bertram!

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For their series Paper Cuts, and the show Personal Science, Clocktower Radio talks with Lillian-Yvonne Bertram about her poetry, prose, photography, and zine activism! Listen here. Discover the creator’s history with chapbooks and journals as we dive further into the milieu of zines and small publishing. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is a two-time author, poet, and creator. […]

At <em>The New Yorker,</em> <em>The Prophet,</em> Animated

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At The New Yorker, Brook Wilensky-Lanford writes about Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, an animated film translation of the worldwide poetry bestseller that premiered this past Friday in New York and Los Angeles. The project was initiated and produced by actor Salma Hayek, a longtime fan of Kahlil Gibran’s work. “It wasn’t about enlightenment, she told […]

Poetry and the Mess of the Real World

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In his latest article for Jacket 2 Stephen Collis discusses the somewhat vexed relationship between poetry and “the real world.” As we mentioned late last year, Collis was served with $5.6 million lawsuit for protesting Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline expansion that would triple the size of the current pipeline and could pose numerous environment threats […]

William Shakespeare, Dopesmoker

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Over the weekend The Independent posted an intriguing article regarding chemical analysis conducted on a series of clay pipes found in William Shakespeare’s garden. South African scientists claim to have found traces of cannabis on a number of pipes; however, pipes containing residue of cocaine were NOT among those from Shakespeare’s garden. Francis Thackeray reminds […]

Cambridge University Library Adds Oldest Multicolor Print Book to its Digital Library

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Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier reveals that Cambridge University Library “recently added selections from its Chinese collections to its Digital Library Site.” Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu) is the oldest multicolor print book, each image followed by a text or a poem. The book is from the 17th century (1633) and […]

Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe Talks Hiroshima & Future of Japan

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At Democracy Now, Japanese Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe talked with Amy Goodman on the 70th anniversary of America dropping the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Author of A Personal Matter, The Silent Cry, A Quiet Life, Hiroshima Notes and A Healing Family; and winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, Oe remarked that […]

<em>Publishers Weekly</em> Picks Ten Best Novels by Poets

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At Publisher’s Weekly, writer Naja Marie Aidt lines up “10 best novels by poets,” and it’s not what you’d think (no New York School writer in the bunch!); instead, an eccentric list that includes Inger Christensen’s Azorno, Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina, Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, Mina Loy’s Insel, and six more. Here’s what Aidt has […]

<em>The Waste Land</em> Will Be Re-issued on the 50th Anniversary of Eliot’s Death

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What was your first reaction to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land? On the fiftieth anniversary of Eliot’s death, and impending re-issue of the collection, The Independent’s Sean O’Brien recounts what makes this epic poem so great. As a child, I was handed anthologies like James Reeves’s The Rhyming River, where I encountered Edward Lear and […]

Andy Fitch Talks Shop with Daniel Borzutsky at <em>The Conversant</em>

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At The Conversant, Andy Fitch engages Daniel Borzutzky in a dialogue exploring translation, Chile, Chicago, and the current state of higher education in the United States. More: After publishing my Sixty Morning Talks interview collection, I have begun work on a more focused, single-press interview series, offering a comprehensive oral history (a cinéma vérité, in […]

Academy of American Poets Spotlights Board of Chancellors in Ninth-Annual Poets Forum

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“Each fall the Academy of American Poets presents a series of events over three days in New York City that explore the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America.” And fall is coming, as it is wont: The Academy of American Poets is presenting its ninth annual Poets Forum, to be held on the New […]

Juliana Spahr Talks Success, Money, Wilderness, Poetry at <em>SF Weekly</em>

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Juliana Spahr is interviewed at SF Weekly! Evan Karp asks her all the right questions for The Write Stuff, including how she talks about what she does, if she considers herself successful, and more. An excerpt: If someone said I want to do what you do, what advice would you have for them? If someone […]

At <em>ENTROPY,</em> John Rufo Surveys <em>The Pulp Vs. The Throne</em> by Carrie Lorig

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Although Carrie Lorig’s collection, The Pulp Vs. The Throne, sounds like it comes with a sci-fi twist, the result is frighteningly more realistic than that. John Rufo writes: “Though the book doubles-over and repeats, its primary principal involves feeling lost in a ghost forest of living. Working from the bare-bones level of printed matter, it’s […]

Ishmael Reed’s <em>The Complete Muhammad Ali</em> Reviewed at <em>Contra Costa Times</em>

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With the publication of his latest book The Complete Muhammad Ali, poet, novelist, and playwright Ishmael Reed continues to prove himself a literary heavyweight. Angela Hill at the Contra Costa Times looks at Reed’s accomplishments, both current and those spanning some 6 decades. She writes: Just out with his heavyweight, 421-page biographical and historical tome, […]

Mark Levine Remembers His First Encounter with ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

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What was it like when you first read T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock“? At The New York Times, Mark Levine remembers his first encounter with the epic poem in this “Letter of Recommendation” from the Times’s Magazine. My first hours with the spiky words of T.S. Eliot’s ‘‘The Love Song of […]

Special Issue of <em>Evening Will Come</em> Focuses on 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombings

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A crucial new issue of Evening Will Come is out, compiled and edited by Brandon Shimoda in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9). Shimoda writes in his own piece: At 11:01 and 43 seconds on the morning of August 9, 1945, a United States Air Force B-29 bomber […]

Fred Moten in Conversation with Adam Fitzgerald at <em>Literary Hub</em>

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Literary Hub Contributing Editor, Adam Fitzgerald, speaks with Fred Moten about a wide-range of topics in this recent interview, including–but certainly not limited to–Harold Bloom and AACM. More: ADAM FITZGERALD: You’ve been tremendously productive these last years: three books published; The Feel Trio, a finalist for the National Book Awards in poetry; The Undercommons, a […]

‘We narrate the world to ourselves through a myriad of lenses': Meredith Quartermain Interviewed

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We love when poets don many hats and work outside the familiar zone of poetry. Poet Meredith Quartermain finds a comfortable place writing between poetry, flash fiction, and the novel as a way to capture locales and their history. In an interview at Queen Mob’s Tea House, rob mclennan talks to Quartermain about her approach […]

Iris DeMent’s ‘The Trackless Woods’ Channels Anna Akhmatova

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The Arkansas-born singer/songwriter, Iris DeMent’s latest album, “The Trackless Woods,” sets to music a series of poems left behind by the Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966). Like DeMent’s 1992 debut, “Infamous Angel,” “The Trackless Woods” shares a similarly straight-forward and “plain-spoken” lyric style. Akhmatova is widely regarded as one of Russia’s greatest poets. At Chicago […]

Reading Bernadette Mayer’s 25th Anniversary Edition of <em>Sonnets</em>

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A review of the 25th anniversary edition of Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets (Tender Buttons Press 2014) is up at Omniverse, with a clever (and meaningful!) angle: reviewer RJ Ingram read the book the summer he turned 25. But it wasn’t the first time: “I have read excerpts from Sonnets in almost every poetry workshop I’ve taken. […]

NEA Translation Fellowships Announced!

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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 Literary Translation Fellowships, providing $275,000 “in recommended grants to 20 translators to support the new translation of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 11 different languages into English, the latest in the NEA’s efforts to bring the work of writers around the globe to a […]