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Fonograf Editions’ All-Vinyl Library Debuts With <em>Aloha/Irish Trees</em> by Eileen Myles

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Fonograf Editions debuts this week with Eileen Myles reading Aloha/Irish Trees on vinyl. Portland-based poet Jeff Alessandrelli is the founder of Fonograf Editions, which, in collaboration with Octopus Books, is inspired by historic audio poetry outlets such as the Caedmon Records poetry series. More: IF YOUR RECORD COLLECTION includes a poetry album, chances are it […]

<em>NYT</em> Reviews New Rita Dove <em>Collected</em>

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Dwight Garner reviews Rita Dove’s soaring Collected Poems: 1974–2004 at the New York Times. “She’s funny; she’s after experience; her opinions are fresh,” Garner writes. More: To read the poems of Rita Dove, to go where they take you, is to follow her deeply into a series of themes and their subsets: African-Americans in history […]

Alice Oswald Discusses Her Experience as Griffin Poetry Prize Judge at <em>The Globe and Mail</em>

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British poet Alice Oswald, author most recently of Memorial–and a member of the Griffin Poetry Prize jury for 2016–talks to The Globe and Mail about how the temperament of her own work collides with the Canadian poetry she’s now adjudicating; themes of the work she’s detected; what the younger generation of British poets is up […]

Elizabeth Alexander Elected to Pulitzer Prize Board!

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Good news for Elizabeth Alexander! The acclaimed poet has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. At the Ford Foundation, where she began work last year as the Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Alexander shapes and directs grant-making in arts, media and culture. She guides efforts to examine how cultural narratives affect and shape […]

Germaine Greer, William Shakespeare, and Turned-on Housewives

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More from England’s Hay Festival: Germaine Greer claims William Shakespeare brought erotic poetry to “ordinary women” such as wives and servants, for the first time. “This is something you won’t have heard anyone say before, and I’m going to say it to you now,” Greer announced at Hay Festival. More from U.K.’s Telegraph: He may […]

<em>Guardian</em> Weighs in on Rushdie Weighing in on Poem Memorization

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At the Guardian Homa Khaleeli accesses novelist Salman Rushdie’s recent comments at the Hay Festival about the “lost art” of poem memorization. In this article, read a few additional perspectives, from Cambridge senior lecturer David Whitley to Psychologist Philippa Perry, then develop your own thoughts on the matter: What can you recite by heart? Your […]

Clocktower Radio’s ‘Boat Books’ Features The Floating Library

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At Clocktower Radio, check out the latest installment of “Boat Books” (part of the larger program “Paper Cuts”), where hosts Taylor Yates and Christopher Kardambikis talk to artist and writer Sarah Peters about The Floating Library, an experimental public art project (and “lake-based library”) “that explores the underused amenity of the urban lake as a […]

‘Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK’ Conference Report Published

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A conference report from “Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK” (aka RAPAPUK), held in London in February, has been posted at the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry (no sub or $ req.). Participants/panelists included Hannah Silva (“Live Writing: Black British Poetry in Performance: A new archive at the British Library”); Peter […]

Nursing Futurism

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Siren Aria (a fragment) …It’s still conductive, pornographic. The plumbing a listening hose for        strangers rooting around  In the house’s howls: I unwelcome Pan-  Am out of breath.  Fearing the mammograph. Does one Sioux Chief Full-Slip Repair Coupling from south of Peculiar,        Missouri glued after the other,  Inhaled, make an argument? Does the rig an […]

Curbside Books to Open in Chicago’s South Loop

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News finally reached us over the transom that Curbside Splendor Publishing, a Chicago-based publisher of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, will be opening a new bookstore/record store/cafe/event space in Chicago’s South Loop. Claire Kirch brings us this exciting news at Publishers Weekly. Curbside Splendor Publishing, a Chicago publisher of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry founded in […]

British Library Digitizes T.S. Eliot’s <em>Animal Farm</em> Rejection Letter

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As director of Faber & Faber, T.S. Eliot rejected George Orwell’s now-classic Animal Farm explaining “we have no conviction … that this is the right point of view from which to criticise the political situation.” It’s one of many modern and contemporary literature artifacts newly digitized by British Library, as we mentioned only moments ago. […]

The British Library Digitizes Over 300 Modernist Treasures, Including Manuscripts, Magazines, Photographs

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In Discovering Literature, The British Library has digitized and made available to the public over 300 items from their collection, including the second draft of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar; a typescript draft of J.G. Ballard’s Crash; Angela Carter’s manuscript notes on fairytale material (including “Bluebeard”); astrological charts from Ted Hughes; first editions by Joyce, […]

Hey Rodefer Fans: Check Out Jennifer Moxley’s Personal, Corrective Reflection in New <em>Chicago Review</em>

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Jennifer Moxley remembers Stephen Rodefer in the current issue of the Chicago Review. “How I will miss him,” Moxley writes in “Heartbreak Hotel: In Memoriam Stephen Rodefer (1940–2015).” A reflection of the sort only friends can write, this is well worth picking up the print issue for. (And anyway, there’s also a tribute to Ed […]

Copper Lyres (Materiality of Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction & Ecoprecarity, Part 2)

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then with your tongue remove the tape Jean Toomer, “Her Lips Are Copper Wire” (1920) In a meditation on “The Invisible City” within his 1961 magnum opus The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects, Lewis Mumford presents the electric power grid as a positive example of the “vast impersonal network” that […]

‘The Whole Harmonium’: Paul Mariani Visits WBUR Boston

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Paul Mariani visits the studios of WBUR Boston program Here and Now to discuss his new Wallace Stevens biography The Whole Harmonium. Tune in to hear Mariani discuss Stevens’s writing and to hear archival audio of Stevens reading his poetry at WBUR. A new biography of poet Wallace Stevens examines the roiling internal life that […]

Billy Collins & Christian Marclay Collaborate for <em>T Magazine</em>

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It’s not often we land on poetry news about Billy Collins, but we’re liking this gesture from artist Christian Marclay, who has responded to a Collins poem, “Greece,” with a photograph titled “London, 2016.” “In An Artist and a Poet Explore the Passage of Time” is part of T Magazine’s ongoing series, “A Picture and […]

There Is a Television Program Called ‘Million Dollar Poem’ in Abu-Dhabi

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Abu-Dhabi’s annual televised competition, Million Dollar Poem, concluded by crowning Rajih al-Hamidani of Kuwait the 2016 champion. Rajih al-Hamidani’s Nabati poem garnered five million dirham (also known as $1.36 million). Jury member Ghassan al-Khatib explains “Contrary to other peoples, poetry for the Arabs is not just an art. It records their lives and documents events.” […]

<em>Artinfo</em> Took Notes at Triple Canopy’s Ecstatic Prose Event

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If you missed this past weekend’s Triple Canopy Ecstatic Prose event–with Hilton Als, Andrew Durbin, Tan Lin, Rivka Galchen, Sukhdev Sandhu, Christine Smallwood, Jonathon Sturgeon, and Lynne Tillman–you’re in luck. Blouin Artinfo was there, and they scratched down some notable moments from the day-long “‘mini-symposium’ on the state of ‘genre’ in writing.” “The central conceit […]

Aeolian Harping: Materiality of Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction & Ecoprecarity (Part 1)

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…And what if all of animated nature Be but organic Harps diversely framed, That tremble into thought, as o’er them sweeps Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze, At once the Soul of each, and God of all? —Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Eolian Harp” (1795; published 1796) Even as a cross-point in a network vibrating with […]

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Yesterday was the birthday of feminist Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos. At Vox, learn about Castellanos’s impact on poetry and social justice. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Rosario Castellanos, one of the most important Mexican woman writers of the 20th century, who was born on May 25, 1925. She died in 1974. Castellanos wrote poetry, essays, short […]