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Mary Ruefle on Clarice Lispector for <em>Music & Literature</em> 4

Poetry News

Music & Literature 4 is now out and features a massive amount of content from smart people on Clarice Lispector–a very rare journal, indeed. Mary Ruefle is among the contributors; here’re the top of “Remarks on Lispector” (purchase is necessary to keep on): I discovered the work of Clarice Lispector rather late in life. When [...]

Christian Hawkey at VOICE Registers

Poetry News

Welcome to the new interview series VOICE Registers, brought to you by the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement, and hosted by Kaegan Sparks. The first installment of the series features Christian Hawkey discussing the libretto WOW, which we reported on here. The conversation covers wide terrain from the Milli Vanilli scandal, to [...]

Examining Art in a Larger Sense: Jacob Wren’s <em>Polyamorous Love Song</em>

Poetry News

Writer of the poets Jacob Wren has a great interview up at BookThug in honor of his newest novel, Polyamorous Love Song, which seems in dialogue with the likes of Chris Kraus, Michel Houellebecq, and Javier Marías, according to interlocuter Malcolm Sutton. Wren responds: One through-line might be that most of the writers I love [...]

The Editors of Commune Editions on Gwendolyn Brooks and Opting-Out at <em>Jacket 2</em>

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At Jacket 2, the editors of Commune Editions write about “opting out,” particularly in relation to Gwendolyn Brooks. She’s one of our favorite poets. The editors of Commune Editions are pretty far up there too. Learn more here! Begin reading, here: As we’ve been writing about our thinking over the last few years, we’ve been [...]

Writing Is an Aid to Memory

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Last fall, Bay Area gem Krupskaya published Stephanie Young’s third book Ursula or University, and City Lights published my first book Here Come the Warm Jets. Inspired by the good timing, Stephanie and I decided to take our books on the road, Thelma & Louise style but without all the trauma and horror. Having successfully [...]

Danielle Pafunda’s <em>Natural History Rape Museum</em>

Poetry News

At Coldfront, a natural pairing: Timothy Liu reviews Danielle Pafunda’s Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books 2013). Liu writes: “[N]o other book I know has so thoroughly shaken the fuckwad out of my pudenda.” More: Disclosures: I heard her perform many of these poems at the Lynchian Jewel Box Theater in Seattle (sans cellist!) and [...]

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair: Kickstarting Their Way to April 5th

Poetry News

Wow, has it been 8 years already? Time flies when you’re DIYing some sweet poetry books, no? The good folks hosting the 8th annual Buffalo Small Press Book Fair are calling on you to help make their April 5th opening as free, open, and awesome as it’s always been. You want some deets? Here ya [...]

Sharon Olds Reads Rodney Jones on the Newest Installment of <em>The New Yorker’s</em> Poetry Podcast

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Give a listen to the newest New Yorker poetry podcast to hear Sharon Olds read poems by Rodney Jones (as well as a few poems of her own) and join the magazine’s poetry editor, Paul Muldoon, in conversation. On this month’s Poetry Podcast, Sharon Olds reads “Hubris at Zunzal,” by Rodney Jones. The poem explores [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf to be Published

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Hear ye, hear ye! Salon reports that J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf hits the stands May 22nd, courtesy of Harper Perennial. In 1926, J.R.R. Tolkien, one of fiction’s finest crafters of fantasy worlds, translated the 11th-century epic “Beowulf.” Nearly 90 years later, his son Christopher Tolkien is releasing an edited version of the translation to [...]

Celebrate International Day of Happiness with Record-a-Poem

Poetry News

What better way to celebrate this second year of International Day of Happiness than by recording your favorite cheerful, uplifting, and happy poem! A little background about IDH: In July 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a groundbreaking resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable [...]

Ronald Johnson’s ‘ARK’ to Be Marathon-Read

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If you remember back to last week, we posted on Stephen Burt’s review of the newly edited and redesigned edition of Ronald Johnson’s “ARK,” published by Flood Editions. You’ll also remember thinking, oh, how I wish I could read all of it in one marathon reading binge. We’re happy to report that now you can! [...]

‘The Sentence as Space for Living’: Renee Gladman Lectures at Berkeley

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Bay Area folks! Get yourself to the east bay via a Richmond-bound BART and listen to Renee Gladman deliver the Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics at UC Berkeley. It’s tomorrow, it’s a 6:30. Go! And stay in touch here with all things Leslie Scalapino.

Rare Footage of Philip Lamantia and Bob Kaufman at City Lights Blog

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City Lights is rolling out the goods this week on their blog Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here. Yesterday we posted on this great piece by Garrett Caples about the “little” magazine. Today, you’ll want to head over there to check out a reading/lecture given by Philip Lamantia and Bob Kaufman from 1979. About [...]

What the Editors of <em>N+1</em> are Reading

Poetry News

Awful lot of writing by women here… good work gang! Keep it up! Just yesterday, at N+1– I finished Janet Malcolm’s The Silent Woman—her biography of Sylvia Plath—four weeks ago, and it gave me the best kind of vertigo. Malcolm approaches her subject with an almost monastic devotion: as a researcher, she demonstrates the necessary [...]

Poetry News

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 “Discovery”/Boston Review Contest: Justin Boening, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Meghan Dahn, of New York, New York; Nava EtShalom, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Jeremy Schmidt, of Los Angeles, California. The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes are presented by the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and Boston Review. This year, the preliminary [...]

A Long Pan Shot: Andrew Durbin Talks to Bruce Hainley

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For Los Angeles Review of Books, poet and Wonder co-publisher Andrew Durbin interviewed art writer and poet Bruce Hainley about his new book, Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant’s Volte-Face—”the culmination of a decade’s work and the first English language monograph about an artist who, like Bruce, not only avoids easy categorization, but makes the [...]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Remembers Bill Knott

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At The New Yorker: Robert P. Baird has written a great piece in remembrance of Bill Knott, who died last Wednesday. Baird notes the salt in the wound–Knott’s fake suicide in 1966. Nearly fifty years ago, in the fall of 1966, a mimeographed letter made the rounds among poets, critics, and literary magazines, announcing that [...]

Denise Riley Interviewed at Shearsman Books

Poetry News

Over the weekend, the Shearsman Review published a conversation between Kelvin Corcoran and Denise Riley, who we’ve featured here and here relatively recently (full index of DR posts is here). The conversation centers on the sense of what constitutes song vis-à-vis poetry, and how that sense might change over time. They also get into the [...]

Garrett Caples Gives Mad Props to The Little Magazine

Poetry News

At the City Lights blog, Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here, Garrett Caples gives a rousing thumbs up (that’s a plural: two thumbs) to the publications genre of “the little magazine” with a special emphasis on Volt and Hambone in particular. Scholar, author, editor David Calonne, with whom I’ve worked on three volumes and [...]

Poetry Against the War

From Poetry Magazine

The poems in our March 2014 issue come from poets who will be featured at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. at the end of this month. Among the poets taking up the theme of “provocation & witness” are Natalie Diaz, Dunya Mikhail, Claudia Rankine, Tim Seibles, Danez Smith, and many others. [...]