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Ann Lauterbach’s Poetics of Care

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Earlier this month at Boston Review, Jo Ann Clark reviewed (wonderfully) Ann Lauterbach’s ninth book of poetry, Under the Sign (Penguin 2014). “Lauterbach maintains a vigilance for others and other things so consistently curious as to define a poetics of radical, plural caring: ‘For to make something,’ she writes, ‘is to care for it.’” More: [...]

Introducing Raúl Zurita to <em>The Millions</em>

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At The Millions, Magdalena Edwards introduces readers to the life and writings of Chilean poet Raúl Zurita, who persevered throughout his childhood and adolescence after the deaths of both his father and his grandfather, defended his poetry while living under the grip of the Pinochet dictatorship, who published 20 books of poetry and has won [...]

Turn It Up: The Music of Wallace Stevens

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At the Huffington Post, composer Mohammed Fairouz discusses his recent song cycle, Domination of Darkness, based on the poetry of Wallace Stevens. How does Fairouz amplify the inherent music of Steven’s verses? Fairouz explains: My fifteenth song cycle, Domination of Darkness, is also one of my strangest works. For this piece I chose to revisit [...]

<em>The Rumpus</em> Reviews Claudia Rankine’s <em>Citizen</em>

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Have you picked up your copy yet? We can’t wait to get ours! Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric sure sounds like it will do anything BUT disappoint. From The Rumpus: In a recent article on Grantland, staff writer Rembert Browne dialogues his impromptu visit to Ferguson, Missouri in mid-August. In opening the essay, he [...]

Grasping the Moment: George Stanley’s <em>North of California St.</em>

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George Stanley has a new book out! This is always something to celebrate. Our pal rob mclennan reviewed North of California St., (Vancouver BC: New Star Books, 2014), which has for its subtitle “Selected Poems 1975-1999,” and is “‘assembled from the contents of four earlier, out-of-print’ poetry collections.” It is also given a thorough introduction [...]

‘Intolerable’: Authors Against Amazon Speak Out

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When literary lions unite, we can only hope that it will strike fear into the hearts of keepers of the Amazon. This week NY Times reports that in addition to Hachette authors, the outcry into the face of the multi-pronged online sales conglomerate now includes the shouts of 300 authors represented by Andrew Wylie Agency [...]

Let’s Talk About the Midnight Ramble

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As a participant to Furious Flower Poetry Conference at James Madison University, I had to read my poetry (easy to do, sort of) and be interviewed. Well, reading along with poets I deeply admire and who I have admired for many years is not easy, but it was deeply satisfying. Remica L. Bingham-Risher, Mendi Obadike, [...]

<em>NYT</em> Reviews Louise Glück’s <em>Faithful and Virtuous Night</em>

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Over the weekend we came across Peter Campion’s review of Louise Glück’s latest collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, at the New York Times. Campion begins by looking at Glück’s ability to induce wonder in her poetry and to complicate the trope of renewal and regeneration, writing: But one reason Glück has proved so central to [...]

Recommended Reading: Susan Howe’s Syllabus for Poetics: Sexuality and Space in 17th – 19th Century American Literature (SUNY Buffalo, 1996)

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Yep! That’s right: this picture came from the Drag City website because Susan Howe is THAT COOL. Voyage with us to another land, one separate but equal in coolness to Drag City and Susan Howe: New Directions! That is where, Monday morning friends, one can gaze upon the glorious argosy that is the syllabus for [...]

<em>Vice</em> Reminds Us that London Graffiti Artists Were Poets

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Art historian and publisher George Stewart-Lockhart writes for Vice, with a sharp reminder that graffiti writers in London in the 1960s were more poet and revolutionary than artist. Favoring text over graphics, the original graffiti scriptors painted politically charged agitational messages. From Vice: London’s graffiti culture hasn’t always revolved around big bouncy graphics and Shoreditch [...]

See You All Weekend @The New York Art Book Fair 14

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The New York Art Book Fair is way back. Sponsored by Printed Matter and MoMA/PS1, the ninth-annual, labyrinthian event brings over 350 contemporary art publishers and booksellers from all over the globe to lay out their wares–from rare ephemera and out-of-print books to high-end monographs to records, posters, artist books, periodicals, catalogs, and zines–for the [...]

Ginsberg Teaching the Beats

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Thanks, Open Culture, for posting a few great lectures by our favorite Beat guru Allen Ginsberg. To give a sense of what the lectures are about, the editors write: Thanks to the archives at Naropa, we can hear Ginsberg himself lecture on both the style and substance of Beat literary culture in a series of [...]

Charles Wright Joins NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ to Welcome Autumn

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What could be a better way to summon autumn than a visit by new poet laureate, Charles Wright, to the studios of NPR’S “All Things Considered” for a conversation with host Melissa Block? Answer: A conversation with Melissa Block AND a poetry reading! Get your dancing shoes on… MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: The turn of season [...]

City Lights Celebrates Banned Books Week

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It’s almost the end of Banned Books Week! Before the festivities come to a close, don’t forget to check out the party at the City Lights Blog, Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here, for a brief history lesson about Allen Ginsberg’s Howl on trial. In solidarity with our friends in the book community during [...]

Poetry’s Use of Appropriation a Good Example of Foucault’s ‘Governmentality’

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Cool essay at Covertext: “Foucault, Appropriation, and Conceptual Writing,” by Patrick Greaney (who you might recall as the translator of Heimrad Bäcker’s SEASCAPE), goes over Richard Prince (whose new show of Instagram prints is in the backroom of the Gagosian bookstore [and Jerry Saltz loves it]), Vanessa Place, and appropriation through the looking-glass of Foucault’s [...]

<em>Burroughs: The Movie</em> Now Restored

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A few years ago we directed our dear readers over to Aaron Brookner’s Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising awareness and funds for his project to digitally restore his uncle Howard’s 1983 documentary Burroughs: The Movie. We’re happy to say that Brookner’s efforts have been a success! From IndieWire: Early next month, the New York [...]

Writers Riding the Rails: Amtrak Announces the Winners of #AmtrakResidency Program

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It only took a hop, skip, and a jump–and we’re there! At least, we imagine that’s what the applicants to Amtrak’s new residency program are saying as they embark upon happy trails across the United States this month. From Jacket Copy: In the 1930s, hobos illicitly rode the rails; nowadays, authors are being invited onto [...]

Stephen Rodefer’s <em>Four Lectures</em>, Annotated & Ongoing

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In the 2013 issue of Glossator–a journal rich with “creative form[s] of intellectual work”–is an essay by Ian Heames that “fulsomely [annotates]” Stephen Rodefer’s Four Lectures, one of everyone’s favorite six-hundred-dollar books of poetry. Glossator, edited by Medievalist Nicola Masciandaro, with Ryan Dobran and Karl Steel (and a long arm of international advisors), relates to [...]

Happy Banned Books Week!

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It’s true! And if you happen to be in Los Angeles this week LA Public Library branches have a few sweet parties in store for you, while Jacket Copy boasts this swell banned books round-up… Every year kids go to school or the library and bring back books that make some parents raise their eyebrows. [...]

‘Many poets are little-boy Nabokov,’ but Not Dan Chiasson

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Expert limericist Anthony Madrid reviews the work of Dan Chiasson at the Philadelphia Review of Books , as noted by John Ebersole at the publication’s blog. “To be honest, I hadn’t read a lot of Chiasson until recently, but Madrid urged me to and once I did I saw what he saw: ‘One reads [Chiasson] [...]