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The Shutdown of the University of Hong Kong’s MFA Program in Context

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Poets & Writers breaks down the breakdown (hey!) of the University of Hong Kong’s five-year-old MFA program, which announced its imminent closure (to the program’s founding director!) in April, despite all other signs of success: “Word of the shutdown came in the wake of the so-called Umbrella Revolution last fall, when hundreds of thousands of […]

Published! Dorothea Lasky Lecture: ‘Poetry and The Metaphysical I’

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Originally presented for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, Dorothea Lasky’s lecture “Poetry and The Metaphysical I” is now in the current issue of Wave Composition. She discusses the case of James Frey, Lorca’s duende (“[a]nd that without a little demon, a poem is not a poem at all”), and Alice Notley’s 1998 essay […]

Toni Morrison Writes a Portrait of Primo Levi at <em>The Guardian</em>

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On September 17, The Complete Works of Primo Levi (edited by Ann Goldstein) will become a Penguin Classic. Though, as Toni Morrison writes, it’s always a good time to read Primo Levi, there may be no less of an opportune time to read Levi’s writings than right now. From The Guardian: The Complete Works of […]

Rediscovering John Wieners at <em>Critical Flame</em>

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For the journal of literature and culture, Critical Flame, Nat Raha reviews Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners, edited by CA Conrad, Joshua Beckman, and Robert Dewhurst. “Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015)” Raha writes, “is the first comprehensive volume of Wieners’s poetry to appear for nearly thirty years. Providing a chronological […]

Featuring the Vital Sesshu Foster

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At Al Jazeera America, E. Tammy Kim profiles Los Angeles poet, teacher, political activist, and undersung community-builder Sesshu Foster, “the author of four award-winning books of poetry and prose … an encyclopedist by nature, the Diderot of the neighborhood.” Kim notes that Foster and artist Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano have been compiling a quasi-fictional history of […]

Michael Derrick Hudson’s Problematic Turn as Yi-Fen Chou

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The troublesome pseudonym just got more troublsym. At The Rumpus, Brian Spears details the storm “set off by the bio in Best American Poetry 2015 of Michael Derrick Hudson, who has been publishing under the name Yi-Fen Chou,” as evidenced in the image above. Spears writes not of the poem in question, but what he […]

<em>New York Times</em> ‘Sunday Book Review’ Reads Recent Prose on Poetry

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It’s hard to keep track of all the recently published books of writing about poetry. Thankfully, there’s the Times’s “Sunday Book Review” correspondent, Joel Brouwer, who has been keeping track all summer long. From NYT: THE OCEAN, THE BIRD, AND THE SCHOLAR Essays on Poets and Poetry By Helen Vendler 444 pp. Harvard University, $35. […]

On the Margins: Poetry and the Refugee

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We transform the world but the world also transforms despite us. The world, our supports and repetitions, exists so that we can forget about the violence of the earth and go about our daily lives. But the earth is changing, and it will change the world and with it the sense of human existence. * […]

Sherman Alexie, Editor of <em>The Best American Poetry 2015,</em> on Editorial Process

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Sherman Alexie guest edits the 2015 iteration of the popular poetry series The Best American Poetry. At The Best American Poetry blog, he shares his thoughts about publication within the series (Alexie’s poetry has been included five times) and about the process of selecting the poetry included in this year’s edition. Like most every poet, […]

John Sakkis and Andy Fitch at <em>The Conversant</em>

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On the occasion of John Sakkis’s newest book, The Islands, (published by Nightboat) Andy Fitch (of Sixty Morning Talks fame) discusses the story behind The Islands with Sakkis at The Conversant. More: Andy Fitch: The Islands’ first lineated lines (“you can’t skip a rock through / the house without starting fires // you can’t set […]

Toby Martinez de las Rivas’s <em>Terror</em> Jousts With Geoffrey Hill’s Manifold Anatomy of Guilt

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“The first poet to rise to Geoffrey Hill’s manifold challenges is Toby Martinez de las Rivas,” writes Dai George for Boston Review. What might those be? How about guilt: “The reality of original sin—and the manifestation of sin in the slippery, transient, ‘coercive’ medium of language—haunts and animates Hill’s writing from first to last. We […]

Lisa Russ Spaar Looks at Books by Arthur Sze & Eleanor Stanford

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Once again, Lisa Russ Spaar looks at second books of poetry for Los Angeles Review of Books, this time reading Bartram’s Garden by Eleanor Stanford and Two Ravens by Arthur Sze (pictured above). These aren’t just any second books; Sze’s was published in 1976 and has an interesting historical context: “[Sze’s] first several books (The […]

September 19 is Just in Time for Omnidawn’s 3rd Annual Benefit

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Yep that’s right: Omnidawn Publishing’s 3rd annual benefit takes place this month (on the 19th to be precise) and features a talk by Ann Lauterbach, and exhibit by poet and visual artist Truong Tran, and a silent auction for amazing artwork by Norma Cole, Keith Waldrop and more. Tickets are $80 per person/$40 for students: […]

Elisa Gabbert & Chris Tonelli Talk at <em>The Conversant</em>!

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At The Conversant, poets Elisa Gabbert and Chris Tonelli discuss many great things, including the “writing habit, notebooks, public transportation, clouds, Frank Gehry, being boring, the anxiety of influence, AWP, readings and performance, irony, failure, epiphany, and the ‘perfect poem.’” What is the perfect poem?! Do tell: [Elisa Gabbert:] …Did you read Ben Lerner’s recent […]

‘Teach This Poem’ Gets Some Love from <em>LA Times</em>

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The Academy of American Poets debuts a new feature this month called, “Teach This Poem.” Based on the organization’s popular “Poem-A-Day” series, “Teach This Poem is a new resource especially for teachers. From LA Times: […] The perfect sentiment, I’d suggest, for Sept. 1, a day that is (for me, anyway) all about transition, the […]

Cody-Rose Clevidence’s <em>Beast Feast</em> Is Reviewed at <em>MAKE Magazine</em>

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Beast Feast (Ahsahta Press 2014), the debut collection from Cody-Rose Clevidence, is given a review at MAKE Magazine. Matt Margini writes that the book ” hurls itself at the challenge of creating a posthuman language with feral abandon, striving for a wilderness in language, of language, that might establish for us a vantage outside of […]

Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Vultures

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I wish I could have seen Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s show “Untitled (Vultures)” (1995). I grew up in South Florida where the vultures are constantly circling. It was actually not until I moved to the Midwest that I saw some vultures up close. There is a big, craggy rock wall out at a place called the Coralville […]

Back in the News: Richard Blanco

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We’re pleased to see that Richard Blanco is back in the news, this time for his response to the reuniting of Cuban and U.S. relations AND ALSO for his new role as the Academy of American Poets’s Education Ambassador. From WGME Portland: PORTLAND (WGME) — Renowned poet Richard Blanco of Bethel has a new position […]

Shin Yu Pai’s <em>HEIRLOOM</em> Project Gives New Meaning to Antique Apples

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How do you like these apples: Hyperallergic looks at Shin Yu Pai’s HEIRLOOM project, a “site-specific public art project that involves printing language on antique apples in Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park, Seattle.” The poet and photographer’s 26-section poem–written in the form of an abecadarian–is lettered on the apples with vinyl stickers; and it “invites […]

A Kind of Seduction

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Maya Catherine Popa’s review, “Forever Writing from Ireland,”  appears in the September 2015 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] When I was twelve, the thing to do, if you were twelve, was create a […]