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Wonder & Les Figues Announce 2014 Book Prize Winners & Select New Titles!

Poetry News

How about some killer contest news? Here’s one: Wonder has just announced the winner of the 2014 Wonder Book Prize, judged by Rachel Levitsky, which goes to Uljana Wolf for her manuscript i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where, translated from the German by Sophie Seita! This one is comprised […]

On the Translation of Later Poems by Paul Celan by Pierre Joris

Poetry News

Arlice Davenport of The Wichita Eagle writes about the collected later poetry of Paul Celan, published in December as Breathturn Into Timestead (FSG). Pierre Joris, the translator of this “indispensable, invaluable volume,” “preserves the abrupt estrangement of Celan’s German from the traditional metrics of his mother tongue,” writes Davenport. More: For Celan, the German language […]

All About Brecht

Poetry News

He seems all right… but was he really a psychopath? In its review of a new Brecht biography, The Partnership, Jacket Copy takes the case: The German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) inspired extremes of loyalty and antipathy. Brilliant, charismatic and seductive, he was professionally unreliable and personally deceptive. He broke hearts at will […]

Steven Zultanski’s Methodical & Tender <em>Bribery</em>

Poetry News

Just before the New Year, Ugly Duckling Presse published Steven Zultanski’s newest book, Bribery, an unabating narration of criminal acting and readyfound atrocity that “should be put on trial for the violation of United States obscenity laws,” as Ed Steck has put in his closing argument at Fanzine. Steck grasps the work’s tenderness, too: “As […]

‘I am a Revolutionary': Father Ernesto Cardenal at <em>NYT</em>

Poetry News

On the eve of a new collection of his poetry, Ninety at Ninety, The New York Times celebrates Father Ernesto Cardenal’s life and work. MEXICO CITY — ERNESTO CARDENAL is a poet and a priest, a revolutionary and a mystic. His poetry speaks of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Darwin, of Spanish conquistadors and pre-Columbian gods. […]

‘He hasn’t branded himself': John Yau on Anselm Berrigan’s <em>Pregrets</em>

Poetry News

John Yau writes about Anselm Berrigan for Hyperallergic! Importantly, this piece highlights Berrigan’s most recent book, Pregrets, published late in 2014 by Sydney-based Vagabond Press. Yau starts with the book’s author note: “I get an odd kind of pleasure from writing longhand underneath pre-selected titles, titles that seem to imply or propose a tonal space […]

Do You Wear Your Trousers Rolled?

Poetry News

Did T.S. Eliot invent the hipster??? The Atlantic is on the case: January 4 marks 50 years since the death of poet T. S. Eliot. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of one of Eliot’s most famous poems, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the work that thrust Eliot onto the modernist stage. […]

Against Explanation

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Tarfia Faizullah’s “100 Bells” appears in the January 2015 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] Almost every time I read “100 Bells” in front of an audience, someone asks me to explain it. […]

Rest in Peace, Miller Williams

Poetry News

Miller Williams, the Arkansas poet asked to deliver a poem on the occasion of Bill Clinton’s second inauguration and the father of Lucinda Williams, is dead at the age of 84. From The New York Times: Miller Williams, a poet who championed the power of everyday language and who delivered a poem at the Capitol […]

<em>The Guardian</em> Introduces Badilisha Poetry X-Change

Poetry News

Badilisha Poetry X-Change is a pioneering mobile site that brings the voices of African poets directly to the speaker of your cell phone. From The Guardian: “These days, the language of death is a dialect of betrayals; the bodies broken, placid as saints, hobble along the tiled corridors, from room to room. Below the dormitories […]

Happy New Year!

Poetry News

We’ll see you back here on January 5th, 2015.

<em>Real Kill List</em>, <em>Kill List</em>, Naming Names, & Delusions All

Poetry News

At Entropy, Housten Donham makes fundamental Josef Kaplan’s Kill List, using it to invoke recent essays on all things conceptual, drawing in both Barrett Watten’s “On Naming Names” and Cathy Park Hong’s recent “Delusions of Whiteness in the Avant-Garde” (which our featured blogger Daniel Borzutzky responded to yesterday). “Like many readings of Kill List, Watten’s […]

Special Interview With Marianne Morris

Poetry News

Marianne Morris shews us all with an amazing interview valuing poetic language in and of itself. At The Literateur, Vicky Sparrow talks with MM about her new book, 2014’s overlooked The On All Said Things Moratorium (Enitharmon Press, London, UK), intuitive composition, debt and art, mental healthiness, patriarchal language, and more things we are very […]

In 2015, <em>Entropy</em> to Merge with <em>Civil Coping Mechanisms,</em> Create <em>Enclave</em>

Poetry News

This just in! Entropy Magazine has merged with Civil Coping Mechanisms to create a new online literary community. This new entity will also host Enclave: a blog. From Entropy’s Executive Editor, Janice Lee, on Entropy’s progress in 2014: When Peter and I first launched Entropy in March, we didn’t know where it would lead us. […]

Nicholas Kristof Solicits Poems About Race in America

Poetry News

After discovering that “we need soul-searching about race in America,” Nicholas Kristof asked readers of The New York Times to submit poems about race, writing that “[p]oetry is a window to the soul.” After reading over 300 submissions, he’s turned the column over to verse. Some of the results, published on Sunday: Two readers used […]

Raymond Roussel Showed Pierre Huyghe the Way

Poetry News

At Blouin ArtInfo, a great piece on the influence of Raymond Roussel on multi-platform French artist Pierre Huyghe, the subject of a current LACMA show (which features a live dog!). “[I]t’s easy to see why Huyghe finds him interesting: Roussel’s books are largely descriptions of imagined artworks incorporating living beings.” More from William Poundstone: It […]

Delusions of Progress

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It is not enough to suppress the adversary if you do not erase her memory and her ability to organize an alternative project… In the face of this strategy, we can understand that the three primary functions of the testimonies are to accuse the executioners, to record the sufferings and the epics, to inspire the […]

Attention Bookworms (Who Are Also Sometimes Glowworms)

Poetry News

Word up, bookworms! A recent study by Harvard University scientists confirms what you might have already suspected while squinting into the screen of your personal reading device before bed: reading books, articles, anything from devices that emit light can make it harder to fall asleep. From Jacket Copy: If you’re looking forward to catching up […]

RIP Tomaž Šalamun

Foundation News

Over the weekend we learned of the death of Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun at the age of 73. Throughout his career, Šalamun published dozens of books of poetry in Slovenian and English, and he was awarded numerous prizes for both his poetry and translations. As a teacher in the US, Šalamun taught at the International […]

Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus: Holiday!

Poetry News

Happy holidays to you! We’re taking a much needed rest: see you soon!