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Formally Attributed Generic Feelings: Diana Hamilton’s Great Review of Rob Fitterman’s Borrowing of James Schuyler . . .

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Diana Hamilton reviews Rob Fitterman’s newest book, No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself. (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014) for Coldfront! This is a book the protagonist of which, as UDP tells us, is “subjectivity as a mediated construct—the steady steam of personal articulations that we have access to are personal articulations themselves already mediated via [...]

Bay Area Public School Announces Three-Day Symposium on Alice Notley

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The rumors are true: Alice Notley is coming to Oakland (with your help!). She’ll be invoked in Oakland, while present. And then celebrated. And considered. All in October. Announceth The Bay Area Public School: The Bay Area Public School is thrilled to announce ALETTE IN OAKLAND, a three-day symposium celebrating the life and poetry of [...]

‘writings writers write about writing have been curiously misread’

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If you’re ever wondering what the difference might be between a manifesto and poetics, look no further than “Poetics and the manifesto: On Pierre Joris and Adrian Clarke” at Jacket2. Robert Sheppard investigates the matter for us and finds this distinction: Battling the impossibility of being their own readers, writers are drawn to fuzzy logic [...]

‘The voice of someone who was almost crushed by oppression and decided she would fight:’ Minnie Bruce Pratt at <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em>

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On the occasion of the reissue of Crime Against Nature, her seminal collection of lesbian-feminist poetry, Minnie Bruce Pratt speaks to Los Angeles Review of Books’s Lisa L. Moore about the books’s creation and about lesbian motherhood today. LISA MOORE: What has it been like to see your first book, Crime Against Nature, receive new [...]

Beauty Has Won: Leigh Stein on Ana Božičević in New <em>NOÖ Journal</em>

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“I’d rather be endeared than alienated,” writes Leigh Stein in the new issue of NOÖ Journal! While we would rather be alienated than endeared, we’d argue Ana Božičević can manage both responses all-apace: Her Lambda Literary Award–winning book Rise in the Fall (Birds LLC) seduces Stein from the beginning. She focuses on the poem “About [...]

Robert Hass Awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets

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Today, the Academy of American Poets awarded Robert Hass the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement. The award was among a suite of prizes awarded by the Academy, totaling over $200,000, and given to poets at various stages in their careers. From Poets.org: Robert Hass has received the WALLACE STEVENS AWARD, which is given annually [...]

Safia Jama Unpacks the Shadowy Figures in Brett Fletcher Lauer’s Newest Collection of Poems, <em>A Hotel in Belgium</em>

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Safia Jama uncovers the strangers and shadowy traumas in Brett Fletcher Lauer’s latest collection out now from Four Way Books, called A Hotel in Belgium. The title of Brett Fletcher Lauer’s debut collection—A Hotel in Belgium—embodies the aesthetics of the poems, a shimmering alloy of detail and abstraction. The book opens with a frontispiece titled [...]

‘A Real Wide-Open-Type Palette of Dreams’: Paul Ebenkamp Readies Readers for Brandon Downing’s <em>Mellow Actions</em>

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You may be ready for Brandon Downing’s Mellow Actions but are you ready for Paul Ebenkamp’s review of Brandon Downing’s Mellow Actions? At Jacket 2, Ebenkamp takes on the task of psychically-prepping readers for Downing’s opus. Brandon Downing’s Mellow Actions is the latest installment in a body of work notable for its batsoid consistency across [...]

Claudia Rankine Talks to <em>The New Yorker</em> About Her Visit to Ferguson

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“Let America Be America Again,” the famous Langston Hughes poem, “has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Poets.org,” remarks The New Yorker’s Alexandra Schwartz. Claudia Rankine talks to Schwartz about the poem, her new book new book, Citizen: An American Lyric, forthcoming from Graywolf (read an excerpt at Poetry!) and, importantly, how Rankine [...]

Ben Lerner & Joan of Arc at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Poet and now-novelist Ben Lerner meets The New York Times at the Met! Parul Sehgal talks to Lerner about his forthcoming novel, 10:04, to be published on Sept. 2 by Faber & Faber, in front of Jules Bastien-Lepage’s Joan of Arc, “which depicts Joan swooning as she hears the call to battle.” “’What interests me [...]

Palmette

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David Larsen is the Swiss Army knife of friends. Poet, Arabist, visual artist, classicist, guerilla chef and hip-hop whiz, he’s that “gateway” person who turns you on to interests you didn’t know you had. He’s also one of the last people I know who uses the U.S. Postal Service. If anything besides junk or bills [...]

Hip-Hap-Hop-Hurray for the Winners of Krupskaya Press’s Open Reading Period: Erika Staiti and Marie Buck!

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The editors of Krupskaya Press have announced the winners of the press’s 2014 open reading period: The Undying Present, by Erika Staiti, and Portrait of Doom, by Marie Buck. Krupskaya Press will publish both manuscripts in 2015. Congratulations to both winners and to the editors of Krupskaya who write, “Thanks to everybody who submitted work [...]

Faber to Publish New Seamus Heaney Collection in Late 2014

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A new companion volume to Seamus Heaney’s New and Selected Poems 1966-1987 is set to be published by Faber & Faber later this year. The posthumous collection, which Heaney was working on up until his death, begins with 1991′s Seeing Things and continues to Human Chain (2010). More from The Guardian: A poem written for [...]

Iris Cushing Places Importance on Napping for WNYC Radio

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WNYC has a story about poet, artist (and co-founder/editor of Argos Books) Iris Cushing, who discovered a serene place to nap, read, and write while working on her MFA in Poetry at Columbia this past year. At Columbia’s Butler Library, high up on the seventh floor, Cushing “found her secret sanctuary during her first semester.” [...]

Raising Detroit’s Literary Profile With Write A House

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Poets & Writers’s Jonathan Vatner gives us a better idea of the Detroit-based nonprofit Write a House program, which aims to bring more writers to the city for the long term. As they put it: “In this case, the writer is simply given the house, forever.” More: It took a year and a half to [...]

Oh No, What Would Sylvia Beach Say?: Shakespeare & Co. to Close Its Doors???

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We don’t think that she’d be very happy about this Publishers Weekly item. Pictured here is the facade of Shakespeare & Co.’s now extinct Upper West Side store, which left Manhattan in 1996. Here’s to hoping that we aren’t already turning the page on another independent NYC-based bookseller. When Shakespeare & Co. shutters its downtown [...]

You Have Until September 15 to Submit to Emerge-Surface-Be!

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The Poetry Project’s second-annual Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship program is now accepting applications! In fact, you have until Aug. 31 SEPTEMBER 15 (just extended!) at one-shy-of-midnight to submit. Last year, we pointed you toward this great opportunity–what, $2,500 and a mentor, yes please–and then talked with fellows and mentors about their experiences–and would be remiss if we [...]

<em>Rain Taxi</em> Pores Through New Directions’s Poetry Pamphlet Series

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At Rain Taxi, Benjamin Paloff delves into the history of New Direction’s Poetry Pamphlet Series. The series, first introduced in 1941, returns, after a prolonged hiatus, with “beautifully printed” pamphlets beyond ND-devotee’s wildest dreams. From Rain Taxi: 1945 came late this year. It was four years earlier, in January 1941, that New Directions introduced The [...]

Keep It In Line

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A few weeks back on YouTube, I came across a video Guided By Voices made for one of their recent singles. In it, a magician sits in front of a dressing room mirror before a performance, practicing his tricks for the imminent show. The song’s lyrics, repeated three times in a kind of cryptic Greek [...]

Rest in Peace, Samih Al-Qasim: Resistance Poet of Palestine (1939-2014)

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As if yesterday’s news wasn’t bad enough, Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim passed away at the age of 75. In the 1950s, Samih al-Qasim participated in “recurrent oral poetic recitations at village gatherings” where he recited poetry that expressed resistance to Israel. As a result of his belief in freedom of speech, he was imprisoned and [...]