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Beyond Conventional Translation: Anne-Marie Albiach’s New Collected Poems

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Charles Bernstein writes on Jacket2 of Anne-Marie Albiach’s collected poems, Cinq le Choeur (1966-2012), just published by Poésie/Flammarion. “This magnificent 600-page collection of one of the signal achievements of postwar French poetry, includes an afterword by Isabelle Garron and cover by Claude Royet-Journoud.” Bernstein talks about a translation he published of Albiach’s “Travail Vertical et [...]

‘The Soul of His Poetry is Here’: Wales Celebrates Dylan Thomas’s 100th Birthday

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Today is Dylan Thomas’s centenary: the 100th year of his birth. In Wales (and at The New York Times), Thomas’s granddaughter, Hannah Ellis (president of the Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain), Gillian Clarke (the national poet of Wales), Bob Stevens (the mayor of Laugharne, where Thomas spent summers as a kid), and Carl Thornton [...]

Amtrak Writer-in-Residence’s Tips for Awesome Rail Travel

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Since we’ve been following the start of the #AmtrakResidency program, you’ll be pleased to know that the very first writer in residence has completed his trip. In this case, that’s Bill Willingham, a longtime comic book artist and soon-to-be novelist. Willingham’s update, published at Jacket Copy, proves that a wonderful time is certainly in-store for [...]

Open Press

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I am going to talk about Open Press, a two-day literary festival that took place in Los Angeles this past October 11 & 12. Let me be clear: in no way do I speak on behalf of any Los Angeles community of writers, even though Los Angeles is where I live and work and have [...]

Friends Lasky & Fitzgerald on Cassavetes, <em>ROME</em>, the I in Motion, More at <em>GRANTA</em>

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Good gravy: Dorothea Lasky and Adam Fitzgerald are in conversation at GRANTA! “Like I want to ask you: what’s your favourite Cassavetes film? But maybe I’ll ask that another time.” (We’d go with Opening Night.) (Oh, so does Dottie: “OK, Capricorn, first, in case you were wondering, my favourite Cassavetes film is Opening Night. And [...]

The Ballast of an Interview With the Beating Heart of a Poem

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Jennifer Krasinski talks to Claudia La Rocco about poetry, performance, criticism, and more at BOMB Daily. We’ve been reading La Rocco’s new book, The Best Most Useless Dress, just out from Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited and with an introduction from poet Elizabeth Robinson (that cover is so tight) (writing is tops as well). La Rocco, [...]

Jennifer Moxley Remembers Helena Bennett

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Jennifer Moxley has a new website, and much of the content there already feels like an extension of her memoir writing in The Middle Room. Just up is a beautiful piece on the writer Helena Bennett, Moxley’s first “poetry friend” and former wife of poet Bill Luoma (who writes about her in his great book [...]

‘When you use a <em>you’</em>: Dorothea Lasky and the Poetics of Drake

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Dorothea Lasky, the Village Voice’s favorite poet, has a favorite poet of her own. And that poet is none other than rap superstar Drake. Yes, 27 year old Canadian rapper Aubrey Drake Graham. At the Huffington Post, Lasky explains why: Drake is a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me, Drake [...]

Boo! John Berryman on Halloween at <em>Academy of American Poets</em>

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John Berryman’s 100! Even if he’s dead. There’s much revelry in celebration of the centenary of Berryman’s birth, including at FSG (Berryman’s publisher) and of course, right here at the Poetry Foundation. We recommend starting the party at Academy of American Poets with this article entitled, “Henry at One Hundred.” It’s hard to believe that [...]

Dylan Thomas in New York

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The New York Times reports that a gaggle of events are sheduled, uh, we mean, scheduled, for this weekend in celebration of the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth. Yup! 100 years ago: October 27th, 1914. The events include a reading of “Under Milk Wood,” which premiered at the 92nd St. Y in 1953, and “Dylan [...]

FSG’s <em>Work in Progress</em> Celebrates John Berryman

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Wow, Farrar, Straus and Giroux is rolling out all the John Berryman goods in the midst of his centennial celebration. As we mentioned last week, FSG is publishing four new books of Berryman verse. To sweeten the deal, at their blog, Work in Progress, they’re publishing a series of reflections on the poetry and legacy [...]

Cecilia Corrigan’s <em>Titanic</em> in the Spotlight at <em>Publik/Private</em>

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Online arts and culture denizens Publik/Private spend a while with poet and performer Cecilia Corrigan on the occasion of her new book of poetry, Titanic. Learn more about Cecilia’s writing life, especially the way that she balances writing poetry and writing for television, here: How is writing for television different from writing your poetry and [...]

Congratulations to the 2014 Queer/Art/Mentorship Fellowship Winners!

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The results are in! NYC’s Queer/Art/Mentorship announces the winners of 2014 Fellowships! To create and sustain community among queer artists across the five boroughs, each year, the Queer/Art/Mentorship program brings together emerging and established artists as they embark upon a year-long fellowship process. From Out: Meet the 10 fellows chosen this year in five artistic [...]

The Separatrix Gives Us Our Fragments: Reviewing <em>MxT</em> by Sina Queyras

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“If anyone can write a Cindy Sherman still, Sina Queyras can,” writes Michaela Mullin at Nomadic Sojourns, of Queyras’s newest book, MxT (or Memory x Time) (Coach House Books 2014). Queyras, acclaimed poet and critic and very much known for her editorial hand at the ever-more-central Lemon Hound, has also made something of a “91-page [...]

The Drawings of the Broken Poem: On Henrix Michaux

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Gillian Conoley’s translation of Henri Michaux’s Thousand Times Broken (City Lights Books 2014) has been reviewed by Ron Slate at On the Seawall. Noting that “[i]n 1955, determined to evade his own habits as a poet, Michaux had all but abandoned the genre in favor of painting” and that he would vow over and again [...]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Applauds <em>Citizen,</em> by Claudia Rankine

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At The New Yorker, Dan Chiasson reviews (and very well contextualizes) Claudia Rankine’s newest collection of poems, Citizen: An American Lyric. The poet Claudia Rankine’s new volume, her fifth, is “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf), a book-length poem about race and the imagination. Rankine has called it an attempt to “pull the lyric back into [...]

Rest in Peace, Henry Braun (1930-2014)

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The poet, activist, and educator, Henry Braun, passed away last week according to Split This Rock and Daily Bulldog. Braun’s poems appeared in Poetry, The Nation, and American Poetry Review, among many additional publications. He was a teaching assistant and student to Robert Lowell, and a classmate and friend to Anne Sexton, at Boston University. [...]

The Navajo Nation’s First Poet Laureate, Luci Tapahonso

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Navajo Nation’s first-ever Poet Laureate Luci Tapahonso (also a professor at the University of New Mexico) talks to Natalie Diaz about what that position means to her at Los Angeles Review of Books. “For me to think about the laureate is like that same idea of honor, how people use words, words that aren’t really [...]

Pasolini Conference Calls for Papers

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Oh, how exciting! Our favorite poet/director/novelist/essayist, Pier Paolo Pasolini, is being remembered and celebrated at Yale University, March 6-7th, marking the 40th anniversary of the polymath’s death. If you recall, in July we made mention of the publication of Pasolini’s Selected Poems (University of Chicago Press) via a review in Bookforum. Pasolini’s Selected has now [...]

<em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em> Hosts <em>Girls of Spectacular Culture:</em> Brian Kim Stefans in Conversation with Kate Durbin

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Los Angeles Review of Books hosts a dialogue between Brian Kim Stefans and Kate Durbin in its most recent installment. Durbin and Stefans’s conversation centers around themes of authenticity and spectacle, and Durbin’s skillful ability to skip between film, valley girl, and production languages. BRIAN KIM STEFANS: You’ve done a lot of writing that’s based [...]