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Write a Poem for Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana!

Poetry News

She may be royalty but there’s one thing that the royal baby doesn’t have: a poem! Carol Ann Duffy, the U.K. Poet Laureate, has again declined to write a commemorative poem for the royal baby. The Spectator invites readers to craft a poem of their own (up to sixteen lines) for the new royalty. Carol […]

Maggie Nelson Talks to Adam Fitzgerald at <em>Lit Hub</em>

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At Lit Hub, poet Adam Fitzgerald interviews the inimitable Maggie Nelson about her new book, The Argonauts, just released from Graywolf. “Have we progressed as readers capable of seeing works in the multiplicity of their intention, modes of arrangement?” asks Fitzgerald. “Do the classical handles ‘poet’ or ‘essayist’ still interest you, or do you prefer […]

Alice Notley Awarded 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

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Stop the poetry presses! We at Harriet are thrilled to announce that the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize goes to Alice Notley! The prize will be presented on June 8th at the annual Pegasus Awards at the Poetry Foundation. “In the true American vein, Alice Notley’s work has created and nourished a line of deeply […]

Bhanu Kapil & Fred Moten Read at the Woodberry Poetry Room

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Fan of Bhanu Kapil and Fred Moten? A video worth your watch was posted yesterday at Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room. For “Poet’s Voice,” on April 22: A riveting reading by Bhanu Kapil, who shared work from “Ban en Banlieue” (Nightboat Books, 2015) and performed a related ritual involving “urine” and milk, and National Book Award […]

Dan Chiasson Reviews Terrance Hayes and Deborah Landau at <em>The New Yorker</em>

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The New Yorker’s Dan Chiasson reviews new books by Terrance Hayes and Deborah Landau in the May 11 issue. Both poets’s recent writings consider the body (often, in crisis). From The New Yorker: A self-portrait by the American poet Terrance Hayes graces the cover of “How to Be Drawn” (Penguin), Hayes’s fifth book of poems. […]

Whitman’s Lincoln

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Walt Whitman was at work on a sequence of poems about national identity when Lincoln’s body passed through Maryland and Indiana on its way to Springfield, Illinois. As Martin Griffin writes in this New York Times article, Whitman never met Lincoln, but was transfixed by his role and legacy in American politics. From NYT: The […]

Rob Halpern on the Hypertrophic Novels of Taylor Brady

Poetry News

Fortune favored us this weekend, and as Rob Halpern read from his brand-new book, Common Place, for Ugly Duckling’s quiet Cellar Series on Saturday evening, we were reminded also of Halpern’s piece on the two novels of Taylor Brady. At Mediations, Halpern writes that Brady’s Microclimates (Krupskaya, 2001) and Occupational Treatment (Atelos 2006) are “hybrid […]

MARFITA: An Interview with Artist Josh Franco, Part 1

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I’ve known Josh Franco for about a year now. He teaches in the Art History department at Ithaca College, and I teach in the Writing Department. We both came to IC under the auspices of the Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship. Josh and I share a mutual admiration for the work of Gloria Anzaldúa, and in teaching […]

Kenning Editions Announces New Nonfiction Series

Poetry News

This just in: Kenning Editions has just announced Ordinance, a new nonfiction series (2015-2016)! Ordinance, a critical series, issues nonfiction writing in the areas of contemporary poetics, philosophy, politics, and technology. Ordinance as in coordination, ordinal points, and incendiary potential. Ordinance offers in chapbook form essays and other texts with greater stamina than yesterday’s feed. […]

<em>NY Times</em> Unpacks the Clever Art of the #Bookface

Poetry News

While traditionally, libraries are considered sanctuaries for quiet, peaceful contemplation: many are adopting behaviors common to social media as a way to stay relevant in the digital age. One trick, #Bookface, collects librarians’s and library visitors’s photographs of book covers matched with parts of their body (most commonly, as above, like a mask on one’s […]

All at Once

From Poetry Magazine

[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Karen Solie’s “Bitumen” appears in the May 2015 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog.] In reference to a recent speech by French President François Hollande, John Berger writes: “Historically speaking, he lives hand […]

Mary Hickman and Lisa Wells Converse at <em>Omniverse</em>

Poetry News

This month at OmniVerse, Lisa Wells interviews Mary Hickman. They talk about Hickman’s poetry, heart surgery, flesh and painting, Frankenstein, and the spiritual. Because we’re always interested in the day jobs of poets, we’ll highlight Wells and Hickman’s convo about working as an assistant in open-heart surgery: LW: Tell me about working in heart surgery, […]

<em>NY Times</em> Reviews <em>Ordinary Light: A Memoir</em> by Tracy K. Smith

Poetry News

Tracy K. Smith’s new memoir begins with the death of her mother, to whom the book is dedicated, then zooms back to her early years coming of age as an African-American young woman in Northern California. She began writing poetry while memorizing poems by Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti, Times reviewer Darryl Pinckney writes that […]

The Poetry Data Project

Poetry News

While we were out group-blogging for National Poetry Month, poetry news kept a’churning. One item we read in April that we bookmarked for re-blogging come May was the announcement of the Poetry Data Project at Queen Mob’s Tea House. The project is the brainchild of poet Donald Dunbar and statistician Rachel Springer, and it attempts […]

Spitting Venom: An Interview with Elana Chavez & Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Part 2

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I interviewed Elana Chavez and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta on March 28th in Oakland, California about their new Cantíl Reading Series, which features only poets of color. We met at “Books for Days” bookstore on Telegraph Ave., where the series is held to talk about race, intersectionality, colonialism, and what poetry can and cannot do. This is […]

Post-Poetry, Part 5: LulzPo,  Avant-Comic,  YA Poetry Mix-Tape


With a tip of the hat to Elaine Kahn and her mix-tape posts on Harriet, here’s a mix-tape of some of my favorite comic poems. I’m calling these selections LulzPo, or avant-comic, and YA Poetry to offer some possibilities beyond the kind of provocatourist schlock of, say, Tony Hoagland—the Dennis Miller of poetry—, and the […]


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Happy to bookend my  posts with another message from the Mongrel Coalition Against Gringpo: Some of these books have been published under different titles, but we understand it’s hard to read anything conjured by the misshapen brains of POC. This is why we’ve decided to celebrate a longstanding Western literary tradition by starting a series […]

Associations, Four

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10. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy And Its Consequences- John Allen Paulos I think I borrowed this book from my Dad in the 80s. There are roughly 7 billion people living today, every person has around 1 gallon of blood (women and children less), (7 x 10 to the 9th) = 7 billion gallons of blood. 7.5 […]

riffs on Paris graff : 9

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Street art in Paris is increasingly approachable, if not palatable—even potable. Someone had left a can of Dr. Pepper in front of Ender’s brooding angel (in my previous post), as a votive without any motive. “For 150 years,” according to the wrinkly plastic label around the beverage I bought last December, “the Perrier® bottle has […]

THIS IS MESSY, WE’RE NOT SORRY: Elegant Mire with Carrie Lorig, v. 4

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Carrie: i’m reading your piece on tract – trace “The ground is like a bad omen. You can drag a stone back to the place of departure and still be stuck in the temporary undercurrent (misread as undercut) of delusion.” Carrie: i don’t know how you want to start our discussion or how it might move over […]