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Books Received: April 2016

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Karen Leona Anderson, Receipt: Poems (Milkweed Editions) Cristian Luca Andrulli, Forti preludi (Edb Edizioni) Cristian Luca Andrulli, Rosso deserto (Albatros) Daniel Ari, One Way to Ask: Poems by Daniel Ari (Norfolk Press) Renée Ashley, The View from the Body (Black Lawrence Press) Bill Berkson, Invisible Oligarchs (Ugly Duckling Presse) Michelle Boisseau, Among the Gorgons (University […]

Reviewing Eileen Myles’s <em>I Must Be Living Twice</em>, erica kaufman Returns to the Substance

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New at Boston Review is erica kaufman’s “The End of Gender,” a review of I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975–2014 by Eileen Myles. Kaufman draws our attention to Myles’s new(ish) celebrity only to elevate the poetry: “This new fame makes it even more important that we return to the substance of […]

Robert Polito’s ‘Instantly Familiar’ Talk on Luc Sante

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“Poetry of Fact,” a talk on Luc Sante (among other subjects) that Robert Polito gave at AWP this year was posted at Graywolf Press in April, and excerpted today at Berfrois. “‘Already dead. . . . a corpse. . . . wrestled’—Sante’s spirited phrasing shapes a hard-boiled reformulation of Elizabeth Bishop’s famous invocation of a […]

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Now on view at Postmasters Gallery, Tribeca: the first solo show by Zach Gage. Gage is an artist who has been making digital poems out of Google’s autocomplete phrases. According to Hyperallergic, Glaciers, the title of the slow, references the “algorithmic changes to the stanzas, which have three lines updated each day.” More: Type a […]

May 2016 Cover Artist: Andrew Faris

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Poetry got an assist from Mairead Case, formerly of education and youth services at the Poetry Foundation Library, in scoring this month’s cover art by Andrew Faris. We reached out to Faris (and Case) for comment. Faris said: There is kind of an interesting backstory to the painting Rebound… A collector purchased a painting I created called Jam. During the shipping the painting […]

‘A Poet at the Height of Her Powers’: <em>Jacket Copy</em> Embraces C.D. Wright’s Posthumously Published <em>Shallcross</em>

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At Jacket Copy, Craig Morgan Teicher reflects on one of the first (though not the last) collections of C.D. Wright’s poetry to be published since her death earlier this year: Shallcross (Copper Canyon Press). Teicher writes: “‘Shallcross,” Wright’s first posthumous book (it follows a collection of prose about poetry published just days before she died) […]

At <em>Vanity Fair</em>: Jacqueline Woodson on the Revelatory James Baldwin

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Jacqueline Woodson, The Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate–and the author of over 30 books–has written about the importance of James Baldwin for none other than Vanity Fair! “The ordinary black lives he brought to the page were revelatory,” writes Woodson. More from this piece: For many in the worlds I moved in—both that of […]

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NewsHour’s Corinne Segal spends a moment with poet Shira Elichman, whose experience taking Lithium is the subject of her recent poetic inquiry. Using metaphors like out-of-service subway cars sent to the bottom of the ocean to help coral reefs grow, Erlichman reflects on the debate surrounding the “natural” impacts of mental health medications. More: At […]

As She Shuts Down <em>Bookslut</em>, Jessa Crispin Doesn’t Mince Words

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Well, the final issue of Bookslut has arrived! Editor Jessa Crispin talks about the decision to shut down the journal at Vulture, and she’s beyond refreshing: “There’s always space to do whatever you want. You won’t get as much attention, but fuck attention. Fight for integrity.” More from Crispin’s conversation with Boris Kachka: A couple […]

Kathryn Harrison Discusses Her Favorite Passage of Joseph Brodsky’s Writing, at the <em>Atlantic</em>

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Kathryn Harrison is the author of True Crimes: A Family Album. At the Atlantic Harrison shares one of her tips for writing students (“stop thinking”) and reflects on her favorite Joseph Brodsky poem: “On Love.” Kathryn Harrison: I don’t know when I first encountered Joseph Brodsky’s poem “On Love,” but I know what reawakened my […]

<em>VICE</em> Sits Down With the Wildly Successful Rupi Kaur

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VICE features 23 year-old Toronto-based poet Rupi Kaur. Neha Chandrachud writes that she’s “challenged our standard definition of what it means to become an instant media and literary darling.” Kaur has over 400,000 Instagram followers, “a wildly successful book, and virtually no shrewd marketing strategy.” “Daily VICE’s Aakanksha Tangri sat down with Rupi to discuss […]

Obsessed With Wendy Xu Forever

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At Divedapper, a conversation with Wendy Xu, author of the forthcoming Phrasis (Fence Books Ottoline Prize, 2017) and You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Press, 2013) (shown above). “I … like the idea that one of the superpowers of the poet is to offer an alternative to reality that is superior in some way,” […]

Jericho Brown Covering Distance at <em>Boston Review</em>

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At Boston Review, Jericho Brown considers how poets traverse the often long and chilly days, weeks, or months between poems. He begins by thinking about how the ideas of happiness (a short lived sensation) and joy (longer, deeper, and irrational) were inculcated in him through the church where he grew up. Brown remarks on how […]

Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan Dies at 94

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Over the weekend the New York Times reported on the death of Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet remembered for his political activism and commitment to social justice, along with his spiritually and politically charged verse. Daniel Lewis at the NYT reports: The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet whose […]

University of Houston Graduate Student Discovers Whitman’s ‘Manly Health’

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Recently, while surfing “digital databases of 19th century magazines,” University of Houston graduate student in English Zachary Turpin, uncovered Walt Whitman’s lost series of articles on health and wellness (for men) called “Manly Health.” Whitman wrote this particular series under the pen name “Mose Velsor” for the New York Atlas. According to the New York […]

NPR Interviews Jimmy Santiago Baca

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On NPR’s “All Things Considered” learn about how poetry saved former prison inmate, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and read about his path to award-winning writer. Baca is now the final judge for Words Unlocked: the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings’s annual poetry curriculum and competition. More: The way Jimmy Santiago Baca tells it, poetry […]

Proximate Shadowing: Translation as Radical Transparency and Excess

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Ask Jen Hofer what she’s working on and the answer will be something like: I’m translating four books, writing a few of my own, teaching, interpreting for Spanish-speakers in the Los Angeles County court system and advocating through Antena Los Ángeles (antenalosangeles.org), the collaborative she co-founded with Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, for spaces (unlike the […]

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The festival runs through this weekend and spotlights poetry’s various connections with activism. As the festival’s Executive Director January Gill O’Neil remarks “poetry readings are an opportunity for listeners to realize they’re not alone, that others share similar feelings.” More: “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs […]

<em>New York Times</em> Reveals More Details about Warsan Shire

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After the release of Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, this weekend, media outlets have lauded Warsan Shire, the poet whose work is featured in Beyoncé’s new work. At New York Times, Amanda Hess reveals more details about Shire: that she can be “sneaky” and how her work was “tailored” for the video. More: When the credits […]

Twists and Turns in the Bowels of the Neon Dragon: A Dream Maze

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Notes for national corpse month, continued: Do dreams require belief? A system, like a machine with a dream at one end and belief at the other, each produced by the marvelous play of presences (Jackie Wang, below) manifested by the lights and mirrored bellows between? I ask this question in avoidance of another: How can […]