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Why I Cry: The Guardian Reviews Epic Volume of Men’s Poetry Choices, ‘A Real Tear-Jerker’ March 24, 2014: For the super heroes and cry babies out there, Simon and Schuster presents Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: an anthology of heart-wrenchingly emotional poetry chosen by 100 "famous and admired" men. The cover of a new collection of poetry should probably carry a sticker bearing Shakespeare's warning: "If you have tears, prepare to shed [...] by

Ferlinghetti’s 1950-2013 Travel Journals to be Published September 2015 March 18, 2014: You heard that right! We'll See You.... in a long long line that is already forming in front of several thousand bookstores. We can't wait! Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet who was tried on obscenity charges after publishing Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems in 1956, is to release his own travel journals, covering more than 60 years of [...] by

Imperfect News, but Art in All Directions: Robert Ashley, 1930–2014 March 4, 2014: Robert Ashley--composer, performer, librettist, poet, artist, and pioneer in the development of large-scale, collaborative performance works and experimental opera--died yesterday afternoon. From The Guardian: Kyle Gann, who recently wrote a biography on the composer, wrote on his website that he had received confirmation of the [...] by

Juan Gelman: 1930-2014 January 15, 2014: We are saddened by the news today of the death of poet and activist Juan Gelman, who was awarded the Cervantes Prize in 2007. The Guardian reports: Juan Gelman, the celebrated Argentinian poet and fierce critic of the South American nation's "dirty war" against the left, has died aged 83. Gelman was born in Buenos Aires but had lived [...] by

Rest in Peace Egypt’s Poet of the People, Ahmed Fouad Negm December 4, 2013: Very sad news coming from the Guardian-- Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm has died. He was 84. Negm died in the early hours of Tuesday, his friend and publisher Mohammed Hashem said.. Known as the "poet of the people", Negm's use of colloquial Egyptian Arabic endeared him to his countrymen, who saw in his verse an unvarnished [...] by

Geoffrey Hill’s Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012 Reviewed at the Guardian November 20, 2013: Today at the Guardian, Nicholas Lezard reviews the latest (and gargantuan) collection of poetical works by Geoffrey Hill. Lezard begins by reflecting on the fact that in 1985 no one would have expected such a prolific output by Hill late in his career: The 1985 edition of Geoffrey Hill's Collected Poems was, by comparison with this, a [...] by

Forward Prize Awarded to Michael Symmons Roberts October 2, 2013: NPR and The Guardian both report that "champion of spirit and self" Michael Symmons Roberts has won this year's UK Forward Prize for best book of poetry, worth £10,000 (about $16,000), for his collection Drysalter (Jonathan Cape, a Vintage imprint). The book comprises 150 "metaphysical" poems, each with 15 lines. The win comes after a bit of [...] by

Small Press Publishers Are Kicking Amazon’s *$%! July 23, 2013: As in any whodunit mystery, readers have been left to wonder who is kicking Amazon's virtual behind when it comes to bargains on small press samplings? the Guardian's response: small press publishers are the ones giving better discounts on small press titles than Amazon. Yes, the word on the street is: buy your small press titles directly from [...] by

Boozing with the Best at the Guardian July 22, 2013: Blake Morrison at the Guardian has been pondering one of the eternal mysteries of literature: Why do writers drink? "Does it help writers to drink? Do they drink any more heavily than any other social group – doctors, lawyers, shop assistants or (see Mad Men) advertising executives?" Hmmmm, not sure. We do know that such questioning easily [...] by

Special Delivery: The Guardian Reviews Airmail July 15, 2013: Incoming! It's the letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer! This weekend The Guardian reviewed Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer, edited by Thomas R. Smith and published by Bloodaxe Books. Looks to be a good 'un! See whatcha think: In 2001 a version of this correspondence was a literary bestseller in [...] by