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The New Yorker Remembers Bill Knott March 18, 2014: At The New Yorker: Robert P. Baird has written a great piece in remembrance of Bill Knott, who died last Wednesday. Baird notes the salt in the wound--Knott's fake suicide in 1966. Nearly fifty years ago, in the fall of 1966, a mimeographed letter made the rounds among poets, critics, and literary magazines, announcing that a [...] by

At The New Yorker’s Blog, Stephen Burt Admires the Reality of Ronald Johnson’s ‘ARK’ March 14, 2014: Must-enjoy: Over at The New Yorker's blog, Page-Turner, Stephen Burt gives a fine appreciation to Ronald Johnson and his book-length poem, "ARK," just published (as we've mentioned) in a new edition by Flood Editions this fall. Since [1996], “ARK” has been a cult book, not just in the sense that a small group loved it, but also in [...] by

Ukraine’s Best-Known Poet Injured in Protests March 10, 2014: Over the weekend we were sad to read about the injuries Serhiy Zhadan, the Ukrainian poet and counter-cultural writer, suffered during a protest in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Sally McGrane reports at the New Yorker: “Friends, with me everything is okay,” read the message posted on Facebook by Serhiy Zhadan, [...] by

All Aboard! Amtrak to Offer Residencies for Writers February 25, 2014: A train seems as good a place as any to get a little work done, no? After the novelist Alexander Chee, and the journalist Jessica Gross, tweeted about the pleasures of writing on an Amtrak train, Amtrak seems to have gotten the hint and is moving forward with a plan to offer free residencies to writers. The New Yorker clued us in! In [...] by

Reviewing The Poetry of Witness February 17, 2014: At the New Yorker, Robyn Creswell takes a look at the anthology The Poetry of Witness: The English Tradition, 1500-2001, edited by Carolyn Forché and Duncan Wu. Creswell begins his consideration of the book by looking at Forché's early poetry: Can atrocity be the subject matter of poetry? Carolyn Forché’s prose poem “The [...] by

At The New Yorker: Hilton Als on Hettie Jones & Baraka’s First Family January 13, 2014: A wonderful piece by Hilton Als on Amiri Baraka's "first family"--and moreover, the oft-overlooked Hettie Jones--is up at The New Yorker. Als recounts his days as a teenager visiting the family's East Village walkup: ...And what was better than sitting near Hettie’s rooftop garden drinking lemonade (with honey!)—there wasn’t a [...] by

Nook Unplugged August 7, 2013: Is it the end for Barnes & Noble? Maybe not for the bookish megastore, but for its digital operations, it's certainly a moment of transition. B. & N.'s Nook division lost nearly five hundred million dollars last year; and several weeks ago, the company's CEO, William Lynch, resigned: What's next for the last great bastion of [...] by

Will it Achieve its Nothingness? Reading a Poem Backward July 16, 2013: Brad Leithauser writes for The New Yorker about the art of reading a poem backward: Reading a poem backward is a distinctive experience, during which you’re typically asking not Where is this going?, but Can the poet justify the finish? In other words, Will the conclusion feel deserved? Say you read Keats’s sonnet “When I have [...] by

The Justice Scalia Poetry Game June 28, 2013: Amy Davidson at The New Yorker has proposed The Scalia Game: inspired by Justice Antonin Scalia's "repeated, urgent italicizations" in his argument against the case of Edith Windsor and his arguments against same-sex marriage. Davidson proposes that his italicized rant might be better suited as a poem. She writes: In a post earlier today, [...] by

Ben Lerner on Keith Waldrop’s Reissued Memoir February 26, 2013: In "Keith Waldrop's Haunted Realism," at The New Yorker, Ben Lerner writes of the poet and translator's memoir (Light While There Is Light, just reissued by Dalkey Archive) that "[e]ven in dreams, Waldrop is stuck with the merely real." It's a statement that contradicts an earlier faith in poetic imagination that Lerner connects to Wallace [...] by