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Is Bob Dylan a Poet? December 18, 2013: ... or is he a musician? Dana Stevens and Francine Prose weigh in, at New York Times's "Bookends." Each week in Bookends, two writers take on pressing and provocative questions about the world of books. This week, Dana Stevens and Francine Prose discuss whether Bob Dylan’s lyrics make him more poet than musician. By Dana Stevens [...] by

Northwestern Student Protests Whitman October 15, 2013: The Chicago Reader posted a piece about a Northwestern music student's protest to performing a Walt Whitman poem: Last spring quarter, Northwestern University music student Timothy McNair, a master's candidate in voice, had a problem with an assignment in Professor Donald Nally's chorale class. Among the pieces the class was required to [...] by

A Wilde and Whitman One Night Stand? September 18, 2013: The Toast recently posted an enthusiastic piece about the possibility of an Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman, er, close encounter: Because mine is an evil and a petty mind, suitable more to wallowing in the sordid sexual goings-on of literary giants than in reading their work, I take every opportunity I can to inform people who may not [...] by

Google Glass and the John Ashbery Effect June 19, 2013: Thanks to the New York School Poets (blog) we found this article by Virginia Heffernan about trying Google Glass and the experience's relationship to poetry. In order to be one of the first to try Google Glass, Heffernan wrote a proposal to Google explaining that she would explore the poetry and grief of the technorati's newest accessory. [...] by

The Believer Reveals Something We Did Not Already Know About Ezra Pound And Walt Whitman May 17, 2013: -the story of Sadakichi Hartmann, a bohemian artist who befriended both Walt Whitman and Ezra Pound! Who the heck is Sadakichi Hartmann? Well friends, The Believer's Michelle Legro has done the legwork here and if you thought you knew all the crazy anecdotes there are to know about the great and powerful poets Ezra Pound and Walt Whitman, [...] by

On Depression, Poets, & Candy April 10, 2013: In high school a friend of mine, who was suffering through the relentlessly miserable alienation of a suburban public education, was diagnosed with “Emotional Disorder.” Emotional Disorder! She is, no surprise, a poet and artist. Don’t all poets suffer from Emotional Disorder? Paisley Rekdal so wittily describes the difficulties of [...] by

NYT Looks to Walt Whitman as U.S. Centers on Immigration Reform February 4, 2013: The New York Times's City Room blog reflects on the words of Walt Whitman in its consideration of the immigration reform at hand: City Room was reminded that more than 100 years ago one of America’s greatest poets, Walt Whitman, offered his own reflection of the nation’s shifting population and in particular the role of people of [...] by

Natasha Trethewey (SRO) on Whitman and the Civil War January 31, 2013: The Washington Post reports on PLOTUS Natasha Trethewey's recent lecture at the Library of Congress, in which she argued that "One hundred and fifty years later, Americans are still fighting the Civil War... The field of battle is now historical memory, and gatling guns have been replaced by symbols, but the contest over what sort of nation this [...] by

Walt Whitman Manuscript at NYPL: ‘Go, said his soul to a poet’ July 26, 2012: Ah wow: The New York Public Library just added a scan of a Walt Whitman manuscript to their Tumblr: "Go, said his soul to a poet." From the Berg Collection. More info: The manuscript is comprised of two unequal-sized sheets of paper pasted together. Note in ink in Whitman’s hand running along upper left says: “Scrap of Rough Draft / [...] by

Robert Pinsky Discusses Ben Jonson’s Speaker at Slate July 17, 2012: Slate posted a nice bit of poetry criticism by Robert Pinsky today. Using poems by Walt Whitman and Elizabeth Bishop as launchpads, Pinsky dives in to Ben Jonson's "On My First Son" to bring out the virtues of the poet as speaker: I'm moved by Jonson's “On My First Son” in what might be called a personal way: The first-person [...] by