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The Self as Mulitple: John Beer’s Essay on the Political Lyric Gathers Nathaniel Mackey, Bhanu Kapil, Melissa Buzzeo, Tyehimba Jess

The Self as Mulitple: John Beer’s Essay on the Political Lyric Gathers Nathaniel Mackey, Bhanu Kapil, Melissa Buzzeo, Tyehimba Jess

Quite an essay in Spoon River Review: John Beer writes about the political lyric as he finds it in Blue Fasa, by Nathaniel Mackey; Ban en Banlieu, by Bhanu Kapil; The Devastation, by Melissa Buzzeo; [...]

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Whitman on the Eve of Trump’s Inauguration

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Leslie Lawrence of WBUR (Boston) weighs in on a few choice reading materials in preparation for Trump’s inauguration to the White House. In today’s commentary, “If Trump Won’t [...]
PEN Translation & PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalists Announced

Poetry News

The PEN/Jean Stein Book Award–with a tremendous $75,000 purse–has announced its 2017 finalists, and among them is Tyehimba Jess’s Olio (Wave Books)! The new PEN/Jean Stein Book [...]
Elizabeth Alexander Recalls Her Day at Obama’s First Inauguration

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Elizabeth Alexander reminisces for the New Yorker about her day as inaugural poet. “This is a story about eight years ago this week,” she writes. “President-elect Barack Obama had [...]
<em>LARB</em> Pairs Poetry by Robert Pinsky & Tess Taylor

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For her series “Second Acts,” Lisa Russ Spaar pairs second books by Robert Pinsky (An Explanation of America, 1979) and Tess Taylor (Work & Days, 2016), which address the vexing [...]
For Many, ‘Writing is Really a Form of Democracy’

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As Marilyn Annucci, a participant in Madison Writers Resist, explains to The Cap Times: “Writing is really a form of democracy[…] It takes love and attention. It’s a process.” As with [...]
Reading List: January 2017

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the January 2017 issue share some books that held their interest. Farnoosh Fathi For the past two [...]
Open Letter From a Poet to the Alarmist Org Behind the Professor Watchlist

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An open letter from Portland-based poet Derek Mong to the right-wing Turning Point USA, organizers of the Professor Watchlist, “a catalogue of instructors who ‘advance a radical [...]
<em>TIME</em>: Poets ‘Find Solace in Verse’ on Eve of Trump’s Inauguration

Poetry News

On the eve of Donald Trump’s election to the White House, poets around the nation are organizing poetry slams, readings, and events, to resist the incoming administration and inspire protest. [...]
Announcing the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists

Poetry News

National Book Critics Circle has announced their 30 finalists in six categories–autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry–for the outstanding books of 2016. The awards [...]
Monica Youn, Writers, Protest Trump Administration

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Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewsHour shares his conversation with poet Monica Youn on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration this week. Youn, who is “not used to responding to particular current [...]
Discussing Byron’s ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ at BBC Radio 4

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At BBC Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg and his laureled guests–who include Jonathan Bate, Professor of English Literature at the University of Warwick; Jane Stabler, Reader in Romanticism at the [...]
<em>Talisman</em> Features Special Section on George Quasha

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We’ve been going back and taking a deeper look into the new issue of Talisman (we made mention of Joel Lewis’s essay on Baraka last week), and appreciating the generous portfolio of [...]
At 100, Henry Morgenthau III Turns to Poetry to Establish His Own Identity

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Morgenthau joins NPR’s Scott Simon to discuss the publication of his first poetry collection, Sunday in Purgatory, which arrives on bookshelves as Morgenthau turns 100. (He began to write [...]
Measure as a Mediation Between the Personal & the Collective: Alice Notley’s <em>Benediction</em>

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Steve Zultanski wrote about Alice Notley’s Benediction (Letter Machine Editions, 2015) for the Los Angeles Review of Books in December, and the essay is a don’t-miss, as it furthers [...]
Capturing the Memory of a Fading Homeland Through Poetry

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NPR’s Alice Fordham travels to Cambridge to meet Nineb Lamassu, a researcher who is studying the traditional epic poetry of the Assyrian empire, which spread into what is now Northern Iraq. At [...]
I’m Trying to Wreck Your Mind, That’s All

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A few people have recently suggested that I write about my poetic evolution. In a poetry community it’s funny how a few can feel like a horde, a clamoring.  “A few people read my book and said [...]
At the <em>New York Times</em>, Mary Ruefle’s New Wave

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For the New York Times’s Book Review section, Ben Ratliff reads Mary Ruefle’s newest Wave collection, My Private Property, containing “short reports” on subjects ranging from [...]
Alexis Almeida Reviews Daniel Borzutzky’s Translation of <em>Valdivia</em>, by Chilean Poet Galo Ghigliotto

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At Asymptote, new reviews of work in translation, including translator and poet Alexis Almeida on Chilean author Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia, translated by Daniel Borzutzky (co • im • press, [...]