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How an Antihero Learns to Die: Living as Poet and Librarian

How an Antihero Learns to Die: Living as Poet and Librarian

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Alison C. Rollins’s poems “The Beastangel” and “What the Lyric Be” appear in the April 2017 [...]

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<em>Bustle</em> on Why Brains Love Poetry

Poetry News

Not only is reading poetry good for your brain, as Bustle reports, but it appears that our brains are in fact “wired” to enjoy poetry whether or not we understand the verse. [...]
Jen Bervin’s Research in China Leads to ‘Su Hui’s Reversible Poem’

Poetry News

Jen Bervin spoke in March at the 2017 Shanghai Literary Festival about her work on Su Hui’s Xuanji Tu, “[o]ne of the earliest extant poems by a woman—also among the most complex and unsung, [...]
Rent Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom

Poetry News

At Jezebel, Anya Jaremko-Greenwold reports on a recent development at the Emily Dickinson Museum: visitors can now rent Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. The reservation costs $100 an hour, and yes, [...]
‘What the Lyric Be’: A Playlist for <em>Poetry</em>‘s April 2017 Issue

From Poetry Magazine

For our April 2017 playlist, we asked contributor Alison C. Rollins to curate a selection of music for us. You can read about her approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the [...]
Poetry in Principle

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Mind-degradable Manifesto I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to issue a manifesto like in the good old days, but any such assertion nowadays always seems to splinter into its ambiguities, [...]
Talking With Raquel Gutiérrez After the Geminid Meteor Shower

Poetry News

Today’s featured poet for Entropy’s National Poetry Month is Tucson-based (formerly of LA) writer Raquel Gutiérrez, who also runs the small press Econo Textual Objects. Gutiérrez talks [...]
Friday’s ‘Pizza Poetry Day’ in New Orleans

Poetry News

This is the fourth year that the city of New Orleans has celebrated Pizza Poetry Day, reports the New Orleans Advocate. As part of this most unusual writing prompt, students ages 6–18 are invited [...]
‘To find kisses pressed in books’: One Hundred Years of Gwendolyn Brooks

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In this year, the centennial celebration of the writer Gwendolyn Brooks, I attended the National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium aptly titled “Our Miss Brooks.” One of the conference [...]
Congratulations to Patricia Spears Jones, Jackson Poetry Prize Winner!

Poetry News

Poets & Writers announced the winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize today: Patricia Spears Jones! Each year, the prize honors “an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider [...]
<em>The Atlantic</em> on Patricia Lockwood’s Big-R Romantic Endeavor

Poetry News

The Atlantic’s James Parker considers the work of Patricia Lockwood–both her poetry and her sharp wit as exhibited on Twitter, how she “felt [the current political climate] in her [...]
ORS Poetica (now infused with ghee…)

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The inability to write does not arise from a drought, from one part of the trajectory of a being having exhaust in himself all marvels and phantasms, — no more than it stems from anguish (the [...]
A New York City Interview With Julien Poirier

Poetry News

This weekend’s edition of Hyperallergic features an interview with Julien Poirier by Jeffrey Grunthaner (“Going Crazy in New York and San Francisco: An Interview with Poet Julien [...]
<em>The Guardian</em> Remembers Tom Raworth

Poetry News

Geoff Ward has written a proper obituary for Tom Raworth, who passed away in February at the age of 78. “His work challenged the idea that the concept of nationhood could ever be adequate to [...]
Fourteen Lines: A Personal History

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I looked through my past poems in the morning and discovered I’d been writing the always somehow peripheral sonnet all along without understanding the forms of brief conclusive thought the poems [...]
<em>Hyperallergic</em> Reports on Growing Support for the National Endowment for the Arts

Poetry News

As you might have gathered from our recent posts about the National Endowment for the Art’s current limbo status, we’re following the headlines with bated breath hoping that the NEA [...]
Lisa Robertson’s Must-Inhale ‘Proverbs for a She-Dandy’

Poetry News

Lisa Robertson writes of the she-dandy caused by menopause–yeah, you heard that right–for Buenos Tiempos, Int. This is closely connected to Baudelaire: “…In Baudelaire the [...]
Aestheticizing the Stutter

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Although stuttering has a long history in the apocrypha of the West as an impediment serious enough to warrant correction (e.g., Demosthenes putting pebbles in his mouth to correct his speech and, [...]
Poetry Brings Solace to the Courtroom

Poetry News

In his New York Review of Books article “Poetry in the Courtroom,” ACLU National Legal Director David Cole writes about Gavin Grimm’s brave confrontations with the justice system, [...]