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On (a) Space, Listening, & (a) Friendship

On (a) Space, Listening, & (a) Friendship

I don’t remember ever being introduced to the poet Matt Longabucco, nor do I remember the first time we hung out together. I want to have an amazing anecdote about the story of our friendship, but [...]

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<em>New Yorker</em> Introduces Readers to Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute

Poetry News

Although Claudia Rankine, the author of ground-breaking collection Citizen, explains to the New Yorker’s Lauretta Charlton that her newest project, the Racial Imaginary Institute, has been in [...]
A Look at Jean Genet’s 1970 May Day Speech

Poetry News

Today we’ll get things rolling with a healthy and helpful perspective from one of our favorite writers, the poet, novelist, and playwright Jean Genet—always words to fortify! At [...]
A Look Into ‘I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson’

Poetry News

At the New York Times Holland Cotter surveys “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson,” an exhibition of Emily Dickinson relics that opened last week at the [...]
Brandon Shimoda Delivers Talk on Japanese Internment for Inauguration Day

Poetry News

For Inauguration Day, Brandon Shimoda delivered a talk at the Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum, in Tucson, Arizona; and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has published [...]
San Francisco ‘City Arts and Lectures’ Honors Beat Poet Gary Snyder

Poetry News

Sean Elder of Lion’s Roar (“Buddhist Wisdom for Our Time”) spent time with famed poet Gary Snyder on the eve of his recent appearance at San Francisco’s City Arts and Lectures [...]
It’s Not Unusual: Trump Falls Into Republican Trend, Lacks Inaugural Poet

Poetry News

According to the Atlantic, Donald Trump (for a so-called outsider) isn’t breaking party lines when it comes to poetry. The newly-minted President hasn’t invited a poet to speak at his [...]
A Certain Poetic History: Peter Gizzi’s <em>Archeophonics</em>

Poetry News

Peter Gizzi’s Archeophonics (Wesleyan, 2016) is reviewed by Martha Ronk at Constant Critic this month. “The book directly raises questions of how one is to go about the writing of poetry [...]
The Self as Multiple: John Beer’s Essay on the Political Lyric Gathers Nathaniel Mackey, Bhanu Kapil, Melissa Buzzeo, Tyehimba Jess

Poetry News

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; [...]
Whitman on the Eve of Trump’s Inauguration

Poetry News

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

Poetry News

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

Poetry News

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’

Poetry News

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

Poetry News

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

Poetry News

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 [...]