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Make Love, then War April 27, 2012: In these days of a dying, raving and hallucinating empire, its best known poet, and a master at being anti-war, is accepting a Presidential Freedom Award from a cynical if affable, still, to many [...] by

A Conversation with Brooks Johnson April 26, 2012: [Editor’s Note: The following is presented unedited. The opinions expressed in this interview belong to those involved in the conversation and do not reflect the views of the Poetry Foundation. [...] by

A Conversation with Hugh Iglarsh April 25, 2012: When the Nelson Algren Committee was started in 1989, most of his books were out of print, and now they are available again. There is also the Nelson Algren Birthday Party, now in its 23rd year, and [...] by

A Conversation with Ian Keenan April 25, 2012: American poets have become politically irrelevant, for the most part. Like everybody else, they still have political opinions, but there are no real public venues for them to express these, not that [...] by

A conversation with Randall Couch April 17, 2012: I understand there’s a new film about Gabriela Mistral, and you were at the US opening. Please tell us about that, and who came to this opening? Yes, the Chilean filmmaker María Elena Wood has [...] by

Poetry is a Ho April 16, 2012: How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; –From [...] by

Poetry Sightings April 13, 2012: In Chicago, there’s a Poetry Garage, and, no, I’m not making this up. Why would I make it up? I’m too honest, earnest and anal retentive to make anything up, ever. The Poetry Garage [...] by

After the MFA: Some Questions for Jeremy Hoevenaar April 11, 2012: Encountering Jeremy Hoevenaar several years ago, I found him to be such a pure poet that I said, “Jeremy, you’re such a pure poet that I think you would only quit writing because you were [...] by

May a Chancre Lame You April 6, 2012: Poets are a beggarly lot, but no poets are more desperate than those who are on the streets, trying to push poetry. One has a much better chance peddling herpes, and yet, in several cities now, [...] by

Hunting the Poem April 5, 2012: Half of writing, at least, is getting your story. You have to position yourself in favorable places to get your material. Roam, and listen to people, for no one is uninteresting, no one, and almost [...] by