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Maria Damon Reviews Melissa Buzzeo’s <em>The Devastation</em>

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Maria Damon recalls a childhood dream, at the beginning of her LARB review, in which she and Artaud saved each other from terrible institutions: Artaud, from a psychiatric hospital, and Damon, from her strict girls’ school. The anecdote is one side of a bridge that readers cross on the way to Damon’s analysis of Melissa […]

Larry Eigner & <em>The Maximus Poems</em>

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As I mentioned in a previous post, among Eigner’s research materials I found his annotated copy of the first installment of Jargon Press’s The Maximus Poems. Of Eigner’s most precious possessions were only three publications that did not include his own work: E.E. Cummings’s Complete Poems, which Richard Eigner kept as it had belonged to […]

Poet & Novelist Maggie Nelson Featured at <em>The Guardian</em>

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Maggie Nelson’s newest novel, The Red Parts, moves onto U.K. bookstore shelves this week. At the Guardian, Rachel Cooke discusses two of Nelson’s newest books, The Red Parts and The Argonauts, introducing her to readers in the U.K. “Maggie Nelson’s short, singular books feel pretty light in the hand: into your bag they slip, almost […]

On Hayim Nahman Bialik

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Mikhail Krutikov reviews a new biography of the poet Hayim Nahman Bialik at Forward. The biography, Hayim Nahman Bialik: Poet of Hebrew, by Avner Holtzman, published by Yale University Press, is “insightful,” according to Krutikov, but misses a “key element.” While the biography addresses the intersections between national and religious identity in Bialik’s poetry, Krutikov […]

<em>Adweek</em> Introduces Mall of America Writer-in-Residence, Brian Sonia-Wallace

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Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace will be spending his birthday at the Mall of America this year. The Los Angeles-based writer is the site’s new Writer-in-Residence. He arrives at the Mall as the “sprawling complex” celebrates its 25th-anniversary year. At Adweek, Richard Horgan writes: “the Los Angeles-based poet is most uniquely qualified for this sort of work.” […]

A Crime Writer Exposes Her Relationship With the Poetry of Anne Sexton

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Karin Salvalaggio is the author behind the popular Macy Greeley Mystery Series (and more!). At Literary Hub, she writes about her relationship with Anne Sexton’s poetry, and the ways that writing poetry helps to inform the development of her characters. Salvalaggio: “There are few people who know I write poetry as my work is rarely […]

Timothy Yu’s ‘Not Silent’

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At Isthmus, Timothy Yu discusses the inspiration for his collection, 100 Chinese Silences, and why it’s important to address the current moment in poetry. Linda Falkenstein’s Isthmus article refers to his appearance last month on PoetryNow, the Poetry Foundation’s podcast: “‘Writing explicitly political poems is a very hard thing to do,’ says Yu. The message […]

Minnesota Public Radio Spotlights Bao Phi

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At Minnesota Public Radio, listen to Marianne Combs’s interview with Minnesota writer and spoken word artist Bao Phi. Phi, whose family immigrated from Vietnam in the 1970s and settled in Minneapolis, writes about his experiences as a son and a father with the lingering memory of violence, “part of my life since forever,” he explains. […]

On Pop Music: Daniel Johnson Interviews Michael Robbins

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There’s a fantastic interview with poet Michael Robbins at Paris Review. Published on the site just yesterday, Daniel Johnson asks Robbins about pop music, the recent stylistic shift in his poetry, and his forthcoming book of essays, Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music. On Taylor Swift, Robbins says, “The notion that a teenage […]

Dan Chiasson & Christopher Lydon Talk About Robert Lowell

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Literary Hub hosts a conversation between Chiasson and Lydon about Lowell, and in particular, about the range of emotion exhibited in his verse. Their conversation pivots off of a nod to Kay Jamison’s new book, Setting the River on Fire, which explores Lowell’s life and work from a psychiatric perspective. Chiasson remarks, “here’s what’s new […]

Anthony Madrid’s Limericks Shine at <em>Paris Review Daily</em>

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Paris Review Daily Correspondent, Anthony Madrid contributes a few good limericks to the web publication this week. Madrid wrote more than 300 limericks in 2013 until he was “made to stop.” Introducing the limericks, Madrid explains, “At first, they were a form of self-medication. In the aftermath of turning in my Ph.D. thesis and finally […]

<em>Literary Hub</em> Interviews Alan Felsenthal

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At Literary Hub, writer Thora Siemsen contributes a perceptive interview with poet and publisher Alan Felsenthal. With Ben Estes, Felsenthal runs The Song Cave, a literary publisher that also produces art editions. Lowly is Felsenthal’s first book. “Alan Felsenthal spent six years writing his debut poetry collection Lowly, a monumental work that feels chasmic,” Siemsen […]

<em>Paris Review</em> Profiles Fonograf Editions

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Jeff Alessandrelli launched Fonograf Editions in May 2016 with Eileen Myles’s Aloha/irish trees. The vinyl-only label has swept the poetry world by storm, and promises recordings by Harmony Holiday and Alice Notley to follow. On the Paris Review blog, Carson Vaughan introduces readers to the new classics: “To read Eileen Myles in print is, of […]

‘to remember is to be a poet’: <em>Creative Independent</em> Interviews Ocean Vuong

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Creative Independent’s Amy Rose Spiegel speaks with Ocean Vuong about his writing practice. “Every time we remember, we create new neurons, which is why memory is so unreliable,” Vuong says. “I thought, ‘Well if the Greek root for ‘poet’ is ‘creator,’ then to remember is to create, and, therefore, to remember is to be a […]

Nicholas Lezard Reviews <em>Silage</em> by Bethany W. Pope

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In Silage, the new poetry collection by Bethany W. Pope, readers travel through the “antiseptic” halls of American orphanages and into the narrator’s dreams. Pope, who grew up in the United States and is now a British citizen, found solace in books in spite of truly Dickensian conditions. “You do not expect to come from […]

A Previously Unpublished Jim Carroll Interview Surfaces

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At Please Kill Me, home of Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil’s latest projects, Margo Tiffen posts a previously unpublished 2001 interview with Jim Carroll, recorded at the Bendix Diner in Chelsea, where they were joined by Carroll’s friend Stephen. “He really opened up once we got talking,” Tiffen recounts. “After the interview, Jim and I […]

Kaveh Akbar Celebrates Franz Wright

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Kaveh Akbar has been hard at work on a portfolio of writing by and about the poet Franz Wright for Pleiades. On the web, Akbar introduces the memorial feature and provides a teaser—two previously unpublished poems by Franz Wright. “Yesterday was the second anniversary of the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright. I’ve been […]

Bernard Schwartz on Cultural Canonization & Poetry’s Ghosts

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Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center, Bernard Schwartz, contributes a thoughtful essay to this week’s edition of Literary Hub. Schwartz discusses Henry James and The Aspern Papers, Dylan Thomas’s ghost, and the systems in place to remember and revere poets after their deaths. Schwartz begins, “Dylan is dead right from the start. […]

On ‘Why Czeslaw Milosz Matters’ in the 21st Century

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In 2011, Andrzej Franaszek spoke at a conference about Czeslaw Milosz, focusing in particular on Milosz’s autobiographical Native Realm, and noting that many of the issues, situations, and philosophies that Milosz addressed “were things of the past.” The conference celebrated Milosz’s centenary and in the years after, Franaszek has paid close attention to current events […]

Failure’s Failure

From Poetry Magazine

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Phillip B. Williams’s poem “Interruptive” appears in the May 2017 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. 1. In the May 2017 issue of Poetry, Sandra Simonds writes, “Poe thought America was one giant cage.” She then follows with […]