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John Yau Reviews John Koethe’s <em>The Swimmer</em>

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At Hyperallergic, John Yau covers John Koethe’s tenth book of poetry, The Swimmer. It is apparent, Yau writes, that Koethe’s study of philosophy has made him into a “philosopher poet,” and one who moves “from the particulars of a mundane memory to the realm of epistemology, which is the study of knowledge and the question […]

An Interview Series With Information as Material

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The Conversant’s Sofi Thanhauser leads off the first of three interviews with the editorial collective information as material (Nick Thurston, Craig Dworkin, and Simon Morris). “The series will explore the work of each of these three men both inside and outside of that particular collaborative framework. It is meant in part as a an exploration […]

CNN Money Reports on the Looming Sale of Langston Hughes’s Harlem Home

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Langston Hughes’s typewriter still sits on the shelf inside of his Harlem home that real estate agents speculate is worth as much as $3 million. CNN Money meets with Renee Watson, the Hughes fan who recently started an Indiegogo campaign to raise enough money ($150,000 to be precise) in order to rent the home and […]

‘Do not blame us if you go crazy’: Spanish Publisher to Unleash the Voynich Manuscript

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Hold your hats! Washington Post writes that Spanish publisher, Siloe, has obtained the rights to clone the Voynich Manuscript–a legendary 16th century book written in a language that no scholar has, thus far, been able to understand. Named after Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased the manuscript in 1912, the Renaissance tome by an as-yet-unknown author contains […]

Kanye West Poem About McDonald’s Included in Sold-Out Frank Ocean Zine, <em>Boys Don’t Cry</em>

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As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Frank Ocean’s new album, Blonde, has a three-cover publication-accompaniment called Boys Don’t Cry that was sold at various pop-ups in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, and London this weekend. Consequence of Sound tells us that it features a poem by Kanye West about McDonald’s? “The poem — entitled ‘The McDonald’s […]

Barbara Berman Reviews Millay <em>Selected</em> at the <em>Rumpus</em>

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At the Rumpus, Barbara Berman finds much to admire in the new Selected Poems of Edna St Vincent Millay, edited by Timothy F. Jackson, and with an introduction by Holly Peppe. Regarding the process of selection and anthologizing of Millay’s work, Berman writes: “Millay was often popular for superficial reasons, and as Peppe points out, […]

Sarah Hampson Reads and Ponders Emily Dickinson at the <em>Globe and Mail</em>

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Asked if there’s a book that “would make life on a desert island bearable,” Sarah Hampson remarks that reading Emily Dickinson’s poetry “provokes fresh thoughts about her personality. Emily is a friend you can never get to fully know even though you want to and will keep trying. The ultimate anti-celebrity, she remains largely inscrutable, […]

Bob Kaufman & the Legendary Co-Existence Bagel Shop

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Food and culture site Extra Crispy looks at the “beatnik bagel shop” that “never sold a bagel in its history,” but instead became a home for the Beat movement, hosting spontaneous readings in San Francisco’s North Beach by the likes of Bob Kaufman. More from writer Judy Berman: Kaufman is a fascinating figure too rarely […]

<em>Christian Century</em> Considers Adrienne Rich’s <em>Collected Works</em>

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At the Christian Century, Stephanie Paulsell recommends Adrienne Rich’s recently published Collected Poems: 1950–2012, with an introduction by Claudia Rankine, as the antidote to a particularly grueling election season. More: There’s nothing like a long campaign season to weaken our faith in language. Transformative political speech is so rare that we weep to hear it—as […]

James Galvin’s Return: <em>Lacunae</em> & More at <em>Washington Post</em>

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At Washington Post, Elizabeth Lund spotlights several new collections of writing to appear on bookstore shelves this summer, including James Galvin’s Everything We Always Knew Was True, which is being published after Galvin took a seven-year hiatus. James Galvin’s Everything We Always Knew Was True (Copper Canyon; paperback, $16) is a great summer read from […]

David Orr Suggests Another Reading for ‘The Road Not Taken’

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David Orr writes for Lit Hub about Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” Have we been reading it wrong? Probably, says Orr. More: According to Lawrance Thompson, Frost had been inspired to write the poem by Thomas’s habit of regretting whatever path the pair took during their long walks in the countryside—an impulse that Frost […]

Robert Fitterman’s <em>Nevermind</em>: Offensive? Magic?

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More Nevermind! Robert Fitterman’s epic re-fitting (sorry) of the classic Nirvana album is reviewed by Laura Theobald at Fanzine. “[I]t seems we haven’t had our fill of Cobain-the-phenomenon in much the same way we haven’t even begun to have our fill of the internet,” writes Theobald. “Maybe there is still a void to be filled.” […]

The Unacknowledged Legislators of the World Speak at <em>Poets & Writers</em>

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Who should advise the next POTUS? Poets, of course! They are after all the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Poets & Writers has taken the first step by bringing together a host of writers to offer their perspective on the future of the country and to give advice to the next president. Poets include Kazim […]

<em>WSJ</em> Considers Seamus Heaney’s Relationship to Book VI of the ‘Aeneid’

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According to WSJ’s Christopher Carroll, Seamus Heaney’s connection to Book VI of the “Aeneid” deepened as he searched for solace after his father’s death and the deaths of his friends during Northern Ireland’s Troubles. Seamus Heaney once wrote that Osip Mandelstam’s translation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” “possesses the poem as a musician possesses the score, […]

A Beautiful Portrait of the Visionary Madeline Gins

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At the Awl, journalist Amelia Schonbek devotes tremendous energy to a portrait of the astounding architect, writer, poet, and visionary Madeline Gins (1941–2014), who co-founded (with Shusaku Arakawa) the Reversible Destiny Foundation. “You know, I have huge responsibilities,” Gins said to Schonbek in 2013. “Pressing ones.” “Most architects generally want to design comfortable, visually interesting […]

Ancient Mexican Codex Confirmed to Be Palimpsest

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As reported by Leiden University in the Netherlands, researchers have discovered a rare Mexican manuscript–or Mesoamerican codex–dating from before the colonization of America. Researchers published their findings in the Journal of Archaeology: Reports, writing in the abstract that hypserspectral imaging was applied “in order to reveal an abundance of never before seen pictographic scenes hidden […]

Michigan National Park Signs Sport Poetry

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Detroit News reports that national park signs in Michigan are getting a bit of a facelift. In Michigan’s three national parks, the National Park Service has posted nature poems by Moheb Soliman, an Egyptian-American poet and artist. More: Visitors to Michigan’s three national parks this summer are in for a treat. In addition to the […]

Investigating the Death of Federico García Lorca

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Reported yesterday in the Guardian, an investigation headed by an Argentinian judge will look into the murder of Federico García Lorca in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. More from the top: An Argentinian judge has started an investigation into the death of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, who is believed to have […]

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I. The I in the Center of Experiment Giving myself the assignment to conduct experiments in joy this past spring was initially a way to shift my approach to following through on something I had signed up for on a more courageous and adventurous day. It was reunion weekend. I had to tell a story. […]

<em>Quartz</em> Reports on Chinese Poetry Translated Into Kiswahili for the First Time

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The Southern Chinese poet Jidi Majia always felt an affinity toward writers from Africa—Leopold Sedar Senghor from Senegal, Chinua Achebe from Nigeria, or Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o from Kenya—to name but a few. At Quartz, learn about Majia’s newest accomplishment: his book Maneno Ya Moto Kutoka China or Words of Fire from China is the first […]