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In Talk Honoring Julie Ault, Cathy Park Hong Calls for Normalizing Culture of Refusal

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Cathy Park Hong recently spoke at Triple Canopy’s benefit honoring artist Julie Ault, where she used Ault and the political art collective Group Material as models for thinking through artistic resistance in the age of Trump. The talk was published at Hyperallergic this week. “We are artists not just by the objects we make, but […]

For Icelanders, Poetry Is King

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For all of its beautiful vistas and geothermal pools, it seems like folks in Iceland just can’t stop reading poetry. In the New York Times’s “What in the World” section, journalist Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura observes, from scientists to English professors, the majority of the population enjoys writing poetry about topics as diverse as genetics and […]

Jonathan Swift Was Indeed an Activist

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Anthony Madrid, otherwise known as our favorite Paris Review correspondent, has penned a piece about Jonathan Swift, who would have been 349 years old this week. “What was he anyway? Or never mind what he was; what did he think he was?” Wikipedia describes Swift as “an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the […]

Poetry on the Trail

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Does reciting poetry on the trail make “all the difference,” as Robert Frost once wrote? At Backpacker, Nick Davidson describes the joy of memorizing and reciting poetry while backpacking in the wild. In his introduction, Davidson remarks “Two roads diverged in an emerald wood. But unlike Robert Frost, I knew where I stood and had […]

On Ntozake Shange: ‘She Did Not Sound Like Anybody Else, Ever’

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Literary Hub posts remarks from Michael Denneny, Ntozake Shange’s longtime editor, on the occasion of her Langston Hughes Medal. Awarded to Shange this year, the medal celebrates influential and engaging African-American writers. On their decades-long collaboration, Denneny writes: “For me personally, this forty-year collaboration has been both sustaining and immensely rewarding.” From the beginning: I […]

December Cover Artist: Janie Stamm

From Poetry Magazine

Three wriggly snakes wound up on Poetry magazine’s December cover after a visit to my local street fair, Edgewater Arts Fest.  I was wowed by the many snake paintings, snake sculptures, and glow-in-the-dark snake buttons I found in booth #21. And after learning that the artist Janie Stamm has been creating a snake-a-day since late 2015, we knew we were […]

<em>The Rumpus</em> Interview With Gregory Pardlo: ‘This is a critical moment’

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At the Rumpus, Danielle Susi interviews Gregory Pardlo! It’s a beautiful lead: “It’s difficult not to become entranced by Gregory Pardlo’s story. His poems alone will deeply affect you, but what’s more impressive is just how deserving he is of the acclaim around his work.” More about Pardlo’s memoir in essays, Air Traffic (forthcoming from […]

Entropy Lists 60 Favorite Poetry Books of 2016

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Entropy lists its favorite poetry this week! Included in 2016’s “Best Poetry Books & Collections” are books that have had much buzz this year, like Hardly War by Don Mee Choi (Wave Books), Look by Solmaz Sharif (Graywolf), Blackacre by Monica Youn (Graywolf), and National Book Award–winner The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky […]

Cave Canem at Twenty: Reflections From ’96

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Recently, I called upon the mild mannered, ferociously enthusiastic cofounder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady. I was curious about his perspective on the last two decades of CC. He shared stories with me—how rare it would be to find just one Black poet published in each major journal. How it’s impossible to count the CC […]

RIP Benjamin Hollander

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We were saddened to hear of the death of Benjamin Hollander, who died on November 21st. At Jacket2, Joshua Schuster and Steve Dickison remember Hollander as a poet of conversation. From the top: Benjamin Hollander passed away from brain cancer on November 21, 2016. Ben — Benjamin Barry Hollander, called Barry by his family — […]

Stephen Burt Grapples With Poetry ‘in the Age of Trump’

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Like many of us, poet and critic Stephen Burt is still struggling to determine how poetry can matter on the verge of a “kleptocratic, potentially authoritarian, generation-long takeover.” At the Boston Review, Burt writes, “I have not lost my interest, nor my belief, in the powers of poetry. But my goals for my own poetry, […]

Sleeping in With Matthew Reed Corey

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Sector 2337, of Green Lantern Press, hosts a conversation between Matthew Reed Corey and Jose-Luis Moctezuma about the politics of sleep and consciousness. Corey’s latest project, Cream Rinse “investigates the architectures, grammars, and possibilities of sleep.” We’ll pick up at the beginning of their discussion. Jose-Luis Moctezuma: Your current project, Cream Rinse, “investigates the architectures, […]

From Pauline Oliveros & <em>Open Culture</em>: Twenty Hours of Sonic Explorations

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Open Culture gives the gift of deep listening, posting a reverent, 20-hour playlist of music dedicated to Pauline Oliveros, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 84. Oliveros was also a writer: The Times points out an essay she wrote in 1970, asking for the whereabouts of the “great” women composers. She “then […]

Forrest Gander Takes on Translation Project of Neruda’s Lost Poems

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A Forrest Gander essay about translating Pablo Neruda’s lost poems went up at Literary Hub last week. The poet and translator admits that he’s often preferred to champion terrific lesser-known and more contemporary Latin American writers in translation. After initially “shrugging it off” upon hearing that “never-before-seen poems by Pablo Neruda had been discovered and […]

Unfolding the Envelope: A Look Into Emily Dickinson’s Scrap Poetry

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Anytime is a good time to read some poems by Emily Dickinson, but over at the New Yorker, Dan Chiasson argues that the current moment may be the best time to delve into verse by the Belle of Amherst. Chiasson writes: “This is an extraordinary time to read Dickinson, one of the richest moments since […]

Reading List: November 2016

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the November 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Kaveh Akbar It’s a funny thing to be writing this again so soon (I recommended six new collections for last month’s reading list!) but I’m glad for the opportunity, […]

<em>New York Times</em> Steps Into Ishion Hutchinson’s <em>House of Lords and Commons</em>

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William Logan of the New York Times writes that “Ishion Hutchinson’s darkly tinged yet exuberant new poems are the strongest to come out of the Caribbean in a generation.” A Jamaican poet informed as much by the dissolution of his cultural heritage, as by the blossoming structures and imagery in Derek Walcott’s writings, Hutchinson’s new […]

<em>New York Mag</em> Recommends Poetry for the Holidays: Natalie Diaz, Cathy Park Hong, Gertrude Stein, Anna Akhmatova . . .

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New York Magazine editors are recommending 13 new poetry books for the holidays (that’s right, list-season is upon us). “Balms for the soul,” they call them! Writer Mike Albo gives you as much reason as any: “You are greatly helping out the poets of the world. Poets make zero money, especially from their books, but […]

Young Women Rock the <em>Guardian</em>

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From the inaugural Feminist Writers Festival in Melbourne to the stages of YouTube, an emerging genre of feminist poets are disrupting the discourse about their gender. Indian-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur’s “honest and empowering” poetry focuses on the more “unspeakable” elements of the female experience (“Her first taste of internet celebrity came when a photo of […]

Featuring Bianca Stone & the Ruth Stone Foundation

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Poet and artist Bianca Stone is featured in New England’s Take Magazine. Stone, one of three successive writers in her family–including her mother, fiction writer Abigail Stone; and grandmother, poet Ruth Stone–talked with Alexa Harrison about the Vermont-based Ruth Stone Foundation, founded in 2013 to “fulfill Ruth Stone’s wish that her physical and literary estate […]