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Thomas Lux Praises Bill Knott’s Crazy-Beautiful Heart

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Thomas Lux, the editor of Bill Knott’s latest selected poems, I Am Flying Into Myself, passed away early this year, while Knott died in 2014. To mark the publication of I Am Flying, Paris Review has excerpted Lux’s introduction to the volume. Knott and Lux were close confidantes. They met in Boston, both in their […]

Reading List: February 2017

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the February 2017 issue share some books that held their interest. Malika Booker I am reeling from the political events taking place on my news feed right now. The world is a terrifying place and the only solace comes from […]

Reading ‘the Gamine of Greenwich Village’ in the Bronx

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At Literary Hub, novelist and Emmy-nominated television writer and producer April Smith revisits “shocking” poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s influence on her formative, adolescent years. “Sex for the sake of sex? There is such a thing as female satisfaction? It was contrary to everything we believed. We knew nothing about our anatomy and heard only […]

Reading Report From the Occult Poetics Symposium: Ariana Reines, CAConrad, & Jessica Bebenek in Montreal

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Montreal’s Librarie Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore was host to a reading as part of last weekend’s Occult Poetics Symposium, presented by Concordia’s Centre for Expanded Poetics. The reading featured symposium headliners Ariana Reines, CAConrad, and Jessica Bebenek. Recapping the event, the bookstore writes: “CA Conrad saluted Montreal, his ‘February city,’ before announcing that he wasn’t […]

Morgan Parker Interviewed at <em>Nylon</em> Magazine

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Poet Morgan Parker talks to Nylon about her new book, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House, 2017), and its exploration of black womanhood. “What made you decide on that title?” asks Sydney Gore. “For all intents and purposes, the Beyoncé in the book is not Beyoncé Knowles-Carter,” says Parker. “It’s a reflection, […]

Christopher Strachey’s Love-Letter-Writing Machine

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Nephew of one of the Bloomsbury group’s founders, Lytton Strachey, Christopher Strachey was a programmer in the University of Manchester computer lab when, in August of 1953, he wrote a program to generate “overwrought love letters” from the Manchester University computer. No two appeared the same, due to Strachey’s thoughtful use of Roget’s Thesaurus for […]

F. Douglas Brown & Geffrey Davis Discuss Fatherhood in <em>Begotten</em>

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At PBS NewsHour, Elizabeth Flock meets with F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis to discuss poetry as a platform that engages with the complexities of fatherhood, in an age when growing up black in America is riddled with confusion. Brown and Davis met at a poetry retreat in 2012, and their conversations became fuel for […]

Chris Santiago & Viet Thanh Nguyen Talk <em>Tula</em>

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At Los Angeles Review of Books, Chris Santiago and Viet Thanh Nguyen converse on a range of topics, beginning with an exploration of the Tagalog word for poem: Tula (which, hey!, is also the title of Santiago’s latest book). Nguyen asks Santiago about how and why he explores this term: CHRIS SANTIAGO: Tula means poem […]

Gregory Pardlo’s Air-Traffic-Controller Father

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Gregory Pardlo’s father, Gregory Pardlo, Sr., was in the air traffic control biz. The poet’s story of defying President Ronald Reagan in 1981, hand-in-hand with his father on the picket line, is in the new issue of The New Yorker. “Ultimately, the 1981 strike was called to leverage demands that included improved working conditions, a […]

A Valentine’s Day Medley of Literary Couples

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Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers. To celebrate, we’d like to direct your attention to Literary Hub, where Emily Temple has compiled a list of the most (and least) beautiful, erudite, functional literary partnerships of the twentieth century. From prose writers to poets to essayists, Temple’s list includes a vast array of some of modern literature’s […]

Bill Knott Celebrated at <em>Jacket Copy</em>

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For Jacket Copy, Craig Morgan Teicher reveals one of his favorite moments in Bill Knott’s writing, newly collected in I Am Fying Into Myself (ed. Thomas Lux), and one of his favorite Knott poems, fiendishly absent from the collection. Along the way, Teicher teaches us about Knott’s life experiences, which lead to such startlingly original […]

#PoemResearch: Notes on Researching as a Poet

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Late in Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner’s novel about a young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, we receive this capsule description of the research project our narrator has successfully evaded and talked around: Maybe if I remained I would pursue the project described so many months ago in my application, composing […]

Wondrously Disruptive Conclusions to AWP 2017

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Publishers Weekly’s Claire Kirch went to the Candlelight Vigil for Freedom of Expression, held in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, on the final day of AWP. The vigil, organized by Split This Rock, and co-sponsored by 30 literary organizations and creative writing programs, featured nine speakers, “most of them prominent poets, [who] addressed […]

In Memoriam: Reading One of Tom Raworth’s Last Poems

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Martin Corless-Smith remembers Tom Raworth at Tarpaulin Sky. He also looks at Raworth’s “observing ‘i’” in what might be his last poem, “Previs.” Corless-Smith had permission to bring it out as a chapbook, he says, and points out that Raworth also published it on his blog. It is dedicated to Sean Bonney. He reads the […]

Frances Richard Reviews <em>The Work-Shy</em> for <em>4Columns</em>

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At 4Columns, Frances Richard reviews The Work-Shy (Blunt Research Group, Wesleyan University Press, 2017). “The Work-Shy is a book of spare lyric poems interspersed with a few pencil drawings, archival documents, and photographs reproduced in black and white. Yet these simple forms conduct us into a complex terrain, one shaped by holes: the fissures in […]

Filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan Discusses Poet Forough Farrokhzad

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Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan tells the Guardian about his romantic connection with poet Forough Farrokhzad. Known as one of the most significant voices in contemporary Iranian poetry, Farrokhzad died in a car accident in 1967, at the age of 32. Golestan had not previously discussed his relationship to Farrokhzad. Saeed Kamali Dehghan writes more at […]

Poetry Is ‘In’ at New York Fashion Week

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Fashion designer Tracy Reese invited four women poets to participate in her New York Fashion Week presentation yesterday. Reese describes her latest collection as a “celebration of the many facets of womanhood.” Those who inaugurated the event: Aja Monet, Leslie Reese, Jenny Zhang, and Dorothea Lasky. Reese’s fashion show took place in a former factory […]

A Report From the Most Unofficial AWP Off-Sight

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For Ohio Edit, Anna Vitale’s “The Top 4 Wants As I Heard Them at Simone White’s Unofficial AWP Off-Sight” thematizes the readings and presentations given last Wednesday by Montana Ray, Dia Felix, Judah Rubin, Jennifer Krasinki, Anselm Berrigan, Adjua Greaves, Bob Holman, Lee Ann Brown, Katy Bohinc, Laynie Brown, Matvei Yankelevich, E. Tracy Grinnell, MC […]

Nicholas Kristof’s Donald Trump Poetry Contest Winners

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When Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times held a Donald Trump Poetry Contest, did he expect 2,000 people to enter? Last week, he published the winners. “Some people stand up to President Trump in the courts, others in street protests. And the poets among us, they battle President Trump with an arsenal of verse,” […]

Kathy Acker & the Late 1970s Toronto Art Scene

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At Canadian Art, “Kathy Acker Goes to Toronto!” Jason McBride details the “evolving, competitive, fractious Toronto art scene” of the 1970s, and Kathy Acker’s visit in February 1979 to work with Rumour Publications, “a scrappy new publishing house–cum–art gallery.” “The brainchild of three York University students, Judith Doyle, Fred Gaysek and Kim Todd, Rumour was […]