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Capturing the Memory of a Fading Homeland Through Poetry

Poetry News

NPR’s Alice Fordham travels to Cambridge to meet Nineb Lamassu, a researcher who is studying the traditional epic poetry of the Assyrian empire, which spread into what is now Northern Iraq. At a time when the Middle East’s architectural heritage is gradually being destroyed by ongoing wars, Fordham explains how Lamassu’s work will capture the […]

I’m Trying to Wreck Your Mind, That’s All

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A few people have recently suggested that I write about my poetic evolution. In a poetry community it’s funny how a few can feel like a horde, a clamoring.  “A few people read my book and said it was important to them.” I’m not being cute. It feels big. I am motivated to think about […]

At the <em>New York Times</em>, Mary Ruefle’s New Wave

Poetry News

For the New York Times’s Book Review section, Ben Ratliff reads Mary Ruefle’s newest Wave collection, My Private Property, containing “short reports” on subjects ranging from menopause to dolls, balloons, and coffins. To contextualize this collection within her larger oeuvre, Ratliff writes “Most of her poetry books have included a few short prose pieces, which […]

Alexis Almeida Reviews Daniel Borzutzky’s Translation of <em>Valdivia</em>, by Chilean Poet Galo Ghigliotto

Poetry News

At Asymptote, new reviews of work in translation, including translator and poet Alexis Almeida on Chilean author Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia, translated by Daniel Borzutzky (co • im • press, 2016). “How does Valdivia—Ghigliotto’s birthplace and a city due south of Santiago—coincide with Valdivia, the realm of crossed memories, ghosts, mythical spirits, remnants of physical and […]

Zoë Hitzig Reviews Danniel Schoonebeek’s Well-Armed <em>Trébuchet</em>

Poetry News

At BOMB Magazine, Zoë Hitzig goes from Rahm Emanuel to Philip Mirowski by way of contextualizing Danniel Schoonebeek’s sophomore poetry collection, Trébuchet. It “challenges our contemporary American brand of capitalism and demands that we confront our own role in perpetuating it,” she writes. “Schoonebeek’s vision is one in which we ‘war’ against ourselves and destroy […]

Joy of Seeing: Benjamin Hollander Reviewed Julien Poirier for <em>Boston Review</em>

Poetry News

Benjamin Hollander reviewed Julien Poirier’s Out of Print (City Lights, 2016) for Boston Review. The editors append a saddening note: “Poet, editor, and teacher Benjamin Hollander died on November 21, 2016, while we were in the final stages of preparing this essay for publication. We are very glad to be able to publish this late […]

Anne Boyer on the Poetics of Post-Privacy

Poetry News

Anne Boyer’s new essay, “Clickbait Thanatos: On the poetics of post-privacy,” was published yesterday at Real Life magazine. The thesis seems thus: Poetry, which was once itself a searching engine, exists in abundance in the age of Trump, as searchable and as immaterial as any other information. As it always has, poetry experiments in fashionable […]

In Marcelo Morales’s Poetry & Photography, Many Worlds Coexist

Poetry News

BOMB 138 is here, and brings with it an interview with Cuban-born poet and novelist Marcelo Morales, whose newest poetry collection, El mundo como ser (The World as Presence, University of Alabama Press, 2016), “appears deceptively straightforward as compared to Cuba’s writerly tradition, which is so rich in stylistic complexity,” as interlocuter (and translator of […]

Julie Marie Wade Interviews Dawn Lundy Martin at <em>The Rumpus</em>

Poetry News

Third Wave Foundation and Black Took Collective Co-founder Dawn Lundy Martin spoke with Julie Marie Wade on a recent visit to Miami, where she spoke at the Miami Book Fair International, at the behest of Miami’s literary arts organization Reading Queer. “I was hungry for the chance to hear her read,” Wade writes in her […]

<em>The Volta</em> Reads Gladman’s <em>Calamities</em>

Poetry News

At The Volta Blog, Sam Lohmann reviews Renee Gladman’s Calamities, recently published by Wave. It “wrecks genre,” Lohmann writes. “Calamities is a book about writing and how to go on. The central, centripetal strategy is analogy, between genres, media, modes of action. To begin (or, the narrator finds eventually, to stop), writing has to be […]

Chinese Doctor Pens Poem From Cancer’s Perspective

Poetry News

A Chinese doctor, Dr. Zhao Xiaogang, deputy chief of thoracic surgery at Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital of Tongji University, realized his dream of becoming a published poet after a stint at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and at Washington University in St. Louis, where he learned that academic journals sometimes published poetry. The result, his first […]

Camille Rankine Interviewed at <em>PEN America</em>

Poetry News

Camille Rankine talks with PEN America’s Hafizah Geter for the PEN Ten series. “[A]s you read this, I’m tapping my foot expectantly waiting for her next book,” says Geter, who asks Rankine about identity, obsessions and influence, collective purpose, and how might the volume of hate in America affect her work. Some of their conversation: […]

The Best Job on Earth: On the Poetry of C. D. Wright

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[Editor’s Note: On January 12th, 2016, C. D. Wright passed away at the age of 67. Below, Brian Teare remembers Wright and pays tribute to her work and legacy.] In 2005, C. D. Wright published her first volume of lyric essays on poetry, Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil. It’s notable, the word vigil in […]

Joel Lewis Recounts Amiri Baraka’s Role in the NJ Poetry Community for <em>Talisman</em>

Poetry News

A new issue of Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics is out, and features an excerpt from New York poet Joel Lewis’s ongoing project/memoir of his relationship with Amiri Baraka, Speak No Evil: Amiri Baraka and Others in Hoboken. “Among poets, [Baraka] was gregarious, friendly, encouraging and a bit of a kibitzer as […]

On David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’

Poetry News

Did you know that David Bowie’s recent musical, Lazarus, was “initially conceived as a show about Jewish-American poet Emma Lazarus“? In this article, written for The Forward, Seth Rogovoy remarks on the conception of one of Bowie’s final projects, and the rock artist’s collaboration with novelist, Michael Cunningham. More: According to an essay written by […]

Coming Soon: An Unfinished Sci-Fi Novel From Czeslaw Milosz

Poetry News

BookRiot recommends poetry and fiction in translation published this month, and among the poetry picks from Rachel Cordasco are Czeslaw Milosz’s unfinished work of science fiction, The Mountains of Parnassus (Yale University Press), translated by Stanley Bill; and Things That Happen: and Other Poems by Bhaskar Chakrabarti, translated by Arunava Sinha (Seagull Books). More on […]

‘Everything will be a hormone’: Klara du Plessis Reviews Lisa Robertson’s <em>3 Summers</em>

Poetry News

Klara du Plessis reviews Lisa Robertson’s latest book, 3 Summers (Coach House), for The Rusty Toque. Recalling Robertson’s note to Charles Bernstein that 3 Summers is less a “book as a unit of composition” and more a poetic “grab bag,” du Plessis writes that the collection is unified by its “key words, thought processes, creative […]

Girls in India Make Menstruational Poetry <em>Glamour</em>-ous

Poetry News

According to a story published at Glamour, young women in India are writing poetry while on their periods and chasing away the stigmas surrounding menstruation along the way. “In India the subject of menstruation is off-limits to a much greater degree than it is here in the U.S., and for many Indian women, periods are […]

Amherst College Bets on The Frosts, The Poets, The Fighting Poets…and Hamsters

Poetry News

Well, at least you know what our preference is. New England Public Radio reports on Amherst College’s decision, since the ouster of their previous mascot, Lord Jeff, to select a new mascot in keeping with the school’s contemporary identity. School officials have been fielding a number of choices, including Purple & White (school colors), A’s […]

Animator Theodore Ushev Creates a Joyful Film From Lorca’s ‘Romance Sonámbulo’

Poetry News

Would Federico García Lorca have approved of “The Sleepwalker,” a creative interpretation by animator Theodore Ushev of his poem, “Romance Sonámbulo”? This is the question over at Open Culture, which featured the piece yesterday. It’s worth watching, if not for the (quite jumpy!) “purely visual language” (Ushev jettisoned the words!) of surrealist painter Joan Miró, […]