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A Reverend Weighs in on Importance of Poetry Today

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Originally written for the Dallas Morning News by Rev. Joshua J. Whitfield, Philly’s Inquirer posts “an appeal for truth made as broadly as possible in a fragmented world”–that is, an appeal for poetry. Through the likes of Winnie the Pooh. “[As] Pooh, that philosopher of equal rank, put it: ‘Poetry and Hums aren’t things which […]

Modernist Poet Marianne Moore Inspired by Jews?

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Unlike many of the modernist poets—Ezra Pound for example—who exhibited “varying degrees of anti-Semitism,” Marianne Moore found poetic inspiration in Jewish literary tradition. At Forward, Benjamin Ivry speaks with Linda Leavell, author of the recent Marianne Moore biography Holding On Upside Down and editor of a reprinted edition of Moore’s Observations, about how Jewish culture […]

<em>Irish Times</em> Travels Back in Time with Paul Muldoon to 1916

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Irish Times reports that in a year when much ink has been spilled on the topic of politics in poetry, Paul Muldoon’s latest collection is as usual, in step with the times. Rising to the Rising, documents Ireland’s 5,000 year history (poetically, of course). More: It seems, by now, that almost everyone has encountered some […]

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The Poetry Project has announced its call for 2016-17 applications for Emerge-Surface-Be, a fellowship program that allows emerging poets the chance to work one-on-one with established mentors, while formalizing the “distinct yet unspoken pedagogical aspect of The Poetry Project’s programs while providing a unique opportunity to support, develop and present emerging NYC­ based poets of […]

New Rita Dove Mural Graces Hotel Wall on University of Virginia Campus

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“The world called, and I answered,” goes the line on a new large-scale outdoor mural gracing a wall on the campus of the University of Virginia. The line is from Rita Dove’s poem, “Testimonial,” painted by artist David Guinn on the Graduate Charlottesville hotel. “Wrapping around a corner of the building, a small sliver of […]

‘Customer Service Departments Probably Aren’t the Funnest Places to Work’ AND YET

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This week, a public, poetic exchange between Tesco customer Wes Metcalfe and Tesco’s customer care representative Rob occurred on Facebook. It all started when Metcalfe posted on the grocery chain’s Facebook page to report finding a dead worm in a cucumber wrapper. Soon after, funeral plans, an occasional poem, and hash tags in memoriam ensued. […]

At <em>London Review of Books’s</em> Blog David Bromwich Mulls Wallace Stevens & ‘The Donald’

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London Review of Books’s blog features a new post by David Bromwich on Wallace Stevens’s poem “Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz.” With its lines about mobs and political groups in the 1930s, it is startlingly prescient with today’s Donald Trump supporters. More: I’ve been thinking about some lines of a poem by Wallace Stevens […]

Now for Janice Lee’s Own <em>The Sky Isn’t Blue</em>

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Janice Lee day! At Berfrois, we spied this Jessica Sequeira review of Lee’s own The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), in which “fragmented ‘essays,’ inspired by [Maggie] Nelson and other past teachers like Eileen Myles, along with French theorists such as Gaston Bachelard, [Lee’s] dead mother and musings while visiting favorite places along […]

Janice Lee Lights Up Sueyeun Juliette Lee’s <em>Solar Maximum</em>

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Janice Lee reviewed Sueyeun Juliette Lee’s new book, Solar Maximum (Futurepoem, 2015), for Electric Lit! Reminded of Will Alexander’s writing, Lee writes that the language “magenetizes, ascends as ‘transdimensional movement’ and neurological transcendence, here in focus, the distance between bodies and the space and light that hold us.” More: Pierre-Jean Jouve writes that “[p]oetry, especially […]

‘I set about writing wanting to give you something I love’

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Music, I decide, and choose a favorite playlist. ♪  It’s my pre-show audio, a compilation of disco tunes I like to blast over the theater’s main sound system in the hour of prep before the house opens for Thingification, my one-woman show. It’s a go-to selection of yesteryear’s dance gems guaranteed to hype me up […]

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At LitHub, Chialun Chang and Cynthia Manick inaugurate a conversation about the editing process, racial identity, and more. The two are recents graduates of the Poets House Emerging Writers Fellowship; Cynthia Manick’s debut poetry collection is entitled Blue Hallelujahs and Chialun Chang is the author of debut chapbook One Day We Become Whites. More: CYNTHIA […]

<em>Salon</em> Posts Exclusive Interview With Imprisoned Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour

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After the Israeli government accused her of inciting violence via her poetry and social media posts, and following her subsequent confinement, poet Dareen Tatour speaks with Salon about prison conditions and about the realities of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails. We’ll start at the top of the interview: Can you explain what has happened since […]

Lucy Ives Considers the Ways & Means of <em>Prosimetrum</em>

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At Literary Hub, Lucy Ives calls for more work that mixes genre: “In the classical West sometimes this [kind of synthesizing of genre] is called prosimetrum. Elsewhere, I have liked terms like ‘miscellany,’ ‘saga,’ ‘postmodern novel.’ There are, it turns out, not just many ways, but many reasons to write a work bringing together groups […]

An Interview With Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez

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Los Angeles poet laureate Luis Rodriquez is interviewed at the Huffington Post, talking about (and to) his former self–Rodriguez was once active in a street gang, and is known for his memoir, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.–as well as his tenure as laureate, his current projects, embracing youth culture, political turning […]

<em>New York Times</em> Considers Daniel Nadler’s Poetry (And Search Engines)

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In addition to running one of the tech world’s most intriguing companies, Kensho, Daniel Nadler is a poet. After studying with Jorie Graham at Harvard, while immersed in technology, Nadler authored a debut collection of poems, Lacunae: 100 Imagined Ancient Love Poems. New York Times spends a moment with Nadler to learn about his creative […]

Poetry Leads Olympic Runner Alexi Pappas to Glory

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PBS NewsHour highlights Alexi Pappas’s path from poetry major to star long-distance runner. “She says she often thinks that running and poetry are alike. In poetry, ‘there’s such an economy of words. I love having absolute freedom within boundaries. And in running, similarly, there are limitations. You might have a certain lane you have to […]

Claudia Rankine Notes the Influence of Poets on Teju Cole in His New Book of Essays

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Claudia Rankine reviews Teju Coles’s new book of essays, Known and Strange Things (Random House), for the New York Times. “Cole shares [Harold] Bloom’s interest in the fraught and burdened relationship writers and artists have to our ancestors,” writes Rankine, “and he seeks to answer yet another question: How does the imagination cross and recross […]

Maya Angelou Reads Poem in New Apple Olympic Commercial

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Poetry and the Olympics! This time the natural pair is made anew with Maya Angelou voicing her poem, “The Human Family,” for an Apple commercial. Fortune reports that the poem ran during the Olympics opening ceremonies: Apple on Thursday published a new ad as part of its “Shot on iPhone” campaign, which will air during […]

<em>Truthdig</em> Reports on Poetry at the U.S./Mexico Border

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A collaboration between a host of agencies, universities, and individuals the Transborder Immigrant Tool is a “GPS cellphone safety-net tool” that directs migrants to safe crossings, and comforts them along the journey with a series of audio poems by poet Amy Sara Carroll. More: The technology, which includes a free GPS applet, was developed to […]

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The Guardian’s Alison Flood reports that international free speech groups and publishers alike are condemning Turkey’s decision to ban 29 publishers, using the government’s “State of Emergency Decree” to justify the move many are seeing as outright censorship. “The Turkish Publishers Association said that while it opposed the coup attempt, the closure of the publishing […]