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Kathy Acker & the Late 1970s Toronto Art Scene

Poetry News

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 […]

Angela Chen on the Japanese ‘Death Poems’ Tradition

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At Paris Review, journalist Angela Chen weighs end-of-life verse traditions in Eastern and Western culture. Born in China, Chen’s parents didn’t give her a name until they immigrated to the United States when she was five. Ever since, Chen writes, “I’ve long been fascinated by the traditions surrounding the words that bookend a life.” More: […]

Hoa Nguyen & Airea D. Matthews Talk Tarot at <em>Catapult</em>

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What is it about poets and tarot cards? At Catapult, Trevor Ketner is on a quest to find out, and what better sources for this inquiry than two poet-practitioners of the tarot, Hoa Nguyen and Airea D. Matthews. After learning how Matthews and Ngyuen prepare for their readings, Ketner wonders “what it is specifically about […]

Literary Agents Band Together in Open Call for Work From Muslim Authors

Poetry News

In the relentless wake of Trump’s contested travel ban, nearly 80 literary agents have released an open call to Muslim authors, aiming to “seek out unheard voices so that others can hear them.” From the Huffington Post: “’We all agree that the current political climate demands a need for a greater presence of authors of […]

A Playlist for <em>Poetry</em>’s February 2017 Issue

From Poetry Magazine

For our February 2017 playlist, we asked contributor Kiki Petrosino to curate a selection of music for us. You can read about her approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the playlist in your Spotify app. I wanted to make a playlist about longing for another world, or maybe: that longing for a better world-within-this-one. […]

NPR’s Craig Morgan Teicher Heralds a New Year in Poetry

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At NPR, Craig Morgan Teicher leads readers to this year’s most anticipated poetry collections. Looking at new writing from Danez Smith, to Marie Howe’s Magdalene, Teicher believes “America’s greatest triumph is its diversity: the multiplicity of peoples, identities, and voices all gathered and vitally alive in one country. Nothing attests to this diversity more profoundly […]

Pain Can Be Quite Alluring: Elisa Gabbert’s <em>L’Heure Bleue or The Judy Poems</em>

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The Critical Flame: A Journal of Literature & Culture has Matt Mullins reviewing Elisa Gabbert’s new book of poems, L’Heure Bleue or The Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016), wherein “Gabbert creates (or performs) a mind drawn out of a fictional construct: Judy, one of three characters from Wallace Shawn’s play The Designated Mourner.” More: Readers […]

Tom Raworth, 1938–2017

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In a PennSound Daily entry, Michael S. Hennessey relays the saddening news that Tom Raworth died on Wednesday, after a long battle with cancer. Raworth had prepared his friends, admirers, and readers for the prospect in a startling note in late January, setting off a few false alarms, as Charles Bernstein noted in a Facebook […]

Immaculate Heart

From Poetry Magazine

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Kiki Petrosino’s poem “Nursery” appears in the February 2017 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. I’m writing poems about miracles these days, divine transformations. All my life, I’ve caught glimpses of another world, fragments of strange […]

Diane Di Prima, Denise Levertov, Nikki Giovanni, & More Protest Poets to Read Now

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We know you’re all headed to AWP to lobby congress, save the NEA, thank the Library of Congress staffers held over from the Obama admin, protest in candlelight, and read poems in Senate doorways, so here are five poets you must, must bring along. From The Conversation: “Back in the liberal-compared-to-now days of the Ronald […]

An Introduction to ‘Kubla Khan’ at the British Library

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For you Romantics: Dr. Seamus Perry has written an introduction to Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” for the British Library’s invaluable Discovering Literature. “[H]e didn’t take [opium] to provoke a dream vision, but that (so he claims) is what happened, ‘in a sort of Reverie’.” More: The pleasure dome What did he see? The short answer is, […]

<em>Literary Hub</em> Presents: AWP by the Numbers

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The 50th Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference starts this week in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. In preparation for this year’s festivities, dotted with panels, readings, off-site events, and a bookfair, Amy Brady takes a close look at a few pertinent statistics related to M.F.A. programs, literary publishers, book sales, and hiring […]

Wayne Miller’s <em>Post-</em> Wins 2017 UNT Rilke Prize

Poetry News

The University of North Texas awards $10,000 each year to a mid-career poet whose work “demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision.” This prestigious honor, known as The Rilke Prize, is “named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we […]

Allison Carter’s Helpful Ideas for Self-Care as We Protest

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Los Angeles–based poet and licensed clinical social worker Allison Carter writes about self-care in the age of protest for Entropy. “May We Be Well” is arranged in four parts: “I Went to the Movies,” “Trauma,” “Trauma Responses,” and “Ideas for Self-Care.” The latter is broken down further. From that, an important section for the news-junkies […]

Lucie Brock-Broido Remembers Max Ritvo

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If you’re a reader like us, who never had the opportunity to meet poet Max Ritvo, Lucie Brock-Broido’s heartfelt remembrance is the next best chance to familiarize yourself with the brilliant young writer who passed away (too soon) last year. Brock-Broido met Ritvo, who became her student at Columbia University’s M.F.A. program, through the university’s […]

Interactive Feature Explores in Depth the Lives of Immigrant Poets

Poetry News

Published yesterday by Joanne Jeffries and Julian Yanover at My Poetic Side is an interactive map that features more than 50 immigrant poets, created in an effort “to delve a bit deeper into the lives of poets that have moved to the U.S. and who, if the [Trump-ordered seven-country immigrant] ban was effective at the […]

<em>Brooklyn Rail</em> Applauds Szymaszek’s <em>Journal of Ugly Sites</em>

Poetry News

Stacy Szymaszek’s Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals is a book about the self, Chris Campanioni writes in this Brooklyn Rail web exclusive. The notebook, a rigorous catalog of the ugly, the beautiful, the ordinary, becomes a complex portrait of the narrator. Nothing is unsightly or “too beautiful for the ugly journal,” she writes. […]

2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Recipients Announced

Poetry News

The 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund recipients have been announced! Alongside the inaugural winner of the PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature, this year’s awardees span 15 projects and 13 different languages, including Arabic, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Nepali, and more. “Each project will receive a grant of $3,870 to assist in its completion, […]

Rita Dove on Eloquent & Degraded Languages

Poetry News

The always-eloquent, always-insightful Rita Dove talks to David Masciotra at Salon. Their conversation focuses on the power of poetry to illuminate and widen our perceptions of the world, and Dove notes how essential the role of poetry is in an era of double-speak, factual erosion, and the degradation of the language under the leadership of […]

On the Power of Warsan Shire & Beyoncé

Poetry News

The Editor-at-Large for Literary Hub, Marta Bausells’s recent commentary ruminates on the state of international politics (the Syrian refugee crisis, President Trump’s Muslim ban, Black History Month) and applauds Warsan Shire and Beyoncé’s ongoing collaboration. Shire, who wrote a poem to accompany Beyoncé’s photoshoot announcing her pregnancy, immigrated from Africa and grew up in London. […]