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Saving the NEA, One Letter & Vigil at a Time

Poetry News

The Chancellors of the Academy of the American Poets have published a letter expressing their support of federal funding for the arts and humanities, particularly for the NEA and the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities). They write: These Endowments have, over the past fifty years, fostered an educated, broadly informed, and creative America at […]

Cornelia Barber: ‘Girls stealing is inevitably a stealing back’

Poetry News

Holy smokes: Cornelia Barber’s new essay on Fanzine writes across “bad” writing, focusing on the work of Jasmine Gibson, Diana Hamilton, Jennifer Tamayo, Dolores Dorantes, and Jen Hofer. (You might recall Hamilton’s poem “Essay on Bad Writing.”) Writes Barber: “The initial cover up is that Diana is actually a good writer, writing a ‘good poem’ […]

Danny Snelson Interviewed for Make (No) Bones Podcast Series!

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You must listen to this podcast with the brilliant Danny Snelson at Make (No) Bones. Snelson is interviewed by Toby Altman and Emily Barton Altman in Chicago; and reads from the index of a piece called Apocalypse Diary. Also make sure to check out the other interviews at Make (No) Bones. They’ve got Tyehimba Jess, […]

Reading William Herebert for Lent

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It’s been a minute since poet and medieval preacher William Herebert walked on Earth. Centuries, in fact. But the Catholic Herald points out that his, and many other friars’ contributions to English verse are still relevant. Herebert was one of the first to translate hymnns from Latin to verse in English. Eleanor Parker writes, “He […]

‘Sorrow Sells’: <em>The New Yorker</em> Ventures Into the Life of an Insta-Poet

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What inspires tormented souls to pen verses for Instagram? In her article, “The Life of an Instagram Poet,” Sheila Marikar introduces New Yorker readers to one such bard. Reuben Holmes, who goes by r.H. Sin on Instagram, made his living writing social media content during the Internet boom, but Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” inspired […]

From ‘Nobody’ to Somebody: The Morgan Library Brings Emily Dickinson in Context

Poetry News

Meanwhile, PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown visited The Morgan Library yesterday to learn about Emily Dickinson. The poet who has for decades been shrouded by her reputation for wearing white dresses and being somewhat of a recluse is the subject of a new exhibition at The Morgan entitled “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” This exhibition, curated […]

Poetry News

At Guernica, Kameelah Rasheed, visual artist, history teacher, and the official archivist for Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, discusses (among many other topics) the frustrating ways that we learn about history in the United States and the impact that poet Susan Howe has on her art practice right now. In conversation with Imani […]

Echo (A Deaf Sequence)

From Poetry Magazine

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Raymond Antrobus’s poem “Echo” appears in the March 2017 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. I. Echo  “Echo” is a five-poem sequence first published in the March issue of Poetry. Initially, I was attempting to write […]

The Oppens Featured at <em>The New Yorker</em>

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The New Yorker’s Miranda Popkey looks into the shared life of Mary and George Oppen, beginning with their decision in 1935 to turn away from their art practices in order to commit themselves to the political struggles of the 1930s. Popkey uses Mary’s 1978 memoir, Meaning a Life, to examine the Oppens’s shared values in […]

Philippe Soupault’s <em>Lost Profiles</em> Reviewed at <em>Hyperallergic</em>

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We have Philippe Soupault, City Lights, and Joseph Nechvatal at Hyperallergic to thank for setting the record straight on Surrealism as it rose to prominence as a leading movement of the Parisian avant garde in the 1920s. And of course we also have Alan Bernheimer to thank for translating Soupault’s Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, […]

Women Poets & Translators to Read Today, March 8, 2017

Poetry News

Quel better way to mark International Women’s Day 2017 than to read women authors! Over at Modern Poetry in Translation, they’ve chosen ten “brilliant” women poets and translators for you to pore over. See you at the woman-owned café, and afterward, in the streets, m’dears. Here’s the first few: 1. Kim Hyesoon and translator Don […]

Poets Cast ‘Golden Shovels’ for Gwendolyn Brooks

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At PBS NewsHour, Elizabeth Flock delves into a new anthology, co-edited by Peter Kahn, Patricia Smith, and Ravi Shankar, which pays homage to Gwendolyn Brooks’s poetry. The foreword, written by Terrance Hayes, explains why poets included in the anthology were instructed to write within the “golden shovel” form. Inspired by Hayes’s 2010 poem, “The Golden […]

The ‘Post-Monolingual’ Poetry of Uljana Wolf

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German studies scholar Heidi Hart writes about Uljana Wolf for Music & Literature, noting Wolf’s nod to Rosmarie Waldrop’s essay collection, Gap Gardening: “Here in the younger poet Uljana Wolf’s stretching lace, in her expanding string of familial islands, in the tongue’s guerilla garden, poetry points out the places where monolingual identification breaks down.” More […]

Barry Schwabsky Casts a Keen Eye on Marjorie Welish’<em>s So What So That</em>

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In his Diary, Barry Schwabsky guides Hyperallergic readers into new work by American poet Marjorie Welish. Taking a queue from the American jazz artist Thelonious Monk, Welish’s new collection promises the opportunity for multiple interpretations, Schwabsky writes, with its jazz-like riffs on familiar phrases, as in her poem aptly titled “You Needn’t,” and her Monk-like […]

Laura Wetherington on the Power of Listening in Uncertain Times

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At the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s blog, 1508, Laura Wetherington discusses the reasons why poetry matters so much to readers, writers, and publishers in moments of political uncertainty (like now). She writes, “In the days and weeks following the latest U.S. election, poetry listicles began to mushroom. It’s clear that we look to poetry […]

Poetry as Self-Help: An Interview With Eleni Sikelianos

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“The title of Eleni Sikelianos’s latest collection of poetry, Make Yourself Happy, is a timely imperative for the new Dark Ages in which we find ourselves,” writes Srikanth Reddy for BOMB. Make Yourself Happy, published early last year, is Sikelianos’s fifth book from Coffee House. “Whether Sikelianos is writing about making a paper globe, making […]

Watching His Language

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“Filipino time, Mr Javier!” Fel Santos says out loud when I arrive ten minutes late to our meeting at Carmine’s on Broadway. Sporting a black New York Rangers hat, fashionable goatee, and a slick new pair of horn-rimmed glasses, he welcomes me to the table with a warm hug. I’m almost convinced this mercurial sound […]

On a Mission: Another Look at Jack Kerouac’s <em>Collected Poems</em>

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Last week, alongside The Unknown Kerouac and Old Angel Midnight, Jules Smith considered Jack Kerouac’s Collected Poems (Library of America, 2012), edited by Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, for the Times Literary Supplement. In part: The sheer size of his Collected Poems attests to Kerouac’s energy in a whole variety of forms, including sonnets, psalms and even the […]

<em>Literary Hub</em> on Poetry as a Medium for Celebrities’ Cause Célèbre

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From Lindsay Lohan to James Franco, celebrities have a habit of dalliances with poetry. Most of the time, Literary Hub writer Philippa Snow writes, their experiments with the genre don’t yield great results, despite their verse’s charms. “Like most teens, they sometimes make really bad, terribly serious art. Sometimes this bad art is bad poetry: […]

<em>New Yorker</em> to Send Daily Poems for Ninety-Two Day/Nights

Poetry News

To celebrate ninety-two years of printing and publishing the good word, The New Yorker is launching a bot that will send subscribers a daily poem for the next ninety-two days. The magazine’s esteemed poetry editor, Paul Muldoon, and poetry coördinator, Elisabeth Denison, have been hard at work gathering selections from the magazine’s extensive poetry archives. […]