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Featuring Bianca Stone & the Ruth Stone Foundation

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Poet and artist Bianca Stone is featured in New England’s Take Magazine. Stone, one of three successive writers in her family–including her mother, fiction writer Abigail Stone; and grandmother, poet Ruth Stone–talked with Alexa Harrison about the Vermont-based Ruth Stone Foundation, founded in 2013 to “fulfill Ruth Stone’s wish that her physical and literary estate […]

Not All Is Lost: <em>Guardian</em> Profiles the Last Poets

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While conducting research for her new book about the Last Poets, Christine Otten delved into the stories of every member: their rise and fall alongside their music. The Guardian published Otten’s “The Last Poets: America in poetry from black power to Black Lives Matter” in tandem with the super-group’s performances in London just this weekend, […]

Monsieur Rimbaud, le Photographe

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To get you back into the poetry spirit after Thanksgiving, we’ll ease in with a look at a few photographs by none other than poet Arthur Rimbaud. Lucille Pennel at L’Œile de la Photographie writes about the current exhibition on display at Arthur Rimbaud Museum in Charleville-Mézières. Pennel notes that while living in Harar, Ethiopia, […]

Paul Muldoon’s New <em>Selected Poems</em> Reviewed at the <em>New York Times</em>

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Would you like a second helping of Muldoon? You got it. Up at the New York Times, Dwight Garner reviews Paul Muldoon’s Selected Poems 1968-2014. Garner begins by first taking a dive into his favorite of Muldoon verses, “The Old Country” (Hey, that one’s in our archive!) Like the meandering and ever-surpassing catalog in “The […]

‘Let His Pen Do the Talking’: Johnny Cash’s Poetry Revealed in <em>Rolling Stone</em>

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A new book, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, proves that Johnny Cash’s legacy is as much on the page as it is in the airwaves. John Carter Cash, who manages his family’s “multiple creative estates,” collaborated with poet Paul Muldoon to put together this sharp compendium revealing 41 of Cash’s most “cohesive, beautiful and powerful” […]

‘One Hundred Megawatts of Butter’: A Thanksgiving Menu Poem Courtesy of BlazeVOX

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For this year’s Thanksgiving Menu Poem, poet, publisher, and professional chef Geoffrey Gatza generously celebrates Elizabeth Alexander. As Gatza notes at BlazeVOX, the TMP has been going strong for 15 years. For a little background, Gatza explains: “This series began in 2002 with a Menu-Poem to honor Charles Bernstein, and since then this series engages […]

<em>The New Inquiry’</em>s Generous, Treasonous, Must-Read Reading List

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The New Inquiry has posted “A Time for Treason,” a reading list for these dark times created by “a group of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Muslim, and Jewish people who are writers, organizers, teachers, anti-fascists, anti-capitalists, and radicals.” The group has assembled the reading into distinct categories: Anti-Fascism/Fascism History; U.S. Repression & McCarthyism; Security Culture/The Surveillance […]

Poetry Rises, Says <em>Wired Magazine</em>

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At Wired, Lexi Pandell explores the thesis that our year of 2016 is “resurrecting poetry.” (Was it dead? Nevermind.) “Of course, it never really left. It was always there waiting for readers in the corners of the pages of the New Yorker, archived on websites, in tidy little volumes on the shelves of your local […]

Notes from an ‘Expendable America’

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A woman hangs wet laundry to dry on a bitterly cold day, a dog looks off into the distance, and like many of us, Charles Simic has a sinking feeling that something is not quite right: “The Ship of State, festooned with Trump/Pence election signs, is sinking,” Simic writes at the New York Review of […]

Claudia La Rocco Finds Presence in Reading(s) of/for Bill Berkson

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We mustn’t let too much more time pass before pointing out Claudia La Rocco’s beautiful response/review of Bill Berkson’s Invisible Oligarchs (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016), up at Affidavit this month. “Where do people go when they attend readings, their bodies frozen in positions of thought, their eyes finding a middle distance, or closed?” Later, La […]

Barry Schwabsky’s Reader’s Diary: Pierre Reverdy & ‘The Song of the Dead’

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Although Pierre Reverdy is “the favorite French poet among American poets,” as Barry Schwabsky attests, Reverdy’s writing has emerged in English somewhat piecemeal. (Save for the 3000-page, two-volume tome published by Flammarion in 2010.) All of this is why Schwabsky has found reason to relish Black Square Editions’s latest effort: publishing Reverdy’s works as a […]

David Hadbawnik on Jack Spicer, Experimental Translation, Aliveness . . .

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The current issue of Asymptote Journal features an interview with poet, translator, and scholar David Hadbawnik! “Hadbawnik’s translation of books I-VI of Virgil’s Aeneid (Shearsman, 2015) … pushes the discussion of his interrelated practices of translation, poetics, and scholarship into essential contemporary debates,” writes friend and interlocuter Daniel C. Remein. In a conversation that had […]

Douglas Messerli Remembers David Antin

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At Hyperallergic, Douglas Messerli writes about his long-time friend and intellectual compatriot David Antin, whose death in October we noted here. Shortly after Antin’s passing, Messerli was tapped by Antin’s son Blaise to write an obituary that could be shared widely with news outlets. After writing “objectively” of Antin’s life (full obit included), Messerli turns […]

Breaking Bubbles

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“It is difficult to get the news from poetry, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” —William Carlos Williams I have that quote from William Carlos Williams pinned at the bottom of my emails, (amended with the word “folks” to replace the word men.) Right now, after an American […]

‘My Body as an Argument, a Site of Proof and Contention’: Morgan Parker’s <em>NYT</em> Op-Ed

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In a New York Times op-ed, Morgan Parker, author of the forthcoming poetry collection There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, bravely articulates her struggle to remain strong in spite of a culture that defines her as a “thing to be hated.” Despite her existence in a world where talk therapy and psychiatric medications are […]

<em>The New York Times</em> Reviews <em>Dead Poets Society</em>, Starring Jason Sudeikis

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While we were blowing our nose, Dead Poets Society previews started at Classic Stage Company. The play stars Jason Sudeikis! The New York Times got Ben Brantley a ticket, and he has this to say about the show: “Dead Poets Society” has to be one of the most conventional works ever written about the importance […]

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Elizabeth Lund’s list of the year’s best poetry includes many authors familiar to readers of these pages, including Solmaz Sharif and C.D. Wright. She begins the list with Monica Youn’s Blackacre, “titled after the legal term for a hypothetical piece of land…[where Youn] constructs subtle arguments about desire and loss, including her own inability to […]

Blaine Greteman on ‘Poetry in the Age of Trump’

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Just two months until Trump’s presidency is a reality and already it’s shaping conversation in courses about poetry, which—as Blaine Greteman writes, quoting W.H. Auden—”makes nothing happen.” Although Greteman planned to conduct the first class after the election with a conversation about Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” the lesson plan was interrupted by a university-wide […]

Adam Robinson on All Things Publishing

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The genius publisher behind Publishing Genius, Adam Robinson, talks to Kayla Tanenbaum at Columbia Journal. Tanenbaum opens the interview with an anecdote that illustrates Robinson’s knack at bringing poetry to an unexpected audience: There’s a good story behind the genesis of Adam Robinson’s award-winning small press, Publishing Genius. Adam was pursuing an MFA in “Creative […]

<em>The Guardian</em> Anticipates <em>The Dreamed Ones</em>

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The Guardian’s Philip Oltermann looks at Ruth Beckermann’s The Dreamed Ones, a film that (as we mentioned in March, when we first learned of it) takes the “meeting of minds between two of the most influential writers in the German language,” Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, and brings it to life. The poets’ love affair […]