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Language in a Visual Field: A Conversation With Erica Baum

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Writer and “photography artist” Erica Baum is interviewed at Baxter St., and it’s a beautiful read. “Using found sources including paper back books or index cards, Baum charges existing materials with uninvented narratives. Gestures such as folding or flipping aid the artist to build these alternate possibilities: a poem comes to light from the folded […]

Sawako Nakayasu Discusses the Pursuit of Translation, Chika Sagawa, & More at <em>Asymptote</em>

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Sawako Nakayasu talks about Chika Sagawa, Japanese Modernism, and the pursuit of experimental translation with Lindsey Webb for Asymptote. “Forrest Gander called Sawako Nakayasu ‘the Rosmarie Waldrop of Japan,’” says Webb, who first spoke to Nakaysau from Waldrop’s home in Providence. More: [Lindsey Webb:] How was Sagawa Chika different from the men who were writing […]

Is Poetry the Best Medium For Changing the World? At <em>HuffPo,</em> Danez Smith and Daveed Diggs Say: Yes

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More Brave New Voices! Yes, the poetry slam festival—which celebrated its 19th annual event—is owning the limelight today on account of its awesomeness. At Huffington Post read a conversation between Danez Smith and Daveed Diggs. Fact: Smith and Diggs are both alumni of arts education organization Youth Speaks. More: Over 500 kids gathered in Washington, […]

Dream Logic: Kaveh Akbar Interviews Max Ritvo

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Kaveh Akbar interviewed Max Ritvo for Divedapper! These two talk about Ritvo’s forthcoming debut collection, Four Reincarnations (Milkweed Editions), childhood nightmares and “bedtime panic,” Buddhism, Ritvo’s cancer diagnosis, Nathaniel Mackey and creation myths, and so much more. An excerpt: [Kaveh Akbar:] …To pivot back a little bit, there’s an obsession in your book with dream […]

A Range of Thinking on the Illegible in Issue 6 of <em>Amodern</em>

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We expect you’ll be pleased to know that Amodern 6: Reading the Illegible, guest edited by Nick Thurston, is out. The most poet-inclined of the peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journals out there, this issue is full of fascinating essays, including “Style in Quotation Marks” by our June featured blogger, Diana Hamilton, which “focuses on the opening […]

Chinese Poetry in Translation’s Present and Future

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At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Lucas Klein keenly investigates the present reputation of Chinese poetry in translation. While translation does afford writers with the opportunity to vicariously travel, Klein notes: “Today, around the globe, even the general public now agrees with Arnold: translation, like the understanding of other cultures, should aspire to scholarship, […]

New Poems by Dareen Tatour at <em>Nomadics</em>

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Poet and translator Pierre Joris posted two new poems by Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, translated by Jonathan Wright, on his blog Nomadics. Tatour, who has been confined to an apartment outside Tel Aviv since October because of a poem she posted to social media that allegedly incited violence, appears in court for the first time […]

Wayne Koestenbaum Hears the Ethics in Adrienne Rich’s <em>Collected Poems</em>

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Wayne Koestenbaum reviews Adrienne Rich’s Collected Poems (Norton, June) for the New York Times. “Poetry’s system of cultivated sounds was, she grew to feel, a patriarchal racket,” he writes. “Her career staged a revolt against tamed sound. Of this conflict — the attempt to reconcile music and ethics — she founded a perpetually astonishing body […]

What Is Necessary About Belief: On Carol Ciavonne

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As I’ve been looking over past contributions to the blog, I was especially struck by the series of posts Stephanie Young curated last April, in which poets talked about the relation of their work to money. (For instance: Timothy Yu, Jennifer Moxley, Eileen Myles.) I was drawn to the sense, in these pieces, of talking about something pervasive […]

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What’s it like to teach poetry to the children of refugees? At the Guardian, Kate Clanchy shares her experience teaching a workshop with the intention of drawing out their untold stories. It all came from Priya’s poem, and Priya’s poem came from – well, I had no idea. It was an unlikely thing to turn […]

On Poetry and Joy: Jonathan Farmer at <em>Literary Hub</em>

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Springboarding from Adam Zagajewski’s statement, “You must praise the mutilated world” Jonathan Farmer writes about the impact and importance of joy in poetry at Literary Hub. Poems are social. One person writes a poem hoping another person will read it. I read it differently if I know that a computer assembled it. I read it […]

Elizabeth Acevedo’s Dismantling of a Corrupt System Through Spoken Word

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At HuffPo’s Latino Voices, a feature on Dominican poet Elizabeth Acevedo, whose spoken word poem “Beloved, Or If You Are Murdered Tomorrow” “captures what she feels it’s like to fear your loved one will be shot and killed by police.” More: Acevedo told The Huffington Post that the poem is inspired by the thoughts that […]

Musician Elysia Crampton & Fred Moten Interviewed at <em>Ploughshares</em>

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At Ploughshares, a conversation with Fred Moten and avant-electronic producer Elysia Crampton. Anaïs Duplan interviewed the two about “history, fiction, embodiment, and the concept of equality.” An excerpt: How, if at all, is your own body present in your work? [Elysia Crampton:] Maybe I am trying to map out some sense of self and body […]

That Time Apollinaire Was Arrested for Stealing the Mona Lisa

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It’s Bastille Day, mes amis! To observe the day, in addition to featuring Pierre Martory’s “Bastille” as our poem of the day, here’s a little news item from Hyperalleric on Guillaume Apollinaire as critic, collector, and… art thief? Wilson Tarbox begins his review of the current exhibition “Apollinaire, the Vision of the Poet,” showing at […]

National Endowment for the Arts Adds Great Reads to <em>The Big Read</em>

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The NEA has announced 13 additions to its literacy initiative The Big Read. The works chosen will hopefully speak to readers the initiative hasn’t already found, and broaden the perspective of readers already in touch with this program. The list of 28 recommended works spanning from prose to poetry to children’s literature is over 50% […]

<em>New Yorker</em> on Yves Bonnefoy’s Poetry

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The New Yorker’s “Page Turner” column revisits the poetry of Yves Bonnefoy, who passed away this month at 93, as we mentioned last week. In his column, Sam Sacks explains that Bonnefoy “is widely considered France’s greatest poet of the past fifty years. But he also belongs, in part, to a lineage of New England […]

<em>Washington Post</em> Reviews Solmaz Sharif’s <em>Look</em> and More

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Washington Post poetry reviewer Elizabeth Lund invites readers to take a look inside a few of her favorite collections each month. For the month of July, she’s chosen works by Solmaz Sharif, The Complete Poems of Alvin Feinman, and poetry by Marianne Boruch. Look (Graywolf) is the remarkable debut by Solmaz Sharif, who challenges readers […]

Reading List: July/August 2016

From Poetry Magazine

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the July/August 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Dan Bellm The last great Russian novel has apparently been written by a Cuban, one best known for an excellent series of noir detective yarns set in Havana. Leonardo […]

Sharing With the Hope of Amplifying

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At The Rumpus, Marisa Siegel shares what she’s been reading in this week of chaos and confusion and loss of more black bodies, “the articles that have left [her] hollowed and in tears and hopeful.” Also here are poems, 17 of them, originally collected at BuzzFeed (Nikki Giovanni’s “Where Do You Enter” is among them). […]

<em>Paris Review</em> Assesses the Connection Between Writing and Exercise

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Hey sports fans. Ever consider going for a run while you write that sonnet? Paris Review’s Daniel Kunitz reflects on George Plimpton’s fitness prowess. Young people are a mess. They eat the crappiest fast food, make a point of drinking only to excess, barely sleep, indulge in all sorts of chemicals—and yet, given even a […]