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New Edition of Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s <em>Poetics of Artifice</em> Reviewed at <em>LRB</em>

Poetry News

This March, Shearsman published a new edition of Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s Poetic Artifice: A Theory of 20th-Century Poetry, edited by Gareth Farmer. This book, writes Peter Howarth for the current issue of the London Review of Books, was “one of the first works of criticism to incorporate post-structuralist theory about the fictionality of the written ‘I’, […]

<em>The Point</em> of the Poet’s Hustle

Poetry News

Hey, we’ve all been there! The latest issue of The Point features O.T. Marod’s essay about the writer’s (well, actually—the poet’s) life in this age of economically unviable verse. Far from a gracious and time-honored vocation, Marod highlights society’s vanishing opportunities for growing numbers of gunslingers of abstraction: poets. More: How should a poet make […]

Nikki Wallschlaeger Interviewed at <em>Apogee</em>

Poetry News

Up just yesterday at Apogee is an interview with Nikki Wallschlaeger, which centers around her poem “This Body Keeps the Keys” from Apogee 7. Muriel Leung asks Wallschlaeger about the poem’s origins, themes of care giving, exhaustion, and the future. A glimpse of the conversation, beginning with poetry and exhaustion: ML: In the poem, you […]

<em>T</em> Magazine Explores Maggie Nelson’s ‘Desert Island’ Reading List

Poetry News

In addition to Paul Celan (translated by Pierre Joris) and The Selected Poems of T’ao Ch’ien, Maggie Nelson’s must-have list includes Lorine Niedecker’s Collected Works. Dig in: “Collected Works,” Lorine Niedecker Niedecker lived most of her life in Blackhawk Island, a remote and marshy setting in Wisconsin, where she scrubbed hospital floors and cared for […]

Billy Collins Handles Death Lightheartedly in New Poetry Collection

Poetry News

In a review partly titled “popular poetry is good poetry,” The Post and Courier’s John Cusatis reflects on Billy Collins’s twelfth collection, The Rain in Portugal (Random House), writing that the poet is at his best in this one, that “the terrain Collins explores in these 56 poems is his richest and most varied.” More: […]

Broodthaers Society of America Presents Season 2 of <em>L’oeil Vigilant,</em> Produced by a Security Camera

Poetry News

Figured you’d want to know about this one: Broodthaers Society of America a) exists, with its base in New York City; and b) has launched the second issue (or Season 2, as they have it) of L’oeil Vigilant, “a poetry magazine in the form of a surveillance feed for your smartphone.” L’oeil Vigilant features episodes […]

National Book Award Shortlist Announced!

Poetry News

Last week the shortlist for the National Book Awards was announced (original longlist here). The four finalists in Poetry: Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press); Rita Dove’s Collected Poems 1974–2004 (W.W. Norton); Peter Gizzi’s Archeophonics (Wesleyan University Press); Jay Hopler’s The Abridged History of Rainfall (McSweeney’s); and Solmaz Sharif’s Look (Graywolf […]

Monica Youn on Life & the Dreams It Evokes at <em>Prairie Schooner</em>

Poetry News

At Prairie Schooner, Eric Farwell’s interview with Monica Youn covers the poetic line, law, and her creative process on the occasion of her latest collection, Blackacre: Monica Youn is a poet interested in the intersection between the beauty we want in life, and the darkness that often serves as an invisible barrier for it. Youn’s […]

‘Barbie Chang’s Tears’: Expanding the Autobiographical

From Poetry Magazine

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Victoria Chang’s poem “Barbie Chang’s Tears” appears in the October 2016 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. The poem “Barbie Chang’s Tears,” published in Poetry this month, is part of a larger manuscript titled Barbie Chang. […]

NPR Pitches Solmaz Sharif’s <em>Look</em>

Poetry News

Freshly shortlisted for the National Book Award, Solmaz Sharif’s Look offers at first glance a quick observation, and at longer investigation a deep set of considerations for those yearning to analyze our political philosophy overseas (and at home), writes NPR’s Mina Tavakoli: Look, the debut collection of poetry from Solmaz Sharif, opens with all the […]

Propounding & Dispelling Myths Through Literary Tourism

Poetry News

At Public Books, Maia Silber writes an essay that covers the “poetical pilgrimage,” clocking a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon like any good Shakespeare acolyte, and a move to the literary legacy (and museum) of Emily Dickinson. Eventually, the twain shall meet: When I tour the museum, led by a guide who tells me about Dickinson’s family […]

Poetry as Urban Observation

Poetry News

Can poetry make city-dwellers’ lives a bit more bearable? At the Guardian, Rosie Spinks revels in poetry’s place among the wanderers, observers, and philosophers in cities around the world. Via the Guardian: From the “worst road in Britain”, the “Essex/Suffolk artery” of the A12, to Leicester’s Golden Mile via a Lincolnshire sausage, a host of […]

‘We are not pure channels’: A Conversation With Lindsey Boldt

Poetry News

We get a little insight into the art, poetry, and mind of Lindsey Boldt in this conversation posted just yesterday at Litseen. Boldt talks about the wilderness, her water-witch ancestors, the necessity of art, depression, and of course her poetry. A sample to get your weekend off on the right foot: What kind of work […]

Alain Badiou on Poetry & Communism

Poetry News

From Verso’s celebration of National Poetry Day in the U.K. to e-flux to Harriet: an excerpt from Alain Badiou’s The Age of the Poets, “a book in which the French philosopher argues for ‘an essential link’ between the twentieth century’s great poets and its liberatory communist movements.” An excerpt (read it all here): Poetry and […]

Morgan Parker Interviewed at <em>Brooklyn Magazine</em>

Poetry News

Morgan Parker is interviewed for Brooklyn Magazine’s “30 Under 30.” Tyler Coates uses the words “profession,” “career,” “foothold,” and “industry,” but we’ll forgive him. Poetry, an industry! More importantly: “Keep an eye out for her forthcoming collection from Tin House next February, the perfectly titled There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé.” Do you feel […]

Dorothea Lasky on ‘Poetry and the Shared Imagination’ at <em>JSTOR Daily</em>

Poetry News

Part article, part incantation, Dorothea Lasky‘s “A Belief in Ghosts: Poetry and the Shared Imagination” is a hypnotic meditation on the ways that poetry, spiritual and mystical worlds intertwine. More: Baby hair with a woman’s eyes I can feel you watching in the night All alone with me and we’re waiting for the sunlight When […]

A Novel That Identifies as Art: eteam’s <em>OS Grabeland</em>

Poetry News

A look at what earns the badge of “art novel” these days is up at BOMB. In particular, Micaela Morrisette considers the dual-authored, multimedia OS Grabeland, which won the 2016 Fence Books Modern Prize in Prose (selected by Lynne Tillman), but was never published. Described as an “‘artists’ novel’ interspersed with documentary photographs, which depicts […]

Reparations begin in the body: A look at why the first and most crucial poetic gesture for a black poet in the West is a knowledge and mastery of her body

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Look for me in the whirlwind She teaches us that voodoo was used as a means, during slavery, for slaves to break free from the slave master. When the slave wanted to break free from the master, the only way to get out a lot of times was to die. That’s right, to die. And […]

Renee Gladman Contributes ‘Five Things Right Now’ to <em>Granta</em>

Poetry News

At Granta, poet, novelist, and visual artist Renee Gladman discusses five artists’ impacts on her new creative project: drawings. (Wave Books will publish her first collection, Prose Architectures, next year.) I make drawings using my handwriting and boxes that sometimes resemble buildings and sometimes just boxes, boxes you might stack to reach something or go […]

<em>Registration Caspar,</em> by a Bay Area Beckett, Reviewed at <em>Entropy</em>

Poetry News

J. Gordon Faylor’s Registration Caspar, “a resolutely unnovelistic work that lures us with storytelling that drifts in and out of the sumptuous, filthy dreamspace and stark waking life of a biopolitical cipher,” is out this month from Ugly Duckling Presse; and receives a beautiful, Robert Musil–enhanced review at Entropy today, penned by Jessica Sequeira. “Faylor, […]