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WBUR Previews This Weekend’s Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Poetry News

This weekend, let’s go to Massachusetts for the 9th annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival. WBUR’s Greg Cook spoke with participants and organizers about the festivities for the station’s arts newsletter. “The festival this year will be about inclusion and a group with strong affinity coming together to share words.” Executive Director January Gill O’Neil explained. “And […]

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

From Poetry Magazine

For our May 2017 playlist, we asked contributor Phillip B. Williams to curate a selection of music for us. You can read about his approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the playlist in your Spotify app. In Santería, Elegúa is the Oricha of the crossroads who opens the door of communication to the other […]

Jasper Bernes Considers Cybernetics & Literature for <em>e-flux</em>

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Jasper Bernes writes an essay for the May issue of e-flux, titled “The Poetry of Feedback” about American literature and counterculture during this period of cybernetics. “If you were a white man and interested in experimentation in prose fiction in the 1960s and 1970s, then you were probably writing about machines, entropy, and information,” he […]

Aase Berg’s Newest, <em>Hackers,</em> Reviewed by Alexis Alemeida

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As part of a special feature called “Facing the Anthropocene,” Swedish poet Aase Berg’s Hackers (Black Ocean, 2017), translated by Johanness Göransson, is reviewed at the Council for European Studies’ EuropeNow Journal. “Hackers enacts its title in a way, inhabiting the reader and directing them, with a certain degree of swagger, toward its many inquiries,” […]

Ben Lerner’s ‘BAM Takeover’

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As part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Eat, Drink & Be Merry” series, poet and novelist Ben Lerner joined the New Yorker’s fiction editor Deborah Treisman on Tuesday night to discuss, among other topics, “the responsibility of the artist in these trying times.” We’re sad to have missed it, but grateful to Emily Temple who […]

Dwight Garner Reviews Patricia Lockwood’s <em>Priestdaddy</em>

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Dwight Garner contributed a fabulous, thoughtful review of Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priestdaddy to the New York Times’s “Books” section yesterday. We’ve posted a little bit about Lockwood’s memoir already, on these pages, but this is the famed New York Times critic’s first glance. He writes, “Lockwood’s prose is cute and dirty and innocent and experienced, […]

Aisha Sasha John on the Epiphanic <em>I have to live</em>

Poetry News

Montreal-based writer, dancer, performer, and poet Aisha Sasha John talks about her much-anticipated next book of poems, I have to live (McClelland & Stewart, April 2017) at CBC Books. “I have this ongoing private scholarship and my books constitute and are a record of that scholarship,” she tells CBC. More: Listening exercises I don’t seek […]

Books Received, April 2017

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Seth Abramson, Charles Bernstein, Tracie Morris, Jesse Damiani, BAX 2016: Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan) Flavio Almerighi, Storm Petrel (Xenos Books / Chelsea Editions) Michael Anania, Continuous Showings (MadHat, Inc.) Melih Cevdet Anday, Silent Stones: Selected Poems Of Melih Cevdet Anday (Talisman House, Publishers) Vladimir Aristov, What We Saw From This Mountain (Ugly Duckling Presse) […]

National Endowment for the Arts Budget Set to <em>Increase</em>…

Poetry News

Looks like the NEA and NEH are safe for now, pending House and Senate approval of the bipartisan spending bill meant to avoid any government shutdown. In congressional leaders’ agreement Sunday, it was announced that they would not only maintain NEA funding for fiscal year 2017, but increase it by $2 million. More from Jessica […]

Poetry Really <em>Can</em> Give Us Goosebumps

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Seeker reports on the findings of a recent study led by Eugen Wassiliwizky, published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Wassiliwizky and his team researched how poetry physically effects listeners with two experiments. “For the first,” Seeker’s Jen Viegas explains, “researchers monitored the heart, face, and skin hair activity of 27 native German […]

PBS NewsHour Celebrates New West Virginia Anthology

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Elizabeth Flock, of PBS NewsHour, directs readers’ attention to a new anthology—in fact, it’s the first anthology featuring poetry and literary writing by West Virginia authors to emerge in 15 years. Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry From West Virginia is co-edited by poets Doug Van Gundy and Laura Long […]

Susan Briante’s <em>The Market Wonders</em> Behaves Much as We Do

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On the Seawall always knows what’s best in their semiannual “Poets Recommend” feature, up again this week with nine poets writing briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. We’re particularly drawn to Ari Banias waxing on Susan Briante’s The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press)–see below–but you can find pairs like Lisa Russ Spaar on […]

Ariel Goldberg’s <em>The Estrangement Principle</em> Reviewed at <em>The Brooklyn Rail</em>

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Ariel Goldberg’s The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) is reviewed in the current issue of The Brooklyn Rail. Writes Phillip Griffith: “In The Estrangement Principle, Goldberg adopts [Renee] Gladman’s notion of estrangement as a methodological principle, finding in this expression of alienation the permission to inhabit a community of writers with a self-critical distance, and […]

Shoshana Olidort Interviews Almog Behar at <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em>

Poetry News

Stanford doctoral candidate Shoshana Olidort spends time with Almog Behar, a poet, critic, and activist based in Jerusalem, in her most recent interview at LARB. Olidort studies comparative literature, with an emphasis on postwar Jewish literature, across languages. Behar is a native speaker of Hebrew; he chose to learn Arabic as an adult. Olidort writes, […]

NBC News Initiative ‘A to Z’ Spotlights Craig Santos Perez

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This month, NBC Asian America Presents A to Z – The 26 Emerging Voices of 2017, “a celebration of the emerging voices and breakout stars of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. These 26 individuals are writing new definitions every day about what it means to be Asian American and Pacific Islander in America […]

On [non] Identity Poetics

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In the film Basquiat, Christopher Walken asks Jeffrey Wright, who plays the title character Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Do you consider yourself a painter or a black painter?” Wright replies, “Oh, I use a lot of colors, not just black.” Recently, my son Jeffrey, who is named after Wright, said, “Mom, you are one of the best-known […]

Robin Coste Lewis Named Los Angeles Poet Laureate

Poetry News

Robin Coste Lewis has been named the newest Los Angeles poet laureate, succeeding outgoing poet laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the news last Thursday. LAist’s Julia Wick has the poet’s statement, in which she remarked: “The role of the L.A. Poet Laureate is two-fold: first, to celebrate and curate an ever-widening […]

Jack Mueller, Poet Among Poets, Dies at 74

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that poet Jack Mueller, “a fixture in San Francisco’s North Beach scene of the 1970s and ’80s,” passed away this week in his home in Colorado, after suffering for months from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. John McMurtrie writes more about this “poet among poets”: “Jack Mueller is the biggest-hearted poet I have […]

Julien Poirier & Charles Plymell Convo at City Lights Blog

Poetry News

While we were blogging away last month, Julien Poirier was in conversation with Charles Plymell at the City Lights blog, Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here. Plymell was a key figure in the San Francisco poetry scene in the 1960s, and close friends with Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassidy, among others. Since 1974, he’s […]

<em>The New York Times</em> Books an Hour in Emily Dickinson’s Room

Poetry News

New York Times takes a tip from Jezebel (reported on Harriet here) and reports on an hour spent “home alone” in Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. Times reporter Sarah Lyall writes, “the room has particular resonance for scholars and lovers of her poetry. Several dozen people have worked (or perhaps just sat) alone in it for an […]