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Lauren Levin’s <em>The Braid</em> Reviewed for NOLA’s Antenna/Room 220

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Lauren Levin’s The Braid was published by Krupskaya Books last year, and Levin went to her hometown of New Orleans on New Year’s Day to read from the book at Antenna Gallery/Room 220. The Braid “introduces Levin’s ability — within and across stanzas — to re-present reality (‘I saw the police stop cars and search […]

Lou Reed’s Archives Are Coming to the NYPL

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Yesterday would have been the 75th-birthday of the late, great Lou Reed. Reed, who passed away in 2013, left behind a trove of recordings, art, ephemera, and correspondences—including what might be one of the first recordings of The Velvet Underground. Laurie Anderson, Don Fleming, alongside Reed’s archivists, Jason Stern and Jim Cass, have been preparing […]

Always a Good Time to Be A Poet: Juan Felipe Herrera Interviewed at <em>Washington Post</em>

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The son of immigrant farmworkers, Juan Felipe Herrera has served as U.S. poet laureate since 2015. He’s witnessed the transition from an Obama presidency to the current administration. From his home in California and the office of the U.S. poet laureate, in Washington D.C., Herrera addresses the present, tumultuous moment in American history in conversation […]

Shane Anderson’s Joy Is Contagious

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Poet and writer Shane Anderson has penned a long lyric essay about sports–sort of–it takes its cue from the four core values of Steve Kerr, who currently serves as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Anderson has published one part, titled “Joy,” today at Fanzine. The language at the top takes precedence (Anderson, […]

Don’t Miss the Rosmarie Waldrop & Michael Palmer Interview at <em>BOMB</em>

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There’s no time like the current issue of BOMB, which features an interview with Rosmarie Waldrop and Michael Palmer, now up online. The poets emailed about the poetics of silence, reading, geography, history, and much more. “The poet as maker can be the wrong kind of macher,” writes Waldrop. “I’d settle for searcher.” More from […]

Windham-Campbell Prize Surprises Australian Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann

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Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann just won a Windham-Campbell award, which brings her $165,000 (the awards were announced last week, with another prize in Poetry going to Carolyn Forché). “It’s going to change my life completely,” she told The Guardian. More: For Eckermann, a Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha woman, the money gives her the welcome chance to […]

‘Migration is inevitable’: Marcelo Hernández Castillo at <em>Letras Latinas</em>

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As we mentioned in December, twenty non-profit organizations have formed a poetry coalition whose aim is to promote poetry in the culture. The first issue to be addressed: Migration. Yesterday at Letras Latinas, Francisco Aragón and Barbara Curiel announced the first initiative of the coalition. They write: “During the month of March, coalition members CantoMundo […]

Max Liu on Robert Lowell’s Relevance

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This year marks the centenary of American poet Robert Lowell’s birth. The poet whose confessional turn in the ’60s raised many an eyebrow, is according to The Guardian writer Max Liu, “best known for his fourth collection, Life Studies (1959).” In that collection, Lowell traded meter for free verse, a form that allowed him to […]

Christopher Soto Contemplates Ari Banias’s <em>Anybody</em>

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At the LAMBDA site, Ari Banias’s debut poetry collection Anybody meets Christopher Soto’s inquisitive gaze. While reading Anybody, Soto, the author of “Sad Girl Poems” and the founder of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, contemplates the flexibility of names, writing “To name something is to fail its essence. The child you […]

Kate Greenstreet’s Books Belong to Each Other

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Kate Greenstreet is interviewed by rob mclennan at Touch the Donkey! Greenstreet’s new book, The End of Something, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press this year. She sees the book as the conclusion to her previous three. “And a conclusion to what, precisely?” asks mclennan. Greenstreet’s response: A: The new manuscript is actually the center of […]

Robert Lowell, Kay Redfield Jamison Will See You Now

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Kay Redfield Jamison’s biography of the poet infamously dogged by mental illness, Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character, delves into territory previously unseen by the bard’s biographers: his medical records. Yet, Jamison is no ordinary literary biographer. A professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of […]

March Cover Artist: Shawna X

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Poetry magazine’s March cover is by Shawna X, an artist, creative director, and designer who also teaches mobile design at Parsons School of Design at the New School. I went a little nuts for her branding and product design, not to mention her scintillating Instagram, but especially for her murals, prints, and first solo exhibition Netscape, about digital […]

Joanne Kyger Interviewed at <em>Queen Mobs Teahouse</em>

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We always stop to click the Joanne Kyger links to read in full. At Queen Mobs Teahouse, Hailey Higdon interviews Kyger about a range of topics, from time to dreams to politics to current reads. We’ll take a sample off the top but encourage you to click the Joanne Kyger link and read the interview […]

Albert Mobilio Visits the Drawing Center for Jackson Mac Low Survey

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Albert Mobilio writes for the Paris Review blog about the exhibition of Jackson Mac Low’s drawings currently up at the Drawing Center, Lines–Letters–Words. “With roots in the Fluxus movement and an early association with John Cage in the fifties, Mac Low emerged as one the most rigorously adventurous American poets in the decades that followed. […]

Kevin Killian Goes to the Oscars (Sorta)

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Phew: Kevin Killian’s annual Oscar report is up at Fanzine! In Los Angeles for the equally stimulating LA Art Book Fair, Killian had his eyes peeled for celebrities who might stop by the fair (Hedi El Kholti of Semiotext(e) mentioned some art stars, but that’s not quite what KK was after). Finally: “We were all […]

Stephanie Young on ‘Business Feminism’ at <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em>

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With a nod to the recent Women’s March, with its oscillating signs and banners, Stephanie Young meditates on feminist activism’s relationship with bookstores. Young’s exploration begins in her North Oakland neighborhood, where one of the first feminist bookstores in the United States appeared forty years ago, Information Center Incorporate: A Woman’s Place. Along the way, […]

Refugee in the Vietnam Archive

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“The taste for the archive is rooted in these encounters with the silhouettes of the past, be they faltering or sublime.” –Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archives Letter from Lubbock (21 July 2014) It turns out I have a taste for the archives. When I learned that Texas Tech was the unlikely home to […]

Dora Malech Initiates Conversation on Formal Innovation

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“Innovation in Conversation” is a series written by Dora Malech over at The Kenyon Review blog. This week, Malech decided to bring her thoughts on “contemporary poets engaged in formal innovation” to a heartier realm, and so compiled responses to questions on poems and process from Chen Chen, Phillip B. Williams, Richie Hofmann, and Randall […]

<em>Guardian</em> Readers Meet Grindr’s First Poet in Residence: Max Wallis

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From now on, a new, monthly video poem by Max Wallis will flash before the eyes of Grindr users. Wallis, a fashion model and poet, the face that’s launched a thousand ships into an Evian sea, is Grindr’s first poet in residence. The author of Modern Love (flipped eye, 2011), Wallis previously served as a […]

Kaveh Akbar Interviews R.A. Villanueva

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Kaveh Akbar interviews R.A. Villanueva, author of Reliquaria (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), and a founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art. They discuss teaching high school, the “interplay between childhood and the sacred,” languages of science and biology and chemistry (or “straight-up sorcery,” as Villanueva calls them), sonnet-making, son-making, and more. […]