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A Gathering of Silences: Michael Palmer’s Latest Reviewed

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At Hyperallergic, James Gibbons cracks into Michael Palmer’s latest collection of verse, The Laughter of the Sphinx (New Directions, 2016). Gibbon is interested in Palmer’s uncanny knack at cultivating silences, and finds the new volume is replete with such instances. Gibbons writes: The Laughter of the Sphinx is a gathering of silences, its varied forms […]

Paisley Rekdal’s <em>Imaginary Vessels</em> Reviewed at <em>LA Times</em>

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Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Paisley Rekdal’s fifth book, Imaginary Vessels (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) for the LA Times. “[It] deserves to be her breakout book,” writes Teicher. More: Over three pages — Rekdal tends to write long — the poem narrates an afternoon spent with a friend (who happens to be an academic theorist) and […]

Black Joy as Primary Aesthetic: An Interview With Robin Coste Lewis

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Robin Coste Lewis has some words for us at Literary Hub. The poet met with Claire Schwartz at her home in Los Angeles. “Halfway through our conversation, we decided that the day was too beautiful to resist,” writes Schwartz. They discuss “safeguarding and contributing to the African Diaspora literary tradition,” her family history, and black […]

<em>Newsweek</em> Profiles Solmaz Sharif

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Visit Newsweek to learn about Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship recipient and National Book Award finalist, Solmaz Sharif. Sharif explains that a poet’s mission is to be “a bane to the republic. Because the republic is built on a destruction of language. A kind of obliteration of language that will enable and […]

Walter Benjamin, Sonneteer

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At Hyperallergic, Barry Schwabsky has been thumbing through Walter Benjamin’s Sonnets and committing his reflections to his “Reader’s Diary.” Translated by Carl Skoggard, and published in English only last year, Benjamin’s poetical efforts seem to have received scant attention. Schwabsky begins his reflection by delving into the tragedy that drove Benjamin to poetry: In 1913, […]

Garnette Cardogan Reflects on Poetry’s Solace, Post-Election

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Literary Hub hosts writer and editor Garnette Cardogan’s thoughts on poetry’s helpful role in a world turned upside-down. His remedy? A little W.H. Auden for starters. “Where shall we go?” a dear friend asked the day after the election. “Are you going to leave?” inquired another. I lament to a neighbor how one man’s rise […]

Looking at Kelly Schirmann & Bernadette Mayer

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In the November issue of the Brooklyn Rail, Bernadette Mayer’s Works & Days (New Directions, 2016) is reviewed alongside Kelly Schirmann’s Popular Music (Black Ocean, 2016). Schirmann, a musician from Northern California, “pursues similar transcendence against a different landscape,” writes William Lessard. More: …Whereas Mayer is a homebody contemplating the immediate in a poetic almanac, […]

Event Report: Responses to Zoe Leonard’s <em>I want a President</em>, Currently Installed on the High Line

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Weird Sister’s Cathy de la Cruz reports on the performance-responses to Zoe Leonard’s I want a President (1992), currently on view on the western pillar of The Standard, High Line, New York City, through November 17, 2016. The piece has also been posted today at 4 Columns in lieu of the journal’s standard four articles. […]

Lynn Melnick Discusses Poetry & Activism at <em>Ploughshares</em>

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Lynn Melnick talks about activism and poetry over at the Ploughshares blog. Melnick, author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012) and the co-editor, with Brett Fletcher Lauer, of Please Excuse This Poem (Viking, 2015), has a second collection coming out next year, Landscape with Sex and Violence. She’s also the […]

A Playlist for <em>Poetry</em>’s November 2016 Issue

From Poetry Magazine

For our November 2016 playlist, we asked contributor Vi Khi Nao to curate a selection of music for us. You can read about her approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the playlist in your Spotify app. It would be too much for me narrate why I selected these 18 songs. Originally, […]

RIP Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

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Today at Harriet HQ, we’re spinning some classic Leonard Cohen wax in his memory. The songwriter and poet has died at the age of 82. Cohen began his career as a poet in Montreal, publishing early poems and then his first book under the tutelage of poet and professor Louis Dudek. Cohen went on to […]

Dana Levin Interviews Matt Donovan

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Poet Matt Donovan has written a new book of essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape (Trinity University Press). Dana Levin, writing for Boston Review, calls the book “very timely.” Its central locales are Pompeii, the Pantheon, and anywhere scarred by the birth of the atom bomb. For Donovan, the past too is a […]

Christopher Soto Reviews Tommy Pico’s <em>IRL</em>

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Tommy Pico’s IRL (Birds, LLC) is reviewed by Christopher Soto at Lambda Literary. “While reading IRL, I was trying to think about who Tommy Pico sounds like. The answer is quite simple. He sounds like Tommy Pico. He is a native (Kumeyaay) queer poet who relocated from what we call the American Southwest to New […]

Johnny Cash’s Handwritten Poems to Be Published in <em>Forever Words</em>

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In uplifting news: “Blue Rider Press will publish Forever Words: The Unknown Poems of Johnny Cash,” reports the Paris Review Daily. The book, which collects all unpublished poems by the legendary musician, is edited and introduced by Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, and illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash’s own handwritten pages. The Daily excerpts […]

Reviewing Philip Levine, Christian Wiman, & Paul Muldoon at the <em>Washington Post</em>

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At the Washington Post, Elizabeth Lund considers three new books of poetry this month: The Last Shift, Philip Levine’s first posthumous collection (with a little help from Edward Hirsch); Christian Wiman’s Hammer Is the Prayer: Selected Poems; and another selected poems by Paul Muldoon, aptly titled Selected Poems 1968-2014. Let’s take a look at what […]

Talking With Matthew Zapruder

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Up today at LitHub is a fantastic and in-depth interview with poet and editing whiz Matthew Zapruder. Kerri Arsenault talks to Zapruder about his various editing positions, as Editor-at-Large at Wave Books and as Poetry Editor at the New York Times; his approaches to teaching poetry; and of course his own poetry and prose writings. […]

<em>The Map and the Clock</em> Reviewed

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The Guardian blows the dust off of some tomes with the help of Carol Ann Duffy, whose latest efforts include co-curating The Map and the Clock, a collection of British poetry. Taking a look from the top: Every now and then, a book comes along that insists on shouldering individual collections temporarily aside. The Map […]

<em>Entropy</em> Shares Election Poetry Packet for Teachers

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Entropy is doing some great work today, sharing “poems for coping”; and editor Janice Lee has also shared an “impromptu poetry packet,” which you can download as a PDF! The packet includes: “Let America be America Again” by Langston Hughes “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats “Imperatives for Carrying On in the Aftermath” by […]

Writers Respond to Election Results

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Literary Hub collects responses to the disastrous and surprising election results, including David Remnick’s “An American Tragedy,” for the New Yorker; Roxane Gay’s “The Audacity of Hopelessness,” The New York Times; Jennifer Weiner, “Taking My Daughters to Vote,” The New York Times; Marilynne Robinson, “Division besets us. But the US must live up to its […]

At the Intersection: Aaron Shurin & Brian Teare in Conversation

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We dipped back into the latest installment of The Conversant and found this fantastic conversation between long-time San Francisco poet Aaron Shurin and Brian Teare, himself no stranger to the Bay Area. It’s a probing and expansive piece, beginning with a look at Shurin’s involvement with the New College of California’s poetics program and his […]