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<em>National Geographic</em> on the Mimeo Revolution

Poetry News

National Geographic has an article on the Mimeograph Revolution, in which Greta Weber quotes poet Jerome Rothenberg (who wrote the preface to the indispensable A Secret Location on the Lower East Side) and expert Kyle Schlesinger, who remarks on mimeo’s fast nature: “It’s not so much different from blogging or tweeting now.” Weber also went […]

Now Through July 24—Typewrite to Your Heart’s Content in McCarren Park, Brooklyn

Poetry News

The founders of the infamous Poetry Brothel and the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island, Nicholas Adamski and Stephanie Berger, have another trick up their sleeves. Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier reports that the pair—who go by the Poetry Society of New York in more formal circles—have set up a typewriter in a booth in […]

How to Distinguish a Literary Scholar From a Literary Blogger?

Poetry News

Jeanne-Marie Jackson wonders about the public intellectual today, when “most academics working in the humanities prefer the posture of reaching out to the public, ‘applying’ their interpretive skills to remind us of social and political causes,” as she writes at 3:AM Magazine. Here’s the real Q: “To be clear, the politics themselves are not the […]

The Poetic Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami

Poetry News

We’d be remiss not to mention the July 4 passing of filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. He was 76. The Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw remembers Iran’s greatest cinematic poet. “His movies didn’t render up their meaning easily; they were replete with meditative calm, sadness, reflection, but also dissent, obliquely stylised confrontation and emotional negotiation – as […]

Tracy K. Smith & Tina Chang in Conversation at Cave Canem

Poetry News

Cave Canem has posted video of a recent conversation about poetry and friendship with Tracy K. Smith and Tina Chang! “In their talk at Cave Canem on May 19, ‘The Spirit That Is Charged: A Conversation about Poetry and Friendship,’ Tina Chang and Tracy K. Smith offered a glimpse into their 20-plus years of friendship, […]

At <em>LARB</em>: Chris Nealon on the End of Capitalism

Poetry News

At Los Angeles Review of Books, poet and scholar Chris Nealon considers the intellectual left and the possibility of the end of capitalism, reflecting on the book Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, by Paul Mason (FSG). (Nealon is the author of The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in the American Century.) “There is,” […]

Over My Queer Samoan Body

From Poetry Magazine

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Dan Taulapapa McMullin’s poems and artwork appear in the July/August 2016 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. Saaaaahhhh-MOH-ahhh… Sa is drawn out in a long breath ahhhh. Sa is sacred, is family, moa is center, […]

A Startlingly Detailed Map: <em>Bookforum</em> Reviews Brian Blanchfield’s <em>Proxies</em>

Poetry News

At Bookforum, a review by Christopher Schmidt of Brian Blanchfield’s Proxies: Essays Near Knowing (Nightboat Books). “He attends . . . to the subtlest registers of misfit between a queer self and its world—and with such sensitivity, he provides a startlingly detailed map to a territory we only thought we knew well,” writes Schmidt. A […]

Flipping the Interview: Rob Fitterman’s Epic, Minimalist <em>Nevermind</em>

Poetry News

Up today at The Believer Logger is author Rob Fitterman interviewing reader Paul Stephens about Fitterman’s Nevermind (Wonder Books, 2016), the poet’s repurposing of the Nirvana album, “every word in order as heard, into a 712-page minimalist poem of the same name.” An excerpt: ROBERT FITTERMAN: What did you initially make of this book? What […]

Yves Bonnefoy, 1923–2016

Poetry News

We are sad to share the news that renowned French poet, translator, and critic Yves Bonnefoy died on Friday, at the age of 93. “Admirers from around the world took to Twitter to mourn Bonnefoy, known for his piercing gaze and mop of white hair, many of them quoting lines from his most famous works,” […]

#RumiWasntWhite: <em>Voice of America</em> Expresses Outrage Over Leonardo DiCaprio’s Possible Role as Rumi

Poetry News

Reeling from the rumor mill of a film industry in crisis, Voice of America reports collective outrage across Twitter after Oscar-winning screenwriter David Franzoni and producer Stephen Joel voiced their intention to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, and Robert Downey Jr. as Rumi’s friend and spiritual mentor Shams-i-Tabrizi. This comes after […]

Patriotic Poetry to Help Get Through Every Day in America

Poetry News

Through poetry, John Brehm illuminates American history and global identity. The poet spoke to PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks about his relationship to fireworks and all things patriotic. Poet John Brehm was living in New York in the summer of 2003 when he attended a Fourth of July celebration in Prospect Park. “I looked up […]

Page Turner: Reginald Dwayne Betts at <em>The New Yorker</em>

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The New Yorker’s Elisa Gonzalez profiles poet Reginald Dwayne Betts for the magazine’s “Page Turner” column: “As we talked, outlasting the other diners, he bounced from subject to subject, discoursing on everything from strategies for post-conviction relief to his first kiss and bell hooks’s critique of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade.’” More: Reginald Dwayne Betts has wanted to […]

Shore to Shore Tour Diary at the <em>Guardian</em>

Poetry News

As part of their “Shore to Shore Tour,” poets Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, and Jackie Kay are traveling across the U.K. and reporting back to the Guardian with their responses and reflections on a changing nation. Read their complete tour diary here. From Imtiaz Dharker’s latest update: The map of the country […]

James Schuyler’s Poems an Urgent Morning Experience

Poetry News, Uncategorized

We’re a day late but who cares! At Locus Solus, Andrew Epstein writes “James Schuyler’s ‘June 30, 1974’ and the Poetics of Everyday Life,” which looks at Schuyler’s poem, written 42 years ago yesterday. In an essay on Schuyler, Douglas Crase zeroes in on the author of The Morning of the Poem as a poet […]

July/August 2016 Cover Artist: Chris Hefner

From Poetry Magazine

This month’s cover art is from a charcoal drawing by filmmaker and visual artist Chris Hefner. Print subscribers will see that this cover GLOWS IN THE DARK! It’s a first for Poetry, and the least we could do to commemorate the wonderful “moon poems” by Federico García Lorca, as translated by Sarah Arvio. It seems even the […]

Sir Geoffrey Hill Dies at 84


News reached us this morning of the death of Geoffrey Hill at the age of 84. Alice Goodman, Hill’s wife, confirmed his death today in a tweet. The Telegraph remembers Hill, writing: Sir Geoffrey Hill, who has died aged 84, was a poet and scholar whose combative and often impenetrable work led critics to hail […]

Must-Read: Francesca DeMusz Interviews Stacy Szymaszek

Poetry News

Our pal Francesca DeMusz interviewed Stacy Szymaszek for Lit Hub yesterday. Szymaszek’s new book, Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals, is recently out from Fence, and is “an active text striving for total self-honesty, repair, and an understanding of time beyond the linear sense all while facing the abjections of loss and death up […]

Barry Schwabsky Reviews Poems of Donald Britton at <em>Hyperallergic</em>

Poetry News

Just in case you were wondering what to read at the beach this weekend, Hyperallergic brings this review by Barry Schwabsky of In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton. More: In what is more than the affectionately memoiristic Afterword it pretends to be — rather, a fiercely searching critical overview of […]

Fictional Poetry Roundtable With Ben Fama, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Rin Johnson, Corina Copp, & Gordon Faylor

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I asked some poets to answer one of the following six questions: How has fiction been affecting your work, lately? How/why do you create “characters” in poems?  Can you think of something you’d love to rip off from / imitate / “be inspired by” in a novel you recently read?  Tell me about a work of fiction that’s been […]