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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>

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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>…

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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>

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

May 2017 Cover Artist: Alexander Stewart

From Poetry Magazine

Poetry magazine’s May cover is by Alexander Stewart, whom I first knew as founder and co-director (with Lilli Carré) of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. He currently teaches in the experimental animation program at CalArts and, among other things, creates line drawings that have captivated us for some time. I asked Stewart to tell us […]

Rest in Peace, Vito Acconci (1940–2017)

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ARTnews brings the shocking news that Vito Acconci has died at the age of 77. “Though Acconci made his name with radical performances and later reinvented himself as an outré architect, he started out as a poet, and throughout his life emphasized in interviews that writing was at the core of his practice,” writes Andrew […]

National Poetry Month 2017 Comes to a Close

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We’ve come to the end of another April, filled with engaging, stimulating, and enlightening writing here on Harriet. Our gratitude goes out to this year’s contributors, thanks and thanks and thanks! And in case you missed out on any of the writing this month, here’s your chance to catch up! David Trinidad: “So Much Depends: […]

Premonitions of Fred Wah: An Interview

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PAOLO: If I may, I’d like begin with the last part of the second poem in Tree (1972): dear birch across from me we face                    the quiet pool of ourselves                                      face each other                                                        return          we                      look that way Since buying the hardcover edition last year at your NYC launch with Jeff Derksen and Mark Nowak, […]

Amanda Gorman Named National Youth Poet Laureate

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Poets & Writers reports that nineteen-year-old Amanda Gorman of Los Angeles has been named the first National Youth Poet Laureate! “The unprecedented title, to be awarded annually, honors a teen poet who demonstrates not only extraordinary literary talent but also a proven record of community engagement and youth leadership,” writes Maggie Millner. For Gorman, poetry […]