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Caitlin Doyle’s ‘Brief History of the Bikini’ at PBS NewsHour

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At PBS NewsHour, Mary Jo Brooks learns about poet Caitlin Doyle’s creative process. Doyle’s poem, “A Brief History of the Bikini,” written “to explore cultural attitudes surrounding sexuality and violence, especially as girls grow into young women” is featured. Poet Caitlin Doyle says she can trace her love of language and wordplay back to her […]

A Writing Life in Mexico City

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Novelist, poet, and essayist Daniel Saldaña París writes about the poets, the grants, the ageism, and the planes over Mexico City for Electric Lit’s series, The Writing Life Around the World. An excerpt: …Nobody writes for a living in Mexico. Or rather some people do, but those are people I don’t know and ultimately have […]

Simone White’s Breathless <em>Of Being Dispersed</em>

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The Volta presents a fine read: Peter Myers reviews Simone White’s “relentless and exhilarating” Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem), which is, writes Myers, “both documentation and enactment of identity’s fragmentation, its tendency to split into pockets that resist any easy reconciliation with each other or the self that houses them.” More: Given the array of selves […]

John Yau Reads Brandon Som’s  <em>The Tribute Horse</em>

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In his marvelously titled review, “Foreign Sounds or Sounds Foreign,” John Yau reflects on sound and the experience of language, and their impact on poet Brandon Som’s work. The author of The Tribute Horse, published in 2014 by Nightboat Books, Som is Chinese-American and Mexican-American. His sonically-driven poetry is informed by his experiences growing up […]

‘Even the spirits get a say’: A Look Into James Merrill’s Ouija Poems

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At the New York Times, there’s more high praise for Langdon Hammer’s 2015 biography of James Merrill, which Dwight Garner deems “among the best literary biographies of the decade.” But Garner’s interest now isn’t so much in the literary merits of the biography, but rather in Merrill’s 40-year relationship with the Ouija board that helped […]

‘A Self Resistant to Categories’: <em>Hyperallergic</em> Reviews Elaine Kahn’s <em>Women in Public</em>

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In this close reading of Elaine Kahn’s debut collection, Jeffrey Grunthaner writes that “the body has a paradoxical value in Women in Public. On the one hand, it’s a commons that exists beyond words, the fleshy substrate of mortality as much as of experience. On the other, it’s gendered, and, like everything that is bifurcated […]

Marie Ponsot’s Love of Poetry

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At the LA Times, Craig Morgan Teicher contrasts Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry with Marie Ponsot’s joy for it as read in her Collected Poems (Knopf, this month), a book Teicher calls “a treasure trove.” “Ponsot, who is 95, published her first book in 1956, raised seven children as a single parent, published almost […]

Alice Oswald’s <em>Falling Awake’</em>s Restless Experimentation

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Fiona Sampson reviews Alice Oswald’s “eagerly awaited book,” Falling Awake, for the Guardian. “Since her crystalline debut, 1996’s The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile,” writes Sampson, “she has published two book-length river poems, an album of flower poems, the astonishing performance piece Memorial about Homer’s dead, and just one further, relatively slight ‘straight’ collection. This […]

<em>Iowa Review</em> Hangs on to C.D. Wright’s Latest Collection

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After C.D. Wright’s unexpected death at the age of 67, earlier this year, her poetry book The Poet, the Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, a Wedding in St. Roch, the Big Box Store, the Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All appeared posthumously on bookshelves. At the Iowa Review, Harris Feinsod places the […]

Carving the Mask: Notes on Re-entering Tomorrowland

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A surrender Vessel and vehicle for interstitial visions City that never sleeps I. Divided Mind Sometimes when I set about writing I want also to be somewhere else. This time it is with friends in mourning. I hold grief and its ambiguities alongside various experiences of death in a shuttered silence writing longhand. Lies I […]

<em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em> Interviews Camille Rankine

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Where did it all begin? At Los Angeles Review of Books, Peter Mishler asks that very question of Camille Rankine. The recent author of Incorrect Merciful Impulses, published by Copper Canyon Press, Rankine talks about her upbringing, ancestry, and about her poetry’s relationship to the natural world. Camille Rankine is the author of Incorrect Merciful […]

Victory Is Dennis Cooper’s

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Though you may not see the link to Dennis Cooper’s blog revived just yet, Cooper announced on Facebook that his “Google-related nightmare is over.” The Google gods have given back to Cooper–after much negotiation–all of the blog’s archival data, including a GIF novel titled Zac’s Freight Elevator (forthcoming as a free download), and all of […]

Aaron Winslow & Shiv Kotecha Talk Poetically, Pornographically . . .

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Our general malaise/weekly pang has been vanquished/moisturized thanks to this conversation at Full Stop with the author of Jobs of the Great Misery, Aaron Winslow, and the very special Shiv Kotecha (cf. Extrigue, The Unlovable). Here they discuss “weird fiction” and its “cross-genre virality,” narrative tension in noir, mindless Flesh Cubes, Jack Spicer’s Unvert Manifesto, […]

Cake Somebody Momma Made & She Put Her Foot in It

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I. From “Blood Labyrinth” I split and split again and wade in pools of skin to gather into folds. There is a rhythm to it and a rhyme and a burgeoning desire.      Part and main part, in which to take and grant sanctuary to excess and radiate defiant aliveness and injurability. To know by coccyx, […]

<em>Ploughshares</em> Mulls: Who Would Write the Inaugural Poem for Donald Trump?

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‘Tis the season! Dean Rader considers the possibilities of a Trump inauguration and surveys a group of poets to ask how they would respond in the event that they were tapped to write an occasional poem for the big day. (Spoiler alert: no one surveyed would.) During the last presidential campaign, when it looked possible […]

On Frank Ocean’s Killer Verse

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At Fader, Morgan Parker, Danez Smith, Brit Bennett, and Darnell Moore discuss Frank Ocean’s writerly merit. “Frank Ocean the artist is in the footsteps of Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, and Noah Purifoy” Parker explains. “As a poet, his lineage includes Fred Moten, Terrance Hayes, and Jericho Brown.” More: Chilean novelist, poet, and essayist Roberto Bolaño […]

NEA Announces 2017 Literary Translation Fellowships

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“The National Endowment for the Arts is recommending $325,000 in grants to 23 translators to support the new translation of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 13 different languages into English,” goes the release! Projects include David Shook translating from the Portuguese São Tomé poet Conceição Lima’s No Gods Live Here: The Selected Poems, the […]

Rest in Peace, Max Joseph Ritvo (1990–2016)

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The generous, loving, funny, thoughtful, brilliant poet and person Max Joseph Ritvo died on August 23, 2016, after a long battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer. We here at Harriet and the Poetry Foundation are deeply saddened by the news, and our hearts go out to his friends, family, and loved ones. “Max […]

It’s for You: Paul Holdengraber’s Phone Call With Tracy K. Smith at <em>Literary Hub</em>

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Join Paul Holdengraber and Tracy K. Smith on an intimate phone call hosted by Literary Hub where the two share their thoughts about parenting, the literary life, and more. In part one of their conversation, the poet Tracy K. Smith talks with Paul Holdengraber about God, death, parenthood, and loving children the way we love […]

Breaking News: Trump Leads Clinton in Poetry

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Yeah, yeah, our headline is a cheap tactic to get a few clicks. But it’s all in support of a good story, and the headline is true, according to the New Yorker’s Charles Bethea, who writes about Donald Trump as poetic muse for contributors to the user-generated poetry site Hello Poetry. As recent polls from […]