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Read Derek Walcott Now

Julian Lucas introduces Derek Walcott and his verse to New York Times readers by way of a handy “Walcott Starter Kit.” Lucas begins the article reminiscing about the first time he encountered Walcott’s poetry, at the Montclair Book Center in New Jersey. The book? Omeros, “a frail blue paperback with a seahorse on the cover […]

Amelia Dale’s TRACTOSAUR May Decimate Our Concept of the Poem!

Amelia Dale’s TRACTOSAUR (Troll Thread, 2015) is given overdue attention in a review by Australia-based poet Elena Gomez at Jacket2. “A central premise of Amelia Dale’s work is that it is entirely unconcerned with the valence of the work itself,” writes Gomez. “She makes a poem that is a thing before it is a poem, […]

The Collective

A resurgent energy pulses into shimmering expression in a city, a room, a street, beneath certain trees, when necessity sends acute though necessarily covert signals. Clearly there must be more than one person or the frequency can’t alight. The reception isn’t willed. The receivers emanate a superb, almost obscene, attractive force having to do with […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write a faith poem. For some people, faith means religion. For others, faith means trusting in science and mathematics. Still others, think George Michael’s “Faith” just as some immediately conjure up Faith Hill. Regardless of where you put your faith (or don’t), today’s poem gives you an opportunity to express yourself. Show More Summary

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a fable poem. A fable is a story that conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters. Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Show More Summary

Bustle on Why Brains Love Poetry

Not only is reading poetry good for your brain, as Bustle reports, but it appears that our brains are in fact “wired” to enjoy poetry whether or not we understand the verse. “Groundbreaking research from the University of Exeter in 2013 revealed something pretty spectacular: there are major commonalities between the way our brains process […]

Jen Bervin’s Research in China Leads to ‘Su Hui’s Reversible Poem’

Jen Bervin spoke in March at the 2017 Shanghai Literary Festival about her work on Su Hui’s Xuanji Tu, “[o]ne of the earliest extant poems by a woman—also among the most complex and unsung, [which] takes the form of a 29 x 29 character grid, embroidered or woven in five colors in silk, written in […]

How an Antihero Learns to Die: Living as Poet and Librarian

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Alison C. Rollins’s poems “The Beastangel” and “What the Lyric Be” appear in the April 2017 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. As I work on my first manuscript I am keenly aware of the sort of […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, pick an object (any object), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Toothbrush,” “Rake,” “Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pen,” or any number of other objective titles. Show More Summary

Rent Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom

At Jezebel, Anya Jaremko-Greenwold reports on a recent development at the Emily Dickinson Museum: visitors can now rent Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. The reservation costs $100 an hour, and yes, you must leave the door open, lest pervs “drop trou,” as Jaremko-Greenwold writes. But for more upstanding citizens, the rental affords a unique opportunity to write […]

‘What the Lyric Be’: A Playlist for Poetry‘s April 2017 Issue

For our April 2017 playlist, we asked contributor Alison C. Rollins 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. In James Longenbach’s April 2017 commentary piece, “The Music of Poetry,” he reflects on a poet’s ability to […]

Poetry in Principle

Mind-degradable Manifesto I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to issue a manifesto like in the good old days, but any such assertion nowadays always seems to splinter into its ambiguities, leaving the motivating impulse unmanifest. The burden of poetic process is how easily it spoils even the finest dogma. However, if one located […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

After today, we’ll be 67% of the way through this challenge. Only 10 days to go! For today’s prompt, write a task poem. The task can be some glorious duty, or it can be a seemingly small and insignificant job. Or the poem can take someone to task. Show More Summary

Talking With Raquel Gutiérrez After the Geminid Meteor Shower

Today’s featured poet for Entropy’s National Poetry Month is Tucson-based (formerly of LA) writer Raquel Gutiérrez, who also runs the small press Econo Textual Objects. Gutiérrez talks about the relevance of poetry today, influences known and lesser-known, and new work. An excerpt from this conversation follows, but take it all in here. 3) Tell us […]

Friday’s ‘Pizza Poetry Day’ in New Orleans

This is the fourth year that the city of New Orleans has celebrated Pizza Poetry Day, reports the New Orleans Advocate. As part of this most unusual writing prompt, students ages 6–18 are invited to write poems that, after review by interns, teachers, and local poets, will be printed on the insides of pizza boxes. […]

‘To find kisses pressed in books’: One Hundred Years of Gwendolyn Brooks

In this year, the centennial celebration of the writer Gwendolyn Brooks, I attended the National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium aptly titled “Our Miss Brooks.” One of the conference organizers interviewed me and asked something to the effect of “what would the literary landscape look like today without the work of Gwendolyn Brooks?” What a […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a memory poem. Pick a memory, any memory. It can be a significant event, but sometimes there are beautiful insignificant moments (that ironically are very significant–quite the paradox). Mine your memories to come up with something good today. Show More Summary

Congratulations to Patricia Spears Jones, Jackson Poetry Prize Winner!

Poets & Writers announced the winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize today: Patricia Spears Jones! Each year, the prize honors “an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” Past recipients include Elizabeth Alexander, who inaugurated the prize in 2007, and Will Alexander, who received the $50,000 honor last year. In their citation, […]

The Atlantic on Patricia Lockwood’s Big-R Romantic Endeavor

The Atlantic’s James Parker considers the work of Patricia Lockwood–both her poetry and her sharp wit as exhibited on Twitter, how she “felt [the current political climate] in her whiskers, and she caught it in high-alert prose: the voluptuous illiteracy of Trumpismo.” Lockwood’s memoir, Priestdaddy, comes out in May. More on that: Get past its […]

ORS Poetica (now infused with ghee…)

The inability to write does not arise from a drought, from one part of the trajectory of a being having exhaust in himself all marvels and phantasms, – no more than it stems from anguish (the impossibility to order or disorder forms) – but, in our case, from hesitation before the decisive act, which, in […]

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