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Katy Bohinc Lets Poets & Celebs Elucidate ‘The Twelfth House: Art and the Unconscious’

At Tender Buttons, poet Katy Bohinc (well-known for her book Dear Alain, of course, and its subsequent actual interlocution with philosopher Alain Badiou) has posted her paper, “The Twelfth House: Art and the Unconscious,” originally presented as a talk for the “Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult” conference in London, March 2016. “Since my earliest studies […]

Amy De’Ath’s Essay on the Visceral ‘L(a)ying Down’ of Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en Banlieue

At Mute Magazine, poet and critic Amy De’Ath explores at length the aesthetics and complications of laying and lying (down) in Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2015). Ban’s “l(a)ying-down,” as De’Ath calls it, “signal[s] a desire to be close to the world, or get to know it, both in the matteral sense of land […]

The Dark Cloud Of Hate

You will say that the time for anger is now, that we have not been angry enough, that not being angry enough is the problem, and I understand that you have every right to be angry and I am angry for you.And yet somehow, you and I must turn the anger into love. Show More Summary

Melville Tried Poetry After His Fiction’s Darkest Days

After his initial failure as a commercial novelist, “American legend to be” Herman Melville took a stab at poetry (but unfortunately failed at that too). Via Literary Hub: When Herman Melville died, on September 28th, 1891, 125 years ago, he was still fiddling around with a small, sweet poem called “The Chipmunk:” Stock-still I stand, […]

Judah Rubin & Lewis Freedman Give a Stunning, Not-Fake Interview at BOMB

Two beautiful minds meet upon on the banks of a lake in Wisconsin to talk about “divination, food science, taxidermy, rabbinic literature, and the act of discussion itself.” Lewis Freedman, author of the just-published Residual Synonyms for the Name of God (Ugly Duckling Presse) and Judah Rubin even discuss the inscriptions that constitute sense in […]

‘Art is not a goal, it is a new space’: A Conversation With Juan Felipe Herrera

Up at Letras Latinas blog is an exclusive interview with U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, conducted by Luis Lopez-Maldonado. The conversation ranges across Herrera’s career, working backwards from his most recent collection Notes...Show More Summary

‘Ms. Olds Renders the Personal Universal’: Dwight Garner Reviews Sharon Olds’s Odes

Dwight Garner assesses Sharon Olds (“Laureate of Sexuality”) and her latest book, Odes: “As a writer, she’s always gotten an illicit thrill from pushing boundaries, whether scrutinizing sex or motherhood or parents or illness (but sex especially).” More, via the New York Times: Sharon Olds feels bad about her neck. In her new book there […]

Nicholas Wong Opens Up at Asymptote

The LAMBDA-winning Hong Kong-based poet and editor talks with Asymptote’s Charlie Ng about his influences, his latest collection, Crevasse, and Hong Kong’s significance in his work. No one can ever demolish heteronormativity, but there’s no need to reaffirm and reinforce it. At the 28th Lambda Literary Awards earlier this year, Nicholas Wong walked away with […]

Claudia Rankine Talks Charlotte at BuzzFeed: ‘We should call it the injustice system’

After receiving the MacArthur Fellowship last week, Claudia Rankine spoke with BuzzFeed’s Temerra Griffin about the shooting by police of Keith Lamont Scott, the protests in Charlotte, and other unrest/protest: When a journalist asked Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney how he could promise transparency in the investigation of Keith Lamont Scott’s death but still refuse […]

The World Will End On A Pleasant Day

You will be wondering why no one picked up the paper next to the bin, when the missile breaks through the atmosphere, and whines through the air on its way down.You will be swimming with friends when the Earth rips itself open to show...Show More Summary

Thinking Through Distinction: Ed Luker on J.H. Prynne’s ‘Yellow Brick’

At Entropy, Ed Luker writes a review of J.H. Prynne’s Poems (Bloodaxe Books, third edition, 2015), which clocks in at 688 pages (they call it the “yellow brick”). “This newly collected works contains all of the published poetry (and some unpublished) since Bloodaxe released the second edition in 2005. Seen as somewhat of an avant-gardist […]

Sixteen Amazing Feminist Poetry Collections Featured at Bustle

Sometimes a solid lit-listicle is exactly what you need to carry on through Monday afternoon. At Bustle, E. Ce Miller delivers a list that sizzles, with 16 feminist poetry collections by the likes of Gwendolyn Brooks, Marge Piercy, Morgan Parker, H.D., Lyn Hejinian, and 11 more. We’ll sample the snippets from Morgan Parker and Lyn […]

‘I have reached the edge of earshot’: W.S. Graham’s ‘Malcolm Mooney’s Land’

The Editors’ Blog occasionally features online exclusives by Poetry’s contributors. This installment comes from David Wheatley, whose article “So Much Better Than Most Things Written on Purpose” appeared in our November 2015 issue. Past exclusives can be found here. The centenary of the birth of Scottish poet W.S. Graham in 1918 is fast approaching, but September […]

Literary Hub Watches When Rilke Met Rodin

At Literary Hub, Rachel Corbett imagines the moment when Rainer Maria Rilke stepped off a train in Paris, walked the city’s streets for the first time, and ventured to Auguste Rodin’s studio. The passage is an excerpt from Corbett’s new book You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin. […]

‘The Future Lies in Secularism’: Adonis Reflects on Poetry’s Potential in the Middle East

In a Times of Israel interview, Adonis notes politicians and religious leaders’ inability to resolve conflict in the Middle East. He suggests that Arab poetry, which has always been “against God,” may be capable of bringing a resolution. More: GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AFP) — Noted Syrian poet Adonis, whose name surfaces regularly as a top contender […]

The Remaining You

Someone knows the you that goes to bed early because you can’t talk.Or the you that doesn’t stop talking when they’re excited.I’m sure someone knows the you that stays up late because your head is too busy, no matter what you tell it to settle down.There must be many, who know the you that you wish other people thought you were. Show More Summary

Langston Hughes Is Having a Really Good Fall

How did a Langston Hughes poem get a full page placement in the New York Times yesterday? The team at FishbowlNY offers very thorough analysis as to the origins of yesterday’s reprint of Hughes’s 1926 poem “I, too.” And of course, this follows Wednesday’s happy news that Hughes’s Harlem home will be turned into a […]

Dorothea Lasky, Sarah Ruhl, More Remember Max Ritvo

At Berfrois, several writers, poets, friends, and family remember Max Ritvo (1990-2016), including Dorothea Lasky, Sarah Ruhl, Kaveh Akbar, and Kathleen Ossip. “Part of me finds this very hard to write because I feel Max hasn’t left this world yet,” writes Lasky. More: …He’s still here floating above us (not very far away) making sure […]

Literary Hub Mulls Donations, Distribution in the Digital Age

Writer Deirdre Coyles’s chance encounter with Kevin Bertolero at an upstate New York writing conference in 2014 was the beginning of an internet friendship that paved the way for Ghost City Press and even further adventures. More: In the summer of 2014, I met Kevin Bertolero at a writing conference in upstate New York. As […]

Party Like It’s 1898!

The day Prince died I had just arrived in San Francisco (fashionably late, of course) for Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a project conceived and curated by the poet Barbara Jane Reyes, who co-produced it with The Poetry Center.  Wheeling my roller bag into the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, I greeted my fellow Kuwentuhan poets with the news of […]

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