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In House A, Jennifer S. Cheng Meditates on the Concept of Home

Poet Jennifer S. Cheng spent her early years in between the United States and Asia. Her mother is from Taiwan and her father grew up in Hong Kong. Her new book, House A, selected by Claudia Rankine for the 2015 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize, explores the idea of home from a variety of entry-points. […]

The Guardian Features UDP Anthology of Poetry in the Siege of Leningrad

As part of the Guardian’s Translation Tuesdays by Asymptote, “Poems written during the Siege of Leningrad” excerpts from a “groundbreaking” anthology of Leningrad Siege poetry, Written in the Dark (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016). Edited by Polina Barskova, the poems gathered therein, write the editors at Asymptote, “were written in 1942, during the most severe winter […]

New Law May Clear Oscar Wilde’s Criminal Record

Britain’s Ministry of Justice is considering a new law that would clear the records of deceased gay and bisexual men convicted of criminal offenses that are no longer illegal. While none of those pardoned will be named or singled out, there are many well-known convictions, such as Oscar Wilde’s, that would be considered as part […]

Jeramy Dodds Discovers & Re-Creates Ancient ‘Font Therapy’ From Northern Finland

Wow: At the Puritan’s Town Crier blog, Montreal-based poet and translator Jeramy Dodds exhibits his re-creation of an ancient Finnish font, a discovery that Dodds calls “font therapy” and “whisper writing,” made after a decade of research in Northern Finland. “Font therapy was used in ancient scriptoriums to treat severe malaise,” he writes. An excerpt […]

October 2016 Cover Artist: Marion Kadi

The French painter and illustrator Marion Kadi first wrote to Poetry in May 2014, with the salutation “Hello from a distant shore…” Kadi included an array of work that she thought we might like, which we did. And then we slept on it. For over 100 years we’ve relied on work that comes over the transom, and now more […]

Real American Places: Edward Weston Collaborates With Leaves of Grass

Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier previews the Huntington’s exhibition Real American Places: Edward Weston & Leaves of Grass, which opens this Saturday in San Marino, California. Although Edward Weston and Walt Whitman did not overlap during...Show More Summary

Clogyrnach: Poetic Form

With the November PAD Chapbook Challenge just around the corner, I’m trying to cover a few more poetic forms than usual, including today’s offering: Clogyrnach! Clogyrnach Poems Besides being another fun form to say (like rimas dissolutas), clogyrnach is also a fun poem to write. Show More Summary

Exciting Changes Afoot for Spork Press

Spork Press, a Tucson-based publisher (which started as a magazine) known for its unique bookbinding and focus on experimental poetry and prose, is undergoing a transformation. “As the brainchild of bookmaker-cum-writer Drew Burk and poet Richard Siken, Spork was run out of Drew’s home studio for the majority of its 16 year existence….Now Spork has […]

Verlaine’s Gun to Be Auctioned

Yes, THE gun that shot pauvre Rimbaud in 1873 and landed Verlaine in the clink. That gun. Christie’s will be auctioning the 7mm revolver on November 30th, the Guardian reports. In case you’re unfamiliar with the backstory, the Guardian provides a primer: Verlaine bought the 7mm six-shooter in Brussels on the morning of 10 July […]

Reading List: October 2016

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the October 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Kaveh Akbar I have the great luxury at present of being at a place (a creative-friendly PhD program!) where I get to spend most days just reading poems, nearly to […]

T.S. Eliot Finalists Announced: Capildeo, Riley, O’Donoghue, & More

The T.S. Eliot Prize, one of the U.K.’s most abundant poetry honors, has been “on the scene” since 1993, given to such luminaries as Alice Oswald, Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, and Carol Ann Duffy along the way. This year, the finalists hail from a variety of lived experiences and locales, they include: Rachael Boast, Vahni […]

Claudia Rankine Discusses Plan to Donate MacArthur Stipend to Racial Imaginary Institute

Inspiring everyone everywhere, Claudia Rankine explains her plan “to donate her $625,000 stipend from her MacArthur genius grant to found the Racial Imaginary Institute.” What is–or will be–the Racial Imaginary Institute, you ask? Steven W. Thrasher reports for the Guardian: Rankine is part of a group of thinkers who are dreaming up a “presenting space […]

‘Not One Between Equals’: Anita Raja Dives Into Translation’s Secrets & Mysteries

In her article, “Translation as a Practice of Acceptance,” Anita Raja discusses her experience translating works from German, especially Christa Wolf, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Georg Büchner. Her essay, which originally took the form of...Show More Summary

Peter Gizzi Featured in This Week’s New Yorker

The New Yorker gives Peter Gizzi some love, as Amanda Petrusich reckons with the poet’s newest collection, Archeophonics (Wesleyan), itself a reckoning with time. It’s perhaps Gizzi’s most personal book, writes Petrusich. …[I]t is tender, lyric, strange, and chatty. He writes from a place of deep intimacy with loss, as if he has locked eyes […]

The Echoes In My Skull

After everything, you will discover that loneliness is just not finding yourself, because there’s no one around to find yourself in.(You will discover: we need someone else to see us, to be able to see ourselves.)

DJ Rashad & the Body Electric Poetics of the Chicago Footwork Scene

Right Temptation The synths fire like the loaded guns planted in the middle of the jungle gyms on the playgrounds of Chicago’s Southside neighborhoods, black breaking as jade breaks astral fabulous in the pavement.  And the one-line blues sample is the bloodied body of the stricken, rising, chicken spot in the corner of one eye, […]

Dorianne Laux Praises Stephen Dunn’s ‘Audacious, Darkly Comic and Exquisitely Tender’ Poetry

In advance of his Thursday evening poetry reading at NC State, Pultizer Prize–winning poet Stephen Dunn is featured in North Carolina State University’s Technician, along with a brief introduction to his appearance on campus by poetry professor Dorianne Laux, who says that Dunn is a poet of “great surprise.” More: Aspiring authors and poets are […]

Forbes Tests Poetry’s Limits With Emileigh Barnes

The latest episode of Forbes podcast The Limit Does Not Exist features hosts Christina Wallace and Cate Scott Campbell in conversation with Emileigh Barnes, poet and content designer for “18F, a division of the General Services Administration that could basically be described as a tech startup inside the federal government,” about the ways that creativity […]

Links Hall & Sector 2337 Present Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater

Chicago’s second annual Festival of Poets Theater, presented by Links Hall and Sector 2337, kicks off on December 7th and runs through December 10th. To whet your appetite, ye denizens of the Big Shoulders, up at Links Hall’s website is a statement by the intrepid curators of the festival, Patrick Durgin and Devin King. The […]

Four Exemplars of the Illustrated Book

At Literary Hub, Buzz Poole looks at “four great examples of the genre” of the illustrated book! The piece highlights Rebecca Solnit’s Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas; Dear Data, with designers Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec; Shakespeare and Company Paris: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart; and Tom […]

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