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The Riveter Talks With Sarah Manguso

The Riveter is a new online magazine for “Riveting Storytelling By Women.” In a recent post, Daley Farr speaks with poet and novelist Sarah Manguso about her newest book, 300 Arguments. It’s Manguso’s seventh: “hard to describe but equally hard to resist: a collection of cutting aphorisms that read both like shrewdly dispensed advice for […]

On Czeslaw Milosz, Skeptics, & Truth-Tellers

At the New Yorker, Adam Kirsch delivers a nice profile of Czeslaw Milosz on the occasion of Andrzej Franaszek’s recently published Milosz: A Biography. The book underlines Milosz’s astonishingly vast experience of the twentieth century, ranging from the First and Second World War to his intersections with Communism in 1950s Europe. As Kirsch quotes from […]

RIP Denis Johnson

We saddened to learn of the death of Denis Johnson this morning from the New York Times. He was 67. Known most widely for his collection of short stories chronicling the the troubled lives of drug addicts, Jesus’ Son, Johnson was deeply committed to the art of poetry, and a contributor to Poetry magazine. From […]

Literary Hub Revisits Twelfth-Century Poem From Iran

Theodore McCombs draws Literary Hub readers’ attention to a poem from twelfth-century Iran that is more relevant than ever. The poem, “The Conference of the Birds,” by the medieval poet (and pharmacist), Far?d Ud-D?n Attar, is “a Sufi allegory for the soul’s journey to the Divine, with the Simorgh cast as the great king of […]

The Spinning Heart

Please take a moment to be still.Even if it’s only as long as it takes to read this.I know no one told you, but it’s your turn to hold the universe today.It’s your turn to keep it safe. So don’t be angry at anyone, especially not yourself. Show More Summary

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Great Poet, Awful Teacher

At the Irish Times, Simon Edge remarks on Gerard Manley Hopkins’s innovative verse and metrics, his woes while living in Ireland, and his inability to maintain control over a hostile brood of students. Edge begins by praising the wonderfully “Terrible” sonnets Hopkins composed on Irish soil: “Of the 28 poems he wrote in Ireland, the […]

Found: Two Previously Unknown Poems by Sylvia Plath

To our delight, the Guardian reports that scholars have unearthed at least two previously unknown poems by Sylvia Plath. The poems were buried in a notebook and deciphered from a sheet of carbon paper. We’ll get right to it, from the top: A carbon paper hidden in the back of an old notebook owned by […]

Literary Hub Interviews Vera Pavlova

At Literary Hub, Peter Mishler corresponds with Russian poet Vera Pavlova as part of his series of interviews with contemporary poets. Pavlova’s the author of 20 collections of poetry; her writing has been translated into 22 languages. In conversation, Pavlova explains, “The goal of a poet—give a voice to ones who don’t have it.” From […]

In Memory: Chana Bloch (1940–2017)

We’re saddened to learn that poet Chana Bloch has died after a long battle with cancer. Based in Berkeley, Bloch revered the writings of Shakespeare as much as her “Jewish cultural roots,” writes Dan Pine of the Jewish News of Northern California. Her friend, Chana Kronfeld explains, “For her, the Jewish textual tradition, more than […]

Manchester Poet Responds to Tragedy

At the New Yorker, Ed Caesar applauds Manchester poet Tony Walsh’s poem, written and performed as a tribute to the concert-goers who died at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday. Caesar makes an interesting point, that although the circumstances might have called for a poet of wider-renown, Walsh’s connection to […]

A New Biography Examines John Ashbery’s Youth

At Harper’s, Matthew Bevis reviews a new John Ashbery biography that focuses on the revered poet’s childhood. The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life, by Karin Roffman, looks into his relationships with family, early academic accomplishments, and, most revealingly, his diaries. Bevis writes, “The biography is certainly revealing, but it’s noteworthy that the […]

2018 Federal Budget Seeks to Eliminate Everything That Makes America Great

It’s been posted elsewhere but we’ll pick up with Hyperallergic’s coverage of the proposed 2018 budget, which, yes, seeks to eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, theShow More Summary

National Endowment for the Arts Interviews Barbara Jane Reyes

On the National Endowment for the Arts’s Art Works blog, Rebecca Sutton hosts an Art Talk with poet Barbara Jane Reyes. Reyes is based in Oakland; her poetry blends “multiple languages, multiple cultures, and multiple meanings, offering a richly layered look into the complexities of identity.” Let’s pick up with Sutton’s intro and move into […]

A Vote Cast for David Larsen’s Literary Stardom

Wave Books recently published a new edition of David Larsen’s cult-classic translation, Names of the Lion, and at Arabic Literature, in her review of the text, Sarah Irving writes, “Larsen still isn’t some kind of literary superstar. The world’s unfair.” Let’s start there: It’s unlikely that his edition of Al-Husayn ibn Ahmad ibn Khalawayh’s Names […]

Jen Hyde Reads Jennifer Nelson’s Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife

At Coldfront, Jen Hyde introduces the online periodical’s readers to Jennifer Nelson’s 2015 Ugly Duckling collection, Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife. Hyde writes, “in many ways I think her speaker serves as a model for those young girls told by their father not to speak their minds.” Yes! Let’s start there: It’s nothing […]

PBS NewsHour Introduces One Poet’s ‘Humble One-Liners’

Elizabeth Flock speaks with Egyptian-American poetry and prose-writer Yahia Lababidi on the latest episode of PBS NewsHour. Humor, timing, and the current moment are some subjects at hand. His new book, When Epics Fail, explores the aphorism, “an ancient art form that’s part poetry and part philosophy, often consists of just a single line; it’s […]

Reading List: May 2017

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the May 2017 issue share some books that held their interest. Moniza Alvi From Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf: “I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the nightmare sleepless hours of […]

A New Anthology Confronts the Current Administration

Knopf unveils a new anthology of 50 poems by poets wbo oppose the current administration; at the Washington Post, Elizabeth Lund takes a look at who (and what) is inside. Lund: “The slim volume, which includes work by Robert Pinsky, Christian Wiman, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, Kevin Young and Lucie Brock-Broido, questions how we reached […]

Firecracker Finalists Announced!

Hurray! CLMP announced the finalists for this year’s Firecracker Awards! Each year, the literary organization applauds exceptional new collections in the fields of Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. But hold your horses, because these are just the finalists. Or, as CLMP explains, the winners “in these three categories, along with awardees for Best Debut and General […]

Johanna Drucker Reviews A Quiet Passion

Johanna Drucker is not a fan of the Terence Davies’s new Emily Dickinson biopic. In this her Los Angeles Review of Books review, she compares A Quiet Passion to the classic, macabre, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, pointing out the film’s ultimate (and unfortunate) message: “poetry is fatal, especially to unmarried women.” Drucker identifies […]

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