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The Shade In The Night

Give me one beautiful thing in the darkness to hold onto. Even if it’s only the ghost of good light.

10 Years Later

10 years ago today, I posted the first entry on a blog called I Wrote This For You. I had just turned 27 a month earlier. I wrote most of the first 100 entries in one big push, in December 2006, and then they just sat there in a word...Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 400

I have to admit: Today’s prompt kind of snuck up on me. But now that it’s here, I’m taking a moment to soak it in. 400 Wednesday poetry prompts is pretty cool! With 10 April PAD Challenges and 9 November PAD Chapbook Challenges, it means...Show More Summary

The Not-Fully-Seen Beyond of Collaborative ‘Executive Orders’

MobyLives breathes the executive order anew by interviewing three poets about “Executive Orders,” a new project and “online collaboration in which a veritable sleigh-team of poets (more than twenty have participated so far) are creating some binding directives of their own.” Started by members of the Organism for Poetic Research Rachael Wilson, Andrew Gorin, and […]

An Inclusionary Education: Bertha Rogers Guest Blogs

Education Week invites guest blogger Bertha Rogers, a teaching artist with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, to share her thoughts on “Teaching Poetry as a Means to Inclusion.” Rogers writes that although our world is diverse and feels smaller every day, the reality is that the “ways we learn must widen so that inclusion becomes second […]

Jameson Fitzpatrick Reviews Ugo Rondinone: I ? John Giorno

At Art in America, Jameson Fitzpatrick dons his art-critic hat, writing about the rather wild first major U.S. exhibition about the American poet, artist, activist, and muse John Giorno. Ugo Rondinone: I ? John Giorno, is “up” now in 13 locations across New York, produced by Artists Space and featuring several partner venues. “In celebration […]

On Assisting Adrienne Rich

At Literary Hub, Victoria Redel recounts her time spent assisting Adrienne Rich (her literary hero) and Michelle Cliff with Sinister Wisdom, a literary journal “by and for lesbians,” that Cliff and Rich had recently taken on as editors. How did she even apply for that job? Redel explains: “Conjuring all the bravado I didn’t really […]

Paris Review Previews Susan Howe’s Debths

For those still deciding whether to walk or run to the bookstore to purchase a copy of Susan Howe’s latest book, Debths, this Paris Review preview (Susan Howe’s introduction to Debths) may help solidify one’s quest: run. Howe begins the introduction by recalling one ritual from her childhood, summer camp: “When I was eight my […]

Just as Bronze: Memories of the West Side & Gwendolyn Brooks

First, you’ve got to know about the West Side. Not the West Side of right now, with bland, suspicious dwellings sprouting up in the dead of night and white women slicing through on their Schwinns, hair rippling like a wrong silk. Not the West Side suffering the sudden hilarious appearance of pâtés and confit, slant-rhymed […]

The Functions of Image & Fragment in Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A

Jennifer S. Cheng talks with The Rumpus about her first poetry collection, House A, chosen by Claudia Rankine for the 2015 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Contest. “House A” is “the first house, house of beginnings, house of embodied language, house archetype, foundational house, primordial house, house of our first cosmos, house with our angled roof, […]

Bowery Poetry Club: Poetry Spotlight

Last week, I highlighted Poetry Slam Inc., in an attempt to share some slam poetry. This week that continues as I spotlight the Bowery Poetry Club. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way. Keep them coming at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: Poetry Spotlight Idea. Show More Summary

Yoko Ono Receives Songwriting Credit for ‘Imagine’

This is poetry news, right? Yoko Ono receives a songwriting credit for John Lennon’s “Imagine”! An updated report from Jen Aswad at Variety: At the annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association in New York on Wednesday, Yoko and Sean Ono Lennon received the organization’s new Centennial Song award for John Lennon’s legendary 1971 […]

On ‘the Shadow of Austerity’ in Greek Poetry

The New Yorker’s David Wallace introduces readers to a new anthology, Austerity Measures, which collects Greek poets’ responses to the nation’s financial disaster. It’s somewhat of a trend at the moment, Wallace contextualizes, referring in part to Karen Van Dyck’s introduction to the compendium. In his words, Wallace writes, “It’s become a cliché to say […]

Steven Zultanski Reviews Juliana Huxtable’s Mucus in My Pineal Gland

At 4Columns, Steven Zultanski reads the debut book by performer, photographer, and D.J., Juliana Huxtable. Published by Capricious & Wonder, Zultanski writes that it’s “a dense and sprawling set of texts with no particular allegiance to genre or perspective. Billed as ‘poems, performance scripts, and essays,’ the pieces don’t fit neatly into any of those […]

The Rising Trend of All-Women Literary Spaces

Thea Hawlin writes about the history of women-only writing spaces in a new piece at Literary Hub that sheds light on the U.K. versions: “Denise Riley observed in her 1988 critical work on the changing notion of ‘womanhood’ Am I That Name? that ‘both concentration on and refusal of the identity of ‘women’ are essential […]

J.D. McClatchy Steps Down From Editorship of The Yale Review

J.D. McClatchy is stepping down from his position as longtime editor of The Yale Review, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “Harold Augenbraum, a visiting Fellow at Yale University and the former executive director of the National Book Foundation, will serve as editor until a permanent replacement is found,” writes Hillel Italie. It’s been 27 years […]

The Person You Want To Be There

They're someone you see out of the corner of your eye, next to you in the aisle at the store, at a movie or in a park, and you think it might it actually be them but you don’t want to look at them directly, in case it’s not actually them, and the feeling that it might actually be them is the closest you’ve been to happy in a very long time.

Sherman Alexie Opens Up to Buzzfeed News

Author Sherman Alexie opens up to Buzzfeed News journalist Anne Helen Petersen about his Spokane reservation adolescence, and how the experience led him to become one of the most outspoken, politically-engaged artists today. In spite of his well-known fame, Alexie has been getting death threats from Trump’s supporters that, in some cases, have forced him […]

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 399

For today’s prompt, write a betrayal poem. Many people may be able to conjure up several moments when one person betrayed another–both in real life and fiction. But sometimes our bodies betray us, our words betray us, and well, sometimes we sabotage (or betray) ourselves. Show More Summary

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