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Amanda Gorman Named National Youth Poet Laureate

Poets & Writers reports that nineteen-year-old Amanda Gorman of Los Angeles has been named the first National Youth Poet Laureate! “The unprecedented title, to be awarded annually, honors a teen poet who demonstrates not only extraordinary literary talent but also a proven record of community engagement and youth leadership,” writes Maggie Millner. For Gorman, poetry […]

New Yorker Follows Morgan Parker to the Tattoo Parlor

Did you know that “samo” (short for “same ol’ shit”) appeared as a graffiti tag in ’70s and ’80s NYC?, as painted by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Poet Morgan Parker recently set out to have “samo” tattooed on her upper arm at Electric Anvil, a shop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Amanda Petrusich documents the experience in her […]

ISOLATION PIECE

—for Joan Retallack, a draft that never ends Nothing I say will be untouched, original, pristine, new, transcendent. Everything I do is stolen, corrupt, distorted, contaminated, perverse, reified. The relevant social operations are scolding, humiliation, exploitation, erasure, abuse. Show More Summary

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

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For today’s prompt, write a poem about a smell. Similar to Day 6’s prompt about writing a poem about a sound, today’s prompt involves thinking about the various good and bad smells that fill the world. Pick one smell (or a variety, I suppose), and write a poem. Show More Summary

TLS Looks Into Malcolm Guite’s Mariner

At the Times Literary Supplement, Kelly Grovier reviews a new book by Malcolm Guite that hypothesizes the inspiration for Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epoch-defining poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” In his book, Mariner, Guite argues that Coleridge was inspired by a vision of his own future as he wrote “The Rime of the Ancient […]

Claudia Rankine & Will Rawls Discuss Self-Surveillance in New Performance Work

Dance writer Siobhan Burke spoke to Claudia Rankine and choreographer Will Rawls for the New York Times about surveillance, “the already dead space,” the luxury of just dancing, and their new work, “What Remains,” which runs today through Sunday, commissioned as part of the performance exhibition We’re Watching at Bard’s Fisher Center. “Its guiding, open-ended […]

Christian Lorentzen Reviews Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy at New York Magazine

Patricia Lockwood’s new memoir, Priestdaddy, draws on her experience as the daughter of a Catholic priest. Lorentzen explains that it’s “part origin story, part narrative of her time in the wilderness.” That’s all true, as in part a result of Lockwood’s memories of her child and her shrewd, cutting present day observations. Let’s dive with […]

Five Radicals

1. I recently realized that, in Spanish, experimentar means both “to experiment” and “to experience.” This is so obvious that I wonder if I’ve known it subconsciously, without ever having paused to process the implications of the verbs in Spanish and English being both true and false friends. The propositions that human experience is always […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day; so carry around a poem in your pocket today. Or roll like me and carry a poem in your pocket every day. For today’s prompt, use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem (using a word or two in...Show More Summary

The Little Magazine in the Present Tense: Sophie Seita & Danny Snelson in Conversation

While their new issue is under construction, U.K.-based Hotel (“a magazine for new approaches to Fiction, Non-Fiction & Poetry”) is publishing great reads intermittently. Catching our eye this week is a conversation with Sophie Seita and Danny Snelson on “Lodging & Dislodging the Little Magazine.” In this, the two scholars and writers discuss the values […]

‘All artists, not just writers, dream’: Nikki Giovanni Interviewed at Creative Independent

Amy Rose Spiegel interviews legendary poet Nikki Giovanni at Creative Independent in a conversation about “trusting your voice,” history, and practice. Giovanni rose to stardom in the ’60s for her poetry, addressing gender inequality, racial injustice, black power, and everyday life. “You look at the world you live in, and then you start to ask […]

The Place Fear Grows

I’m afraid of you.I’m afraid that if I love you, you’ll become a memory.I’m afraid that you’ll become something that haunts me, and that I’ll become something that haunts you.I don’t want to be the one that digs into you late at night.And...Show More Summary

Now in the Free Download of the April 2017 Issue: Henry Rago

Did you forget to download your free copy of the April 2017 issue of Poetry? There are still five days left of National Poetry Month, so download your complimentary copy today! You can find the Poetry magazine app in iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon. To sweeten the deal, we’ve added a special app-only portfolio to […]

MaximusRocknRoll: Willie ‘Loco’ Alexander

Micah Ballard had just returned from the Gloucester Writers Center, reading for his book Afterlives (Bootstrap, 2016), when I spotted it on his table: I’ll Be Goode (Fisheye Records, 2016), a CD by Willie Alexander and the Fishtones.  Being from Massachusetts, I knew who Alexander was.  Most famous for his six-month stint in the post-Lou […]

Rosmarie Waldrop Wins 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize for Poetry

This weekend, Rosmarie Waldrop won the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize for Poetry! “The awards were presented Friday night at USC, hosted by comedian Tig Notaro, just before the opening of the two-day L.A. Times Festival of Books,” reported the paper. Waldrop’s Gap Gardening: Selected Poems (New Directions, 2016) was honored in the poetry category. […]

Reading List: April 2017

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the April 2017 issue share some books that held their interest. Kazim Ali What can be annoying about Paul Virilio is how prophetic his mind was about information culture—he wrote Information Bomb, which perfectly captures the toxicity of instantaneity, for example, […]

Arc & Handle

The poem is not the route to anything. It is the route. Endless. So a poem has to be written whether by word or by silence. And I want to be released from the obligations of definition. Somehow a poem must have its way with the poet or else it will grow bored with him/her. […]

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 […]

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