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Austin International Poetry Festival: Poetry Spotlight

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This week’s poetry spotlight shines on a super fun week of poetry that happens in the heart of Texas each year: the Austin International Poetry Festival, or AIPF. As always, I appreciate the poetry spotlight ideas people send my way....Show More Summary

Ana Boži?evi?’s The Joy of Missing Out at Lambda Literary

There will be no joy in missing out on this one! Over at Lambda Literary, Michael Valinsky talks to Ana Boži?evi? about her latest collection of verses, The Joy of Missing Out (Birds LLC). The conversation begins by looking at the space The Joy of Missing Out inhabits. From the top: In the past you’ve […]

Writing Residencies to Knock Your Socks Off

Literary Hub’s Emily Temple brings to readers’ attention a few highly unusual residencies that will catch even the most sophisticated residency-seeker off-guard. Of course, we all know about the Amtrak Residency, which has been covered rather extensively in these pages before. But do you know about the Outlandia Workspace in Scotland? Or the Jan Michalski […]

U.S. Poet Laureate Encourages Bilingualism, Translation, & Storytelling as We Face Deportation Fears

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera read poems at Emory’s Schwartz Center on February 19, and in speaking to the university’s Emory Wheel about the event, decried Trump’s wall and plans for mass deportation. He condemned the “border machine,” the institutions that enforce the U.S.-Mexican border such as detention centers, border patrol, police and the […]

Alejandro Jodorowsky Accesses Poetic Youth

Jackie Wang did us all a favor and posted part of the chapter “Poetic Act” from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book Psychomagic. “Jodorowsky’s poetic youth is also the subject of his new film ‘Endless Poetry,’” notes Wang. In this excerpt, the acclaimed artist, writer, poet, filmmaker and “atheistic mystic” talks to Gilles Farcet about living poetically and […]

‘Literature All Americans Should Read and Re-Affirm’: Jeffrey Lependorf on the NEA’s Original 1965 Legislation

The Executive Director of CLMP and SPD, Jeffrey Lependorf, walks Literary Hub readers through Lyndon B. Johnson’s original 1965 legislation, leading to the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts. At the ceremony, which took place on a sunny day in late September, President Johnson “handed Agnes DeMille and Ansel Adams the pens used […]

Cameron Awkward-Rich Interviewed for the PEN Ten

Kyla Marshell of the Cave Canem Foundation interviews poet Cameron Awkward-Rich for the PEN Ten. “He is a teller of ghost stories—but of course, they’re not the stories of goblins or ghouls; they’re the stories of people, bodies, identities that change, in our memories and before our eyes,” writes Marshell. From their conversation: Obsessions are […]

NBC News Celebrates Craig Santos Perez’s Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship Win

Craig Santos Perez has become the first native Pacific Islander to win the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship for Poetry, reports none other than NBC News. He joins, notably, fellow awardees Don Mee Choi, Tyehimba Jess, Solmaz Sharif, and Ocean Vuong (John Keene, also a poet, was awarded a fellowship for Fiction). Perez talked to NBC […]

Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman Looks at Besmilr Brigham’s Fermenting Lyric

At Jacket2, Jerome Rothenberg has posted a piece by Tucson-based Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman that moves through a “politics of fermentation” and a consideration of the lyric subject and incantation, to, eventually, the work of the poet Besmilr Brigham, whose archive was a focus of study for C. D. Wright. Sitting among Brigham’s things at her […]

Poetry Suits the Unconscious, Says Frontiers

In a recent article, published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology, Professor Guillaume Thierry and his colleagues at Bangor University articulate the fascinating relationship between poetry’s ability to spark joy through sound before even approaching the critical eyes of the reader. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 385

For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. That is a poem based on a piece of visual art–a painting, a photograph, a sculpture. Your choice. If you have something in mind already, go with it. If not, here are a few images to get you started. Show More Summary

Memory as a Form of Diving: Claire Donato on Joanna Newsom

Poet Claire Donato takes to music criticism swimmingly, writing at The Fanzine about Joanne Newsom’s fourth album, Divers (Drag City, 2015), which “crystallizes toward the end of her third decade” (her here being author Donato). She’s written about Newsom before, which she duly notes: “At the time, she had been listening to these records across […]

Lending a Helping Hand: The New Yorker Looks at Shakespeare’s Collaborations

Fumbling through the interwebs this morning, we stumbled upon Daniel Pollack-Pelzner’s recent article in The New Yorker, a review of The New Oxford Shakespeare, with a focus on the radical argument Pollack-Pelzner claims the book’s editors advance. Show More Summary

North & South

Composed of rustic landscapes public parks are partly dreamscapes set off for communal sharing. —Susan Howe, from “Vagrancy in the Park” “You are my brother” —William Faulkner, from Absalom, Absalom! 1. Waves of granite pavement outcrops, river of shadows, ghostly in the clearing between hickory and oak forest, the walk up lit with autumn. Exercisers […]

‘Nothing Is Ever Really Lost’: A Walt Whitman Novel Discovered

The New York Times heralds University of Houston graduate student Zachary Turpin’s latest discovery, found deep within Walt Whitman’s archives. Remarkably, this is the second time that Turpin has made news. The first was just last year when he unearthed Whitman’s 1858 self-help companion “Manly Health and Training.” Now, after combing through Whitman’s notebooks in […]

The Words You Could Say

If you can do nothing else, tell the truth.Say, “I don’t know who I was before now, and I don’t know who I’ll be tomorrow.”Say, "There are things about me you'll never fix, and it's not your job to fix me."Say, "I feel things I don't...Show More Summary

On Nicole Brossard at many gendered mothers

If you haven’t been keeping up with Canada’s many gendered mothers, a project about literary influence directly inspired by the U.S. website Literary Mothers, now’s the time–Angela Carter, Mina Loy, anyone? “O god save all the many gendered-mothers of my heart, & all the other mothers, who do not need god or savior, our hearts […]

Speculative Poetry: What You Should Know About Science Fiction and Fantasy in Verse

It’s been a good long while since we’ve had a guest post on Poetic Asides, so I was excited to hear from Randi Anderson about covering the topic of speculative poetry, or science fiction and fantasy poetry. (If you have a good guest post topic, send it to me at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. Show More Summary

Seguidilla: Poetic Form

I’m a big fan of French forms, but there’s something special about the Spanish forms I find from time to time. That includes this week’s form: seguidilla. Seguidilla Poems Seguidilla is one of those poetic forms that started off as a song before eventually settling on an established poetic form. Show More Summary

Ezra Pound & The Bughouse

The Guardian takes a look at Daniel Swift’s new book about Ezra Pound and his years spent unraveling during and after the Second World War. In The Bughouse, Swift examines the United States’s treatment of Pound, “the most difficult man of the 20th century.” Kept at St. Elizabeth’s, a “government hospital for the insane,” Pound’s […]

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