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How Can We Pay the Poets?

At Literary Hub, Amanda Nadelberg–author of Songs from a Mountain, among other books–considers the structures that (don’t) exist to pay the poets; and she calls on publishers, organizations, readers, employers, and the grant world to overhaul their thinking and valuation. “Isn’t it incongruous to live in a culture in which one of the greatest compliments […]

Hyperallergic Remembers Brazilian Poet and Art Critic Ferreira Gullar

Brazilian poet and art critic Ferreira Gullar died of pneumonia over the weekend at the age of 86. “In art,” Elisa Wouk Almino writes “Gullar is perhaps best known for penning the Neo-Concrete manifesto in 1959, a movement in Rio de Janeiro spearheaded by Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, both good friends of Gullar’s, which […]

Entropy Digs Tony Trigilio’s ‘Sneaky Text’

At Entropy, Joe Milazzo praises Tony Trigilio’s vastly titled book Inside the Walls of My Own House: The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood) Book 2 (BlazeVOX). Milazzo writes “Trigilio lures you into these poems with an unassuming,...Show More Summary

Ominverse Presents First of Three Essays on the ‘Poetics of Drought’

Last year’s AWP in Los Angeles was host to Kristin George Bagdanov’s panel, “Poetics of Drought,” the purpose of which was “to imagine how poetry might help us engage conceptually and materially with the crisis of drought.” Now up at Omniverse is the first installment in a three-part essay series on poetics and drought, based […]

Now You See Me

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Marcus Wicker’s poem “Conjecture on the Stained Glass Image of White Christ at Ebenezer Baptist Church” appears in the December 2016 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. Many things are true at once. –Elizabeth Alexander Back […]

Coming Soon: An Anthology of Contemporary (Experimental) French Poetry

Writing the Real, edited by Nina Parish and Emma Wagstaff, is a new bilingual anthology of contemporary French poetry forthcoming from the U.K.’s beautiful Enitharmon Press. About time we saw such a collection, non? The book, which features 18 key contemporary French-language poets alongside English translations by leading poets and translators, is reviewed today at […]

Poetry Coalition to Focus on Migration

Yesterday the Academy of American Poets announced the launch of a new poetry coalition comprised of twenty non-profit organizations dedicated to the promotion of poetry in the culture. And yes, the Poetry Foundation is on board! The coalition’s first task will be to address issues of migration through poetry programming. From poets.org: Twenty nonprofit poetry […]

Layli Long Soldier Speaks Out at PBS NewsHour

“I took time to let my spirit fly and be happy,” poet Layli Long Soldier says to PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks in response to news over the weekend of the Dakota pipeline’s halt. “But at the same time, I feel a sense of caution. I have a general feeling that this is not the […]

The Third Place, Between Naming & Chaos

Mary Ruefle’s writing–particularly that in her new book, My Private Property, a collection of short essays and prose poems–is looked at alongside Anne Carson’s Float, a collection of 22 chapbooks from Knopf, at Los Angeles Review of Books. “Carson and Ruefle are both poets and more than poets: they are essayists, experimenters; they teach; they […]

Jennifer Kronovet Tests Language as It Lies

Jennifer Kronovet writes about “language in a time of lies” for Poetry Society of America. Kronovet, whose newest book is The Wug Test (Ecco Books, 2016), pricks our eyeballs with an epigraph from Joseph Goebbels: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” An excerpt […]

Poetry for Reckoning With Trump’s America: Faiz Ahmed Faiz

After the recent United States Presidential Election, Rajat Singh writes “we have been taking stock of the catastrophic loss that Donald Trump’s triumph has hollowed out among our nation’s people of color, among its minorities, among those who fear their further disenfranchisement and loss of voice.” After crawling into bed on the night of the […]

Jo Malone Weighs in: How Can Poetry Translate Into a Gift People Will Buy?

In the latest installment of her Evening Standard column “Ask Jo Malone,” perfume maven Jo Malone responds to a reader’s question about poetry, marketing, and value. The reader asks “I think I might have stumbled across an idea. I have a collection of poems I’ve written, penned with the idea of making them into an […]

Becca Klaver’s Empire Wasted Captures a Particular Sense of the Time

“Divided into five sections that could function as stand alone chapbooks, Empire Wasted opens with a nod to Andy Warhol,” writes Gina Myers about Becca Klaver’s second collection, published by Bloof Books this fall. “In ‘Death & Disasters Series,’ Klaver turns her discerning eye to the disasters of the day as relayed by the media, […]

Scout Reviews Lyn Hejinian’s The Unfollowing

Lyn Hejinian’s latest book, The Unfollowing (Omnidawn, 2016), is reviewed at Scout Poetry. “Spurred by the irrationality of the death of a loved one, Lyn Hejinian’s The Unfollowing rejects traditional logic as a means of processing an irrational world,” they write (Scout reviews are all written anonymously). More: The reader is given precise fragments of […]

Books Received: November 2016

Isabel Allende (editor), These Are Not Sweet Girls: Poetry by Latin American Women (White Pine Press) Elizabeth Arnold, Skeleton Coast (Flood Editions) Farid Ud-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds (W. W. Norton & Company) Samira Bashir, Field Theories (Nightboat) Sandra Beasley, Count the Waves (W. W. Norton & Company) Zeina Hashem Beck, There Was […]

Amorak Huey: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming Amorak Huey to the Poetic Asides blog! Amorak Huey, a former newspaper editor and reporter, is author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly). Show More Summary

Daniel Borzutzky Interviewed at Chicago Tribune

On the heels of winning the National Book Award in poetry, Daniel Borzutzky talks to Kathleen Rooney (over email) at the Chicago Tribune. Borzutzky provides some helpful background to The Performance of Becoming Human, starting with a line from Franz Kafka: Q: The title of your winning book is intriguing because it’s not just “Becoming […]

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Landay

A new month means a new WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the landay! Find the rules for writing landays here. It’s an interesting form that can be as concise as a couplet or expand for several stanzas. So start writing them and...Show More Summary

WBUR Spotlights Poet Clint Smith

Inspired by the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Clint Smith began writing poetry in 2008. He began studying education as a graduate student at Harvard the same week that Michael Brown died in Ferguson. In this recent conversation with Robin Young on WBUR’s Here and Now, Smith reads from his debut poetry collection, published this fall, Counting […]

‘a real though pleasant surprise’: On Lee Harwood, John Ashbery, & F.T. Prince

Over the past few months I’ve been going to the British Library to look at the recently-opened archive of the English poet, Lee Harwood. Harwood, who died last year aged 76, produced one of the most varied and most beautiful oeuvres of any twentieth century English poet. He was also a meticulous self-archivist. His compositions, […]

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