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How an Antihero Learns to Die: Living as Poet and Librarian

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Alison C. Rollins’s poems “The Beastangel” and “What the Lyric Be” appear in the April 2017 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. As I work on my first manuscript I am keenly aware of the sort of […]

Rent Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom

At Jezebel, Anya Jaremko-Greenwold reports on a recent development at the Emily Dickinson Museum: visitors can now rent Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. The reservation costs $100 an hour, and yes, you must leave the door open, lest pervs “drop trou,” as Jaremko-Greenwold writes. But for more upstanding citizens, the rental affords a unique opportunity to write […]

‘What the Lyric Be’: A Playlist for Poetry‘s April 2017 Issue

For our April 2017 playlist, we asked contributor Alison C. Rollins to curate a selection of music for us. You can read about her approach to creating the playlist below. Click here to open the playlist in your Spotify app. In James Longenbach’s April 2017 commentary piece, “The Music of Poetry,” he reflects on a poet’s ability to […]

Poetry in Principle

Mind-degradable Manifesto I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to issue a manifesto like in the good old days, but any such assertion nowadays always seems to splinter into its ambiguities, leaving the motivating impulse unmanifest. The burden of poetic process is how easily it spoils even the finest dogma. However, if one located […]

Talking With Raquel Gutiérrez After the Geminid Meteor Shower

Today’s featured poet for Entropy’s National Poetry Month is Tucson-based (formerly of LA) writer Raquel Gutiérrez, who also runs the small press Econo Textual Objects. Gutiérrez talks about the relevance of poetry today, influences known and lesser-known, and new work. An excerpt from this conversation follows, but take it all in here. 3) Tell us […]

Friday’s ‘Pizza Poetry Day’ in New Orleans

This is the fourth year that the city of New Orleans has celebrated Pizza Poetry Day, reports the New Orleans Advocate. As part of this most unusual writing prompt, students ages 6–18 are invited to write poems that, after review by interns, teachers, and local poets, will be printed on the insides of pizza boxes. […]

‘To find kisses pressed in books’: One Hundred Years of Gwendolyn Brooks

In this year, the centennial celebration of the writer Gwendolyn Brooks, I attended the National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium aptly titled “Our Miss Brooks.” One of the conference organizers interviewed me and asked something to the effect of “what would the literary landscape look like today without the work of Gwendolyn Brooks?” What a […]

Congratulations to Patricia Spears Jones, Jackson Poetry Prize Winner!

Poets & Writers announced the winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize today: Patricia Spears Jones! Each year, the prize honors “an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” Past recipients include Elizabeth Alexander, who inaugurated the prize in 2007, and Will Alexander, who received the $50,000 honor last year. In their citation, […]

The Atlantic on Patricia Lockwood’s Big-R Romantic Endeavor

The Atlantic’s James Parker considers the work of Patricia Lockwood–both her poetry and her sharp wit as exhibited on Twitter, how she “felt [the current political climate] in her whiskers, and she caught it in high-alert prose: the voluptuous illiteracy of Trumpismo.” Lockwood’s memoir, Priestdaddy, comes out in May. More on that: Get past its […]

ORS Poetica (now infused with ghee…)

The inability to write does not arise from a drought, from one part of the trajectory of a being having exhaust in himself all marvels and phantasms, – no more than it stems from anguish (the impossibility to order or disorder forms) – but, in our case, from hesitation before the decisive act, which, in […]

A New York City Interview With Julien Poirier

This weekend’s edition of Hyperallergic features an interview with Julien Poirier by Jeffrey Grunthaner (“Going Crazy in New York and San Francisco: An Interview with Poet Julien Poirier”), who caught up with the now-California-based poet on his most recent trip to New York City. In Poirier’s book, Out of Print (City Lights, 2016), “Poirier is […]

The Guardian Remembers Tom Raworth

Geoff Ward has written a proper obituary for Tom Raworth, who passed away in February at the age of 78. “His work challenged the idea that the concept of nationhood could ever be adequate to human aspiration, need and curiosity,” writes Ward, noting Raworth’s wanderlust and acclaim across ponds. More from The Guardian: Raworth was […]

Fourteen Lines: A Personal History

I looked through my past poems in the morning and discovered I’d been writing the always somehow peripheral sonnet all along without understanding the forms of brief conclusive thought the poems had been taking so often in 14 lines without me. —Bernadette Mayer, 1989 Since 2009 or so the sonnet has functioned in my work […]

Hyperallergic Reports on Growing Support for the National Endowment for the Arts

As you might have gathered from our recent posts about the National Endowment for the Art’s current limbo status, we’re following the headlines with bated breath hoping that the NEA survives President Donald Trump’s proposition to transfer its funds to the national defense budget. At Hyperallergic, Claire Voon discusses a letter penned by over “150 […]

Lisa Robertson’s Must-Inhale ‘Proverbs for a She-Dandy’

Lisa Robertson writes of the she-dandy caused by menopause–yeah, you heard that right–for Buenos Tiempos, Int. This is closely connected to Baudelaire: “…In Baudelaire the menopausal flaneur and the dandy share a descriptive vocabulary. It is her mysterious austerity that is the instructive trait for the new dandy that emerges from the Baudelairean text.” Read […]

Aestheticizing the Stutter

Although stuttering has a long history in the apocrypha of the West as an impediment serious enough to warrant correction (e.g., Demosthenes putting pebbles in his mouth to correct his speech and, more recently, Alvin Lucier’s experimental sound project “I Am Sitting In A Room,” layered recordings meant to reduce the artist’s stutter to an […]

Poetry Brings Solace to the Courtroom

In his New York Review of Books article “Poetry in the Courtroom,” ACLU National Legal Director David Cole writes about Gavin Grimm’s brave confrontations with the justice system, and a judge’s choice to honor Grimm’s struggle with a poem. Here’s Cole: Poetry and judicial opinions do not often mix. Judging is ordinarily a prosaic task: […]

From the Scene of Wave Books in the Wake of a Pulitzer

Brangien Davis writes for CrossCut about the tides turning Pulitzer for Wave Books this week, after Tyehimba Jess’s book Olio won the prestigious prize on Monday. “‘We saw it on Twitter,’ says Ryo Yamaguchi, publicity and marketing director for Wave, where the morning after the big win, upbeat jazz wafted from speakers and the sole […]


History is full of people who just didn’t.  They said no thank you, turned away, ran away to the desert, stood on the streets in rags, lived in barrels, burned down their own houses, walked barefoot through town, killed their rapists, pushed away dinner, meditated into the light.  Even babies refuse, and the elderly, too.  […]

The Griffin Prize Shortlist Is Here

The Griffin Trust For Excellence in Poetry, based in Canada, awards the Griffin Poetry Prize annually to both Canadian and international poets. Scott Griffin, the trust’s founder, announced the finalists yesterday. From the organization’s press release: Judges Sue Goyette (Canada), Joan Naviyuk Kane (USA) and George Szirtes (UK) each read 617 books of poetry, from […]

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