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Black Sparrow Publishes a Complete Edition of Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony

Charles Simic alerts New York Review of Books readers to a complete edition of Charles Reznikoff’s classic, industrial-age epic (or “anti-epic,” as Simic writes) Testimony, newly published by Black Sparrow Press. Simic writes that he has always been a fan of Reznikoff’s sparse, “just the facts” imagism: “…despite the starkness and skimpiness of these narratives […]

Klara du Plessis Reviews Sarah Dowling’s Down

At PANK, Montreal-based poet and curator Klara du Plessis reviews Sarah Dowling’s Down (Coach House Books 2015), of which Divya Victor said right here, pre-interview: “Sarah’s syntax and rhythmic syncopation palpitate—your heart is raising in your body because it is racing.” And at PANK, reasons for such syncopation: Apart from a Gertrude Stein-like mouthfeel, the […]

At LARB: We Are Nothing and So Can You by Jasper Bernes

Jasper Bernes’s We Are Nothing and So Can You (Commune Editions 2015) is reviewed at Los Angeles Review of Books. Zac Gunter writes that the book “exemplifies the aesthetics of uprising, taking seriously the social form in which the prevailing conditions are rejected in favor of an as-yet-unformed future.” Bernes draws his material from contemporary […]

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 2)

[Editor’s Note: Part 1 of “Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets” can be found here.] On Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer was my poetry mentor, great friend and goddess. Here is an anecdote that says everything about her: an admirer wrote her a letter, but did not have her current address, so simply wrote […]

Does Brilliance = Inaccessibility?

Wait a minute: are these difficult poems actually brilliant? Zoë Heller and Leslie Jamison “discuss whether we overvalue difficulty in literature” at The New York Times’s “Sunday Book Review.” We’ll start with Heller’s contribution: At school, we’re taught to approach difficult literature in a spirit of humility. When we encounter a word we don’t understand, […]

Walt Hunter & Marijeta Bozovic Consider Poetry in Global Terms for Arcade

The Colloquies at “digital salon” Arcade are something to pore over, particularly for those of us who tend toward the occasional open access. Described as “a changing index to current themes across Arcade’s field of literature, the humanities, and the world,” each Colloquy “gathers a variety of intellectual work in different modes—journal articles, book chapters, […]

The New York Times Publishes Claudia Rankine’s Profile of Serena Williams

Claudia Rankine’s New York Times profile of Serena Williams, “The Meaning of Serena Williams,” is a good read for today (and, frankly, every day). In it, she writes: “The word ‘win’ finds its roots in both joy and grace. Serena’s grace comes because she won’t be forced into stillness; she won’t accept those racist projections […]

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 1)

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” —Audre Lorde While I am very much a fan of recovery projects, this collaborative endeavor is not that. If, as the curator, I must frame it […]

Remembering Stephen Rodefer: 1940-2015

Our weekend was a little more gloomy than usual after hearing news that the legendary poet, translator, and teacher, Stephen Rodefer, has died. Rodefer played a significant role in the lives of many (particularly, young-) poets as a brilliant, sirenic, and capricious guide: he taught English and creative writing at the University of New Mexico […]

Machine Project’s Mystery Theater Poetry Online Archives Now Open to the Public

Followers of Los Angeles’s Machine Project: rejoice! The Los Angeles-based poetry reading venue, sponsored by Anthony McCann, now boasts a digital archive where followers of the space can miss a reading without skipping a beat, courtesy of its digital recording space. Check it all out thanks to Machine Project. As part of a major 2013 […]

Great Conversation With Stephanie Barber at BOMB

Over at BOMB Magazine, a conversation with Stephanie Barber. “[W]hether she is operating in film or installation or poetry or prose, she constructs worlds that are kinetic, strange, and stunningly beautiful, worlds that are wise and scary, that hit you in the head and in the heart,” says Laura van den Burg. Barber’s latest book, […]

RIP Emma Villazón Richter

Last week we learned of the passing of Bolivian poet, critic, journalist, researcher and editor Emma Villazón Richter. Several Spanish language news sources have already posted obituaries and tributes to Villazón, but over the weekend Erín Moure wrote a tribute to Villazón at Our Teeth. Moure writes: Villazón, acclaimed poet and tireless cultural commentator and […]

Intellectual Goods Are Not Like Shoes: Dolores Dorantes & Ben Ehrenreich in Conversation

“I still believe that the infinite good that is our work can open doors by itself, without us having to denigrate ourselves or serve as circus animals that the institution can take out for a walk.” That’s Dolores Dorantes in conversation with Ben Ehrenreich at Culture Strike, a network of artists and writers that “seeks […]

Why Do Writers Paint? Musings about Elizabeth Bishop and More at Apollo

Did you know that Elizabeth Bishop’s paintings adorned the covers of many of her books? True story! At Apollo Magazine, Alice Sprawls considers Bishop’s art practice (even if she didn’t quite consider her paintings “art”), and the intersections between Bishop’s life as a poet and the art world at the time. More: Elizabeth Bishop’s (1911–79) […]

Imagine Zapf: Creator of Approximately 200 Typefaces

Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier brought to our attention the work of type designer Hermann Zapf. Zapf designed the popular typefaces Palatino and Optima. He died on June 5th and in tribute, the Morgan Library will exhibit one of his biggest calligraphic works: the UN Preamble. More: In his lifetime, German type designer Hermann Zapf created around […]

RIP William Jay Smith

We’ll leave this week on a sad note, upon hearing of the passing of former poet laureate William Jay Smith. Earlier this week the New York Times made note of the death of the “Poet and Craftsman of Rhythm” at the age of 97. From NYT: William Jay Smith, a former United States poet laureate […]

Responding to ‘What Is Literary Activism?’

[Editor’s Note: As a response to Amy King’s recent post “What Is Literary Activism?,” Wendy Trevino, Juliana Spahr, Tim Kreiner, Joshua Clover, Chris Chen, and Jasper Bernes have offered the following letter.] Dear Harriet, We were pleased to see your forum “What is Literary Activism?,” not least for the useful and persuasive passages to be […]

2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Judges Announced

This week, CBC Books announced that Adam Sol, Tracy K. Smith, and Alice Oswald have been named the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize judges. The prize, which “offers two awards of $65,000 each as well as $10,000 to each poet on the shortlist who performs at the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings, scheduled for June 1 […]

Claire Donato’s Burial, Fawned Over Even

Claire Donato’s book, Burial (Tarpaulin Sky, 2013), is reviewed at Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Judson Hamilton gives us a list. Number one? “The time that must have gone into sculpting this text is staggering and belies its size. It seems to have been lovingly groomed; fawned over even.” And on: 4. You’d do well to avail […]

I Once Met Reviewed at Locus Solus

Earlier in the week, if you recall, Joe Brainard was on our minds. There must be something in the air, as we find more Brainard to send your way today. At Locus Solus, Andrew Epstein reviews Kent Johnson’s last book I Once Met: A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field, which stands as a sort […]

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