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American Small Presses Thriving, Says the Atlantic

The Atlantic covers the need for smaller publishing houses, looking at Graywolf, Coffee House, Dorothy, Two Dollar Radio, and Tin House. [W]hen editors and publishers feel they need to fight for every moment of planned reading, and readers are experiencing a shrinking cultural attention span, it’s surprising that large books inherently make the most market […]

‘I write poems to devastate and startle myself’: Matthea Harvey in Conversation

We missed this one last week—bummer! But now we’re taking the afternoon to get caught up with Matthea Harvey, who’s in conversation with Jane Huffman at Sundress Blog. Much ground is covered, from maintaining (caring?) for Harvey’s miniatures,...Show More Summary

Brazil’s Interim President, Michel Temer ‘Gets His Poetry On’

Described in this New York Times profile as a “button-down career politician whose demeanor is so cryptically ceremonious that his rivals liken him to a butler in a horror movie”—it may come as no surprise that Brazil’s Interim President Michel Temer writes poems inspired by 19th century Brazilian Romantics including Álvares de Azevedo, popular among […]

‘Every Time I Write a Poem, I’m Still Starting From Scratch’: PBS NewsHour Meets Poet Kasey Jueds

At PBS NewsHour, a conversation with poet Kasey Jueds. The author of poetry collection, Keeper, published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013, the profile begins with a look into the origins of Jueds’s poem “To Swim.” Jueds, born in Coral Gables, Florida, began writing poetry in her twenties. Kasey Jueds’ poem “To Swim” is […]

Stanford Scholar Looks at ‘Poetic Identity’ of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Stanford religious studies scholar Ahoo Najafian looks at poetry in Iran, writing for Stanford Report about the complex revolutionary themes in poems by the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who wrote over 300 poems in his lifetime. “‘I am not trying to lionize Khomeini or criticize him, I just want to show another aspect of him […]

Language in a Visual Field: A Conversation With Erica Baum

Writer and “photography artist” Erica Baum is interviewed at Baxter St., and it’s a beautiful read. “Using found sources including paper back books or index cards, Baum charges existing materials with uninvented narratives. Gestures such as folding or flipping aid the artist to build these alternate possibilities: a poem comes to light from the folded […]

Sawako Nakayasu Discusses the Pursuit of Translation, Chika Sagawa, & More at Asymptote

Sawako Nakayasu talks about Chika Sagawa, Japanese Modernism, and the pursuit of experimental translation with Lindsey Webb for Asymptote. “Forrest Gander called Sawako Nakayasu ‘the Rosmarie Waldrop of Japan,’” says Webb, who first spoke to Nakaysau from Waldrop’s home in Providence. More: [Lindsey Webb:] How was Sagawa Chika different from the men who were writing […]

Is Poetry the Best Medium For Changing the World? At HuffPo, Danez Smith and Daveed Diggs Say: Yes

More Brave New Voices! Yes, the poetry slam festival—which celebrated its 19th annual event—is owning the limelight today on account of its awesomeness. At Huffington Post read a conversation between Danez Smith and Daveed Diggs. Fact: Smith and Diggs are both alumni of arts education organization Youth Speaks. More: Over 500 kids gathered in Washington, […]

Dream Logic: Kaveh Akbar Interviews Max Ritvo

Kaveh Akbar interviewed Max Ritvo for Divedapper! These two talk about Ritvo’s forthcoming debut collection, Four Reincarnations (Milkweed Editions), childhood nightmares and “bedtime panic,” Buddhism, Ritvo’s cancer diagnosis, Nathaniel Mackey and creation myths, and so much more. Show More Summary

A Range of Thinking on the Illegible in Issue 6 of Amodern

We expect you’ll be pleased to know that Amodern 6: Reading the Illegible, guest edited by Nick Thurston, is out. The most poet-inclined of the peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journals out there, this issue is full of fascinating essays, including “Style in Quotation Marks” by our June featured blogger, Diana Hamilton, which “focuses on the opening […]

Chinese Poetry in Translation’s Present and Future

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Lucas Klein keenly investigates the present reputation of Chinese poetry in translation. While translation does afford writers with the opportunity to vicariously travel, Klein notes: “Today, around...Show More Summary

New Poems by Dareen Tatour at Nomadics

Poet and translator Pierre Joris posted two new poems by Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, translated by Jonathan Wright, on his blog Nomadics. Tatour, who has been confined to an apartment outside Tel Aviv since October because of a poem she posted to social media that allegedly incited violence, appears in court for the first time […]

Wayne Koestenbaum Hears the Ethics in Adrienne Rich’s Collected Poems

Wayne Koestenbaum reviews Adrienne Rich’s Collected Poems (Norton, June) for the New York Times. “Poetry’s system of cultivated sounds was, she grew to feel, a patriarchal racket,” he writes. “Her career staged a revolt against tamed sound. Of this conflict — the attempt to reconcile music and ethics — she founded a perpetually astonishing body […]

What Is Necessary About Belief: On Carol Ciavonne

As I’ve been looking over past contributions to the blog, I was especially struck by the series of posts Stephanie Young curated last April, in which poets talked about the relation of their work to money. (For instance: Timothy Yu, Jennifer Moxley, Eileen Myles.) I was drawn to the sense, in these pieces, of talking about something pervasive […]

Kate Clanchy Draws Out Untold Stories at the Guardian

What’s it like to teach poetry to the children of refugees? At the Guardian, Kate Clanchy shares her experience teaching a workshop with the intention of drawing out their untold stories. It all came from Priya’s poem, and Priya’s poem came from – well, I had no idea. It was an unlikely thing to turn […]

On Poetry and Joy: Jonathan Farmer at Literary Hub

Springboarding from Adam Zagajewski’s statement, “You must praise the mutilated world” Jonathan Farmer writes about the impact and importance of joy in poetry at Literary Hub. Poems are social. One person writes a poem hoping another person will read it. I read it differently if I know that a computer assembled it. I read it […]

That Time Apollinaire Was Arrested for Stealing the Mona Lisa

It’s Bastille Day, mes amis! To observe the day, in addition to featuring Pierre Martory’s “Bastille” as our poem of the day, here’s a little news item from Hyperalleric on Guillaume Apollinaire as critic, collector, and… art thief? Wilson Tarbox begins his review of the current exhibition “Apollinaire, the Vision of the Poet,” showing at […]

Elizabeth Acevedo’s Dismantling of a Corrupt System Through Spoken Word

At HuffPo’s Latino Voices, a feature on Dominican poet Elizabeth Acevedo, whose spoken word poem “Beloved, Or If You Are Murdered Tomorrow” “captures what she feels it’s like to fear your loved one will be shot and killed by police.” More: Acevedo told The Huffington Post that the poem is inspired by the thoughts that […]

Musician Elysia Crampton & Fred Moten Interviewed at Ploughshares

At Ploughshares, a conversation with Fred Moten and avant-electronic producer Elysia Crampton. Anaïs Duplan interviewed the two about “history, fiction, embodiment, and the concept of equality.” An excerpt: How, if at all, is your own body present in your work? [Elysia Crampton:] Maybe I am trying to map out some sense of self and body […]

National Endowment for the Arts Adds Great Reads to The Big Read

The NEA has announced 13 additions to its literacy initiative The Big Read. The works chosen will hopefully speak to readers the initiative hasn’t already found, and broaden the perspective of readers already in touch with this program. The list of 28 recommended works spanning from prose to poetry to children’s literature is over 50% […]

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