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Wall Street Journal Reviews J.D. McClatchy’s Commonplace Book

Wall Street Journal’s William Pritchard looks into poet J.D. McClatchy’s new collection, a contemporary approach to the all-too-rarely type of collection: a commonplace book. Like W.H. Auden’s A Certain World, McClatchy’s Sweet Theft compiles quotations and literary ephemera by great thinkers. Show More Summary

Memories and Thoughts on Adrienne Rich

[Editor’s note: This month the Collected Poems of Adrienne Rich will be published by W.W. Norton & Company. To celebrate the occasion we’re re-running Cathy Park Hong’s “Memories and Thoughts on Adrienne Rich,” written in April 2012 shortly after Rich’s death.] Had Adrienne Rich asked me “what are young feminists invested in now” today, I […]

New Yorker Dons the ‘Pearl’

In the pages of the New Yorker, Josephine Livingstone meets with Oxford Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage to discuss the medieval poem, “Pearl,” written by an unknown author about a dream. Stemming from the same manuscript collection as “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (also translated by Armitage), “Pearl” is a twelve hundred and twelve […]

Jameson Fitzpatrick’s ‘Poem for Pulse’ at Newsweek

Jameson Fitzpatrick is featured at Newsweek, after writing and sharing his poem in response to the Orlando shootings. “A Poem for Pulse” has been widely shared on Facebook, “resonating beyond his own friendship circle,” as Tufayel Ahmed notes. More: Speaking to Newsweek on Monday, Fitzpatrick said: “I was just struck by how small and quotidien […]

Art Inspired by Fictional Poetry

Over the last four years, Rubens Ghenov’s paintings have been inspired by late Spanish poet Angelico Morandá. Unfamiliar with Angelico Morandá’s work? It might come to you as a surprise that it’s unfamiliar to us as well. Ghenov, whose works are on view at Morgan Lehman Gallery through Saturday, created the fictional, as-of-yet unpublished poet […]

Remembering Ted Greenwald (1942–2016)

This is a terrible week for poetry. We are deeply saddened to report that Ted Greenwald passed away around midnight this morning, at the age of 74. Charles Bernstein writes at Jacket2 of Ted’s “sublime echos.” Speaking of, from Common Sense (reprinted this year by Wesleyan, originally published in 1978 by Curtis Faville’s L Publications): […]

Rumpus Reviews Solmaz Sharif’s Look

At the Rumpus, Brandon Amico reviews Solmaz Sharif’s newest collection of poetry, Look. A response to her life in the United States after her family was displaced by conflict, this new collection published by Graywolf Press is, in Amico’s words: “a book that disrupts, fervently and effectively.” More: “Until now, now that I’ve reached my […]

Dear Poetry: Advice on Inhuman Mechanicity and Writing with Emotions

More from Dear Poetry… i find emotions a huge problem, and the idea of writing poems because they give me pleasure at odds with wanting to develop as a person-writer through poetry – should i be developing better pragmatism towards writing and if so how would i do that? do poets ever talk about their […]

Rest in Peace, Bill Berkson

Yesterday we were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of Bill Berkson at the age of 76. SFGate noted Berkson’s passing last night: Bill Berkson, a prolific San Francisco poet who also forged a career as an art critic and beloved teacher, has died. Mr. Berkson suffered a heart attack Thursday morning, […]

Flavorwire Has Already Found the Best Poetry Books of 2016

Flavorwire is starting a monthly column, penned by Shane Barnes and Jonathon Sturgeon, that is to feature short reviews of new poetry collections. First off, they’re playing catch-up with some of 2016’s best (according to Flavorwire) books of poetry (so far). The list includes work by Bernadette Mayer, Chris Hosea, Eleanor Chair, Jana Prikryl, Michael […]

Yale Students Petition to Abolish All-White-Male ‘Major English Poets’ Course

At the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Anneta Konstantinides reports on Yale undergrads petitioning to change the “Major English Poets” course, which focuses on all white men. “An anonymous petition has demanded the department not only change the English 125/126 course, which has existed since 1920, but abolish it entirely. It also asks that the major’s pre-1800/1900 […]

Reading List: June 2016

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the June 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Howard Altmann In the humidity of the day, Delmore Schwartz’s name alone has always been a kind of tonic, his fervor and frenzy cutting a swath in the landscape, […]

Are Science and Poetry in the Midst of a Love Affair?

Jinkies! According to Australia’s Financial Review the, yes, love affair between science and poetry is real. Zayani Bhatt looks into this reality, spurred by a performance at London’s Roundhouse by performance poet Robin Lamboll. More: Poetry and science seem like opposites – but the two have long been intertwined. At London’s Roundhouse in June, performance […]

Happy Bloomsday!

How could you forget? Today is Bloomsday: the June 16 holiday that takes place on the very same day that James Joyce’s Ulysses is set. This article from the Paris Review suggests a few ways to celebrate: perhaps a picnic, or maybe reading an article about the origins of Bloomsday from the Paris Review, or […]

The Guardian Gives Poem of the Week to Denise Riley, Whose Say Something Back Is Shortlisted for Forward Prize 2016

The Guardian’s poem of the week is “Death makes the dead metaphor revive” by Denise Riley. Carol Rumens looks closely at the poem, putting it in the context of Riley’s other work, particularly her forthcoming book, Say Something Back (Picador, 2016), “a deeply moving document of maternal grief and loss by one of our finest […]

Terrance Hayes’s How to Be Drawn Handles One’s Ghosts

Terrance Hayes’s How to Be Drawn (Penguin Books, 2016) is reviewed by Christopher Spaide for Boston Review. “How to Be Drawn refines, without drastically rewiring, Hayes’s aesthetic, and pursues longstanding obsessions: race and gender...Show More Summary

Advice From and on Poetry

Like many embarrassing poets, I’ve been working on a “novel.” No, it’s worse than that: I’m working on “a novella in two parts,” Shit Advice for Today’s Men and Women, the first half of which is “Shit Advice Columnist,” in which the protagonist/narrator writes an advice column about defecation. I started this book when I […]

A Thomas McGrath Centennial Celebration

Los Angeles Review of Books features Andrew Lyndon Knighton’s essay about the incredible poet Thomas McGrath. McGrath, born one hundred years ago, is the subject of a number of celebrations in Los Angeles, his reluctant habitat. A marathon reading of his celebrated Letter to an Imaginary Friend will take place at Beyond Baroque on November […]

The Rumpus Interviews Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is interviewed at The Rumpus! Co-editor, with Alvin Pang in New Haven, of the recent anthology, Union: 15 Years of Drunken Boat, 50 Years of Writing from Singapore (Ethos Books and Drunken Boat, 2015), Shankar talked with Ann Van Buren about how it came to be published; his mother tongue, Tamil (which leads […]

Poetry Society of America Interviews YALDA Founder Farnoosh Fathi

Our waking life today happily includes YALDA (the Young Artists Language and Devotion Alliance), “a literary intensive and publishing platform for young women authors ages 12–19.” At Poetry Society of America, Joshua Edwards interviews the venture’s single staff member, the incredible Farnoosh Fathi (author of Great Guns, Canarium Books 2013). Show More Summary

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