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New Statesman Reviews Novel Tennis Match

A new novel by Álvaro Enrigue (translated by Natasha Wimmer, of Roberto Bolaño’s fictions) uses the story of a tennis match between Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo and Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio to address the origins of tennis, classics like Don Quixote and Utopia, and more. Randy Boyagoda reviews the novel, Sudden Death, […]

Maria Damon and Murat Nemet-Nejat Interview Alan Sondheim for Rain Taxi

At Rain Taxi, an interview with Alan Sondheim by Maria Damon and Murat Nemet-Nejat! “Since January of 1994, Sondheim has worked on the ‘Internet Text,’ a continuous meditation on philosophy, psychology, language, body, and virtuality; the Internet Text is coordinated with multi-media work on various websites. A pioneer in the field of electronic literature, he […]

Douglas Piccinnini’s Story Book: A Novella Reviewed at LARB

Poet Douglas Piccinnini’s Story Book: A Novella (The Cultural Society, 2015) “suspends and electrifies narration mid-creation,” writes Rita Banerjee in a review of the work at LA Review of Books. “Piccinnini’s training as a poet illuminates his work, the structure of his prose echoing the long-lines of Ammons and Walt Whitman,” she writes. More: These […]

‘Language is a dangerous code’: A Conversation with Peter Gizzi

Thanks to Plymouth University’s YouTube feed, we have an intimate look into the life and work of Peter Gizzi, whose 7th collection of poetry, Archeophonics, will be published in September by Wesleyan University Press. Gizzi discusses his entry into poetry as a young man and the influence his older brother Michael had on his development, […]

Cynthia Cruz on Hanne Darboven’s Handwritten Prayers

At Hyperallergic, Cynthia Cruz explores German artist Hanne Darboven’s handwritten, prayer-like work. Although rooted in visual art, Darboven “considered herself, first and foremost, a writer.” […] In an interview with Miriam Schoofs in Flash Art, Darboven said, “I see myself as a writer, which I am, regardless of what other visual materials I may use. […]

World Within a Word: Paris Review on the History of Word Processing

From R. Crumb’s rendering of Charles Bukowski “leering” into a computer screen, to Ian McEwan’s “faithful machine,” Matthew G. Kirschenbaum considers the history of writers’s complicated relationships with word processors at Paris Review. When did individual writers begin to use word processors? As I began work on a literary history of word processing, I found […]

George Quasha’s ‘Preverb’ and Its ‘Furthering’ Path of Thinking

Compelled by George Quasha’s “preverb” books, Thomas Fink writes at Jacket2 that this “development of this new poetic mode … shaped the organization of his work over a substantial period of time and the persistent metapoetic (even metalinguistic) thrust of the poetry.” Quasha and Fink began a correspondence about the “preverb,” which has been described […]

A Complete Experience: James Cushing Interviews Brendan Constantine

Los Angeles Review of Books hosts James Cushing’s interview with Brendan Constantine: author of Dementia, My Darling. In addition to rapping about Dementia, Constantine’s fourth poetry collection, the two converse about poetry as a tool to take on themes like guns and age-related loss of memory. From Cushing’s introduction: This spring, Kate Gale’s Red Hen […]

Fresh Air Remembers Michael S. Harper

David Bianculli revisits a 2000 Fresh Air interview with Michael S. Harper and Sonia Sanchez, who visited the program to discuss a CD anthology of black poets reading their work. Hear Michael S. Harper read “A Love Supreme” and discuss his poetry with Terri Gross in this recording (and transcript) from NPR: GROSS: Michael Harper, […]

Chloris a più voci (Translation as Reperformance, Part 2)

As a child I lived with a reproduction of an image of Sandro Botticelli’s Chloris—just the detail of the nymph’s face in torment, looking back, a stalk black—with age?—in her open mouth—on the wall of my parents’ living room. It hung there amidst the array of bizarre elaborated objects yielded from people’s garages and the […]

Reconstructing Sappho’s Lonely Night

Ars Technica reports on a team of physicists and an astronomer who discovered the time of year that Sappho witnessed the constellation Pleiades, referenced in her “Midnight Poem,” with a software package called Starry Night. Their findings, originally published in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, reveal a new method of “close reading” by […]

Google Brain’s AI Turns Out Poetry After Reading Thousands of Romance Novels

Google’s AI interface read 2,865 romance novels, and came up with poetry? “The experimental parameters are simple and might actually make for a fun group writing game of some sort. The team gave the AI a starting sentence and an ending sentence. Then they asked artificial intelligence to bridge the two concepts using up to […]

Unearthing Emily Dickinson’s Gardens

New York Times’s Ferris Jabr joins Kerry Lynch and company, from Archaeological Services at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to uncover and restore the fabled gardens on the Dickinson estate. According to literary scholar Judith Farr, during her lifetime, Emily Dickinson was “known more widely as a gardener, perhaps, than as a poet.” More: Some […]

TONIGHT: Belladonna, Tamaas, and 98 Weeks/Research Project Space Host Night of Readings for Ahmed Naji

Tonight, if you’re in New York City, you’d do well to check out Belladonna Collaborative, Tamaas, and 98 Weeks/Research Project Space at their night of international protest readings for Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji, who has been imprisoned for the language he used in his novel, The Use of Life. This marks a follow-up event, after […]

Reading List: May 2016

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the May 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Robert Adamson I have just received my copy of Peter O’Leary’s new book The Sampo. O’Leary’s poetry transports me to a place where the act of reading is like […]

At Open Space: Paul Ebenkamp’s Mind in the Form of a List Includes Xenakis, John Wiese, Pigeons

Poet and musician Paul Ebenkamp makes the links the thing in his “Listworthy” at Open Space. Listworthy engages smart people. “What’s on their minds, bookshelves, browsers; what inspires, attracts, or distracts them?” How about we simply snag a few. Show More Summary

‘Metaphors are all we have to describe memory’: Kristin Prevallet’s ‘A Burning Is Not A Letting Go’ at Guernica

In response to Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents, the theories of Oliver Sachs, and verse by Palestinian-American poet Fady Joudah—in collaboration with Suzanne Levine’s photography—poet Kristin Prevallet discovers the meaning of memory in this trans-genre personal essay published by Guernica. Show More Summary

Bloof Books Publishes CAConrad ‘Censored Interview’ With Library of Congress

It appears that The Library of Congress asked CAConrad to participate in a new interview series with poets, only to turn around afterward and decline to run the piece! Lucky for us, and not so much for LOC, Shanna Compton at Bloof Books has published “The Library of Congress CENSORED INTERVIEW,” as it is now […]

On Poetry & Social Change: Claudia Rankine Discusses Adrienne Rich at New Yorker

In the most recent New Yorker, Claudia Rankine discusses Adrienne Rich’s impact on her poetry, and explores Rich’s lifelong engagement with literature and social justice movements. More: In answer to the question “Does poetry play a role in social change?,” Adrienne Rich once answered: Yes, where poetry is liberative language, connecting the fragments within us, […]

Translation as (Re)Performance (Part 1: Moonstriking)

In 2014, after fourteen years of reading, researching, and translating the poetry of the polyglot poet Amelia Rosselli, I found myself faced in terms more immediate than ever with the task of transmitting her voice to an English-speaking audience. Invited to present at a salon in Madison, I decided to read from my recently published […]

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