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Frances Richard’s 32nd-Annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture

Lucky us: The Poetry Center Digital Archive at San Francisco State has posted video and audio of Frances Richard’s 32nd-annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture, entitled “The Mind’s own Place and Feminine Technologies: George Oppen andShow More Summary

The New Yorker Looks at Rejoining Rumi & Islam

The New Yorker’s Page Turner has Rozina Ali writing about the erasure of Islam from the poetry of Rumi. Ali remarks, first off, that celebrities like Coldplay’s Chris Martin have been aided in their “spiritual journeys” by Rumi, and that he’s “often described as the best-selling poet in the United States.” “He is typically referred […]

Jacket Copy Honors Philip Levine’s Legacy

Two new collections published by Knopf, The Last Shift and My Lost Poetry, gather deftly-political poet Philip Levine’s celebrated works for audiences new and familiar. The poet’s literary proclivities began in his teenage years. In 1952 at the age of twenty-four, Levine worked at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle plant in Detroit, Michigan. Reviewer Thomas […]

Garrett Caples Remembers David Meltzer (1937-2016)

At Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here, poet and City Lights editor Garrett Caples pays homage to poet and City Lights author, David Meltzer. Meltzer, who passed away last weekend on the verge of 80, moved to San Francisco in 1957 and had been a crucial part of the city’s poetry scene ever since. […]

The Third Rail’s Issue 9 Features Joseph Mosconi, Keston Sutherland, Michele Wallace, More

The Third Rail’s Issue 9 is now in print, and online. An “editorially independent affiliate of The Brooklyn Rail” based in Minneapolis, previous issues have included audio from Paul Legault, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, an interview with Simone Forti, and tons of other delectables. We’re hooked today on Alexandre Astruc’s “The Future of Cinema,” but there’s a […]

I Will Not Be Able to Write When I Am Dead

About a year ago I ran into an elder poet of renown while riding the F train. I don’t remember the conversation well enough to know how we started talking about the Guggenheim, but he told me that now would be a good time for me to apply for it because I am mid-career. There […]

Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service

Emily Litvak writes about “the guy with the dreams,” also known as Mathias Svalina, for U. of Arizona’s Poetry Center blog. Svalina was in Tucson on a leg of his Dream Delivery Service, and met with Litvak in the early hours of a Wednesday. Litvak explains his presence, and his project: From November 1 until […]

Joanna Margaret Paul’s Poetry, Reconsidered

At Jacket2, Orchid Tierney and David Howard reconsider New Zealand visual poet Joanna Margaret Paul (1945–2003) and her diverse oeuvre. Although her book of poems, Imogen (1978), won the Pen Best First Book of Poetry award, Tierney and Howard seek to address its historic lack of critical attention. They write, “Only one brief review appeared […]

Baudelaire Was a Dandy

L’oeil de Baudelaire, “Baudelaire’s Eye,” a new exhibition at Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris, bolsters Charles Baudelaire’s reputation as a sophisticated polymath. Nonchalance aside, the French poet who is now a household name, was also a “discerning and witty art critic,” aligned with Romanticism and other significant cultural movements of his time. According […]

Patrick James Dunagan Reviews Arcadia Road, a Celebration of Homesteading

Patrick James Dunagan reviews Thorpe Moeckel’s Arcadia Road (Etruscan Press, 2015), a trilogy of long poems that Dunagan calls a “celebration of DIY homesteading.” “This triadic long poem unfurls in nearly 200 pages of open-ended couplets of tangentially propelled rhythm expressing the joy Moeckel finds in maintenance of a household based upon principles not generally […]

An Essay on Alice Oswald’s Returning & Returning

Sumita Chakraborty explores the work of Alice Oswald in a five-part essay for Los Angeles Review of Books. Oswald’s most recent book is Falling Awake (Norton, 2016), and much of it renders Tithonus’s “miserable affair with the dawn.” …[R]ather than waking with Eos (as Oswald did to write this piece, rising every morning at dawn), […]

Books Received: December 2016

Elizabeth Acevedo, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books) Sara Deniz Akant, Babette (Rescue Press) Kaveh Akbar, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC) Elizabeth Arnold, Skeleton Coast (Flood Editions) Aziza Barnes, i be, but i ain’t (YesYes Books) Christian Barter, Bye-Bye Land (BOA Editions Ltd.) Bruce Bennett, Just Another Day in Just Our […]

Los Angeles Times Examines New Poetry by Mead & Borzutzky

For the Los Angeles Times, Carol Muske-Dukes reads two new books of poetry, each confronting human mortality in very different ways. Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human “is an indictment of poetic simile. Think of Neruda, (with his other-worldly lyrical gifts) reacting to state-sanctioned violence in Chile: ‘The blood of children ran in the […]

2017 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Finalists Announced

One of the poet prizes you’ve been waiting for, dear readers! The Kingsley Tufts poetry award supports a mid-career poet with a generous prize of $100,000, while the $10,000 Kate Tufts Award “honors the first poetry volume published by a poet of particular promise. Both awards honor volumes published the previous year.” And now for […]

Judith Ortiz Cofer Dies at 64

Online Athens has noted the death of poet, novelist, and professor Judith Ortiz Cofer. Cofer, a professor at the University of Georgia, died on December 30th at the age of 64. Wayne Ford remembers Cofer and notes her many accomplishments: Cofer, who in 2010 was inducted into the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame, was a […]

A Necessary Level of Challenge: francine j. harris’s play dead

“[I]t’s a really hard book,” says Stevie Edwards about francine j. harris’s play dead, released last year by Alice James Books and “seemingly under-reviewed.” “And strange. I don’t intend either of these labels as criticisms.” More from this review at Medium: Much to the contrary, the poems are hard and strange because the subject matter […]

Nicole Sealey Named Next Executive Director of Cave Canem

Nicole Sealey has been appointed Cave Canem’s next Executive Director, succeeding Alison Meyers, who retired last month. In the foundation’s announcement, the Board of Directors states: “From her early days as a workshop poet and fellow, to cultivating one of the most robust programming operations for the organization, Sealey has truly been a champion of […]

Bill Moyers on Jim Haba’s Essential ‘Starting With Black’

Bill Moyers, television commentator and host of Moyers and Company, shares an essential poem to mark the end of 2016 and the start of a new year. Jim Haba’s ‘Starting With Black’ is a “life-preserving rhythm for the long struggle that lies ahead.” Haba, who is the founding director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry […]

RIP David Meltzer (1937-2016)

Over the weekend as the New Year was being rung in, the multi-talented poet, musician, jazz critic, teacher, and scholar David Meltzer died at the age of 79. Meltzer was a long-time fixture in the San Francisco poetry scene, whose writing is most often associated with the Beat generation and San Francisco Renaissance of the […]

Daniel Halpern Answers ‘Why Poetry?’

For NYT’s Book Review section, Daniel Halpern brings together an esteemed collective with a variety of answers to questions about poetry’s impact financially, emotionally, and otherwise. Halpern writes: “Why Poetry? Well, yes. Most books of poetry sell a couple of thousand copies, at best. So in a quantitative sense, what’s the point of supporting it? […]

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