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Elissa Schappell welcomes Mary Jo Bang’s new translation of Dante’s classic: Bang’s thrillingly contemporary translation of the first part (the juiciest part) of Alighieri’s 14th-century poem The Divine Comedy is indeed epic. While ...

Mary Jo Bang on the ‘Tender youthful sketches’ of Sylvia Plath

Writing / Poetry : Harriet: The Blog

For PN Review 216, Mary Jo Bang considers Faber & Faber’s new publication: Sylvia Plath: Drawings, edited by Frieda Hughes. We are right to be interested in an artist’s early work. In Plath’s case, that means the poems. The early wo...

Boston Review Catches Mary Jo Bang’s The Last Two Seconds

Writing / Poetry : Harriet: The Blog

Elizabeth Metzger of the Boston Review has seen Mary Jo Bang’s The Last Two Seconds and the future looks grim. Metzger writes: “Her seventh collection of poems, The Last Two Seconds, is littered with terrible omens, from cockroaches...

Mary Jo Bang Contemplates Helen of Troy

Writing / Poetry : Harriet: The Blog

Be sure to check out the audio recording of Mary Jo Bang reading H.D.’s “Helen,” at Slate. Bang also provides an introduction to the poem, discussing the different implications of Helen of Troy’s beautiful “whiteness.” Helen’s beaut...

Mary Jo Bang’s ‘Two Nudes’ on PoetryNow

Writing / Poetry : Harriet: The Blog

Mary Jo Bang navigates the Bauhaus’s photo archives to bring us this stunning new poem, “Two Nudes,” for PoetryNow. The poem begins: I was working in a bookstore and as an antidote to the twin torment of exhaustion and boredom, one ...

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