Poetry

Reading Mixtape feature

Jen Fitzgerald’s Poetry Mixtape #1: Poetry That Moves Like a City Street

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I’m spending National Poetry Month at the Millay Colony, former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay. My colleague and friend, poet and writer Jen Fitzgerald, will be writing the Mixtape column this month—and we are all lucky for it. Enjoy Jen’s robust selections and I’ll see you in May.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Primal Talk

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One of the thrills of being a writer is becoming aware of the wildness that percolates inside of you. If you’ve learned to listen, you’re able to hear it. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Campbell McGrath

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Campbell McGrath talks about his new collection, XX: Poems For The Twentieth Century, capitalism, history, and what it might mean to write a wordless poem. ...more

The Conversation

The Conversation: Jayson Smith and A. H. Jerriod Avant

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My responsibility is to not be negligent and cause unnecessary harm. To a listener or reader. My allegiance is only to truth. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Jennifer Barber

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Poet Jennifer Barber discusses loss, identity, historical trauma, and her newest collection, Works on Paper. ...more

The Conversation

The Conversation: Angel Nafis, Safia Elhillo, and Elizabeth Acevedo

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I don’t think it ever fully sunk in for me that I even live in America. ...more

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The Conversation: Jeremy Clark and Thiahera Nurse

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I’m thinking about the difference between “I stay somewhere” and “I live somewhere.” ...more

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Jennifer Whitaker

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Jennifer Whitaker discusses her new collection The Blue Hour, persona poems, the violence in fairy tales, and writing about sexual abuse. ...more

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The Conversation: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Paul Tran

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The sitting down to write, convincing myself that my voice matters, even though there are so many telling me that it doesn’t. ...more

The Conversation: Prologue

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Dear Reader,

For the past year, we, Aziza Barnes and Nabila Lovelace, The Founders of The Conversation, debated how we could create space for folk we love, whose work is critical, in the South. We had been living in New York, which is regarded as something of a safe haven for the Black writer.

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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Not That Town

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Times like those lead you to believe that writing is, before it’s anything else, about simply getting it straight. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Robyn Schiff

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Robyn Schiff talks about her collection A Woman of Property, the long con of “owning” land, her passion for early novels, how motherhood changed her poetry, and the generative powers of form. ...more