The news that governors are suddenly deciding that they don’t want to welcome Syrian refugees has really driven home to me just how cowardly much of this country is. We talk tough, mind you, but when we’re asked to really open ourselves up to something, we refuse....more
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Author’s note: I wrote this poem about five years ago when my relationship with my father was strained....more
Rumpus contributor Anna March has a new column at Literary Orphans. In her first column, she features essays by Rumpus contributor Laura Bogart, Shannon Barber, and our very own poetry editor, Brian Spears!
Here is a taste from Brian’s essay:
“I was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1984 at the age of 15.
First things first: you don’t have to be a fan of Weldon Kees to enjoy this book. Shameful confession: until I read the note that precedes the table of contents, I’d never even heard of Weldon Kees or his Robinson poems, which Kathleen Rooney explodes into this novel in verse....more
“Stein’s poems are the very perfect product of a frenetic in-between culture where knowledge is currency but also poverty, and its artistic output is underscored by a perennial ennui—like the girl in high school who wears a black beret and talks about death all the time.”...more
Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010), recently noted as a finalist for the California Book Award. She was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the author of two previous collections of poetry,...more
Rumpus Poetry Editor Brian Spears on why he chose Amy Newman’s Dear Editor as the December selection of The Rumpus Poetry Book Club:...more
You would not believe the crazy crap that’s happened the last two times I tried to do this column, but I’m back at least for this week.
For Rumpus Poetry Book Club members, save this Tuesday for our conversation with Noelle Kocot....more
You know who just got another shipment of authors copies of his debut book of poetry? This guy.
Harper Collins tells libraries they can check out e-books 26 times before they’ll be locked up. The sad thing is that Harper Collins is better than other publishers in that they allow it in the first place....more
If you were a member of the Rumpus Poetry Book Club, you’d be involved in the conversation Gabrielle Calvocoressi is leading about Timothy Donnelly’s The Cloud Corporation. You’d also have the book before its official release.
I really enjoyed this piece by Clive James in the latest issue of Poetry....more
I really had planned on doing this column ahead of time last week, but Friday night found me under the kitchen sink teaching myself how to unhook a garbage disposal and attempt to unclog pipes with a plumber’s snake. I was not successful....more
Tara Betts found herself attacked by a particularly ignorant political blogger named Debbie Schlussel over her class at UrbanWordNYC. Betts’s response is elegant, measured, and powerful, everything the attack was not. Update: I have been told that Schlussel’s attack was directed at the idea of hip-hop pedagogy and the associated program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison....more