Posts Tagged: poems

This Week in Books: The Red Hijab

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Welcome to This Week in Books, a new Rumpus column that will highlight books just released by small and independent presses.

Books are more important than ever. As we head into a Trump presidency, we’re seeing attacks on basic constitutional rights, increased hate crimes, and denial of accepted science.

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The Rumpus Interview with Max Ritvo

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Max Ritvo passed away on August 23, 2016. Earlier this summer, he spoke with Sarah Blake about his debut collection Four Reincarnations, writing with and about cancer, and how language is a game. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Connie Wanek

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Connie Wanek discusses her latest book, Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, the challenge of looking back at older poems, and what prioritizing writing looks like. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Tony Hoagland

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Tony Hoagland discusses his latest collection, Application for Release from the Dream, the value of poetry, why he doesn't fear becoming overconfident, and the definition of American spirituality. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Colin D. Halloran

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Writer and former US Army infantryman Colin D. Halloran on his new collection, Icarian Flux, how he used experimental narrative to explore his life with PTSD, and why he doesn't want to be known only as a "war poet." ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Ben Fama

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Ben Fama talks about his first full-length poetry collection, Fantasy, the New Narrative movement, and the worst thing that could happen at the Chateau Marmont. ...more

Poetry Is Useful—Or At Least It Can Be

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Poetry is always already revolutionary, then. What it says hardly matters. Poetry is useful because of its useless essence, not because of its individual meaning.

Of course, this is nonsense.

The way Noah Berlatsky sees it, mainstream culture and poets agree with each other that poetry is useless—it’s just that most people see that as a bad thing while poets see it as a good thing.

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“I Never Intended Anyone to Read These ‘Poems'”

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Previously, we blogged about a reading by Victoria Chang from her new poetry collection The Boss.

Here’s a Q&A with Chang about that book, her approach to poetry, and her day job in the business world. An excerpt:

I wrote these poems in a car while waiting for our four-year-old to finish a Chinese language class in Irvine (which she despised, by the way).

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Man to Purchase Drone, Drop Poems Instead of Bombs

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The Los Angeles poet, translator, and filmmaker David Shook has created a Kickstarter campaign with the imaginative objective of purchasing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—i.e., a drone—to rain specially comissioned poems on cities around the world.

The poems, printed on biodegradable paper implanted with wildflower seeds, will address the US military’s covert drone strikes, which have killed thousands of people, including hundreds of children and adult civilians.

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National Poetry Month

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April Fools and the beginning of National Poetry Month? Seems like a killer day to us!

[April 1] marks the start of National Poetry Month, the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America’s poets, and is among the largest literary celebrations in the world.
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