I hope you’ve been following along with our National Poetry Month project. For links to the poems we’ve already run as well as the poets to come, you can follow this post, which is updated every morning with a link to the newest poem, or you can check our Rumpus Original Poems page....more
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The Poetry Book Club Chat on Tuesday with Noelle Kocot was a tremendous success, and we’ll be posting the edited transcript next week.
Not exactly poetry, but Robert Lee Brewer takes on the question of whether or not authors are chasing readers or money when it comes to e-books....more
We send our condolences to the friends and family of poet and activist Susana Chavez Marisela Escobedo, found murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on January 6.
In case you missed it, Ann Hays is giving The New Yorker some well-deserved crap over the absence of women in their pages....more
Remember, Poetry Book Club Members–the chat with Aimee Nezhukumatathil about her book Lucky Fish is Monday the 3rd at 9:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. PST. Check your email for the url and the password.
I knew, when I took the job as poetry editor two years ago, that I wanted to make sure we covered poetry in translation, and I’d be lying if I said I was pleased with our level of coverage....more
Next up for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club: Lucky Fish by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. We’re hammering out the selections for the next three months right now, so stay tuned. There’s some fierce competition.
Dean Young needs a heart transplant, and Tony Hoagland is asking for people to donate in Young’s name....more
This morning, south Florida awoke to temperatures in the upper fifties. Panic ensued. There was a run on firewood and snow tires. Natives were seen frantically digging through closets for the coats that have been stored for roughly 10 months. I have no idea how we’ll react to the double whammy of slightly chilly weather and the end of daylight savings time....more
I realize that NBA basketball is too pop culture-y for us at The Rumpus, but the poetry contest that the Miami Herald put together for the arrival of LeBron James has been too good to pass up. P. Scott Cunningham of the University of Wynwood has been running it, and had to cull through the 1100 entries today for the final judge....more
Jonathan Farmer has some ideas on ways people can support poetry in the digital age. I really support his fifth one, which suggests getting web designers and programmers involved in the world of online poetry, because formatting a poem with anything other than a hard left margin is, umm, taxing for someone with my meager skills....more
Harriet points to an article in Newsweek about literature in Mexico, and then writes “Recently, Mexico has seen a surge in independent publishing houses willing to publish new writers. Meanwhile, the numbers of female writing students, and of writing collectives for women, have swelled....more
The Essential American Poets series selection this week is Carl Sandburg. I’d never heard his voice before, and it was nothing like I’d expected. I suppose I’d assumed he sounded mid-western, Chicagoan, perhaps deep and barrel-chested. Nope.
I thought about not posting this, as I don’t want the competition, but No Tell Motel’s reading period opens in a week....more
Jenny Hendrix in The New Yorker wades into the question of whether or not song lyrics are poetry. She’s responding to Kristen Hoggatt at The Smart Set, who’s responding to Billy Collins in the Wall Street Journal. I have my own thoughts on the matter which put me closer to Collins than I’m generally comfortable with being....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
Barbara Jane Reyes gives Reginald Dwayne Betts’ book four of five stars. I agree completely, and I’m using Shahid Reads His Own Palm in one of my classes this fall....more
Let’s have some fun on the interwebs, shall we?
It’s funny that contractors at the Dylan Thomas center in Swansea made the same spelling mistake twice, writing “lighting” for “lightning.” With my students, it’s usually “lightening,” which makes for some unintentionally hilarious sentences at times....more
Jessica Smith wrote a post about the incivility in the comment stream at Ron Silliman’s blog, and in comment streams in general. Silliman has since turned off his comments, and I can’t say I blame him. Comment streams can become ugly places, especially when you get the kind of traffic Silliman does, and you can find yourself spending so much time moderating that you don’t have time to do anything else....more
If you’re looking for a journal to subscribe to, Gulf Coast is a really good option....more
Have you heard about The Rumpus Poetry Book Club? Just making sure.
I’ve bookmarked this article on how to format poetry online, since I’ve had some problems along these lines in the past myself.
This year, Wimbledon’s official poet laureate, Matt Harvey, had the chance to write about the longest tennis match ever played....more
So, as Stephen mentioned in a recent Daily Rumpus, we’ll be doing a poetry version of the Rumpus Book Club. We’re in the early stages at present, but we’ll make more announcements as we start to nail things down.
I’m more a fan of Wendell Berry’s prose than his poetry (though I like both), but there’s no denying that he’s been a major voice in in poetry for the last 50 years, so it was heartening to see him take back his papers in protest from the University of Kentucky over its decision to ally itself with the coal industry....more
Check out this terrific interview with Amy King at Huffington Post on the current “Femininaissance” in poetry.
Artifice Mag muses on summer reading and wants to know what you’re reading this summer.
Dante Michaux on “What’s American about American Poetry?”
Another year, different drama over the Oxford Poetry Professorship....more