Melissa Adamo reviews Andrea Bennett’s Canoodlerstoday in Rumpus Poetry....more
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Smart was known, with his “disturbed mental state,” for his loud, feverish, constant praying, and you can read some of that catatonia in Jubilate, with its litany of “for”s and its incantatory quality.
Over at the Paris Review, Dan Piepenbring introduces us to Christopher Smart, an interesting, unknown poet from the XVIII century who is featured in the Public Domain Review‘s very first print anthology, the newly published The Book of Selected Essays, 2011-2013....more
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Michael Bazzett about his new book, You Must Remember This, the malleability of memory, and humor in poetry....more
Jeannine Hall Gailey reviews Jericho Brown’s The New Testament today in Rumpus Poetry....more
“Dylan is very emotional but like a good Welshman also very suspicious. Thus when he has expressed himself very warmly, in fact exposed himself, he will suddenly react violently towards a self-sneering cynicism.”
Dylan Thomas would have turned 100 a couple of weeks ago....more
In a provocative piece for the latest issue of Lana Turner, Cathy Park Hong takes the self-appointed avant-garde movement to task for its all-too-traditional track record on race and identity politics. Park Hong writes:
The avant-garde’s “delusion of whiteness” is the luxurious opinion that anyone can be “post-identity” and can casually slip in and out of identities like a video game avatar.
Julie Marie Wade reviews Lisa Marie Basile’s Apocryphal today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Stephin Merritt, besides being the lead singer/songwriter in beloved indie band Magnetic Fields, is a talented poet. His latest collection of short poems is a trip into the world of two-letter words allowed on Scrabble. Merritt shares the stories behind the new book with Sarah Mesle in an interview for the Los Angeles Review of Books....more
They don’t usually realize that every line, every word of a poem, is there because the poet consciously chose that word instead of some other one....more
Diana Whitney reviews Cynthia Cruz’s Wunderkammer today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Christian Anton Gerard reviews Nick Lantz’s How to Dance as the Room Caves In today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Tone is an everyday kind of maneuver. It disrupts and communicates aggression, disgust, dis- respect, and humor, among a myriad of possibilities, thereby allowing language to morph into a blanket or a gun.
Kent Shaw reviews Patricia Lockwood’s Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals today in Rumpus Poetry....more
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Erika Meitner about her new book, Copia, writing about Detroit without writing ruin porn, form, and now-empty shopping malls....more
Camille Dungy discusses why she selected Michael Bazzett’s forthcoming You Must Remember This for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club....more
For NPR Books, Craig Morgan Teicher finds a fantastic reimagining of the black, Southern, gay experience in his review of Jericho Brown’s The New Testament. Drawing from the gospels, as well as the poet’s own rich landscape of rhythm and American mythology, Brown’s new collection attempts to articulate some kind of hope for a community in which tragedies like the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager are, sadly, not without precedent....more
Lois Bassen reviews Israel Horovitz’s Heaven and Other Poems today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Alex Dimitrov and Kate Durbin interview each other about place and poetics and poetry in performance, as well as poetry in LA and New York, and using culture as a prop....more
Barbara Berman reviews Diane di Prima’s The Poetry Deal today in Rumpus Poetry....more
At the New York Times, Margalit Fox shares a moving tribute to poet Carolyn Kizer, who passed away last Thursday. Characterized by impeccably crafted sound and meter, and an understated warmth, Kizer’s poems brought out a softer side of feminist poetry from the 1950’s through the present:
Where the poems of Ms.
Brenda Sieczkowski reviews Nathan Hauke’s In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes today in Rumpus Poetry....more
In addition to hosting the usual lit world all-stars at the biannual Dodge Poetry Festival next weekend, the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark will host a reading from a different front: poet veterans. Another Kind of Courage will feature work from Warrior Writers and Combat Paper Literary Troop, two organizations devoted to helping vets find their voices and promoting their writing....more
Kima Jones talks to Brian Gilmore about returning to the ritual of everyday life after the worst of humanity has shown itself publicly, about Duke Ellington and Michael Brown and being a father to daughters....more
Reviewing Ann Lauterbach’s new collection of poems, Under the Sign, Jo Ann Clark argues for a new poetics of “radical caring.” The collection shows Lauterbach struggling with the demons of world where people grow increasingly alienated from one other: drone strikes, school shootings, environmental destruction....more
Julie Enszer reviews Erika Meitner’s Copia today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Patrick James Dunagan reviews Jack Hirschman’s The Viet Arcane today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Poet and essayist Christian Wiman discusses landscape, elegy, and the strain between doubt and belief....more
Kent Shaw reviews Jena Osman’s Corporate Relations today in Rumpus Poetry....more