Posts Tagged: poetry
Over at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center blog, Suzi F. Garcia challenges the idea of poetry as a niche act of the elites by showing just how vital and contagious teaching a text like Citizen can be:
Move poetry outside of its context.
For Lambda Literary, Christopher Soto talks with Brenda Shaughnessy about her new collection of poetry and how she relates to her writing as someone who is already four collections in. She outlines the ways in which her work has been shaped by embarrassment, her experiences within the queer community, and the importance of a writer unselfconsciously leaving herself open to new things:
But I found that I could use my embarrassment against itself: a new kind of fuck-you to an inner critic I hadn’t realized I’d been listening to my whole life.
Little sleeve, Is this really what we call saving?
Across an ocean drones are banqueting
as bees as bombs in bridal arrangements
& we call this progress. The satellites are monitoring
our devolving. Little sleeve, How does love appear
in no gravity?
As I take up the task of reading and rereading these often prophetic poems, much becomes clear to me simply from the visible letters on the page—and yet I sense, too, that I cannot refuse an interpretation of what is inscribed beneath and within those letters in the invisible ink of Rich’s poetic genius.
This month, The Rumpus Book Club is reading Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, which Jami Attenberg calls her “favorite debut of the year,” and of which Kirkus Reviews writes, “A Chinese-American family tumbles from riches to rags in Chang’s jam-packed, high-energy debut… this debut novelist holds nothing back.”
In our Poetry Book Club, we’re thrilled to read Janice Harrington’s Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H....more
I’ll start again by telling you that this is a body. A body that bears the weight of its makers. A body that’s trying to tell a story, without making it pretty, but this is perhaps where poetry fails me, because we want the beauty in language.
Rupi Kaur’s poetry collection, Milk and Honey, has sold almost half a million copies since its publication by Andrews McMeel Publishing last year, according to Anisse Gross in Publishers Weekly. While that is the company’s best selling poetry collection, it isn’t the only one that’s sold well:
“We saw that there was this generation of young women, mostly in that early-20s age group, who were responding to this form of expression,” [President Kristy Melville] said, adding that the type of poetry that was resonating with readers is often associated with spoken-word poets or poets publishing online.
What are the possible causes
of my symptoms or condition. What tests do you recommend
for the heartache of loving both those boys later
on–in different years, for different years–
for thinking you’d loved with a love that was more
than any love anybody had ever loved, for knowing
now, thirty-five years later, maybe you were not
Award-winning author Renée Watson is fighting to save the house that Langston Hughes lived in through much of the 1950s and 60s, until his death in 1967, Heather Long reports for CNN. Watson launched an Indiegogo campaign to rescue the brownstone and preserve its literary history—donate here today to make sure we don’t lose this important piece of American poetry’s past....more
If Basil Bunting were not remembered for “Briggflatts”—his longest and best poem, first published fifty years ago—he might still be remembered as the protagonist of a preposterously eventful twentieth-century life.
Poet Basil Bunting had an unconventional life full of interesting journeys and experiences....more