Lisa Williams reviews Éireann Lorsung’s Her Book today in Rumpus Poetry....more
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I want to leave the party through the window and find my uncle standing on a piece of iron shaped into visible desperation, which must also be (how can it not?) the beginning of visible hope....more
Charlie Atkinson reviews Jeffrey Skinner’s Glaciology today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Casey Thayer reviews Chloe Honum’s The Tulip-Flame today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Julie Marie Wade reviews Joshua Young’s The Holy Ghost People today in Rumpus Poetry....more
In Episode 5 of The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, Dave Roderick sits down with poet Daniel Anderson to chat about his latest collection, The Night Guard at the Wilberforce Hotel, finding the rhythm in lines of poetry, and baseball....more
(n.); cunning in words; skill in adorning speech; the arbitrary or capricious coinage of words; from late Latin and Greek, log (“speech, word”) and daidalos (“skillful, ingeniously formed)
Every society we’ve ever known has had poetry, and should the day come that poetry suddenly disappears in the morning, someone, somewhere, will reinvent it by evening.
Charlie Atkinson reviews TC Tolbert’s Gephyromania today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Becoming a poet means locating what images and symbols, what argument and figuration, are best suited to convey the aspects of change you most want to reveal through your writing....more
Molly Sutton Kiefer reviews Jennifer Michael Hecht’s Who Said today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Melissa-Leigh Gore reviews Elisabeth Workman’s Ultramegaprairieland today in Rumpus Poetry....more
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Kara Candito about goats, sexuality, Lorca, and slow writing in this chat about her book Spectator from the University of Utah Press....more
Andrew Fulmer reviews Jeff Alessandrelli’s This Last Time Will Be the First today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Since May, poet David Lehman has been working on a crowdsourced sonnet over at The American Scholar. Lehman wrote the poem’s first line, and then chose the next 13 from reader suggestions, selecting one a week. And now that the sonnet has been completed, a title must be chosen—hurry up, poets, and submit one by Sunday at midnight....more
Charlotte Pence reviews David Caplan’s Rhyme’s Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Julie Marie Wade reviews Simone Muench’s Wolf Centos today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Becoming a poet means writing past the danger each and every time you feel that you’re struggling with writing a poem....more
Laura Haynes reviews Maria Hummel’s House on Fire today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Brian Pera reviews Elisa Gabbert’s The Self Unstable today in Rumpus Poetry....more
A lot of poems are sad, but over at The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone thinks he’s found the saddest: “Spring and Fall” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Ripatrazone explores Hopkins’s poem, and while doing so, gives his thoughts on what good poetry can do:
I think the best poetry is a form of interrogation of self.
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Emily Abendroth about prison work, political poetry, and research in creative writing in her book ]exclosures[ from Ahsahta Press....more
Although Americans’ love for poetry has yet to reach the wild heights of Abu Dhabi’s hit reality show Million’s Poet where 70 million global viewers watched dueling versifiers vie for a $1.3 million cash prize, Americans are actively involved in reading it—particularly outside the traditional literary arenas of bookstores and libraries.
Yesterday’s New York Times posed this question to poetry superstars Tracy K. Smith, Martin Espada, William Logan, Paul Muldoon, Sandra Beasley, Patrick Rosal, and our own David Biespiel. Whether by “educat[ing] the senses,” combatting irony, or “ritualiz[ing] human life,” suffice it to say, the answer is Yes....more
Dan Piepenbring writes at the Paris Review about the universe inside industrial-supply catalogs, which offer a different kind of poetry to readers:
And so I often reach for it in pursuit of a kind of materialist awe. It makes for a reading experience more engaging, imaginative, and informative than almost anything that passes as literature.
Carol Muske-Dukes, a former poet laureate of California, discusses the role poetry plays in modern life at the Paris Review. She considers whether people think poetry is relevant or accessible, as well as how we approach it differently today than we have in the past:
The reality is that we live in an age that works against poetry.
(adj.) wandering through or amongst the clouds; moving through air; from the Latin nubes (“cloud”) and vagant (“wandering”), c. 1656.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
When you trust the wisdom from the art of poetry as a guide to writing your new poems, you put your writing in service of something larger than your own ambitions and impulses....more