Brian Spears reviews Alice Oswald’s Memorial A Version of Homer’s Iliad today in Rumpus Poetry....more
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What do Amish Friendship Bread, poetry and chain letters have in common?
Sadie Stein opened her inbox the other day to find an email about a poetry chain, she writes at the Paris Review. Although participating in the chain left her “feeling a bit like someone’s aunt,” the email project was ultimately inspiring, and reminded Stein of the last chain she’d taken part in—the act of baking and passing along to neighbors strange bread made from instant vanilla pudding....more
Benjamin Landry reviews Julie Carr’s Rag today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Sean Singer reviews Amaud Jamaul Johnson’s Darktown Follies today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Lisa Cheby reviews Caroline Goodwin’s Trapline today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Patrick James Dunagan reviews John Wilkinson’s Reckitt’s Blue today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Amy Pence reviews Melissa Ginsburg’s Dear Weather Ghost today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Barbara Berman reviews Stephen Kuusisto’s Letters to Borges today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Alexander Shafer reviews Billy Collins’s Aimless Love today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Julie Marie Wade reviews Julie Enszer’s Sisterhood today in Rumpus Poetry....more
David Peak reviews Dodie Bellamy’s Cunt Norton today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Michael Klein reviews Cynthia Lowen’s The Cloud That Contained the Lightning today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Brian Spears reviews Jake Adam York’s Abide today in Rumpus Poetry....more
If you liked David Biepsiel’s State of American Poetry address, here’s a nice counterpart by Natasha Trethewey at the Virginia Quarterly Review.
“Despair about the place of poetry in American culture is nothing new,” she begins, and goes on to write about the necessity and indelibility of poetry at the most basic levels:
For all of that, poetry is the corrective, the sacred language that allows us to connect across time and space, across all the things in everyday life that separate us and would destroy us.
Erin Miller reviews David Bartone’s Practice on Mountains today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Jeff Alessandrelli reviews Kristina Marie Darling’s Brushes With today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Poets, Poetesses, and Unacknowledged Legislators of Mankind:
I address you at a moment unprecedented in the history of Poetry. I use the word “unprecedented,” because at no previous time has American poetry been as seriously threatened as it is today.
Since the permanent formation of the art of American poetry under the Constitution, in 1789, most of the periods of crisis in our history have related to our narrative affairs....more
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....more
Dan Shewan reviews Rusty Morrison’s Beyond the Chainlink today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Damon Marbut reviews Remica Bingham’s What We Ask of Flesh today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Ellen Miller-Mack reviews Kathleen Jesme’s Meridian today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Virginia Konchan reviews Lina Vitkauskas’s Neon Tryst today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Andrew Field reviews Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Laura Jensen’s Memory begins with the eponymous poem about a falconer, whose falcon flies after its prey and doesn’t return until evening, surprising its master when it lands in the window clutching its prize. The poem ends with a lovely figure that I extend to her poetry’s effect on me:
Like memory, it
returned when it was unexpected.
Earlier this week, while speaking to some younger poets, I became intrigued with their nascent fascination, to the point of headiness, with all things poetically elliptical, non-linear, and disjunctive. I say intrigued, but in my heart it felt more like exasperated....more
Barbara Berman reviews Donna Johnson’s Selvage today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Kent Shaw reviews Julie Doxsee’s The Next Monsters today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Sean Singer reviews Reginald Harris’s Autogeography today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Poet Rich Villar discusses his activism, his admiration for Pablo Neruda, the importance of vernacular, and why love poetry may be the most political poetry of all....more