Molly Sutton Kiefer reviews Jennifer Michael Hecht’s Who Said today in Rumpus Poetry....more
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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
Benjamin Landry reviews George Albon’s Fire Break today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Lois Bassen reviews Bilateral Asymmetry by Don Riggs today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Allyson Paty reviews DJ Dolack’s Whittling a New Face in the Dark today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Richard Joines reviews Rose McLarney’s Its Day Being Gone today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Sean Singer reviews Poetry of Witness The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 by Carolyn Forche and Duncan Wu today in Rumpus Poetry....more
When you do not allow yourself to follow your impulses, it’s not that you are eluding or destroying those impulses. Instead, you’re converting what was potentially necessary to your imagination into something darker, less stable, and more insidious....more
Cynthia Cruz reviews Fanny Howe’s Second Childhood today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Colette Speer reviews Kristin Hatch’s the meatgirl whatever today in Rumpus Poetry....more
The distinct quietness of Wallace Stevens’s life—modernist, insurance salesman, writer of The Emperor of Ice Cream—is almost as famous as his poetry. Now! His 1920s Colonial home is for sale in Hartford, CT. If you’re looking for a spacious new house to raise a family in, or have a vested interest in historical preservation, maybe you should buy it....more
For her “The Poems (We Think) We Know” column at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Alexandra Socarides writes about Emily Dickinson’s celebrated “I’m Nobody! Who are you?,” debunking its commonly held interpretation:
There is a seemingly stark private/public dichotomy laid out by the poem’s two stanza structure.