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
Posts Tagged: poetry
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.
Eric Dean Wilson reviews Najwan Darwish’s Nothing More to Lose today in Rumpus Poetry....more
15. Bluets becomes a space for desire (thwarted), for mystery, for obscurity and unattainability. To explore the space where these intersect in Nelson is the project of the book....more
Tova Gannana reviews Peter Campion’s El Dorado today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Barbara Berman reviews Prue Shaw’s Reading Dante From Here to Eternity and Clive James’s translation of The Divine Comedy today in Rumpus Poetry....more
James Crews reviews Jared Carter’s Darkened Rooms of Summer today in Rumpus Poetry....more
She won the Pulitzer in 1923, but when newspapers recounted her public readings, they more often focused on her outfits than her writing. Her glamorous and occasionally scandalous life made her a celebrity, but her celebrity (along with other trends in literary criticism) led to charges of intellectual shallowness and political dilettantism.
As a poet you are called to be absorbed and aroused and enchanted and intoxicated and beguiled. You embrace occasions that leave you seduced and transfixed, overpowered and enraptured....more
Melissa-Leigh Gore reviews Jessica Piazza’s Interrobang today in Rumpus Poetry....more
A classic Annie Dilliard-ism; “The way you spend your days/is the way you spend your life.” In the latest Oxford American, Southern poet Rebecca Gayle Howard—guest editor of the OA summer issue—talks about her writing process and how she spends her days:
For me the writing life is much like any trade work: one part apprenticeship and one part practice.
Lord Byron’s estranged daughter, Lady Ada Lovelace, was just as swashbuckling and as tragic as her father. She was also a card shark, drug addict, and computer genius....more
Julie Enszer reviews Julie Marie Wade’s When I Was Straight today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Recently in the UK, poetry seems to have found its way back into mainstream culture, which of course elicits the question: did it ever leave? Over at Newsweek, Howard Swains examines the reasons we return to poetry even in an age when words like “distraction” and “multimedia” tend to hijack any dicsussion of art or literature:
“In some ways it’s that question of whether poetry is dying that keeps poetry alive,” Chris McCabe, a poet and librarian at the Saison Poetry Library at Southbank Centre in London, says.
No one writes poems like [Harryette] Mullen. And if Mullen’s poems teach us anything about the larger context of making poems, the lesson might be that no one should write poems like her....more
Michael Klein reviews Matthew Lippman’s American Chew today in Rumpus Poetry....more
I was doing clerical work for a magazine publisher in a high-rise along the Wilshire corridor and each day I would take my one hour lunch on a small bench between two 25 story buildings. The proximity of all these tall structures created a vortex of wind that constantly combed through all these magnificent trees. One by one I had to know and then write about each individual Jacaranda, Magnolia and Floss Silk tree....more
When you want to turn your world upside down and see what falls out of it, shed that skin....more
Caitlin Mackenzie reviews Heather Dobbins’s In the Low Houses today in Rumpus Poetry....more