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.
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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
Kent Shaw reviews Matthew Zapruder’s Sun Bear today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Poetryarchive.org, the online poetry resource founded by retired British poet laureate Andrew Motion and the recording producer Richard Carrington a decade ago, has just been relaunched. In the Guardian, Motion talks about the origins of the website and it new redesign:
Our original intention was to combine three things: pleasure for the general reader/listener, by bringing together existing recordings of “historic” poets with new recordings of contemporaries that we would make or commission ourselves; help for students of all ages and their teachers, by combining these recordings with introductions, brief biographies, lesson plans, a glossary of terms, and all sorts of other educational bells and whistles; a safe haven for poet’s voices, which would mean their voices were not lost to posterity.
Now in silence, mute, a place still quiet
within reason, ear-protected, I hear
the flow and pump of blood....more
Jeannine Hall Gailey reviews Rachel Zucker’s the pedestrians today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Patrick James Dunagan reviews Fred Moten’s The Feel Trio today in Rumpus Poetry....more
No spoilers here, but Patricia Lockwood’s new poetry collection Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals is garnering significant praise. In the New York Times, Dwight Garner writes that:
Patricia Lockwood’s sexy, surreal and mostly sublime poems seem to have been, as James Joyce said in “Ulysses” about a batch of folk tales, “printed by the weird sisters in the year of the big wind.” They scatter lightning and lawn debris across your psyche.
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Keetje Kuipers about her new book The Keys to the Jail, alter egos, landscapes, political poems, and how the fictionalized and the real inhabit the same space....more
The 50th anniversary edition of Lunch Poems, the collection written by Frank O’Hara in 1964, has caught attention recently over at The Atlantic. The book has always been important to New Yorkers, and evidently it still is—in 2012, it was voted into the top ten list of objects that best tell New York’s story (it came in at #6)....more
Nick Morrissey reviews Katy Didden’s The Glacier’s Wake today in Rumpus Poetry....more
“Art-typing,” or using a typewriter to create visual art, first stemmed from experimenting stenographers and then blossomed in the 1950s with the concrete poetry movement.
A new anthology, Typewriter Art, looks at the history of this form. Brainpickings has a review and some stunning samples....more
Memorial Day is a time of both national reflection and diverse local tradition. In a piece connecting poetry and community storytelling, The Atlantic offers some literary history in observance of this past weekend’s holiday. Two years after the end of the Civil War, the magazine published Francis Miles Finch’s conciliatory poem, ”The Blue and The Gray.” Finch, a northerner, was inspired to write the piece by four women in Columbus, Mississippi, who decorated the graves of deceased Confederates and Union soldiers alike in a gesture of nonpartisan respect. Today, students in Columbus honor the event by retelling the life stories of those buried in that cemetery....more
Twitter is like a digital notebook for collecting observations, Rhys Nixon describes over at Entropy, making it an ideal platform for poetry and expression. Twitter also combines humor and absurdism, two elements often overlooked in more conventional literature. But perhaps the most significant characteristic of Twitter is the collaborative process essential to all creative forms....more
Molly Sutton Kiefer reviews Martha Silano’s Reckless Lovely today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Barbara Berman reviews Philip Schultz’s The Wherewithal A Novel in Verse today in Rumpus Poetry....more
James Crews reviews David Axelrod’s Folly today in Rumpus Poetry....more