In February 2013, just over a year before her death, Maya Angelou spoke to Whitney Mackman about her writing process, her influences, and the act of looking for joy....more
Posts Tagged: poetry
Camden Avery reviews W. S. Merwin’s The Moon Before Morning today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Suddenly I understood more deeply what the end of the poem means, when the speaker knows his decisions will change his life, but still has no idea what else may come as a result....more
Saeed Jones published a book of poems, Prelude To Bruise. Over at Buzzfeed, he’ll tell you why he wrote them, too:
“My mother had a fatal heart attack the night before Mother’s Day in 2011. The experience of losing her broke me down.
Heather Dobbins reviews George Higgins’s There, There today in Rumpus Poetry....more
Lisa Williams reviews Éireann Lorsung’s Her Book today in Rumpus Poetry....more
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.