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Reading Whitman While White

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It is only by holding Whitman accountable for all of his language that we can also love other parts of his language and poetics.

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The Last Poem I Loved: “In Defense of Our Overgrown Garden” by Matthea Harvey

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I read poetry for enjoyment now, to feel seen, and to see the world differently.

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The Worlds We Inhabit: Home: New Arabic Poems

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These writers expand the meaning of the word home by virtue of their lives and their writing.

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Rites of Passage: Steven Toussaint’s Lay Studies

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We are liturgical animals, Toussaint’s poems suggest, designed to satisfy some ultimate desire with worship.

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On Loss of Land and Loss of Girlhood: Taneum Bambrick’s Vantage

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Girlhood remains, like the land, a constant site of male fascination, desire, and violence.

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The Joy of Play: Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (10th Anniversary Ed.) by David Biespiel

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Biespiel offers a number of best practices—not just for writing poems, but for living a creative life.

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The Fraught Nature of Belonging: Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album

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Each poem opens a window into cities and vocabularies of exile.

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A Year in Rumpus Book Reviews

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A look back at the books we’ve reviewed in 2019!

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The Last Book I Loved: Re-reading Dana Levin’s Banana Palace in 2019

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In such a context, Dana Levin’s particular apocalypses deserve another look.

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Angry Reminders: Lee Ann Roripaugh’s Tsunami vs. the Fukushima 50

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Human beings like to make myths out of things we don’t understand.

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A Fierce Compassion: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism

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WOMEN OF RESISTANCE recognizes this reality with fierce compassion, and a lot of really fine poetry.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved: Snail Mail’s Beloved Books

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Wherever I go out on tour, I always have a book with me, and another for when I’m finished.

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A Cleansing Tornado: Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff by Sara Borjas

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Undergirding all the truth about pain is the triumph that comes from having a heart like a window and a mouth like a cliff.

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A Hard-Won Love: NOS by Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman

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The child is born of them, yet is other to them; they work on behalf, and yet despite, and also against her.

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A Live Ember: Stephanie Strickland’s How the Universe Is Made

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Over time, Strickland’s lines themselves grow wild, less uniform in their patterns of indentation. Like root structures deep in the ground, they branch in many directions.

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Painful Celebrations: Five Books for National Poetry Month

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Every act of reading is inseparable from what the reader has encountered before.

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