With Steven Espada Dawson, Elisa Gonzalez, and Gaia Rajan.
Tags: addiction, Aeneid, Alice Notley, Anne Carson, Before the First Book, Black Aperture, Brenda Shaughnessy, Brian Dillon, C. D. Wright, Cathy Park Hong, community, Curves of the Apple, David Graeber, Debt, descent, Donna Tartt, Elisa Gonzalez, Essayism, Gaia Rajan, George Oppen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Heroin, Jorie Graham, Lauren Russell, Matt Rasmussen, Maud Martha, MFA, Midwest, Minor Feelings, Mitski, Natalie Diaz, nostalgia, Patrycja Humienik, place, poems, poetry, Quan Barry, robert hass, Rosmarie Waldrop, Shallcross, Steven Dawson, Steven Espada Dawson, The Goldfinch, Tory Dent, Water Puppets, When My Brother Was An Aztec, writing ritual, Zbigniew Herbert
With Gabrielle Bates, I.S. Jones, and Erin Marie Lynch.
Tags: Abel, Abigail Chabitnoy, Alabama, american south, anorexia, Before the First Book, Birmingham, Blake, Blessing the Boats, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, bulimia, C. D. Wright, Cain, Cain and Abel, Claire Meuschke, craft, Dakota, Dakota Uprising, Defacing the Monument, Derrida, Dian Million, Diane Glancy, Erin Marie Lynch, Feeling for the Frame, Gabrielle Bates, How to Dress a Fish, I.S. Jones, John Berger, Judas Goat, Julia Kristeva, Layli Long Soldier, Linda Gregg, Ludovico Einaudi, M. NourbeSe Philip, Madness Rack and Honey, Mary Ruefle, Muriel Rukeyser, Newfound, Pacific Northwest, Patricia Smith, Patrycja Humienik, Paula Gunn Allen, Philip Metres, poems, poetry, rachel edelman, Richard Scott, Simone Weil, Solmaz Sharif, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Spells of My Name, Standing Rock, Susan Briante, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Sacred Hoop, Tina Campt, Todd Haynes, Upend, Vanessa Beecroft, ways of seeing, Waziyatawin Angela Wilson, writing process, writing ritual
jamie hood discusses her debut book, HOW TO BE A GOOD GIRL.
Tags: Anne Sexton, Ariel, autofiction, C. D. Wright, capitalism, confessional, Dodie Bellamy, femininity, gender roles, how to be a good girl, hybrid genre, Jamie Hood, Kate Zambreno, LGBTQ, male violence, misogyny, pandemic, patriarchy, poems, poetry, Rachelle Toarmino, rape, sexism, sexual assault, sexual trauma, sexual violence, Sharon Olds, susan sontag, sylvia plath, The Waves, To the Lighthouse, trans, trauma, trauma writing, virginia woolf, vulnerability, women writers
Grief begs to be analogized, not to be tamed exactly, but somehow made approachable. ...more
Tags: 13th Balloon, AIDS, book review, C. D. Wright, Chela Sandoval, Copper Canyon, Copper Canyon Press, David Markson, death, Don DeLillo, elegy, ezra pound, Frank O'Hara, gay, george bush, gertrude stein, grief, homophobia, John Ashbery, Jorge Luis Borges, Julie Marie Wade, LGBTQ, loss, Magic Johnson, Mark Bibbins, Mark Crast, Mary Jo Bang, memory, Nietzsche, pandemic, Paul Celan, Paul Monette, poems, poetry, poetry review, Reagan, relationships, review, Ronald Reagan, Ryan White, susan sontag, William S. Burroughs
Tenderness lies between the sharp and the sweet. ...more
Tags: Alice James Books, Allen Ginsberg, american south, Amy Woolard, Beshrew, book review, C. D. Wright, Danielle Pafunda, debut collection, Deepstep Come Shining, gertrude stein, Irene Cooper, kansas, Little Red Riding Hood, Neck of the Woods, poems, poetry, poetry review, review, sleeping beauty, South, Wizard of Oz
Girlhood remains, like the land, a constant site of male fascination, desire, and violence. ...more
Tags: animals, APR/Honickman First Book Prize, Aria Aber, book review, Books, Brenda Hillman, C. D. Wright, class inequality, classism, climate crisis, coming of age, debut collection, ecological, ecopoetics, ecopoetry, environmental crisis, Etel Adnan, fathers, fathers and daughters, female bodies, female body, feminine, femininity, feminist, feminist theory, gender inequality, gender violence, harassment, LGBTQ, masculinity, misogyny, natural world, nature, Of Cities & Women, patriarchy, poems, poetry, poetry review, privilege, queer, queerness, sexism, sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexuality, Sharon Olds, simone de beauvoir, Taneum Bambrick, toxic masculinity, Vantage, working class, workplace harassment
“I had thought of the title as a placeholder, but it ended up hanging around.”
Tags: 13th Balloon, AIDS, AIDS and Its Metaphors, AIDS crisis, C. D. Wright, Candy Darling, Copper Canyon, Copper Canyon Press, death, dying, elegy, epidemic, Evangeline Riddiford Graham, Frank O'Hara, gay, gertrude stein, grief, james merrill, LGBTQ, Mark Bibbins, memory, Paul Celan, Phil Kovacevich, poems, poetry, Poetry of Witness, queer, susan sontag, the changing light at sandover, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry They Kill You Because They’re Full, virginia woolf, yoko ono
The speaker in Hard Damage , it seems, is writing herself to life. ...more
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Afghanistan, Afghanistan war, Al Qaeda, Aria Aber, Book of the Dead, book review, C. D. Wright, Carolyn Forche, Citizen, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Claudia Rankine, displacement, Dostoyevsky, immigrant, immigrants, Islam, Joanne Herring, microaggression, microaggressions, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Muriel Rukeyser, muslim, poetry, refugee, refugees, review, Rilke, Solmaz Sharif, war, war writing, Zbigniew Brzezinski
Lessley’s poems remind us: “Because to cry’s / a sign, to cry is proof, / there’s life.” ...more
Tags: Amman, book review, C. D. Wright, Emily Dickinson, expats, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour, gender roles, Gustave Flaubert, Hanna VanderHart, Hannah VanderHart, jordan, Natasha Tretheway, Patricia Smith, Philip Metres, poetry review, Shara Lessley, The Explosive Expert's Wife, University of Wisconsin Press, violence against women, women's bodies
“At the limit of language we meet our mortality.”
Tags: C. D. Wright, canada, Daniel Fraser, English, Fanny Howe, Karen Solie, landscape, language, Max Picard, nature, Pigeon, place, poetry, Saskatchewan, T.E. Hulme, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, Wislawa Symborszka
“The cusp of errand and awe is where poetry always is for me.”
Tags: All Soul Parts Returned, Brenda Hillman, Bruce Beasley, C. D. Wright, Charles Wright, Claudia Rankine, cosmology, David Wojahn, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, For the Scribe, Giorgio de Chirico, Harryette Mullen, Isaac Newton, Jorie Graham, Julie Marie Wade, Louis MacNeice, mathematics, metaphor, Physics, poems, poetry, research, Signs and Abominations, Spirituals, teaching, teaching writing, Terrance Hayes, Theodore Roethke
[F]or the first time, I really see the tradeoffs between privacy and honest-to-god, up-close empathy. ...more
Tags: ACLU, Alabama, american south, Arlie Hochschild, Brian Reed, C. D. Wright, cutting, depression, Donald Trump, Drew Margolin, Edward Snowden, European Physical Journal of Data Science, hillbilly elegy, homosexuality, in cold blood, J.D. Vance, John B. McLemore, journalism, journalistic ethics, LGBTQ, Margaret Kaelin McHugh, podcast, podcasts, privacy, Racism, rural life, S-Town, self-mutilation, serial, small town life, small towns, Social Media, Strangers in their Own Land, suicide, Tea Party, Truman Capote, Trump, Tyler Goodson, Wendy Willis, woodstock, Yu-Ru Lin
Nichols wants us to know that, like every woman scorned, whether by an individual or by society, her maenad was initially innocent and loving. Beneath a scarred exterior, that innocent still resides. ...more
Tags: Bacchus, Books, C. D. Wright, cento, Hermeneutic Chaos Press, Patricia Ariel, poetry, Reviews, Sarah Nichols, Sonja Johanson, sylvia plath
“Song of the Gourd” is like an eye roll at this sort of gusto about leaving the Southland. ...more
Tags: A.R. Ammon, American poetry, american south, Arkansas, C. D. Wright, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Idiom Ozarkia, Mountain Home, poetry, Rhode Island, robert penn warren, Rodney Jones, Song of the Gourd, Sonia Sanchez, Terrance Hayes, Texas, The South, thomas jefferson, Yusef Komunyakka
There are hard lessons about aging and dying and living on You Want It Darker that we’re not going to ever be done with until we either cure death or forget Leonard Cohen. ...more
Tags: aging, Amish Trivedi, Blackstar, bob dylan, C. D. Wright, Carol King, CD Wright, david bowie, death, dying, Famous Blue Raincoat, Heidegger, Hineni, Holderlin, I'm Your Man, Leaving the Table, Leonard Cohen, lou reed, poetry, Rumpus music, Sound Takes, You Want it Darker
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]
Tags: American Purgatory, C. D. Wright, Carolyn Forche, Don Share, dystopia, dystopian, Eyewear Publishing, poetry, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Sexton Prize for Poetry, This Week in Books
Danniel Schoonebeek discusses living a quiet life in the Catskills, the importance of travel, partying in the woods with poets, and how capitalism forces people to be cruel to each other.
Tags: American Barricade, Amtrak, Anna Moschovakis, Ben Sandman, book readings, book tour, Boston Review, Brian Blanchfield, Brooklyn, C. D. Wright, capitalism, Catskills, C’est la guerre, Danniel Schoonebeek, day job, Debt, Delhi, Don Mee Choi, dubliners, ESL, Hardly War, Hatchet Job, Hollywood, Izumi Inoue, James Joyce, landscape, Lo Kwa-Mei-en, Look, National Poetry Series, Olivia Laing, PEN Poetry Series, poetry, Proxies, publishing industry, reading series, rhetorical device, second person, Solmaz Sharif, teaching writing, The Bees Make Money in the Lion, the believer, Tin House, trains, travel, travelogue, Trébuchet, U of Georgia Press, university press, Valerie Solanas, YesYes, YesYes Books
Jennifer Whitaker discusses her new collection
The Blue Hour, persona poems, the violence in fairy tales, and writing about sexual abuse. ...more
Tags: Abuse, Alan Shapiro, Brian Teare, Brothers Grimm, C. D. Wright, Camille Dungy, Carolyn Forche, Christy Garren, claudia emerson, death, fairy tales, family, Father, fathers and daughters, Giambattista Basile, Hundred-Year Wave, incest, Jennifer Whitaker, Kim Thuy, Lucille Clifton, Martin Wittfooth, parents, persona, poetry, Rachel Richardson, Richie Hofmann, Ru, Second Empire, sexual abuse, The Blue Hour, The Pentamerone, The Room Where I War Born, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, trauma writing
Poetry is an art spoken, as if sung, in relation to other human beings. ...more
Tags: C. D. Wright, Carmen, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Gerard Manley Hopkins, La Traviata, Lucille Clifton, Marina Tsvetaeva, opera, poetry, Tomas Tranströmer, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Yves Bonnefoy
Jack White’s Third Man Records is expanding to include books. August 5th will see the release of Third Man Books‘s first hardcover title, Language Lessons, Volume 1, a 321-page collection of poetry, prose, and art together with 2 vinyl LPs, edited by poet and musician Chet Weise and Third Man’s Ben Swank. Among the included […]
The book, with its halting, unbeautiful, disjointed lines, proves her awareness of the difficulty of writing poetry about war, trade, immigration, Hurricane Katrina, and George Bush. These are intensely politicized issues, claimed by a blunt, politicized language.