“[T]he testimonial form is rebellious; it says that it will record what the state tried to erase.”
Tags: Adriana Cavarero, Aruni Kashyap, Assam, Assamese, Carolyn Forche, colonialism, COVID-19, George Floyd, Horrorism, India, Indian, israel, Latin American literature, palestine, pandemic, poems, poetry, publishing industry, Sandesh Ghimire, South Asia, south asian, South Asian diaspora, state-sanctioned violence, testimonials, testimonio, The House with a Thousand Stories, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, There Is No Good Time for Bad News
To learn is perhaps Voisine’s primary goal in writing the poems in The Bower . ...more
Tags: Aracelis Girmay, Belfast, bernadette mayer, book review, Brexit, Carolyn Forche, Ciaran Carson, collective trauma, Connie Voisine, COVID, COVID-19, Dublin, historical trauma, historical violence, Ireland, Irish, Irish history, Kate O'Donoghue, Maggie Smith, motherhood, mothers and daughters, Northern Ireland, pandemic, Paul Muldoon, poetry review, Rachel Zucker, review, Seamus Heaney, Sharon Olds, Sinéad Morrissey, The Bower, the walking dead, University of Chicago Press
Éireann Lorsung discusses her new collection of poetry, THE CENTURY.
Tags: A Natural History of Destruction, abecedarian, academia, adjunct, adjuncts, Aria Aber, Éireann Lorsung, Carolyn Forche, COVID-19, expat, expats, Foucault, Her book, history, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, Katherine McKittrick, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Milkweed, Milkweed Editions, Music for Landing Planes By, pandemic, poems, poetry, racial inequality, Social Media, Solmaz Sharif, teaching, teaching writing, The Century, Timothy Otte, twitter, W.G. Sebald, white privilege, whiteness
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Anastacia-Reneé, Andrew Proctor, Ashley Sweeney, Beth Konkoski, C Pam Zhang, Carolyn Forche, Charlie Clark, Chelsea Bieker, Chris L. Terry, Christopher Paul Curtis, Claudia Rankine, danielle evans, darryl pinckney, Deborah Landau, Ed Lin, Elizabeth Topp, Ellen Notbohm, Genevieve Hudson, Hafizah Geter, James Carroll, Jess Walter, Joyelle McSweeney, Jubi Arriola-Headley, Kimberly Alidio, Kristin Harmel, Linda Kass, Mariama White-Hammond, Marisa Siegel, Martha Minow, Michael Davis, Naomi Hirahara, Natalie Wee, Nate Marshall, Nic Stone, Notable Online, Patricia Spears jones, Patrick Donnelly, Rebecca Kirby, Roxane Gay, Safia Jama, Siri Hustvedt, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Stephen Greenblatt, Steven Leyva, Susannah R. Drissi, Tara Elliott, Terrance Hayes, Timothy Snyder, Todd Gitlin, Toi Derricotte, Tracy Lynne Oliver
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Alan Felensthal, Alia Volz, Amitava Kumar, Amy Long, Amy Meyerson, Ariana Reines, Betsy Fagan, brian gresko, Carolyn Forche, Christopher Locke, Clare Beams, Curzio Malaparte, Dani Shapiro, Dinah Lenney, Edward A. Farmer, edwin frank, Elisabeth Thomas, Erik Anderson, Gary Indiana, Giselle Burgess, Hua Hsu, Ivy Pochoda, Joy Priest, Kate Zambreno, Kaveh Akbar, Keayva Mitchell, Kelly Rimmer, Kerry Kletter, Kristen Millares Young, Kristen Renee Miller, Kurt Andersen, laura van den berg, Laura Vanden Berg, Maggie Doherty, maggie messitt, Mary Karr, Matthew Yeager, Megan Abbott, Melissa Febos, Michael Cunningham, Nancy Star, Nikita Stewart, Nina Boutsikaris, Nina Renata Aron, Notable Online, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Syme, rachel vorona cote, Rebecca Fitting, Rebecca White, Sabrina Imbler, Sabrina McMillin, Sejal Shah, Sopan Deb, Stephanie Danler, Stephen Haff, Steve Mentz, Susan Choi, Susanna Moore, Tracy O'Neill
Megan Fernandes discusses her new collection of poetry, GOOD BOYS.
Tags: A Sinking Ship Is Still a Ship, academia, Alex Dimitrov, American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin, Ariel Francisco, Ashley Toliver, Bhanu Kapil, canon, Carolyn Forche, class inequality, Danez Smith, Edgar Kunz, emily bronte, Emily Dickinson, family, feminist, Frank O'Hara, Gerald Stern, Good Boys, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hala Alyan, Hannah Grieco, Henri Cole, Hilton Als, Homie, humor, humor writing, Indictus, inheritance, intersectionality, Jenny Zhang, Kahlil Gibran, mcsweeney's, Meena Alexander, Megan Fernandes, My Baby First Birthday, Natalie Eilbert, New York City, Paradise Lost, poems, poetry, racial inequality, Spectra, surrealism, Tap Out, Taylor Johnson, Terrance Hayes, The Kingdom and After, The Twenty-Ninth Year, Tin House, Tin House Books, Together and by Ourselves, Virginia Konchan, white girls, writing humor, wuthering heights
“For me, when I write nonfiction, my mind moves from the outside to the inside.”
Tags: Adrienne Rich, ageism, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Anthropologies: A Family Memoir, Anxious Attachments, Arianne Zwartjes, audre lorde, autotheory, Beth Alvarado, Bhanu Kapil, Bluets, Brian Blanchfield, Carolyn Forche, Christina Sharpe, class inequality, CNF, creative nonfiction, death, domesticity, essay collection, essays, feminism, gender inequality, gloria anzaldua, grace paley, grandchildren, grief, Irene Cooper, Jillian in the Borderlands, Karen Brennan, Lisa Borst, Little Labors, loss, Maggie Nelson, marriage, motherhood, mothers, nonfiction, Not a Matter of Love, parenting, personal essay, rivka galchen, sexism, The Argonauts, The Red Parts, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tisa Bryant, wayne koestenbaum, Wendy S. Walters
Books releasing in the first half of 2020 that we can’t wait to read!
Tags: A Fish Growing Lungs, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, A Sinking Ship Is Still a Ship, Alberto Rios, Alexandra Chang, Alice Notley, All Adults Here, All My Mother's Lovers, Alysia Sawchyn, Apology to the Young Addict, Ariel Francisco, Before and After the Book Deal, Birthright, Brandon Taylor, C Pam Zhang, Carl Phillips, Carolyn Forche, Cathy Park Hong, Charles Yu, Chelsea Bieker, Children of the Land, Claire Comstock-Gay, Cleanness, courtney maum, Cynthia Cruz, Danez Smith, Days of Distraction, Deborah Paredez, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Emily St. Mandel, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Emma Straub, Eric Tran, Erin Khar, Fairest, For the Ride, Foreign Bodies, Frances Cha, garth greenwell, George Abraham, Godshot, Guidebooks for the Dead, Homie, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold, If I Had Your Face, Ilana Masad, In the Lateness of the World, Include Me Out, Inconvenient Daughter, Interior Chinatown, James Brown, Jenn Shapland, John Freeman, John Murillo, Justin Phillip Reed, Katherine Silver, Kathryn Scanlan, Keep Moving, Kimiko Hahn, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, Lakewood, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, Lauren J. Sharkey, Lidia Yuknavitch, Little Gods, Madame Clairevoyant’s Guide to the Stars, Maggie Smith, Maisy Card, María Sonia Cristoff, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Marie-Helene Bertino, Mark Doty, Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, Megan Giddings, Meng Jin, Meredith Talusan, Minor Feelings, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Monica Sok, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Natalie Diaz, Not go away is my name, Obit, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, parakeet, Paul Lisicky, Philip Metres, Postcolonial Love Poem, Quotients, Real Life, Rick Barot, Rift Zone, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Samantha Irby, Sandra Meeks, Sejal Shah, Shrapnel Maps, Still, Strung Out, tess taylor, The Dominant Animal, The Eighth Girl, The Galleons, The Glass Hotel, The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer, The Malevolent Volume, The Park, The Third Rainbow Girl, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, These Ghosts Are Family, This Is One Way to Dance, Tracy O'Neill, Verge, Victoria Chang, What Is the Grass, What to Read When, Wow No Thank You, Year of the Dog
Literary events in and around the Twin Cities this week!
Tags: Alex Messenger, alison bechdel, Anika Fajardo, Carolyn Forche, Jared Singer, K McClendon, Kate DiCamillo, Kris Bigalk, Luis Lopez, Michael Hancher, Notable Twin Cities, Peter Campion, Preeti Kaur Rajpal, Saymoukda Vongsay, Shannon Gibney, Su Smallen Love, Twin Cities, Will McGrath
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
Except she isn’t windless and neither are we, thanks to her. ...more
Tags: Alice James Books, Angel Bones, Barbara Berman, book review, Books, brain cancer, Brian Turner, Carolyn Forche, death, Ilyse Kusnetz, Oliver Sacks, poetry, Reviews
Barbara Berman reviews work by Dunya Mikhail, Thomas Merton, and Robert Lax.
Tags: 33 Poems, Against Forgetting, Barbara Berman, Books, Carolyn Forche, Christopher Wait, Dunya Mikhail, In Her Feminine Sign, Iraq, Leonard Cohen, middle east, new directions, poetry, Poetry of Witness, Reviews, Robert Lax, Seeds of Contemplation, Silence Joy, Thomas Kellein, Thomas Merton
Dorianne Laux discusses her newly released collection, ONLY AS THE DAY IS LONG.
Tags: Amy Lowell, Carolyn Forche, Childcraft, death, Dorianne Laux, Facts about the Moon, Janet Rodriguez, John Donne, Li-Young Lee, Mother Goose, mothers, Only As the Day Is Long, poems, poetry, Sharon Olds, sonnet, sonnets, Steve Kowit, The Book of Men, What We Carry
Ilya Kaminsky discusses his new collection, DEAF REPUBLIC.
Tags: ASL, brian spears, Bruno Schulz, Carolyn Forche, César Vallejo, Dancing in Odessa, deaf, Deaf Republic, deafness, disability, Emily Dickinson, Eva Woods, fabulism, fabulist, graywolf, graywolf press, Ilya Kaminsky, isaac babel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jabberwocky, Jericho Brown, King Lear, leaves of grass, Lucille Clifton, metaphor, Osip Mandelstam, poetry, poetry book club, Politics, refugee, revision, Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Russia, Shakespeare, Soviet Union, The Tradition, Ukraine, Ukrainian, USSR, Valzhyna Mort, Victoria Chang, Walt Whitman, What You Have Heard Is True
Literary events in and around NYC this week!
Tags: Aatif Rashid, Alex Cuff, Alexis Coe, Anna Quindlen, Anselm Berrigan, Austin Smith, Brenda Copeland, Brian Kuan Wood, Calliope Bloom, Camille A. Collins, Carolyn Forche, Chantal Johnson, Chaun Ballard, Dana Czapnik, Dani Shapiro, David Downie, david means, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Dora Malech, Feminista Jones, g. willow wilson, Grace Schulman, hannah tinti, Harlan Coben, Jaclyn Gilbert, Jason Tougaw, Jessie Morgan-Owens, John Cusick, Jonathan Aprea, Katie Peterson, Lev Grossman, Madeleine Mori, Maria Kuznetsova, Maureen McLane, Ming Lauren Holden, N.K. Jemisin, Nadra Mabrouk, Nancy Pop, Nancy Rawlinson, New York City, notable new york, Notable NYC, Park McArthur, Peter BD, Polly Rosenwaike, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Raymond Strom, Rumaan Alam, Salvatore Scibona, Ser Spears, Seth Fried, Siri Hustvedt, Sofia Quintero, Summer Brennan, Tamsen Parker, Tania Pabon, Tanya Marquardt, Tara Ballard, Tara Westover, Téa Obreht, Vanessa Moody, Wendy Chen, Wendy Trevino, Xavier D'Leau, Yuxi Lin
Literary events in and around Chicago this week!
Tags: Anne Purky, Carolyn Forche, Chicago, Doug Wilsonv, Himabindu Poroori, Jacinda Bullie, Jaquanda Villegas, Javier Zamora, Jeffreen M. Hayes, Leslie Guy, LeVan D. Hawkins, Maya Haughton, Notable Chicago, Richard Blanco, Stephen Mack Jones, Tony Ho Tran, Wil Whedbee
2018 began interlaced with a double helix of joy and fear. ...more
Tags: Against Forgetting, Carolyn Forche, Dante Di Stefano, Dear Stranger Extant in Memory by the Blue Juniata, Duino Elegies, fatherhood, fathers, fathers and daughters, Galway Kinnell, Little Sleep’s-Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight, María Isabel Álvarez, Misrepresented People, parenting, poetry, Politics, Rilke, The Book of Nightmares, The Dead Shall Be Raised Incorruptible, The Divine Comedy, The Hen Flower, Trump, Under the Maud Moon
“I always feel like I’m starting over. I don’t know how I ever wrote a poem. I really do have that feeling.”
Tags: addiction, Believers, Book of Revelation, Carl Jung, Carolyn Forche, Christ, D.A. Powell, death, Denis Johnson, divorce, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, Emma Winsor Wood, family, grief, Helene Cixous, Iowa Writers' Workshop, James Wright, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Joy Harjo, Kristin Dombek, Letter Machine Editions, Li-Young Lee, Lisa Wells, loss, Mark Levine, marriage, masturbation, nonfiction, poetry, Portland, religion, Sharon Olds, spirituality, suicide, survivor’s guilt, the Fix, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Volta, Yusef Komunyakaa
Rumpus editors share a list of books by writers of color and women that bring fire, fury, and sometimes, both.
Tags: Adrienne Maree Brown, Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, Asha Bandele, Boxers & Saints, Carolyn Forche, celeste ng, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, Dante Alighieri, Emergent Strategy, Ever Is a Long Time, Fire and Fury, Gene Luen Yang, Him Me Muhammad Ali, Inferno, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Kerry Howley, Little Fires Everywhere, Look, Marjane Satrapi, Mary Jo Bang, Michael Wolff, Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmitt Till to Trayvon Martin, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Persepolis, Randa Jarrar, resistance, Resistance Rebellion Life: 50 Poems Now, Shane McCrae, Solmaz Sharif, The Animal Too Big to Kill, The Fire Next Time, The Fire This Time, Thrown, W. Ralph Eubanks, What to Read When, When They Call You a Terrorist
American writers have a long, distinguished history of calling out injustice. ...more
Tags: A. E. Stallings, albert camus, Alex Dimitrov, Amir Majmudar, anti-semitism, Barbara Berman, Black Nature, Bob Hicok, book review, Books, Camille Dungy, Carolyn Forche, City Lights Books, Duncan Wu, election 2016, Elisha Wiesel, Frederick Seidel, hate crimes, hate speech, iowa, John Frederick Peto, Kay Ryan, Kevin Young, knopf, Louise Bernikow, Madrid, Maxine Hong Kingston, nicholas kristof, Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin, poetry, Poetry of Witness, Politics, prejudice, Racism, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Resistance Rebellion Death, Resistance Rebellion Life: 50 Poems Now, review, Reviews, Storm Lake, The World Split Open, Tomas Q Morin, Veterans of War Veterans of Peace, White Supremacy
Precariousness is an essential condition of life for the people who populate Vang’s poems, especially the Hmong refugees on whom the poet’s eye most lovingly lingers. ...more
Tags: Books, Carolyn Forche, Constantin Cavafy, debut collection, first book, graywolf press, Hmong, jenna le, laos, Mai Der Vang, Mark Doty, mark strand, Ocean Vuong, poetry, reclaiming patriotism 2017, refugees, Reviews, Theodore Roethke, Vietnam
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
I’m spending National Poetry Month at the Millay Colony, former home of Edna St. Vincent Millay. My colleague and friend, poet and writer Jen Fitzgerald, will be writing the Mixtape column this month—and we are all lucky for it. Enjoy Jen’s robust selections and I’ll see you in May.
Tags: Anna March, Carolyn Forche, Coal Mountain Elementary, Head Off & Split, Jen Fitzgerald, Juan Felipe Herrera, Mark Nowak, Maurice Manning, National Poetry Month, Nikky Finney, Notes on the Assemblage, poetry, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, Rosebud Ben-Oni, solecism, The Common Man, The Country Between Us
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
It is remembering and loving anyway—not forgetting—that binds us even if the recollections are absurd, undignified, cruel, or humiliating. ...more
Tags: Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, anthropocene, Carolyn Forche, criminal justice system, Europe, family, forgetting, friendship, google, Gossip, Japan, John Oliver, Mario Costeja González, memory, Michel Hamburger, Middle Age, Oregon, Paul Celan, poetry, privacy, revenge porn, right to be forgotten, Springfield, Wendy Willis, World War II
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Tom Sleigh about his new book,
Station Zed,, how reportage and the surreal can combine inside a poem, and secularizing the mysteries of death, redemption, and resurrection. ...more
Tags: Basho, bay of pigs, Carolyn Forche, Cold War, death, graywolf press, Gulf War, Iraq, Iraq War, Jesus Christ, journalism, poetry, prose poem, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, station zed, Tom Sleigh, war writing
Sean Singer reviews
Poetry of Witness The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 by Carolyn Forche and Duncan Wu today in Rumpus Poetry. ...more
Julie Marie Wade reviews Noah Eli Gordon’s
The Year of the Rooster today in Rumpus Poetry. ...more