Composition here becomes a process of discernment rather than pure creation. ...more
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The individual and the crowd might prove as false a binary as anything else, even that [perforated] line sketched between poetry and prose. ...more
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Jacques Rancourt discusses his new collection, BROCKEN SPECTRE.
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Kate Gaskin discusses her debut collection, FOREVER WAR.
Tags: Air Force, Alabama, debut collection, deployment, ecology, Elegies, elegy, florida, Forever War, gender roles, invasive species, Kate Gaskin, Midwest, Midwestern, military, military life, military spouse, military wives, natural world, nature, nature poet, nature poetry, Omaha, patriotism, Pensacola, plants, poems, poetry, postpartum, Randy Brown, U.S. Military, violence, wildlife, YesYes, YesYes Books
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
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello discusses her debut poetry collection, HOUR OF THE OX.
Tags: adoptee, adoption, Ahmaud Arbery, Andromeda, Asian American, audre lorde, Breonna Taylor, Denise Duhamel, E.J. Koh, EJ Koh, Elegies, elegy, Gene Roddenberry, George Floyd, Hour of the Ox, identity, Julie Marie Wade, Korean American, Lucille Clifton, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, missing persons, myth, mythologies, poems, poetry, rejection, University of Pittsburgh press
Paul Lisicky discusses his new memoir, LATER: MY LIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.
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Victoria Chang discusses her new poetry collection, OBIT.
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“I had thought of the title as a placeholder, but it ended up hanging around.”
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Cameron Awkward-Rich discusses his new collection, DISPATCH.
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After all, isn’t this often the truth of loss? What once was home becomes a graveyard. ...more
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[I]t is as if I am learning a new language with each poem. ...more
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The old music still filled pits in him like sawdust and wood glue do a nail hole. The songs didn’t say anything new over the years, but they provided home when he missed it. ...more
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Twentieth century philosopher J.L. Austin asked in his writing what words and phrases could do in their utterance. In this tradition, Nick Ripatrazone examines Morgan Meis and Stefanie Anne Goldberg’s fictionalized eulogy collection, Dead People, to find out what the memorializing of public figures like Kurt Cobain and Christopher Hitchens actually do in their tellings, […]
Elegy cannot protect us. It is merely a contained space for us to prowl, and to prowl in a performative manner. ...more
Tags: Anne Carson, carrie & lowell, death, elegy, folk music, grief, Matilda Rosetti, Nox, poetry, Roland Barthes, Rumpus music, sufjan stevens
Dean Rader talks with Edward Hirsch about his new book
Gabriel, the pain of losing a child, and the challenges of writing grief. ...more
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Finding a way to grieve for the passing of a child is a complicated matter. Poet Edward Hirsch lost his son in 2011, and has just completed a 76-page elegy that will be published in September titled Gabriel. Alec Wilkinson goes deep into Hirsch’s moving story at the New Yorker.
Anne Carson’s new book Nox, at first sight looks like a Vollmann-esque door stopper of at least a thousand pages — until you hold the book and realize that it opens like a treasure box to reveal an accordion-like sprawl of paper that unfolds and keeps unfolding on your desk. The pages are filled with […]