Cara Blue Adams discusses her debut story collection, YOU NEVER GET IT BACK.
Tags: Cara Blue Adams, Charles Baxter, Cities I've Never Lived In, Cleanness, debut collection, Elizabeth Bishop, elizabeth strout, garth greenwell, Interpreter of Maladies, jhumpa lahiri, John Simmons Short Fiction Award, Kate Finegan, laura van den berg, linked stories, Maria Gainza, Marilynne Robinson, olive kitteridge, Optic Nerve, robert hass, Sara Majka, short fiction, short stories, The Isle of Youth, Vermont, You Can't Get it Back
Jeri Frederickson discusses her debut collection, YOU ARE NOT LOST.
Tags: A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love, A Wreath for Emmitt Till, applesauce, Awakenings, canning, Chicago, childhood trauma, container, crown sonnet, David Attenborough, Elizabeth Bishop, Finishing Line Press, Jeri Frederickson, Maggie Smith, marie howe, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Oliver, Mary Wroth, memoir, One Art, poems, poetry, sonnet, trauma, You Are Not Lost
This collection suggests again and again that poets and poetry are conjoined with such places—found on a map and indelibly mapped to the psyche. ...more
Tags: Abigail Chabitnoy, agoraphobia, Breath of Wild, Bruce Snider, Christopher Kempf, Claudia Rankine, climate change, climate crisis, COVID, COVID-19, Du Fu, Eavan Boland, Edward Derby, Elizabeth Bishop, environmental crisis, Gaston Bachelard, George Floyd, isolation, Legend of Zelda, Marshall McLuhan, memory, nostalgia, pandemic, Paradise Indiana, Paterson, place, Pleiades Press, poems, poetry, prose poem, rural, rural America, rural life, Sabrina Orah Mark, setting, Shara Lessley, The Poem's Country, The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, William Wordsworth, Wordsworth, Zelda, zoom
Poet Matthew Olzmann discusses his work with Julie Marie Wade.
Tags: Alan Shapiro, Alice James Books, arrested development, Ars Poetica, Arthur Sze, Brooks Haxton, C. Dale Young, Chef’s Table, Contradictions in the Design, David Baker, David James, Derek Walcott, Donald Justice, Elizabeth Bishop, Heather McHugh, John Berryman, John Crowe Ransom, Jon Pineda, Julie Marie Wade, Karen An-Hwei Lee, Kimiko Hanh, Martha Rhodes, Mary Jo Firth Gillette, Matthew Olzmann, metaphor, Mezzanines, myung mi kim, Natasha Trethewey, patrick rosal, poems, poetry, Prageeta Sharma, Robert Lowell, Stephen Dobyns, Steve Orlen, Tom Sleigh, Vievee Francis, WH Auden, William Carlos Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa
This is stunning work—painful, embodied, and glorious. ...more
Tags: Best American Poetry Blog, book review, Books, Conflict Resolutions For Holy Beings, Elizabeth Bishop, Gillian Neimark, graywolf press, Hilton Als, Indigenous, Joy Harjo, LGBTQ, mojave, Natalie Diaz, Native, Native American, poems, poetry, Postcolonial Love Poem, queer, review, Reviews, The Way We Live Now
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers discusses her new collection, THE TILT TORN AWAY FROM THE SEASONS.
Tags: Acre Books, Agha Shahid Ali, Benjamin Garcia, Book Club, brian spears, Brian Teare, China, climate change, climate crisis, colonialism, Doomstead Days, dystopia, Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, experimentation, Faylita Hicks, fertility, gender, gender inequality, HoodWitch, isolation, Jaquira Díaz, Kenyon Review, Kim Stanley Robinson, Linda Bierds, Mars Rover, mary roach, Midwest, motherhood, New Orleans, Ohio, Ordinary Girls, Packing For Mars, parenting, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Red Mars, research, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, rural, sci-fi, science fiction, sonnet crown, speculative, speculative poetry, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, Thrown in the Throat, Wallace Stevens, Whitman
All three remind readers that what is imagined is not always real and the world is not as expected. ...more
Tags: Alice James Books, Andrea Cohen, Blazons, book review, Carcanet Press, Desesperanto, Elizabeth Bishop, Fadwa Suleiman, feminism, feminist, Four Way Books, Habib Tengour, Here All Night, Jill McDonough, Julie Enszer, Julie R. Enszer, Kay Ryan, Lesbian, Lesbian Poetry, LGBTQ, Margaret Atwood, marilyn hacker, Nightshade, One Art, poems, poetry, queer, queer poets, Robin Becker, Samira Negrouche, Sania Saleh, the new yorker, translation
Jennifer Martelli discusses her new collection of poetry, MY TARANTELLA.
Tags: Bordighera Press, Christine Blasey Ford, election 2016, Elizabeth Bishop, Frances Donovan, Helen Barolini, Hillary Clinton, homosexuality, Italian-American, Jennifer Martelli, Kitty Genovese, Laura Jensen, LGBTQ, lucie brock-broido, Lucille Clifton, Marcia M. Gallo, marie howe, Mary Ann Zielonko, Mary Karr, My Tarantella, poetry, recovery, Rilke, Sharon Olds, Simone Weil, spirituality, sylvia plath, The Uncanny Valley, Wallace Stevens, Winston Moseley
Literary events in and around the Bay Area this week!
Tags: Ari Banias, Bay Area, Carolina De Robertis, Cary McClelland, Conrad Bishop, Craig Smith, Cyrus Armajani, David L. Ulin, Elizabeth Bishop, Gary Nabhan, Heather Tallis, Hillary Homzie, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Jennifer Croft, Jill Robinson, John Carreyou, John Sims, Kelly E. Carter, Khaled A. Beydoun, Kimberley Lovato, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Lisa Mattson, Lydia Kiesling, Micah Perks, Molly Antopol, Nicole Gulotta, Norma Quintana, Notable San Francisco, Notable SF, Oakland, Olga Tokarczuk, Reyna Grand, Robin Sloan, San Francisco, Stephen Evans Jordan, tobias wolff
Katie Ford discusses her new collection, IF YOU HAVE TO GO.
Tags: atheism, Atheists, Book Club, brian spears, Carly Joy Miller, Christianity, Colson Whitehead, Denis Johnson, Elaine Pagels, Elizabeth Bishop, fundamentalism, fundamentalist, gilead, God, Gordon Kaufman, graywolf press, Gwendolyn Brooks, If You Have to Go, jehovah's witness, John Berryman, John Donne, Karen King, Katie Ford, Keats, Li-Young Lee, Lutheran, Marilynne Robinson, patriarchy, poetry, poetry book club, Psalm 40, Racism, religion, Robert Lowell, Rumpus Book Club, sentimentality, sestinas, Simone Weil, sonnets, spirituality, sylvia plath, Terrance Hayes, Tess Gallagher, The Whole-Brain Child, theology, U2, white nationalism
George interrupts us, clears her throat, makes us listen. ...more
Tags: animals, Books, Copper Canyon Press, Dana Alsamsam, debut collection, Eco-poetics, ecopoetry, Elizabeth Bishop, first book, Francisco Goya, Jenny George, natural world, ocean, poetry, Reviews, The Dream of Reason
“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
R.O. Kwon discusses her debut novel, THE INCENDIARIES.
Tags: audre lorde, Beijing, China, Christianity, Clarice Lispector, cults, debut novel, Elizabeth Bishop, faith, feminism, feminist, first book, first person, God, grief, identity, immigrants, Korean American, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Cunningham, Monet Patrice Thomas, psychology, R. O. Kwon, religion, Riverhead, Teju Cole, Terrorism, terrorists, The Incendiaries, therapy, trauma, unreliable narrator, virginia woolf
“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
“A poem is not a perfect puzzle, yet it is precisely a perfect puzzle.”
Tags: Andrea Cohen, Ani Gjika, Bucharest, David Ferry, Derek JG Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Eyewear Publishing, Frank Bidart, Fulbright, Gail Mazur, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jericho Brown, Jill McDonough, Lloyd Schwartz, Louise Glück, Lucille Clifton, Maria Anderson, poetry, revision, Robert Pinsky, Romania, Skurtu Romania, Tara Skurtu, The Amoeba Game, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tiberiu Neacșu
Sigrid Nunez discusses her seventh novel,
The Friend, her fondness for writing about animals, and the ways the literary world has changed. ...more
Tags: animals, Dept. of Speculation, dogs, Elizabeth Bishop, family, Flannery O'Connor, hybrid genre, Jenny Offill, Jess deCourcy Hinds, Letters to a Young Poet, mentors, mentorship, Mitz, Mystery and Manners, proust, Renata Adler, Rilke, Sigrid Nunez, suicide, The Friend, virginia woolf, writing advice
A visitation is how I describe the past weeks walking with Gwendolyn Books. It is like she is just around every corner. ...more
Tags: A Street in Bronzeville, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Son, AI, Angela Jackson, Annie Allen, Antoinette Brim, biography, BOA Editions, carolyn kizer, Copper Canyon Press, Cris Williamson, Danez Smith, death, Donald Hall, Elizabeth Alexander, Elizabeth Bishop, feminism, Gail Mazur, George Kent, Georgia A. Popoff, ghosts, girlhood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Haki Madhubuti, he Whiskey of Our Discontent, James Allen Hall, Jehanne Dubrow, Julie Enszer, June Jordan, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Lucille Clifton, Major Jackson, marilyn hacker, Mary Oliver, Maud Martha, Maxine Kumin, motherhood, mothers and daughters, Patricia Smith, Patricia Spears jones, Peter Kahn, poetry, Poets, Quraysh Ali Lansana, R. J. Eldridge, Ravi Shankar, Reginald Gibbons, Robert Lowell, Sandra Beasley, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, tara Betts, Terrance Hayes, The Golden Shovel Anthology, Theresa Trull, Toi Derricotte, Vicki Randle, womanhood
Iris Jamahl Dunkle on her new collection
Interrupted Geographies, writing against the pastoral tradition, the power of persona poems, and the town of Pithole. ...more
Tags: Atsuro Riley, Book clubs, Charmian Kittredge London, Clarion University, earthquakes, Elizabeth Bishop, Everybody's Son, geography, ghost town, Ghost towns, Hundred-Year Wave, hunger, Interrupted Geographies, Iris Dunkle, Jack London, landscape, motherhood, Octavia Butler, oil, oil boom, pastoral, Pennsylvania, persona poems, poetry, poetry book club, Rachel Richardson, Romey's Order, ross gay, Roxane Gay, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Susan Briante, Tayve Neese, Thrity Umrigar, Tracy K Smith, Trio House Press, William Carlos Williams
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, why writing about teenage girls is the most serious thing in the world, and finding truths in fiction. ...more
Tags: 2666, A Rumpus Interview, addiction, adolescence, alcohol, Bleak House, catapult, Chang-rae Lee, claire messud, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Copperfield, death, Dreamland, drug abuse, drugs, Edith Wharton, Eileen, elena ferrante, Elizabeth Bishop, eviction, female friendship, friendship, gender roles, grief, high school, Housekeeping, jane alison, Jane Eyre, Jo Ann Beard, Julie Buntin, justin torres, Lorrie Moore, loss, Margaret Atwood, Maria Anderson, Marilynne Robinson, Marina Benjamin, Marlena, MFA, Michigan, Middlemarch, my antonia, Native Speaker, Neapolitan Novels, Negroland, nine island, Otessa Moshfegh, Prep, Rachel Cusk, Rita Dove, rural life, Sarah Waters, saul bellow, Shirley Jackson, siblings, sisters, Tana French, teenage girls, teenagers, The Atlantic, The Boys of My Youth, The Golden Notebook, The Guardians, The House of Mirth, The Man Who Loved Children, The Middlepause, The Savage Detectives, Toni Morrison, trauma, we the animals, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing, zadie smith
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls. ...more
Tags: absent father, adaptations, addiction, adolescence, Book Club, Book clubs, book covers, catapult, craft, death, Dreamland, editing, Elizabeth Bishop, fathers, female friendship, Film, friendship, grief, Housekeeping, Julie Buntin, Kayla Rae Whitaker, likable characters, Lorrie Moore, loss, Marilynn Robinson, Marisa Siegel, Marlena, meth, Methland, Michigan, opiates, revision, Rita Dove, Rumpus Book Club, teenage girls, teenagers, television, The Animators, tweakers, unlikable characters, Ursula K. Le Guin, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing process
Lucy Jane Bledsoe discusses her latest book,
A Thin Bright Line, uncovering the remarkable story of her aunt, and illuminating history through the lens of imagination. ...more
Tags: a thin bright line, Arkansas, aunt, Barbara Kingsolver, biography, Brandi Spaethe, Carol Anshaw, Chicago, Christina Quintana, climate change, Cold War, creative nonfiction, Djuna Barnes, Elizabeth Bishop, elizabeth stark, Estelle Freedman, family, family secret, feminism, fiction, fire, gay, gender, geography, Griselda Suarez, historical fiction, history, interview, John Gardner, Juliana Delgado Lopera, Lesbian, LGBT, LGBTQ, Lorraine Hansberry, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Lucybelle Bledsoe, mystery, New York City, novel, One Art, queer, Queer History, rachel carson, Robert Olen Butler, science, sexuality, The Art of Fiction, The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, The Evolution of Love, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, willa cather, World War II, writing, WWII
Jennifer Martelli discusses her debut collection of poetry,
The Uncanny Valley, growing up saturated with images of the Madonna, and her experience of motherhood first as a daughter and now as a mother. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Alzheimer's, Anne Sexton, Apostrophe, Bellingham Review, Big Table Publishing, Big Table Publishing Company, Catholic, catholicism, children, daughters, death, denver quarterly, Doug HOlder, dying, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Emerson, female body, Folio, Holy Mother, January Gill O'Neil, Jean Valentine, Jennifer Jean, Jennifer Martelli, loss, lucie brock-broido, Madonna, marie howe, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, Metamorphosis, MFA, Millay Colony for the Arts, modernism, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, muslim, Olivia Kate Cerrone, parents, Pushcart Prize, Robin Stratton, saints, schizophrenia, sexuality, Stephen Dobyns, The Mississippi Review, The Uncanny Valley, Tradition, Warren Wilson College, Yūrei
Tags: Anthony Hecht, Auden, charles simic, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Elizabeth Bishop, James Tate, jingoism, militarism, poetry, Randall Jarrell, Richard Eberhart, Richard Wilbur, Robert Gregory, W H Auden, w.b. yeats, war, war poetry, Winston Churchill, World War II, WWII, Yannis Ritson
In an extended essay in the New Yorker, Megan Marshall, author of the forthcoming Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, writes about Bishop’s late, serendipitous move to Harvard where she met Alice Methfessel, a young “house secretary” who would become her caretaker, and the last great love of her life: “The poor heart doesn’t seem to […]
the roosters brace their cruel feet and glare // with stupid eyes / while from their beaks there rise / the uncontrolled, traditional cries. ...more
Tags: 21 Poems Which Shaped America, Apostle Peter, catholicism, chauvinism, Christianity, David Biespiel, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Elizabeth Bishop, Guernica, Jesus, Key West, Marianne Moore, military, North & South, Pearl Harbor, Picasso, Pope Gregory I, Pope Leo IV, Pope Nicholas I, Roosters, S. A. Callisen, war, World War II, WWII
Janice N. Harrington on her new collection
Primitive and critiquing the use of “primitive” to describe African American folk art. ...more
Tags: African American Folk Art, Art History, autobiography, biography, BOA Editions, Camille Dungy, challenges, curriculum kits, docupoetry, Elizabeth Bishop, folk art, form, handicap, Horace Pippin, I Tell My Heart, Janice Harrington, Jennie Ora, Judith Stein, language, librarians, love, marriage, painting, poetry, poetry book club, Primitive, pyrographs, Racism, visual art
Everywhere there is sterling musicianship, of the original, unexpected sort. ...more
Tags: Aquarium School, Arad Evans, Arthur Russell, Astoria, Bard College, Berkeley, Bernie Sanders, Billy Ficca, Bolinas, Connecticut, David Robinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Ernie Brooks, France, Gary Lucas, Gods and Monsters, harvard, Heroes of Toolik, Howard Wuelfing, Jeff Buckley, Jennifer Coates, Jerry Harrison, Jonathan Richman, Like Night, Long Island City, Modern Lovers, Nels Cline, New Canaan, Peter Gordon, Peter Zummo, poetry, Rhys Chatham, Richard Lloyd, rick moody, Robert Creeley, Robert Lowell, Robert Quine, swinging modern sounds, Talking Heads, The Ice Storm, The New Pornographers, The Stepford Wives, The Stooges, Velvet Underground
Campbell McGrath talks about his new collection,
XX: Poems For The Twentieth Century, capitalism, history, and what it might mean to write a wordless poem. ...more
Tags: Allen Ginsberg, American Noise, Basho, Campbell McGrath, canzone, capitalism, Charlie Parker, Czeslaw Milosz, Dark Room Collective, Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Perkins, Elvis Presley, Florida International University, Florida Poems, form, Frank Baez, Frank O'Hara, Freud, George Oppen, graduate school, haiku, Heart of Darkness, Hector Viel Temperley, history, Interpretation of Dreams, invisible cities, Italo Calvino, James Wright, John Ashbery, joseph conrad, Kathleen Jamie, koan, Lewis and Clark, Li-Young Lee, lines, lyric essays, Mao, MFA, Moonlight and Valentino, Picasso, Po Chu-i, poetry, prose poems, robert hass, sestina, Seven Notebooks, Shannon, social justice, Spring Comes to Chicago, sylvia plath, teaching, the odyssey, villanelle, Walt Whitman, what is a poem?, William Carlos Williams, wordless poems, writing, XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century
Robyn Schiff talks about her collection
A Woman of Property, the long con of “owning” land, her passion for early novels, how motherhood changed her poetry, and the generative powers of form. ...more
Tags: A Woman of Property, Ann Radcliffe, Camilla, Canarium Books, Cecilia, children, choice, consumption, drudgery, Elizabeth Bishop, Emma Winsor Wood, Evelina, Fanny Burney, feminism, Forsythe Saga, Gothic, Greek tragedy, Iliad, inspiration, Iowa City, John Galsworthy, Jude the Obscure, Keats, Marianne Moore, motherhood, Oddyssey, Oresteia, ownership, poetry, property, Revolver, Robyn Schiff, Trollope, University of Iowa Press, Worth
It’s Women’s History Month at the Poetry Foundation. The editors peg Elizabeth Bishop’s poems—in volumes with titles like North & South, Questions of Travel, Geography III—to her wide-ranging geography, and to her illustrious cohort.