Michael Prior discusses his new collection of poetry, BURNING PROVENCE.
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Grief begs to be analogized, not to be tamed exactly, but somehow made approachable. ...more
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Music was noise, and noise was music, and George Antheil was on his way. ...more
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[R]eading these poems feels like looking down into deep water, being able to see only so far and no farther. ...more
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To us he was Professor McClatchy, and he presided over our Wednesday afternoon sessions with the grace of an elegant, erudite gentleman. ...more
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Translation always sacrifices something, and Pious, in her translations, has been consistent about the choice to cleave to some formal principles and lean away from others. ...more
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Maggie Smith discusses her new collection
Good Bones, how motherhood has changed her writing, and what it felt like to have a poem go viral. ...more
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This week, I’ve found myself thinking about heroism. What makes a hero, anyway? Who should we choose for our heroes? When I was around fourteen, I developed a hero crush on W. C. Fields, of all people! I was delighted when I read about the time he and John Barrymore gave a ride to a […]
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Mila Jaroniec talks about her debut novel
Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover,” writing autofiction, the surprising similarity between selling sex toys and selling books, and the impact of having a baby on editing. ...more
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Clarence Major discusses his new collection
Chicago Heat and Other Stories, the artist’s role in politics, Donald Trump and race relations, and Paris in the good old days. ...more
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Isn’t the crowd itself a kind of anti-literature, an intensely physical impediment to the inwardness required of poetry and prose? At Lit Hub, Dustin Illingworth writes about literature that theorizes “the crowd,” from Don DeLillo to Ezra Pound and Walter Benjamin, with horror and fascination.
The Rumpus Book Club chats with Martin Seay about his debut novel
The Mirror Thief, the Great Work of alchemy, researching optical prosthetics, and keeping plot lines straight in a 600-page novel. ...more
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For the New York Times‘s Bookends column, Rivka Galchen and Benjamin Moser muse on the question of which transgressions in literature are unforgivable: For me, the unforgivable sin in literature is the same as that in life: the assumption of certainty and the moral high ground. That words like “righteous” and “pious” are often used to […]
Over at Guernica, Paul Stephens looks at the current state of “information overload,” and how it’s been explored in art from the avant-garde poetry of Lyn Hejinian to the conceptual writing of Kenneth Goldsmith, with additional commentary from Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. A fascinating look at what may be the crisis of the millennial age.
For the Kenyon Review blog, Cody Walker discusses Ezra Pound and what happens when you separate poetry from music.
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Paul Vangelisti about Amiri Baraka’s
S O S Poems 1961-2013, as well as Baraka’s place among American writers and the ways in which his poetry and politics intersected and collided. ...more
The New Yorker recalls the night that Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats met over a dinner of peacock, and examines the role of public relations in the life of a poet.
In Episode 8 of
The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, poet Beth Bachmann chats about her new collection, Do Not Rise, Dolly Parton, and the demands of lyric poetry. ...more
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If you enjoyed reading about T. S. Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne, in Rumpus interviewee Kate Zambreno’s book Heroines, you might be interested to know that Eliot’s second wife, Valerie, recently passed away at the age of 86. What does that mean for fans of modernist poetry? Biographers will have access to certain materials for the […]
Ever heard that gobsmacking troubadourist Ezra Pound read his elaborate, funkified sestina, “Sestina: Altafore,” in a voice that is one part American-as-European, swilling-with-the-rolling-R’s accent and cantorian swoons and another part a sort of goofy Hailey, Idaho carnival barker? The nifty Open Culture website is featuring a recording on its blog right now. Check it out. […]
Certain writers cast shadows of incredible length and darkness, and Yeats is one of them. His poetry has a way of crowding out the sun. As a teenager I fell for that poem of his that begins, “When you are old and grey and full of sleep,” and reminds its object that “one man loved […]
Even after he published Prufrock and The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot continued to work his day job at a bank.
Kay Ryan’s tarot cards, the return of the rhyme, Mennonite matriarchs, Mao’s poems, Women’s Work, and Blago’s versification