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
The richly historied form of the sonnet is a powerhouse for holding the past. ...more
Tags: book review, Books, Diane Seuss, frank: sonnets, graywolf press, Gwendolyn Brooks, Han VanderHart, Me Too, misogyny, Monica Youn, Patricia Smith, poems, poetry, privilege, review, Reviews, Rita Dove, Robyn Schiff, sexism, sonnet, sonnets, Stanley Cup, The sonnet, Wanda Coleman
Kelly Harris-DeBerry discusses her debut poetry collection, FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME.
Tags: Alabama, american south, appropriation, avery r. young, black women, Broadside Press, Cleveland, debut collection, Demetrie McLorn, Eloise Greenfield, Erica L. Williams, feminism, feminist, Freedom Knows My Name, gentrification, Gil-Scott heron, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Brown, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Krug, Kalamu ya Salaam, Kathryn Stockett, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Langston Hughes, Last Poets, Lucille Clifton, Mari Evans, MFA, Midwest, migration, New Orleans, Nikki Giovanni, ntozake shange, Ohio, Paule Marshall, poems, poetry, Rachel Dolezal, racial inequality, Racism, Rita Dove, Sarah Webster Fabio, Scott Woods, Sonia Sanchez, The Help, Third World Press, Toni Morrison, Wanda Coleman, White Supremacy, Xavier Review Press, zora neale hurston
Molly Spencer discusses her new collection, HINGE.
Tags: After the Fall, Allison Titus, autoimmune, Book Club, brian spears, children's books, chronic illness, Crab Orchard Review, Deborah Keenan, Emily Dickinson, fairy tales, fathers, Greek mythology, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hinge, If the House, illness, Jack Bedell, Jennifer Richter, Jon Tribble, Jorie Graham, Leo Lionni, Loft Literary Center, lupus, MFA, Minnesota, Molly Spencer, motherhood, mothers, mythology, myths, parenthood, parenting, poems, poetry, poetry book club, Publishing, publishing industry, Pushcart Prize, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, st. paul, Strega Nona, Swimmy, The End of Beauty, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, The Sum of Every Lost Ship, Tom Ruud, Tomie dePaola, Walt Whitman, We Don't Eat Our Classmates
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
As the book continues, [Laux] traces a growing understanding of loss. ...more
Tags: Awake, book review, book reviews, child abuse, death, domestic violence, Dorianne Laux, Facts about the Moon, golden shovel, grief, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jeri Theriault, John Donne, loss, mothers, mothers and daughters, Only As the Day Is Long, poems, poetry, sexual abuse, sexual violence, Smoke, sonnets, Terrence Hayes, The Book of Men, the golden shovel, trauma, W. W. Norton, What We Carry
[T]his is a book in direct conversation with literary tradition. ...more
Tags: book review, chronic illness, Copper Canyon Press, domestic violence, Duplex, duplexes, Emily Dickinson, eric garner, Ganymede, gardening, ghazal, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Jericho Brown, John Crawford, LGBTQ, Mike Brown, mortality, Phillis Wheatley, poetry, police brutality, police violence, racial inequality, Racism, rape, Rebecca Lehmann, Sandra Bland, slavery, sonnet, sonnets, The Tradition, Walt Whitman, white supremacists, White Supremacy
Briallen Hopper discusses her debut collection, HARD TO LOVE: ESSAYS AND CONFESSIONS.
Tags: alex dueben, Briallen Hopper, Brook Wilensky-Lanford, cancer, Emily Ruth Mace, essay collection, essays, Evangelical, family, first book, found family, friendship, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hard to Love, hoarder, hoarding, Killing the Buddha, love, Marie Kondo, marriage, Maud Martha, queens college, relationships, religion, Scott Cheshire, spirituality, teaching writing, Toni Morrison
Keith S. Wilson discusses the cover of his forthcoming debut, FIELDNOTES ON ORDINARY LOVE, plus an exclusive first look!
Tags: AI, book covers, book design, Claudia Rankine, coffee house press, Copper Canyon Press, cover art, cover reveal, Exiles of Eden, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jericho Brown, Keith S. Wilson, Keith Wilson, Kellie Romany, Ladan Osman, Lucille Clifton, Patricia Smith, The Tradition
…in every piece in the collection, Seuss reminds us that so much depends upon noticing. ...more
Tags: Anne Graue, book review, Books, Diane Seuss, ekphrastic poetry, graywolf press, Gwendolyn Brooks, poetry, Rembrandt, Reviews, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl
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
“You don’t have to drink yourself into the Great American Poetry Masterpiece.”
Tags: activism, Alabama, american south, Ashley Jones, audre lorde, Black women writers, Campbell McGrath, creative nonfiction, dark thing, Donald Trump, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hub City Press, Julie Marie Wade, June Jordan, Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, Lucille Clifton, Magic City Gospel, Pleiades Press, poetry, Racism, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, Sherman Alexie, Sister Outsider, teaching, teaching writing
We here at The Rumpus matriarchy are celebrating all of our feminist “mothers” this Mother’s Day!
Tags: Adelaide Crapsey, Against Forgetting, Andi Zeisler, Angela Y. Davis, Anne Carson, Anything That Burns You, audre lorde, bad feminist, charlotte bronte, cherrie moraga, Christian Bancroft, Etel Adnan, feminism, Feminists, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Gender Trouble, gertrude stein, gloria anzaldua, Good Woman, Gwendolyn Brooks, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, If Not Winter, Ijeoma Oluo, intersectional feminism, Jane Eyre, Jenny Molberg, jessica valenti, Judith Butler, Kate Chopin, Lucille Clifton, Lyn Hejinian, Maxine Hong Kingston, Maya Angelou, Mother's Day, Not That Bad, ntozake shange, reading recommendations, Roxane Gay, Sex Object: A Memoir, Sister Outsider, So You Want to Talk About Race, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Susan Griffin, sylvia plath, tender buttons, Terese Svoboda, The Awakening, The Bell Jar, The Eros of Everyday Life, The Language of Inquiry, This Bridge Called My Back, To look at the sea is to become what one is, We Were Feminists Once, What to Read When, Wislawa Szymborska, Woman Warrior, Women Race Class
“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
Performance artist and poet Gabrielle Civil discusses her book,
Swallow the Fish, how technology has shaped reactions to female nudity, and the importance of risking change. ...more
Tags: Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Anne Spencer, audre lorde, body, Costume en Face, detroit, female body, Gabrielle Civil, Gwendolyn Brooks, Internet, Madhu H. Kaza, Maudelle Bass, Mexico City, MFA, minneapolis, No. 1 Gold, Nudity, performance art, performance artist, poetry, Raj Chakrapani, Rosamond S. King, Saartjie Baartman, Sawako Nakayasu, Shonda Rhimes, Social Media, Swallow the Fish, Tatsumi Hijikata, The Vagina Monologues, Thinking Its Presence, Toni Morrison, Tourist Art, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, white gaze, women's bodies, workshop, writing workshop
Kamilah Aisha Moon discusses her new collection,
Starshine & Clay , the power of naming, and the connection between creation and trauma. ...more
Tags: A Raisin in the Sun, bodies, brian spears, brutality, Charms Against Lightning, creation, female body, form, Four Way Books, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Arthur, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Lorraine Hansberry, Lucille Clifton, naming, poetry, poetry book club, reproductive system, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, She Has a Name, trauma, violence
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
Friday 6/2: Women & Children First presents a reading by Elise Paschen (The Nightlife). The reading will be held at the Swedish American Museum. 7 p.m., free. Sunday 6/4: As always, the Uptown Poetry Slam is going down at The Green Mill. Open mic starts at 7 p.m. followed by the slam itself. $7, 21+. […]
Tags: Aricka Foreman, Chicago, Cynthia Manick, Elise Paschen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hannah Gamble, Josè Olivarez, Kristy Bowen, Notable Chicago, Stephanie Wilson Medlock, Wendy Pearlman
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
Tags: Air Force, All-Night Visitors, Anagogic and Paideumic Review, Archibald Motley, Art Institute of Chicago, Baudelaire, Charles Shaw, Chester Himes, Chicago, chicago heat, chicago heat and other stories, clarence major, Claude McKay, Coercion Review, Curtis Zahn, D. V. Smith, david breithaupt, David Cornell De Jong, David Kalugin, Donald Hall, E. W. Northnagel, East Village, Emilie Glen, ezra pound, France, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Georges Bataille, Green Writer’s Press, Gwendolyn Brooks, Harold Witt, Henry Miller, Hillary Clinton, history, hitler, interview, J. P. Donleavy, James Baldwin, James Boyer May, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, Kenneth Patchen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Martin Heidegger, Midwest, mythology, Native Son, Nazi Germany, Necessary Distance: Essays and Criticism, Nella Larsen, new york, novel, obama, painting, Paul Eluard, poetry, Politics, psychology, Racism, Reflex and Bone Structure, religion, richard wright, rimbaud, Robert Hayden, samuel beckett, Søren Kierkegaard, setting, Sheri Martinelli, short fiction, short stories, Sigmund Freud, St. Marks, The Paintings of Clarence Major: Between Imagination and Motif, the rumpus, The Rumpus Interview, Theodor Reik, Thomas Carlyle, travel, Trump, visual art, Walt Whitman, Walter Lowenfels, William Carlos Williams, William Gardner Smith, william meredith, William S. Burroughs, writers of color, writing, Zora Neal Hurston
First, in the Saturday Essay, the search for love winds through cities and settles in unexpected spaces in Meghan O’Dea’s “Everything We Ever Needed.” Meanwhile, our very own Comics Editor Brandon Hicks shares “three things” from his drawing table in “Triple Bill.” Finally, Sunday Rumpus Poetry celebrates Gwendolyn Brooks’s centennial with four poems from Revise the […]
Chris Santigo on his new collection
Tula, writing a multilingual text, and the connections between music and writing poetry. ...more
Tags: Asian American Literary Review, Books, Brooklyn Antediluvian, California, Cathy Park Hong, Cheney, Chris Santiago, David St. John, Diane Seuss, Dianne Seuss, dick cheney, drums, Elihu Root, Four-Legged Girl, George W. Bush, Gwendolyn Brooks, immigrant, Japanese, jazz, Junot Diaz, karl Rove, Kundiman, language, Larry Levis, Li-Young Lee, McGraw-Hill, Milkweed Editions, Miller Williams, Nabokov, Oliver de la Paz, Pat Rosal, patrick rosal, percussion, Phillippines, Piano, poetry, Robert Hayden, Robert Pinsky, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, San Francisco, Solmaz Sharif, Srikanth Reddy, Tagalog, textbooks, Tim Gautreaux, Tula, Twin Cities, war crimes, water cure, waterboarding, William McKinley, World War II, WWII
What is lost still has substance, is malleable, can take on new impressions, and be molded again to our experience, often resulting in the most lasting force that determines how we see the world. ...more
Tags: Anne Sexton, Annie Dillard, Bernini, Between the World and Me, Citizen, civil rights, Claudia Rankine, creative nonfiction, Degas, Emily Dickinson, essay writing, essays, Eula Biss, Frank O'Hara, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Jerald Walker, Jericho Parms, Joan Didion, John Berger, Judith Kitchen, laurie easter, Lia Purpura, Lorine Niedecker, Lost Wax, Lucille Clifton, lyric essays, Maggie Nelson, Marcia Aldrich, Mary Ruefle, Matthew Zapruder, notes from no man's land, Oulipo, Pablo Neruda, poetry, race, Racism, Rebecca Solnit, Rodin, sculpture, Steven Church, sylvia plath, Syzgy Beauty, T. Clutch Fleischmann, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Nealie, travel, University of Georgia Press, Vermont College of Arts, virginia woolf, visual art, vladimir nabokov, Waveform, ways of seeing
Sixteen feminist poetry collections, old and new, showcased at Bustle, prove just how rich, diverse, and actionable poetry can be. Author C. CE Miller says, “As feminist icons like Elizabeth Warren and the notorious RBG have recently taught us (thanks, Twitter), there’s nothing like a good one-liner to really rile up the patriarchy.” Highlights include […]
Tags: bustle, C. CE Miller, carolyn kizer, feminism, feminist, Gwendolyn Brooks, Kishwar Neheed, Morgan Parker, poetry, The Distance of a Shout, The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Yin
Solmaz Sharif discusses her new collection
Look, the difference between nearness and similarity, and the level of ownership we have over stories. ...more
Tags: Ada Limon, America's Army, Barbara Jane Reyes, Bay Area, Brooklyn Antediluvian, Call of Duty, Cathy Park Hong, Danez Smith, David Rivard, Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, empathy, Forough Farrokhzad, Guantanamo, Gwendolyn Brooks, Habeas Corpus, Iran, Iraq, Jill McDonough, June Jordan, Look, Lucille Clifton, Maud Martha, military, Muriel Ruykeyser, NSA, old testament, patrick rosal, persian, poetry book club, police, privilege, Samira Yamin, Solmaz Sharif, To Love as Aswang, Video Games