A look back at the books we reviewed in 2020!
Tags: A Burning, a history of my brief body, A Lucent Fire, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, Aaron Shurin, adam p. frankel, Adèle Barclay, Alexandria Hall, alicia ezekiel-pipkin, alison van houten, Alissa Hattman, All Its Charms, All the Gay Saints, Amelia Possanza, Amina Cain, Amy Woolard, Andre Bagoo, Andrea Cohen, Andrea Long Chu, andrew mckernan, Anna Wiener, Anthropica, apoorva tadepalli, Aria Aber, Ariel Djanikian, Arielle Greenberg, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, Barbara Berman, bernadette mayer, Bessie Taliaferro, beyond the sea, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Birthright, Blazons, Boat Burned, bodega, book review, book reviews, Build Yourself A Boat, c.m. mesquita, Camonghne Felix, Candice Wuehle, Carl Phillips, Carley Moore, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Charles Yu, Charlotte Pence, Chelsea Rathburn, Children of the Land, Christine Ma-Kellams, CJ Green, Cleanness, code, cody lee, Costalegre, courtney maum, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Danez Smith, David Biespel, David Hollander, David Meischen, David Wallace-Wells, Death Industrial Complex, Deed, descent, Devon Balwit, diane gottlieb, diane zinna, Dorianne Laux, Drifts, Dunce, e. m. franceschini, E.J. Koh, Edward Derby, Emily Kim, Emily Pérez, Every Day We Get More Illegal, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, exciting times, females, Field Music, Fractures, Frances Cha, Frozen Charlotte, garth greenwell, George Abraham, ghost/home, Gillian Neimark, Girl, good boy, Gravity Assist, Gregory Emilio, hannah soyer, Hannah V Warren, harrison hill, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, Heidi Andrea Restrepo, Here All Night, Hilary Leichter, holly m. wendt, Home: New Arabic Poems, Homie, How To Know the Flowers, Hugh Sheehy, I Live in the Country & other dirty poems, Ian MacAllen, If I Had Your Face, Indelicacy, index cards, Interior Chinatown, Irene Cooper, J. David, James Sweeney, Jaswinder Bolina, jefferson lee, Jenn Shapland, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Jeri Theriault, Jesi Buell, jessica fu, Jessica J. Lee, jessica smith, jill lepore, Jill McDonough, jody keisner, John Freeman, john l'heureux, Joseph Goosey, josh vigil, Joumana Altallal, Juan Felipe Herrera, juan luis guzman, Julie Marie Wade, Julie R. Enszer, Justin Wymer, Karen Tei Yamashita, karishma jobanputra, Kasey Jueds, Kate O'Donoghue, Kate Zambreno, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Keegan Lester, Keetje Kuipers, Keishel Williams, Kelly Grace Thomas, kelly weber, Kion You, Kristen Millares Young, Kristina Tate, kyle winkler, Kylie Gellatly, Lauren Russell, Lauren Tivey, Lay Studies, leah gaus, leland cheuk, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Lidia Yuknavitch, Life in a Country Album, Life of the Party, Like a Dark Rabbi, lillian howan, lily arnell, Lima :: Limon, Living Weapon, lizzie skurnick, Lydia Kiesling, M Jaime Zuckerman, Magdalena Zurawski, Maggie Doherty, Mandana Chaffa, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Marguerite Duras, marilyn hacker, Mark O’Connell, Martha Silano, mary gaitskill, Mary Ruefle, Maryann Corbett, matt walker, Maw Shein Win, me & other writing, Megha Majumdar, Melinda Copp, Melissa Faliveno, Michael Angel Martín, Michal Zechariah, Molly Spencer, Monica Sok, Monica Uszerowicz, Moroccan Holiday, Moyra Davey, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Nadia Colburn, naoise dolan, Natalie Diaz, natalie dunn, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Natasha Stagg, Nathalie Handal, Neck of the Woods, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, nightingale, Nightshade, No Good Very Bad Asian, no time to spare, Norman Finkelstein, notes from an apocalypse, Obit, Of Color, Olivia Gatwood, Only As the Day Is Long, Paige Lewis, Paisley Rekdal, Patricia Spears jones, Patrick Armstrong, Patsy, Patti Smith, Paul Lynch, philippa snow, Phuong T. Vuong, Porn Carnival, Postcolonial Love Poem, pretty bitches, Quan Barry, Rachel Rabbit White, rachel vorona cote, rebekah taussig, Renaissance Normcore, Richard Powers, Risa Denenberg, robert rosenberger, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, sangamithra iyer, Sansei and Sensibility, sara krolewski, Sarah Haas, Sarah Petersen, Sean Carswell, Sean McCoy, Shy Watson, sitting pretty, sleepovers, sleeveless, Songs of Songs, Space Struck, Steph Cha, Steven Toussaint, Still Life with Mother and Knife, Storage Unit For the Spirit House, Su Hwang, Subduction, Susan de Sola, Sylvie Baumgartel, Taneum Bambrick, temporary, tess michaelson, the all-night sun, The Blue Absolute, the equivalents, The Golden State, the heart is a full-wild beast, The High Shelf, The Inheritance of Haunting, the overstory, The Park, the survivors, The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, The Unhabitable Earth, this america, this is pleasure, Tomboyland, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Too Much, Tucker Coombe, two trees make a forest, Uncanny Valley, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vantage, Verge, Veronica Golos, Victoria Chang, we ride upon sticks, Wesley Sexton, year of the monkey, You Are No Longer in Trouble, Your House Will Pay
Barbara Berman reviews
Every Day We Get More Illegal, Storage Unit for the Spirit House, and The Park. ...more
Tags: book review, City Lights Books, Copper Canyon Press, Every Day We Get More Illegal, Frida Kahlo, Genny Lim, granta, H.D., Invisible Gifts, John Freeman, Juan Felipe Herrera, Luxembourg Gardens, Maw Sein Win, Maya Deren, nat spirits, Omnidawn, Omnidawn Publishing, Petrarch, poems, poetry, poetry review, Qiao Dai, Reviews, Storage Unit For the Spirit House, The Park
Francisco Aragón discusses his new book, AFTER RUBÉN.
Tags: Adela Najarro, After Lorca, Alberto Acereda, Alexandra Lytton Regalado, Andres Montoya, Central America, Ernesto Cardenal, Federico Garcia Lorca, Francisco Aragón, Francisco X. Alarcón, Gerald Fleming, Glow of Our Sweat, His Tongue a Swath of Sky, homophobia, Ian Gibson, immigrants, immigration, In Praise of Cities, Jack Spicer, Juan Felipe Herrera, Latinx, León Salvatierra, Letras Latinas, LGBTQ, Maria Melendez Kelson, Nicaragua, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Puerta del Sol, queer, Rubén Darío, Ruben Reyes Jr., San Francisco, Sergio Ramírez, sexuality, spain, Tertulia, translation
The obscenities and tragedies of American life pile up with speed, and in quantities, that are appalling. ...more
Tags: Ada Limon, Alexandra Teague, Allen Ginsberg, Beacon Press, Billy Collins, Books, Brian Clements, Bullets into Bells, Caren Teves, Charleston, Dean Rader, Ethel Lance, Gabrielle Giffords, gun control, gun violence, guns, Inquisition, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kazim Ali, LGBTQ, Louise Glück, Mark Kelly, muslim, Myra Singleton, Nicole Hockley, poetry, queer, Reviews, robert hass, Sandy Hook, Sharon Risher, Wesleyan Poetry Series
Literary events and readings in and around Philadelphia this week!
Tags: alexandra naughton, Aliya Chaudhry, Amanda Silberling, Amy Saul-Zerby, Annie Paradis, Brenda Iijima, Brianne Alphonso, Christy Davids, Connie Yu, emily abendroth, Emji Saint Spero, Faith Padgett, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Gloria Yuen, Gregory Pardlo, Isabel J. Kim, Jacob Kind, Jane Lewty, Jason Mitchell, John Wall Barger, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kaitlin Moore, Kalayeh, Kevin Young, M. Nzadi Keita, Mark Francis Johnson, Maya Arthur, Maya Kassutto, Notable Philadelphia, Olivia Fitzpatrick, p.e. garcia, Philadelphia, Pirooz Kalayeh, Prairie M. Faul, Regina Salmons, sam allingham, Sara Albert, Sean Collins, Seung Hyun Chung, Stephanie Barron, Tim Fitts, Warren Longmire, Zoe Stoller
In a new poem titled “@ the Crossroads: A Sudden American Poem,” US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reacts to last week’s violence by asking the reader to consider the men who were killed, their names, their faces, “the stories they often spoke.” Herrera previously responded to a shooting at UCLA, his alma mater, with […]
Everything make sense if you’re an artist. At the Dallas Observer, Caroline North exchanged a few words with current US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who is kicking off his second term with a book tour and several forthcoming projects, including The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon, a series of coloring books written by and for […]
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
Barbara Berman reviews Juan Felipe Herrera’s
Notes From the Assemblage today in Rumpus Poetry. ...more
Juan Felipe Herrera is at the top of his game…He served as California’s Poet Laureate from 2012-2014, the first Latino poet to hold that post. He’s also the first Latino to be U.S. Poet Laureate. He’s the only child of migrant workers, and has five children of his own. He got his MFA from the […]
Those are some deep landscapes of mountains and grape fields and barns and tractors; families gathering at night to have little celebrations in the mountains and aquamarine lakes way down below. So, see, all that is like living in literature every day. Juan Felipe Herrera, who became the new US poet laureate on Tuesday, talks […]
Congratulations to Juan Felipe Herrera and August Kleinzahler on their shared National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry for 2008. Barbara Jane Reyes has more on Herrera. Ron Silliman on on anthologies: “It is all but impossible to even characterize the map of poetry today. If this were the 1950s, a quarter of America’s poets […]