Suleika Jaouad shares a reading list to celebrate BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS.
Tags: Ann Patchett, audre lorde, Between Two Kingdoms, Esmé Weijun Wang, Exit West, Heart Berries, Jesmyn Ward, John Green, Letters to a Young Poet, Lidia Yuknavitch, marie howe, Mohsin Hamid, Rainer Maria Rilke, Salvage The Bones, Suleika Jaouad, Terese Mailhot, Terese Marie Mailhot, The Cancer Journals, The Chronology of Water, The Collected Schizophrenias, The Fault in Our Stars, Truth & Beauty, Truth and Beauty, What the Living Do, What to Read When
Biespiel offers a number of best practices—not just for writing poems, but for living a creative life. ...more
Tags: A Poetry Handbook, book review, Books, craft, creative writing, David Biespiel, Dean Young, Eavan Boland, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, Kelson Books, Letters to a Young Poet, mark strand, Mary Oliver, Phil Sylvester, poems, poetry, Poets & Writers, review, Reviews, Rilke, The Art of Recklessness, The Making of a Poem, The Rainier Writing Workshop, Walt Whitman, Wesley Sexton
Patrick Coleman discusses his debut novel, THE CHURCHGOER.
Tags: Ada or Ardor, art world, California, debut novel, Diane Arbus, E.B White, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, faith, first book, genre, genre fiction, Joy Williams, Letters to a Young Poet, masculinity, mystery, Nabakov, Nature Poem, noir, Patrick Coleman, power dynamics, publishing industry, Rachel Lyon, raymond chandler, ross gay, Samrat Upadhyay, san diego, Self Portrait with Boy, Song of Solomon, spirituality, The Churchgoer, The Long Goodbye, The Visiting Privilege, Tommy Pico, Toni Morrison, toxic masculinity, whiteness
Peter Mishler discusses his debut collection,
Fludde, the effect of ritual on poems, and childhood psychology. ...more
Tags: A.R. Ammons, Benjamin Britten, Bible, brian spears, child psychology, children, Dean Young, dystopia, Emily Dickinson, environmental crisis, Fludde, Kimiko Hahn, Layli Long Soldier, Letters to a Young Poet, Lycidas, Middle English, Milton, Moonrise Kingdom, Morton Prize, mystery plays, natural world, parenthood, pastoral, Peter Mishler, poetry, poetry book club, religion, Rilke, Robert Frost, Rumpus Book Club, surrealism, Surrealism and the Art of Crime, Toni Morrison, Wes Anderson, Whereas, william blake
This lesson feels especially relevant to our moment: that it’s possible to be both a frustrated activist and also a present and joyful human being. ...more
Tags: activism, Allen Ginsberg, Bayard Rustin, Beat Poets, City Lights, City Lights Books, Donald Trump, Emily Sernaker, Ferlinghetti: A Biography, Howl, Iraq War, jack kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Letters to a Young Poet, lunch poems, March on Washington, Neal Cassidy, Neeli Cherkovski, Peter Martin, Pocket Poets, poetry, Politics, Rainier Maria Rilke, Rilke, Shigeyoshi Murao, Six Gallery, social justice, The Pocket Poet Series, Trump, Vietnam War, World War II, WWII
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
After my mom hangs herself, I become Nancy Drew. I am looking for clues, for evidence. Answers. ...more
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Melissa Febos discusses
Abandon Me, confessional writing, Billie Holiday, reenacting trauma, cataloguing narratives, and searching for identity. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abandon Me, Abuse, addiction, alchemy, billie holiday, boundaries, Cape Cod, confessions, David Foster Wallace, dominatrix, essay collection, essay writing, fathers, fathers and daughters, Georgia OKeefe, Heroin, identity, Imago, James Baldwin, Leigh Stein, Letters to a Young Poet, Maggie Nelson, Melissa Febos, memoir, Music, narratives, Native American, Rilke, secrets, sobriety, sublimation, teaching writing, trauma, trauma writing, Wampanoag, Whip Smart, Winnicott
Poet Ange Mlinko responds to a challenge from FSG’s Works in Progress series, to “tackle a question—or invent a new one—that lies within [Rilke’s] Letters to a Young Poet.” Mlinko muses on poets and places: do writers of beautiful lines need to be in beautiful places? Her answer, not surprisingly, pivots on the power of language.
Be it Latin or poetry, or whatever it was—I was feeling woozy by then. If I couldn’t love what I was reading, I took it, it was better to have never read at all. ...more
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Amending Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, Andrew Solomon offered advice to young writers at this year’s Whiting Writers’ Awards. An adaptation of the speech appears in the New Yorker.