Stacey Waite talks about her poetry collections BUTCH GEOGRAPHY and THE LAKE HAS NO SAINT.
Tags: A Real Man Would Have a Gun, Butch Geography, feminism, feminist, Gender Butler, Judith Butler, Julie Marie Wade, lake has no saint, LGBTQ, Li-Young Lee, Love Poem to Androgyny, Lucille Clifton, pedagogy, poems, poetry, queer, queerness, Ralph Angel, Richard Blanco, Stacey Waite, Teaching Queer, Tupelo Quarterly, Ways of Teaching, Young Writers Institute
Shin Yu Pai shares a reading list to celebrate VIRGA.
Tags: A Forest of Names, A Tale for the Time Being, Empty Bowl Press, Give Eat and Live, Ian Boyden, James Turrell, Klaus Ottman, Li-Young Lee, Lisa Gill, Matty Weingast, Occluded Front, Peter Levitt, Red as a Lotus, Rose, Ruth Ozeki, Shin Yu Pai, Soshitsu Sen XV, Tea Life Tea Mind, The First Free Women, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, Virga, What to Read When, Within Within, Wolfgang Laib
In its imagery and mood, the collection feels distinctly April. ...more
Tags: Ada Limon, Alice Quinn, amit majmudar, anthology, black lives matter, book review, classism, Claudia Rankine, COVID, COVID-19, Dave Lucas, Evie Shockley, Fanny Howe, George Floyd, Grace Shulman, Jenny Xie, Jericho Brown, John Koethe, Joshua Bennett, Kitty O'Meara, knopf, Li-Young Lee, Linda Gregerson, Lynne Feeley, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry review, police brutality, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Racism, review, Rick Barot, Stephen Kampa, Susan Minot, Suzanne Gardinier, systemic racism, Tanisha Brunson-Malone, Together in a Sudden Strangeness, Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic, Tommy Orange
Barbara Jane Reyes discusses her new collection, LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROWN GIRL.
Tags: audience, audre lorde, Barbara Jane Reyes, baybayin, BOA Editions, bodies, bodily autonomy, Cagayan, colonialism, community, Diaspora, Diwata, Dogeaters, Erin Entrada Kelly, Filipina, Filipina-American, filipino, Filipino American, Gattaran, Gravities of Center, historical trauma, historical violence, identity, Ilocano, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Invocation to Daughters, ire’ne lara silva, jessica hagedorn, Letters to a Young Brown Girl, Li-Young Lee, multilingual, ntozake shange, patriarchy, Philippine diaspora, Philippines, Pinay, poems, Poeta en San Francisco, poetry, privilege, rage, systemic racism, systemic violence, Tagalog, To Love as Aswang, violence against women, women of color, women's anger, women's bodies
Dorianne Laux discusses her newly released collection, ONLY AS THE DAY IS LONG.
Tags: Amy Lowell, Carolyn Forche, Childcraft, death, Dorianne Laux, Facts about the Moon, Janet Rodriguez, John Donne, Li-Young Lee, Mother Goose, mothers, Only As the Day Is Long, poems, poetry, Sharon Olds, sonnet, sonnets, Steve Kowit, The Book of Men, What We Carry
A look back at the books we’ve reviewed in 2018!
Tags: A Crown of Violets, A Different Physics, A Good Day for Seppuku, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise, Aaron Belz, Abigail Bereola, Ahsan Butt, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Aja Gabel, Akwaeke Emezi, Alex Cavanaugh, Alex Dimitrov, Alexander Chee, Alexandra Teague, Alfredo Flores, All You Can Ever Know, Allie Rowbottom, Allison Noelle Conner, Amelia Possanza, America Is Not the Heart, Amy Dresner, An American Marriage, Analicia Sotelo, anaphora, And Now We Have Everything, Anne Graue, August Kleinzahler, Back Talk, Barbara Berman, because, Best American Experimental Writing 2016, Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life, Bird Book, Blair Hurley, Body Full of Stars, book reviews, brandon hicks, Brian Clements, Bullets into Bells, Calypso, Carla Bruce-Eddings, Caro Macon, Carrying the Branch, Charles Bernstein, Chelsea Leu, Christian Anton Gerard, Christine No, Christopher Soto, Citizen Illegal, Claudia Castra Luna, Coming of Age at the End of Nature, Courtney Allison, Cristina Rey, dandelions, Danielle Lazarin, Daphne Kalotay, Davey Davis, david sedaris, Dean Rader, Denis Johnson, Diamond Forde, Diane Seuss, Dirty Plotte, Doing Harm, Echolocation, Edward Derby, Eileen G'Sell, Emily Burns Morgan, Emily Pérez, emma bolden, Erica Dawson, Erica Trabold, Erin Adair Hodges, Erin Moure, Evan Coles, Everyone Knows You Go Home, Fady Joudah, Fireworks in the Graveyard, Five Plots, Flights, florida, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance, Frank Johnson, Freshwater, Good and Mad, Good Bones, Hands That Break and Scar, Heads of Colored People, Hillary Made Up, Holdfast, How Lovely the Ruins, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, I Am I Am I Am, Ian MacAllen, Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa, ikya kandula, Inheriting the War, Inquisition, Interior States, Jac Jemc, Jaime Zuckerman, Jaimee Hills, James Davis May, Janna Klostermann, Jasminne Mendez, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jell-O Girls, Jenny Boully, Jenny George, Jenny Molberg, Joan Morgan, Joanna Luloff, Jonathan Crowl, Josef Kuhn, Josè Olivarez, Joshua Mensch, Joy Ladin, Julie Carr, Julie Doucet, Julie Dunlap, Julie Marie Wade, Kasey Jueds, kate braverman, Kate Greathead, Kazim Ali, Keegan Lester, Kevin Goodan, Kevin Mclellan, Kevin O'Kelly, Kevin Zambrano, Killing Marias, Kings of Broken Things, Kristi Carter, Kristin Chang, Kristin Hannah, Laren McClung, Laura & Emma, Laura Thorne, lauren groff, Lauren Morgan Whitticom, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Leni Zumas, Let's All Die Happy, Li-Young Lee, Libby Burton, Life After Rugby, Lisa Rosenberg, Lizzie Hutton, Maggie O'Farrell, Maggie Smith, Maikie Paje, María Isabel Álvarez, Maria Dahvana Headley, Maria Qamar, Marianne Kunkel, Marvels of the Invisible, Maryann Corbett, Matthew Minicucci, Maw Shein Win, Max Ritvo, Maya Dusenbery, Meaghan O’Connell, Meghan O'Gieblyn, Melissa Broder, Micah Perks, Michael Natalie, Mike Broida, Miranda Perrone, molly caro may, Molly Fisk, Molly Spencer, Moonbrow, My Fair Junkie, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Nasty Women Poets, natalia sylvester, Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer People of Color, Nicole Chung, Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e, Nina Riggs, nvisible Gifts, Objects from a Borrowed Confession, Oceanic, Olga Tokarczuk, Ornitheology, Past Lives Future Bodies, Planetary Noise, Porochista Khakpour, R. O. Kown, Raina K. Puels, Rebecca Traister, Red Clocks, Remind Me Again What Happened, Renée Vivien, Risa Denenberg, Robin Becker, Rummage, Ryan McIlvain, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Samantha Pious, Samantha Zighelboim, Same-Sexy Marriage, Sandra Allen, Sara Goodman, Sara Rauch, Sarah A. Chavez, Scott Beal, Shahriar Mandanipour, She Begat This, She Would Be King, sick, Sidney Wade, Siham Karami, Simone John, Soft Volcano, starfish, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, Susan Cohen, Susan Jackson Rodgersv, Tajja Isen, Tayari Jones, Taylor Larsen, Testify, The Black Bear Inside Me, The Bright Hour, The Devoted, The Dream of Reason, the earthquake room, The Ensemble, The Fat Sonnets, The Final Voicemails, The Great Alone, The Grip of It, The Half-Finished Heaven: Selected Poems, The Incendiaries, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, The Mere Wife, The Pisces, The Radicals, The Souls of Yellow Folk, The Undressing, Theodore Wheeler, There There, this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it, Together and by Ourselves, Tom Griffen, Tomas Tranströmer, Tommy Orange, Torrin A. Greathouse, Tracie Morris, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape, Trust No Aunty, Unearthings, virgin, Wayetu Moore, Wendy Chen, wesley yang, When Rap Spoke Straight to God, Whitney Beber, Yasunari Kawabata, Zakiya Harris, Zoey Cole
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
Yet the backyard cannot exist without the intimacy of the bedroom. ...more
“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
Kick off the holiday season with a list of books that Rumpus editors are thankful for!
Tags: Abandon Me, Ada Limon, Alexandra Kleeman, An Elemental Thing, Anne Sexton, beryl markham, Bluets, Bright Dead Things, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Carolina Ebeid, Carson McCullers, Cathy Linh Che, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Danez Smith, Dangerous Angels, Don't Call Us Dead, edwidge danticat, ee cummings, Elena Passarello, Eliot Weinberger, Emily Dickinson, Eula Biss, Forest Dark, Four-Year-Old-Girl, Francesca Lia Block, Geek Love, Graham Greene, Harryette Mullen, hunger, Jeanette Winterson, jill lepore, Joan Didion, Juliana Spahr, Katherine Dunn, Kaveh Akbar, Ken Liu, Krik? Krak!, Leslie Jamison, Let Me Clear My Throat, Li-Young Lee, Louise Glück, Maggie Nelson, Mary Jo Bang, Meadowlands, Megan Stielstra, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, Natalie Diaz, Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, nicole krauss, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong, reading recommendations, Rose, Roxane Gay, Sleeping with the Dictionary, Split, thankful, Thanksgiving, the balloonists, The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans, the empathy exams, The HEart is a lonely hunter, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, The Power and the Glory, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, thisconnectionofeveryonewithlungs, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Weetzie Bat, West with the Night, What to Read When, When My Brother Was An Aztec, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine
Kaveh Akbar discusses his new collection
Calling a Wolf a Wolf, finding community in poetry, books on craft, and mining the supernatural for poems. ...more
Tags: academia, addiction, Airea D. Matthews, American Originality, brian spears, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Chris Forhan, Claudia Rankine, community, Divedapper, Ellen Bryant Voigt, faith, Farsi, Headwaters, Kaveh Akbar, language, Layli Long Soldier, Li-Young Lee, Louise Glück, Madness Rack and Honey, Mary Ruefle, meditation, Negar Emrani, poetry, poetry book club, punctation, racial inequality, recovery, religion, Richard Hugo, Roethke, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Russell Edson, sobriety, spirituality, Stephen Burt, Supernatural, syntax, talie Shapero, teaching writing, The Neighborhood Dog, The Racial Imaginary, translation, Triggering Town, twitter, W.S. Merwin, William Packard
Birth, death. We live in the middle. “What’s it like?” Lee asks. “Is it a door, and goodbye on either side?” Just like the stars, one day we all collapse, our mass and light and energy exploding into nothingness. ...more
Tags: aging, “The Hammock”, Brooklyn, challenges, death, grandfather, Li-Young Lee, Life After Death, poetry, Samara Skolnik, stars, students, teaching, virtue, writing
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
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