Carol Ann Duffy, the UK’s poet laureate, has invited three poets to join her on a road trip through England, Wales and Scotland, which will take them from Falmouth to St Andrews over the course of a fortnight. From June 19 to July 2, Gillian Clarke, the outgoing national poet of Wales, the makar (the […]
Ben Lerner talks with the Guardian about life in Brooklyn, octopuses, and poets: “Poets really haven’t gotten the news that the novel is also dead,” he says, of the opinion among some poets that writing in prose is a capitulation to market forces. Still, the poets tolerated a single attempt—even Ashbery wrote a novel. “It’s […]
Former Rumpus contributor Kaveh Akbar has launched a “collaborative poetry phenomenon,” Divedapper, a web based literary concern featuring interviews with contemporary poets. The site has launched with interviews with Dorianne Laux, Austin Straus, Rae Armantrout, and others. Divedapper is also available on Twitter @divedapper.
Poetry is always already revolutionary, then. What it says hardly matters. Poetry is useful because of its useless essence, not because of its individual meaning. Of course, this is nonsense. The way Noah Berlatsky sees it, mainstream culture and poets agree with each other that poetry is useless—it’s just that most people see that as a […]
Because nothing says “here is my overdue rent” like a greeting sealed with a Theodore Roethke stamp. The United States Postal Service is jumping into the fun of National Poetry Month by issuing ten new forever stamps featuring the handsome mugs of great poets Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, […]
April Fools and the beginning of National Poetry Month? Seems like a killer day to us! [April 1] marks the start of National Poetry Month, the monthlong celebration of the verse inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. The April initiative aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of America’s poets, and is among […]
Today we have an excellent Rumpus Original (Supersized) Combo, featuring an interview with Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize winner Neil de la Flor, a review of his collection Almost Dorothy, and a Rumpus original poem by de la Flor himself. Enjoy.