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
Rumpus editors share a list of new and forthcoming books to celebrate Black History Month!
Tags: 100 Boyfriends, A Girl Is a Body of Water, A Little Devil in America, Adrienne Christian, Aftershocks, Akwaeke Emezi, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Anodyne, Arisa White, Ashley C. Ford, Be Holding, Black Buck, Black History Month, Brandon Taylor, Brian Broome, Brit Bennett, brontez purnell, bryan washington, Cardinal, Caste, Caul Baby, Christoph Keller, Chronicling Stankonia, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Creatures of Passage, Danez Smith, danielle evans, Dantiel W. Moniz, Dawnie Walton, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, Deesha Philyaw, Destiny O. Birdsong, Donika Kelly, Doppelgangbanger, Everywhere You Don't Belong, Filthy Animals, Finna, Gabriel Bump, Hafizah Geter, Hanif Abdurraqib, Homie, How Beautiful We Were, How the World Is Passed, How to Carry Water, Imbolo Mbue, inheritance, Isabel Wilkerson, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Just Us, Justin Phillip Reed, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kevin Simmonds, Khadijah Queen, Ladee Hubbard, Lakewood, LaTanya McQueen, leesa cross-smith, Libertie, Lucille Clifton, Luster, Maisy Card, Mariame Kaba, Mateo Askaripour, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Megan Giddings, memorial, Memorial Drive, Milk Blood Heat, Morgan Jerkins, Morowa Yejidé, N.K. Jemisin, Nadia Owusu, Naima Coster, Nana Nkweti, Natasha Trethewey, Nate Marshall, Negotiations, Nichole Perkins, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Playlist for the Apocalypse, Punch Me Up to the Gods, Raven Leilani, Regina N. Bradley, richard wright, Rita Dove, Robert Jones Jr, ross gay, Samantha Irby, Shayla Lawson, Somebody’s Daughter, Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be, Taylor Johnson, The City We Became, The Collection Plate by Kendra Allen, The Dragons the Giant the Women, The Essential June Jordan edited by Jan Heller Levi, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, The Malevolent Volume, The Man Who Lived Underground, The Monster I Am Today, The Office of Historical Corrections, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, The Other Black Girl, The Prophets, The Renunciations, The Rib King, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, The Vanishing Half, Thea Matthews, These Ghosts Are Family, This Close to Okay, This Is Major, transcendent kingdom, Tyree Daye, Un-American, Undrowned, Unearth [The Flowers], Walking on Cowrie Shells, Wanda Coleman, Waterbaby, Wayetu Moore, We Do This 'Til We Free Us, What to Read When, What's Mine and Yours, When the Reckoning Comes, Who's Your Daddy, Wicked Enchantment, Worn, Wow No Thank You, Yaa Gyasi, Zakiya Dalila Harris
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
Literary events in and around Philly this week!
Tags: Alexandra Kleeman, Anne Lesley Selcer, Anne-Adele Wight, Carole Bernstein, Chanda Rice, Dan Gorenstein, Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Elliott Bat Tzedek, Emily Wilson, Eric Smith, Erin Eileen Almond, Farah Naz Rishi, Floyd Clown Sr., J. V. Foix, Jaime Fountaine, James Feichthaler, Jeanette Winterson, Joanna C. Valente, John Wall Barger, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Krisann Janowitz, Lawrence Venuti, Leonard Gontarek, Levi Bentley, Liana Finck, Lorene Cary, Maria Famà, Marion Cohen, Nicole Steinberg, Notable Philadelphia, Patrick Donnelly, Philadelphia, Raquel Salas-Rivera, Rebecca Kokitus, Rita Dove, Thea Brown, Tyler Barton, Vara Cooper, William Matson, Zach VandeZande
Kyle Dargan discusses his new collection, ANAGNORISIS.
Tags: Ada Limon, Anagnorisis, brian spears, capitalism, Catherine Barnett, Charles Wright, China, class inequality, exploitation, food, Jos Charles, Kaveh Akbar, kyle dargan, Nikky Finney, poetry, poetry book club, Rita Dove, ross gay, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Social Media, Terrance Hayes
Barbara Berman reviews three social justice oriented poetry anthologies today at The Rumpus.
Tags: A. E. Stallings, Alicia Ostriker, Ami Kaye, Annie Chagnot, Barbara Berman, Books, Bullets into Bells, Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, Claude McKay, Connie Post, Denise Levertov, Diane Frank, Dorothy Subow Nelson, e. e. cummings, Elizabeth Alexander, ellen bass, Emi Ikkanda, Fred Marchant, Glass Lyre Press, Gloria Mindock, Grace Bauer, How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Refugees, J. C. Reilly, Jane Hirshfield, Jenn Givhan, Julie Kane, Kazim Ali, Langston Hughes, Lois P. Jones, Lost Horse Press, Marge Piercy, Mark Doty, Maya Angelou, Melissa Studdard, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, Neon Vernacular, No More Masks!, Ocean Vuong, poetry, Rebecca Foust, Reviews, Rita Dove, Robert Frost, Robert Pinsky, Rochelle Spencer, Rustin Larson, social justice, Spiegel and Grau, Veterans of War Veterans of Peace, Yusef Komunyakaa
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Barbara Berman offers gift recommendations for the poets on your holiday shopping list.
Tags: Aaron Shurin, Barbara Berman, Books, christmas, Commune Editions, Copper Canyon Press, Dan Bellm, david masciotra, Deep Well, Donald Hall, Donald Justice, Dylan Thomas, Edward Hopper, entre ríos books, Hanukkah, Heriberto Yepes, holiday gifts, holidays, John Freeman, John Goodby, Lavender Ink, maps, Michael Wiegers, new directions, poetry, rabih alameddine, Reviews, Rita Dove, The Essential Merwin, The Poems of Dylan Thomas, Transnational Battlefield, W. W. Norton, W.S. Merwin, Yale Series of Younger Poets
Literary events and readings in and around the Bay Area this week!
Tags: Avotcja, Bay Area, David Coulter, Eugenio F. Granell, Garett Caples, Genesis Montalvo, Hilton Obenzinger, Isabel Fargo Cole, jim shepard, Joseph Bradshaw, Karen Shepard, Kevin Killian, Laura Moriarty, Notable San Francisco, Notable SF, Oakland, Paseo Artístico, rabih alameddine, Richard Schwarzenberger, Rita Dove, San Francisco, Sin Sorocco, Tony Robles, Wolfgang Hilbig
Here is a list of books that help remind us what
actually makes America great (hint: it’s not tax cuts). ...more
Tags: Alexander Hamilton, Americanah, and Crane, Barbara Jean Reyes, Battle Cry of Freedom, Bear, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Christina Henriquez, Citizen, Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan, Claudia Rankine, Diamonds, Domingo Martinez, f. scott fitzgerald, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, James Bladwin, James Madison, James McPherson, Julia Alvarez, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie, Lolita, Make America Great Again, Mildred D. Taylor, Nabokov, Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, Poeta en San Francisco, reading list, reading recommendations, Rita Dove, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Sandra Cisneros, The Book of Unknown Americans, The Boy Kings of Texas, The Federalist Papers, The Fire Next Time, The Great Gatsby, The House on Mango Street, The Snopes, Thomas and Beluah, What to Read When, William Faulkner
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, why writing about teenage girls is the most serious thing in the world, and finding truths in fiction. ...more
Tags: 2666, A Rumpus Interview, addiction, adolescence, alcohol, Bleak House, catapult, Chang-rae Lee, claire messud, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Copperfield, death, Dreamland, drug abuse, drugs, Edith Wharton, Eileen, elena ferrante, Elizabeth Bishop, eviction, female friendship, friendship, gender roles, grief, high school, Housekeeping, jane alison, Jane Eyre, Jo Ann Beard, Julie Buntin, justin torres, Lorrie Moore, loss, Margaret Atwood, Maria Anderson, Marilynne Robinson, Marina Benjamin, Marlena, MFA, Michigan, Middlemarch, my antonia, Native Speaker, Neapolitan Novels, Negroland, nine island, Otessa Moshfegh, Prep, Rachel Cusk, Rita Dove, rural life, Sarah Waters, saul bellow, Shirley Jackson, siblings, sisters, Tana French, teenage girls, teenagers, The Atlantic, The Boys of My Youth, The Golden Notebook, The Guardians, The House of Mirth, The Man Who Loved Children, The Middlepause, The Savage Detectives, Toni Morrison, trauma, we the animals, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing, zadie smith
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls. ...more
Tags: absent father, adaptations, addiction, adolescence, Book Club, Book clubs, book covers, catapult, craft, death, Dreamland, editing, Elizabeth Bishop, fathers, female friendship, Film, friendship, grief, Housekeeping, Julie Buntin, Kayla Rae Whitaker, likable characters, Lorrie Moore, loss, Marilynn Robinson, Marisa Siegel, Marlena, meth, Methland, Michigan, opiates, revision, Rita Dove, Rumpus Book Club, teenage girls, teenagers, television, The Animators, tweakers, unlikable characters, Ursula K. Le Guin, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing process
To be forced to speak in the language of the colonist, the language of the oppressor, while also carrying within us the storm of Jamaican patois, we live under a constant hurricane of our doubleness. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, African Diaspora, afrofuturism, Aimé Césaire, Bennington College, Books, Cannibal, caribbean, Cathy Park Hong, Charlottesville, colonization, confederate, confederate flag, Derek Walcott, diversity, eugenics, fathers, fathers and daughters, fear, female body, immigrants, immigration, Interviews, Jamaica, Junot Diaz, Kamau Brathwaite, Kenya, Laura Creste, Lewis and Clark, memoir, misogyny, modeling, Monticello, One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, patriarchy, poems, poetry, Poetry Magazine, power, Racism, Rastafarian, religion, Rita Dove, Robert E. Lee, Rumpus Original, Sacajawea, Safiya Sinclair, Shakespeare, slavery, Stonewall Jackson, The Tempest, thomas jefferson, university of virginia, Vermont, violence, Wangechi Mutu, white gaze, white privilege, Women Writers of Color, writers of color
Poet Erik Kennedy discusses literary community and his formative years as a young writer in New Jersey, and shares two new prose poems.
Tags: 9/11, Adam Fitzgerald, Alex Dimitrov, Alicia Ostriker, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Anselm Berrigan, Ashleigh Young, Australia, Billy Collins, Black Mountain, Cape May, Claire Henderson, Denise Duhamel, diversity, Doc Drumheller, Douglas Piccinnini, Eleanor Catton, Erik Kennedy, expats, form, germany, grad school, jack kerouac, James Norcliffe, John McPhee, joyce carol oates, Junot Diaz, Justin Woo, Kerrin P. Sharpe, language, lit mag, literary magazine, Lois Marie Harrod, mark strand, Mayhem Poets, Māori, Melissa Wyse, MFA, Miguel Algarín, Munich, New Brunswick, New Jersey, new york, New Zealand, Nuyorican Café, nuyorican poet's cafe, NYC vs. MFA, Objet d’Art, On the Road, Pacific Northwest, patrick rosal, paul auster, Paul Muldoon, Princeton, Queen Mob's Teahouse, R A Villanueva, Reid Bingham, Rita Banerjee, Rita Dove, robert hass, Robert Pinsky, rutgers, Rutgers University, Seattle, slam poetry, Steven Toussaint, Suman Sridhar, The Anthologist, UK, Verbal Mayhem, Wildwood, William Carlos Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa
Friday 1/27: Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing by Marie Hicks. 7:30 p.m., free. Saturday 1/28: The fourth installment of the Chimera Reading Series is happening in Logan Square. 2421 W Medill Ave, 7 p.m., donations to 826CHI […]
Tags: Gregory Pardlo, Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial, Jonathan Lear, Joseph Anthony Rulli, Kiki Petrosino, Kim Brooks, Marie Hicks, Martha Nussbaum, Natasha Trethewey, Notable Chicago, Rita Dove, Steve Bellinger, Tracy K Smith, Uptown Poetry Slam, Yusef Komunyakaa
I’m a performer, and in hard times, this job gets harder. I make music when the nation mourns, and my music can sound like hope. ...more
Tags: America Again, children, election, election 2016, hope, Kentucky, Langston Hughes, Lara Downes, Louisville, Music, My Promise Project, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, parenting, Politics, Rita Dove, show business, Testimonial, voting
The staff at Poets & Writers put out a call to writers—“some of our most thoughtful and articulate citizens”—to share their perspectives on important issues for the next US president. Fifty writers weigh in, including Javier Zamora, Mira Ptacin, and Ocean Vuong. Rita Dove writes: “If we are ever to attain our forefathers’ aspirations for ‘a […]
Barbara Berman reviews Rita Dove’s
Collected Poems 1974-2004 today in Rumpus Poetry. ...more
Last year on our way to and from getting married in New Orleans, my now husband and I went on a civil rights pilgrimage. We went to Montgomery and Birmingham; we went to Selma. We drove the Pettus Bridge there in Selma a dozen times, imagining, feeling a weighty sadness all over. I want to […]
Tags: Andrew Aydin, Anna March, At the Dark End of the Street, Charles Johnson, civil rights, Danielle L. McGuire, Dreamer, John Lewis, March Book One, March Book Two, Nate Powell, On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems, Reading Mixtape, reading recommendations, Rita Dove, Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Toni Morrison was honored at this year’s National Book Critics Circle award ceremony, and Rita Dove’s remarks capture Morrison’s ongoing legacy beautifully. Dove describes her own joy in discovering The Bluest Eye, the first book in the University of Iowa’s library that spoke to a black American experience outside of the deep south or inner […]
It is clear from Dove’s introduction to the anthology, and from her selections, that she just wanted an engaging, informative, high -quality collection. She succeeded.