Amanda Moore discusses her debut poetry collection, REQUEENING.
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Garrard Conley and Taylor Larsen discuss their recent work.
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Here we are standing the woods. Which path should we take? ...more
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Poet Beth Bachmann discusses her new collection, CEASE.
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Peter Mishler discusses his debut collection,
Fludde, the effect of ritual on poems, and childhood psychology. ...more
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Barbara Berman reviews three social justice oriented poetry anthologies today at The Rumpus.
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We poets do not believe the world belongs to us. Our existence is a miracle, and yet we know our world is limited. ...more
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Official inaugural poems are a strange beast. There have only been five of them and the one we recognize as the first, Robert Frost’s “The Gift Outright,” wasn’t composed for President Kennedy’s inauguration. Frost recited it when the sun’s glare off the snow made the poem he’d written, “Dedication,” impossible to read. But perhaps the […]
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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Kaveh Akbar, Shon Arieh-Lerer, Justin Boening, Sarah Blake, and Ariella Ritvo-Slifka about Max Ritvo’s
Four Reincarnations. Max Ritvo died on August 23, 2016. ...more
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Los Angeles: capital of science fiction? The latest Rx craze: novels. Richard Dawkins on Robert Frost. The scariest costume yesterday? A mite. Evolutionary biologists have a grudge against Frankenstein’s bride. The future of books: a bunch of Norwegian spruce trees.
Connie Wanek discusses her latest book,
Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, the challenge of looking back at older poems, and what prioritizing writing looks like. ...more
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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Tess Taylor about her new collection
Work & Days, manual labor, and the lyric possibilities in small fields. ...more
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We live in a moment, we have an experience, and we demand to understand what is happening. ...more
I was becoming awed by the wide horizon of the speech that arose out of an individual life lived in a single era and generation. I was becoming attracted to the writer’s creativity. ...more
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As you walk, you become intensely aware in two directions. There is the outer world, and there is your head space. It is not necessary or possible really to keep strict focus on one or the other. They blend together. ...more
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The only way I can put it is, no American poet I have ever met regardless of disposition or poetics has disliked Frank Stanford’s poems. ...more
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…educators have finally rolled out a new curriculum that they believe will be more exciting and relevant to various groups of young learners. Like this practice test for tweens!! ...more
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Isn’t it worth wondering, then, where does a poem take you after it calls you in, calls you from your life into your creative psyche? ...more
With this column, Poetry Wire begins a multi-part exploration of how you might become a poet in the modern world.
Not that one needs an excuse such as the imminent threat of nuclear armageddon to read poetry, but the early 1960s might have been a good time to turn to poems for comfort, insight, solace, and understanding about the disposition of human beings to threaten their own existence. It was an era in which the […]
I’ve often said that Frost’s well-known poem is one of the most misinterpreted in American poetry (among casual readers, that is), and this story in the Guardian seems to back me up. It tells the story of Edward Thomas and Robert Frost’s friendship. It’s a sad story, but a worthy one to spend some time […]