“Writing in this way allows me to put order in this disordered world.”
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The richly historied form of the sonnet is a powerhouse for holding the past. ...more
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Michael Prior discusses his new collection of poetry, BURNING PROVENCE.
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Figures from antiquity—those masks of learned, privileged poets—are rendered utterly contemporary, down to earth. ...more
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“Any good poem has form and acts out its meanings in form.”
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Sumita Chakraborty discusses her debut collection, ARROW.
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Heather McHugh discusses her new poetry collection, MUDDY MATTERHORN.
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Victoria Chang discusses her new poetry collection, OBIT.
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As the book continues, [Laux] traces a growing understanding of loss. ...more
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Survival, for Landau, is both instinctual and ultimately pointless. ...more
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[T]his is a book in direct conversation with literary tradition. ...more
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t’ai freedom ford discusses her newest collection, & MORE BLACK.
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Dorianne Laux discusses her newly released collection, ONLY AS THE DAY IS LONG.
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Zighelboim almost has to break the form into pieces in order to speak; a fourteen-word poem is really only the echo of a sonnet. ...more
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Katie Ford discusses her new collection, IF YOU HAVE TO GO.
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“They are poems before sonnets.”
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Maggie Smith discusses her new collection
Good Bones, how motherhood has changed her writing, and what it felt like to have a poem go viral. ...more
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I’m always interested in the work of poets who use form in subversive ways, and while it’s true that the sonnet has long ceased to be just a love song, what Nikki Wallschlaeger does with it in her new collection Crawlspace, soon to be released by Bloof Books, is brilliant. The book is a collection of fifty-five sonnets, […]
Poet Vincent Toro on his debut collection,
Stereo.Island.Mosaic, his writing process, and searching for identity. ...more
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Writer John Reed is a genre buster. His new book, Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems, is a collection of sonnets about love scenarios mostly gone amok, which he began sharing on Facebook some time back. Gee Henry interviews Reed for BOMB and inquires about his unique writing projects. For more, check out our interview […]
I wanted to speak directly, to say exactly what I meant, to make statements with sharp edges, to try and pin things down. For Catapult, David Szalay chronicles the unorthodox origins of his latest novel: from writer’s block and experimenting with “strict forms” like the sonnet and the sestina came All That Man Is. Later, Szalay […]
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Jonterri Gadson about
Blues Triumphant, her love of editing, and the intersection of poetry and comedy. ...more
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As the amount of digital data in the world balloons, so do the costs of storing that data. Some scientists are experimenting with ways to save data on a “device” much older—but also much more efficient—than hard drives: DNA itself. The first thing they encoded on a double helix of nucleotides? A text file containing […]