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2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I'm not sure I would call it a progression so much as a deepening of consciousness throughout the books. Hopefully we have an increasing sense of truthfulness about ourselves as we grow older, and we grow strong enough to both own and share this."

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Kathleen Ossip

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.06.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

The pain of the loss was startling and nervous-system-changing: it's no new revelation that nothing makes us really believe in our own mortality like the death of a parent.

Poetry Coast to Coast: American Poets Paul Fericano and George Wallace

Robert Peake | Posted 05.31.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

You could drive Route 66 from coast to coast to get a feel for the poetry of America. Or you could pick up copies of Fericano and Wallace, and read these poems out loud.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With T. R. Hummer

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"It's a good thing I'm a poet and not a novelist. No publisher of novels in his or her right mind would allow books to have such weird, un-hooky titles. If I'd been a novelist, they'd have been called 1. Sex, 2. Hideous Graphic Death and 3. Football."

World War I Poets: An Interview With Alfred Corn

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 09.24.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Therefore, I've decided to focus on the great poets of World War I through an interview with Alfred Corn, a poet equally well-recognized in both America and in the U.K.

First Anthology of Metamodern Literature Hits U.S. Bookshelves

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

The term "alt-lit" has gradually devolved into meaninglessness, much like the term "indie music." In practice, the "alt-lit" designation merely signifies that something is really good, yet underappreciated; or delightfully quirky, but with few financial resources behind it

Contemporary Poetry Reviews #28 (National Poetry Month 2014)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

It may seem strange to say of a poet that his work is both tight and frenetic, but with Ron Padgett the description is apt. By the same token, comparing any poet to John Ashbery usually serves as little more than back-handed euphemism: a "less-than" sign hangs ghostly over any such analogy.

The Widening Gender Gap in Contemporary American Poetry

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

A study of gender demographics in American poetry yields startling results Since 2010, the organization Women in the Literary Arts (VIDA) has been co...

Contemporary Poetry Reviews #27: AWP Edition

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Whimsical declarations and asyntactic juxtapositions are common features in contemporary poetry, but often they amount to little more than idiosyncratically coded confessions of limited interest to a general readership.

Kill the Teacher, Spare the Poet: A Conversation with John Hennessy

Nicholas Miriello | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Nicholas Miriello

The poet John Hennessy shares a name with a millionaire college president, who was not long ago profiled in the New Yorker, and a cognac everyone knows, but not everyone drinks. His name positions his work in a cruel sort of fame and obscurity.

On American Metamodernism (Contemporary Poetry Reviews #26)

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

While there are as many ways to express the "structure of feeling" encapsulated by metamodernism as there are metamodernists, in many respects Steve Roggenbuck presents as the consummate American Metamodernist.

Poetic Generations: Continuing Voices of Lesbian-Feminism

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I grew up with the poems of Living as a Lesbian -- and they provided a roadmap for me of how to grow up as a lesbian.

An Interview About Contemporary Poetry-Reviewing With Poet, Editor, and Critic Seth Abramson

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

{NB: On July 31, 2013, the above author was interviewed on the subject of contemporary poetry-reviewing by poet and editor Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Due...

doris davenport's it's like this

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

davenport's work has been neglected in contemporary literary criticism and retrospectives of poetry from the black arts and women's liberation movements, but it is ripe for a revisiting and a reappraisal. Now readers can have an electronic copy of davenport's iconic it's like this.

August 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.24.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

To many younger poets -- those who ride the rails, or stay perpetually at university, or move aimlessly between jobs to accrue other types of wealth beyond the pecuniary -- much of The Boss will read like a nightmare come to life.

The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013)

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.13.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

The list below is neither exhaustive nor authoritative nor superlative. I have no doubt that I've missed a number of important names. Without further ado, then, here's my own list of the 200 most ardent advocates for American poetry.

America, Meet Your Poets

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

America's younger working poets, particularly those who publish with small presses and live in close-knit poetry communities outside the borders of urban bohemia, need to be the first recourse for harried magazine editors looking to publish lengthy pieces on contemporary poetry.

Melissa Jeltsen

Inside The Mind Of An Accidental Poet

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.24.2013 | Books

Gregory Sherl never wanted to be a writer. "I want to ask every poet Do you regret discovering words," he writes in his latest book, Monogamy Song...

On Literary Metamodernism

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.19.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

July 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 200...

Why Is Contemporary American Poetry So Good?

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

{NB: Below is my response, as a poet, to an article published earlier today in the Washington Post entitled "Why Is Modern Poetry So Bad?", which itse...

June 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.16.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2003 to recommend to its readership. These...

May 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

National Poetry Month 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews (Part 1)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.27.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

National Poetry Month 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews (Part 2)

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...

February 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and ten collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership. These...