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American Poetry

Book Review of Compass by Luc Phinney

Cameron Conaway | Posted 06.07.2014 | Books
Cameron Conaway

With Compass, a debut collection awarded the 2013 T.S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press, Luc Phinney has burst onto and worked his way into the upper echelon of contemporary American poetry.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

The Rhymers' Club, Part One: Bob Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Would you like to understand Bob Dylan? Get in line. You can, however, understand, and appreciate more through his view of them, some of the writers who've had an influence on Dylan as an artist. Edgar Allan Poe, the fender-bender poet is a writer who matters to Dylan, and has for a long time.

One Poem: The Hunger

Mallory Yael Seegal | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Mallory Yael Seegal

Have they felt the hunger too? / it's an old emptiness under the rug, / the rumbling of dust / facing off to brawl for the blackened land. / Have they seen the faces with their hanging skin, the yellowed teeth, the sun-bleached earth?

Ira Glass Talks to Edgar Allan Poe on 'This Wretched Life'

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 11.24.2012 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

Edgar Allan Poe: I wanted to do a parrot uttering 'never more' but there wasn't much drama in that. So I changed it to a raven. They're big, black dirty birds capable of anything.

For Marilyn Monroe's Birthday: "Pressure and Heat"

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.01.2012 | Celebrity
Michele Somerville

Marilyn the Tortoise, was bequeathed to my brothers and me in '69 by our drug-dealing Cuban building superintendent who, running one step ahead of the...

One Poem: "Conversation Piece #1"

Mallory Yael Seegal | Posted 05.28.2012 | Arts
Mallory Yael Seegal

Who was that girl we were with anyway, she was weird. I always say, you know how I always say that people with multicolor hair are trying to make statements with words they were too dumb to learn in school -- that girl.

One Poem: Love Notes From My Sleepy Stalker

Mallory Yael Seegal | Posted 06.19.2012 | Arts
Mallory Yael Seegal

Here I am, tracing the birth of a soliloquy in the composition of your face / I am joyful as the wordsmith -- pen at hand to a curled fist.

Poetry Review: Maureen McLane's "World Enough"

Anis Shivani | Posted 03.20.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

The critic writing a book of poetry faces peculiar challenges. Can she silence her internal censor enough to produce breakthrough work? Can she both savor and sever her allegiances as the need dictates?

Two Poems: Women Who, Like Men and A Grander Canyon

Mallory Yael Seegal | Posted 02.25.2012 | Arts
Mallory Yael Seegal

Women, who like sex but never know how to ask for it, Who have bite-marks scoring lines down their necks, Like leopard spots, Like a surgeon's magic marker lines...

Exclusive Interview With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Franz Wright

Anis Shivani | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

During the last few weeks, as his new book Kindertotenwald was released, Franz and I exchanged a series of emails about the book, the results of which follow.

Celebrating National Bad Poetry Day

John Lundberg | Posted 10.21.2011 | Books
John Lundberg

We admittedly aren't dealing with Thanksgiving here, or even Bring Your Daughter to Work Day, but National Bad Poetry Day is an excuse for us to celebrate the rich history of appallingly bad verse.

Finding Relief in Poetry's Icebox

John Lundberg | Posted 09.30.2011 | Books
John Lundberg

Here, for all of you fellow summer sufferers, are four very cold poems that might help you imagine some relief from the heat (and distract you from the fact that it isn't even August).

Plums and Wheelbarrows: When Poets Disagree

John Lundberg | Posted 09.09.2011 | Books
John Lundberg

Williams' red wheelbarrow poem, in fact, can be read as a direct challenge to Eliot, who had a far different view of the direction that poetry should take in the early 20th Century.

Why Poetry Is Necessary

Roger Housden | Posted 08.26.2011 | Books
Roger Housden

What is found there, in the realm of poetry, is what is so often passed over in daily life: the miraculous, the unexpected, the undreamt of. Poems are necessary because they honor the unknown, both in us and in the world.

Anis Shivani's Most Anticipated Books Of Spring

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.03.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Here's another great selection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for Spring of 2011.

What I Learned at AWP

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ming Holden

"Active prayer": It's what I would term Claudia Rankine's response to a poem by Tony Hoagland that angered and offended many readers with a racist worldview and language.

WATCH: Virtual Book Tour

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We introduce three brilliant emerging poets, all with poetry books out in early 2011. They give us an intimate look at what these books mean for thei...

Literary Food Fight:

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

The question of influence is a tricky one in the literary realm, but surely, if there are undeniable progenitors of today's collective poetry output, these are the ones.

The 17 Most Important Poetry Books Of Fall 2010

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

There's much to be excited about, and these selections give a fair indication of the presses putting out the most important poetry of the day and the degree of vitality of various poetic styles.

Is American Poetry At A Dead-End?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

"Is American poetry at a dead-end? Have American poets betrayed the great legacy of modernism? Why or why not?

What's The State Of American Poetry?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This seems to be a particularly angst-ridden moment for the followers of American poetry. Is it savagely alive, or is it a moribund corpse, having long been administered last rites?

The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers (PHOTOS)

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Are the writers receiving the major awards and official recognition really the best writers today? Or are they overrated mediocrities with little claim to recognition by posterity?

The New Henry Miller Speaks Out: Interview With Eric Miles Williamson, Author of 'Welcome to Oakland'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What I tell my students is this: Don't read any living American writers. If you're going to read any American writers at all, only read dead ones. That way you can be sure you're not wasting your time.

David Lehman's Incestuous Coterie: Why the New 'Best American Poetry' Sucks Even More Than Its Twenty-One Predecessors

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

For years, the Best American Poetry series has been on a downward slope (using slope in the most generous sense of the word). For its 2009 edition, it seems to have reached a final resting point.