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Contemporary Poetry

Throwing Off the Paper Masks

Julia Fehrenbacher | Posted 09.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Julia Fehrenbacher

On this August afternoon we sit on the back porch chatting about the weather, about sports and old pets, about how just right the breeze feels. S...

We Will Never Leave Earth

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

We will, never, leave Earth. Except as dust and ashes and minerals, returned to the sender, to be light, burning, in someone else's stars.

The Bibliography of Strings

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

And you taught me what this feels like. And then how it feels to lose it. And you showed me who I wanted. And then who I wasn't. And you ticked every box. And then drew a line.

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.

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."

Poetry of Sorrow and Hope

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

In a brief introduction to the book, Krieger remarks that those who write poetry after threats of universal death must not only "confront the ugliness of human brutality," but "express the heart's longing for peace and reveal its grief at our loss of decency."

The Extra Kiss

Allen Vaysberg | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Allen Vaysberg

The extra kiss, that extra hug/Your kids keep asking for at night./Their blanket isn't very snug, And pillow isn't feeling right.

When Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

Allen Vaysberg | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Allen Vaysberg

Man just kills another man Saying God had told him so Is he following God's plan Or those really in the know? Those who orchestrate events And use...

Let Her Kiss the Soles of Your Feet -- Fall Promise

Miriam Ava | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Miriam Ava

I'd like to curl up deep, deep in the earth and sleep the promise of fall, harvest warm embrace, the air aloft with warmth looped through like a s...

Poet Voice and Flock Mentality: Why Poets Need to Think for Themselves

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Lisa Marie Basile

Fear means you know you may be incorrect. You may find that when you read your poem as you -- when you abandon those auto-subscribed notions of sound and musicality -- you will reach and offer a much deeper attachment to your work.

On Poetry Awards: Figures and Questions

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I write this blog to encourage discussion among poets regarding poetry awards. To do this, I will begin with showing some figures on the awards, along with some observations. Finally, I'll end by posing 10 questions.

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.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

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...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 4

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In the 4th part of the National Poetry Month blog, I ask America's best poets to answer five more questions by readers of poetry.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I know a handful (if not a heartful) of poems by heart. Lines surface and go under. They keep me company, whether on the tip of my tongue or in the basement of my unconsciousness."

5 Questions for Poets: Part 2

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Last week, some of America's top poets answered five questions from a pool of questions offered by readers of poetry for National Poetry Month. In this second part of the series, our poets tackle five more of their questions.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 1

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I have decided to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting questions by readers of poetry to some of the top poets writing in America today.

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.

Our Cocoon -- A Poem

Jacob Weber | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Jacob Weber

You're still sleeping. And I'm up, trying to work, to focus to not log on to you know what. I catch a moth in the dim hall search every inch of a cl...

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.

The World Needs More Poetry

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

A poem, at a different level from other types of writing, also invites us to pay attention. To be aware. To allow the flow of words to wash over us, the images to flicker on the screen of our mind, the senses evoked to become engaged.

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.

Poet Julie R. Enszer Talks Sisterhood, Her New Collection of Poems

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 11.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Hennessy

"First, what does it mean to live in a family that is broken and a world of brokenness and take responsibility, however partial, for that brokenness? Second, how can I believe in sisterhood in an imperfect, broken world?"