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A Previously Unknown Walt Whitman Work Was Discovered. It's Not Great.

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.22.2017 | Arts

Many great writers are haunted by mediocre or pulpy works of fiction from their early years, and Walt Whitman is no exception. Thanks to his poetry, m...

What Happens When A President Doesn't Like To Read? We're Already Finding Out.

Houston Barber | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Houston Barber

Back what seems like years ago, when former President of the United States Barack Obama surprised Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he...

Artists Honor The Arabic Women Poets Who Used Erotica To Resist

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.14.2017 | Arts

For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What wil...

Teen's Passionate Poem Will Inspire Americans To 'Rise Up' Together

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 01.20.2017 | Black Voices

The country may seem divided right now, but one teen’s powerful poem may be the glue that inspires to us to stick together. It’s called “Rise Up...

A Vengeful Arch-Nemesis Taught You Fake News About Edgar Allan Poe

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 01.19.2017 | Arts

This is a true story about fabrications that improbably became common knowledge. The protagonist is a poet whose name you’ll recognize, but whose li...

Fake Inaugural Poem Is A Puzzling Ode To Trump’s ‘Purpose And Strength’

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.17.2017 | Arts

Donald Trump is having a tough time securing performers for his inauguration. Earlier this week, the Bruce Springsteen cover band slated to play an in...

Famous Writers Plan 'Literary Protest' On NY Public Library Steps

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.05.2017 | Arts

PEN America, an organization built around a desire to defend open expression in the U.S., is preparing a “literary protest” in the most likely of ...

Music and Magic: Katie Haverly and Ariana Brown at the Tucson Poetry Festival

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The final event of last weekend's Tucson Poetry Festival was a reading by five poets that was so deep that the folks who witnessed it probably woke up...

Corcoran, Kennefick and Miles: Sure Poets for Shaky Times

Robert Peake | Posted 01.28.2017 | Books
Robert Peake

Poetry bears both the opportunity and responsibility to take on taboo subjects like life, love, death, and politics without descending into the sound-bite conclusions of a social media status post. Yet some of its most hard-won insights can get buried under the modern avalanche of content.

How to Make Poetry Edible -- Plus, 5 Great Collections

L.L. Barkat | Posted 05.15.2016 | Books
L.L. Barkat

I hear this too often from those who have either been compelled to disassemble poems (in a class) or who are wishing they could enter into the world of poems, because something tells them it might just be worth it if they could stick around.

10 Terrific National Poetry Month Titles & Tools

L.L. Barkat | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

National Poetry Month is just a few weeks away. While you wait for the celebration to begin, you might want to get some great titles and tools onto your list (or your laptop).

10 Tantalizing Poetry Titles for Your Valentine

L.L. Barkat | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

Yes, Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but there is still time to treat your Love to one or more of these tantalizing poetry titles. And as any good lover knows, true love is made in more than a day, so these suggestions are nuanced enough to help you build your love all year long -- or get ready to find (and woo) a love in the future.

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...

Mi Madre

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Quassan Castro

You ride the silent subway from Spanish Harlem to the Bronx at 4 a.m. fists pound on the empty seat beside you face-hardened like a solider in combat lips locked tight

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.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Writing Prompts, Conversation Starters, and Good Screen Livin'

Jeb Harrison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Jeb Harrison

In today's screen culture where the written word in all its new and various forms has become a prevalent mode of communication, people are starting to realize that those that can write well are more likely to be heard.

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

Christopher Hennessy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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?"

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...

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.