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Contemporary Poetry

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...

The Poetry of Women's Work

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 06.10.2013 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

What a better time than this, National Poetry Month, to enter another sort of discussion: the common space poems create for reflection -- on the challenges we face, the choices we make, and the invaluable importance of all women do.

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...

Ulterior Hands: The Poetry of Dean Young

Bobby Elliott | Posted 04.17.2013 | Books
Bobby Elliott

When people talk about Dean Young, they talk about how his poems are loved by a.) poets and b.) everyone else. I don't know if that's true, I haven't conducted a survey, but after reading Bender: New and Selected Poems, I hope that it is.

January 2013 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 03.29.2013 | 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...

5 British Poets to Watch in 2013

Robert Peake | Posted 01.03.2013 | Arts
Robert Peake

Stretching from London to Edinburgh, spanning theology and makeshift graffiti, my hope is that you will seek these poems out for your own sake, to bring a little transcontinental mischief and mirth to your reading in the year ahead.

December 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.20.2013 | 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...

Advent: Three Poems

Scott Cairns | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Just now the earth recalls His stunning visitation. Now / the earth and scattered habitants attend to what is possible: that He / of a morning entered this, our meagered circumstance, and so / relit the fuse igniting life in them, igniting life in all the dim / surround.

November 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Seth Abramson

Each month, this contemporary poetry review series selects between five and 10 collections published since 2000 to recommend to its readership.

First Poems

Bobby Elliott | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Bobby Elliott

There was the influence of the blues and of 20th century lyric poetry in those first poems, and his reading voice sounded a little bit (or maybe a lot) like Langston Hughes' -- the first poet I ever loved.

October 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

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

The Poetry That Matters Most: On Matthew Dickman's Mayakovsky's Revolver

Bobby Elliott | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Bobby Elliott

As much as I have loved poetry, I don't particularly like that it can be so opaque, and in Matthew Dickman's poems I believed there was a promising, alternate path for me to follow, forged by a poet I would be reading for the rest of my life.

Are Books Dead? Is Honey Boo Boo a Poet?

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

I recently came across a colorful cartoon featuring a cluster of school children with iPhones poking a hardbound novel with a stick as if it were a mysterious relic. I immediately thought: Is it true? Are books dead?

September 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 11.28.2012 | 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 collections are selected from a pool of more than a thousand books of supplied and already-held contemporary poetry.

August 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 10.29.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

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

July 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 09.19.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

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

June 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 08.30.2012 | 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 collections are selected from a pool of more than a thousand books of contemporary poetry.

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...

May 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

This month, the series focuses on just two collections: works of such extraordinary merit that they require a longer-than-usual treatment: Peter Gizzi's Threshold Songs and Dean Young's Bender: New and Selected Poems.

April 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.01.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

If there is something singularly grandiose, didactic, and even preposterous about A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon it must forgiven in light of the fact that its author believes all he writes

The Cultural Landscape Architects: Scott Zieher of ZieherSmith

Julie Chae | Posted 04.30.2012 | Arts
Julie Chae

As New York began to rebuild from September 11, 2001 and move into the 21st century, a new wave of younger people became successful art dealers. Scott Zieher and Andrea Smith helped lead the way.

March 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.23.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

There is an inimitable deftness of language in Jericho Brown's work; the level of torque and tension in these lines is enough to snap the neck of even the most jaded reader of contemporary poetry.

February 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Brigitte Byrd's cerebral prose poems are couched in an air of hyper-rationality that belies their visceral energy.