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Contemporary Poetry

January 2012 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 03.21.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Equal parts allegorical, rhetorical, and anecdotal, Yes, Master is -- the cover art compels a sports metaphor -- not a touchdown. It's not a touchdown because it's far more than that.

December 2011 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.18.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Under Virga, Joe Amato (Chax Press, 2006). This glorious mess is an exhausting but also exhilarating archive of language and metalanguage.

November 2011 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Seth Abramson

Those of us who've long been enamored with Rae Armantrout should do better at letting others in on the secret: This poet is the sort of Master whose poetics can inform, instruct, and inspire an entire generation of writers.

October 2011 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

The aim of this ongoing review series is to highlight superlative books of poetry from the last 10 years. Each entry offers an unranked, non-exhaustive list of such collections comprised of brief descriptions of each text and an excerpt.

September 2011 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

Seth Abramson | Posted 11.13.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

These are simply books which achieve excellence in some manner or another, and which consequently (in the view of this author) deserve a wider audience.

Poetry Book Contests Should be Abolished: Why Contests Are the Stupidest Way to Publish First Books

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Poetry contests are about the only remaining way to publish a first poetry book. And that's one way poetry is being killed in this country, reduced to consensus-by-committee, stripped of individual vision.

Lemony Snicket Loves Contemporary Poetry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In the January issue of Poetry Magazine (which does not yet seem to be posted online, but which has already arrived in the mailboxes of print subscrib...

Wimbledon Crowns a Poet

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

In a strange marriage of poetry and sports, Wimbledon has appointed a "Championships Poet" to help celebrate the world's most prestigious tennis event.

This is Your Brain on Poetry

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

Memory has generated great poems from Simonides, famous for eulogizing ancient Greek nobility, to Coleridge, to the contemporary poets writing an "experiment in collective autobiography," The Grand Piano.