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Wallace Stevens

The Irresistible Music of Wallace Stevens

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 11.28.2014 | Books
Mohammed Fairouz

My fifteenth song cycle, Domination of Darkness, is also one of my strangest works. For this piece I chose to revisit an old poetic friend, Wallace Stevens, and set five of his early poems to music.

A Mother's Advice to Her Graduating Son

Amy Roost | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Amy Roost

I received a text from my son in the middle of the night. It read, "I love you." My first thought was to text back: "Are you okay?!" And then I remembered. He's on mile 26 of a marathon.

Prisms of Possibility

Tamsin Smith | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

One can look at the dance between hard facts and daring fancies as the locomotive of great art -- and of great science. Knit together, the common and the impossible make a web of sense, which creates a fresh universe by adding us to it.

Baghdad Valentine

Tamsin Smith | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Tamsin Smith

What greater love exists than that? Don't throw away your chocolates and your rose bouquets, but also take a moment to spread wide your embracing arms to the soul mates who see the things you yearn for and feel the amazement that is true freedom.

2013 Ways of Looking

Tamsin Smith | Posted 03.17.2013 | Books
Tamsin Smith

Pardon the interruption, but my phone has just rung. My friend Michael asked what I was doing. The response: "writing." "About what?" said he. "Don't know yet," said she, "I just throw down twigs and keep weaving until a nest appears."

On Peter Covino's 'The Right Place to Jump'

Bobby Elliott | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Bobby Elliott

I think the kind of poems Peter Covino writes more often than any other are good poems. This was the case in Cut Off the Ears of Winter and it is again in The Right Place to Jump.

A Conversation With Award-Winning Poet Matthew Zapruder

Dean Rader | Posted 10.01.2011 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

Matthew Zapruder is one of the Bay Area's most interesting poets. He and I recently had an interesting conversation about poetry, poetic craft, and the reader.

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).

Literary Late Bloomers: Great Authors Who Took A Little Longer To Get Started (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Not everyone can be a literary prodigy. There are plenty of authors who didn't reach publishing success until mid-life, or later. There's a fantastic...

Literary Fisticuffs! Flying Fists And Zinging Words: Nobody Fights Like An Angry Writer (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stereotypically, artists are stormy, temperamental, and moody. These literary figures feed the stereotype with their classic feuds. We asked readers...

'Project Runway' And Poetry

The Poetry Foundation | Stephen Burt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stephen Burt The Poetry Foundation If you follow contemporary poetry but you haven't been following "Project Runway," the popular cable TV show now i...

A Poet's Christmas List

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

David Starkey of the Santa Barbara Independent listed ten poetry books he finds fit for giving this season. The new Wallace Stevens collection stands out for me.