Monthly Archives: March 2011

BREACH BIRTH Is Here!

John’s chapbook Breach Birth is now available from Propaganda Press. It marks his return to writing in 2009 after an eighteen-year hiatus, sliding into his new role as a poet after his previous self-image ruptured — after job security faded, … Continue reading

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On “Honeymoon Suite in Honolulu” (#49)

We had written nine poems. Actually, we may have written eight. We may have written “Honeymoon Suite in Honolulu” concurrently with “A Lone Star Stomachache.” But the process was different. Rather than writing start to finish, we wrote lines out … Continue reading

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Manhattan Ridge

Robert Pinsky, one of America’s best-known poets, goes to bat for Lola Ridge, who has slipped into obscurity over the last one hundred years. Ridge was an early Modernist, a Marxist, an anarchist, and a feminist. She was born in … Continue reading

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Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Poetry

Someday, all of America may identify itself with these four icons. For now, the conflation begins with the first and last items in the Bay Area and Scottsdale, Arizona, with a poetry collection about the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World … Continue reading

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Poets Laureate Not-So-News

We have already posted about a proposed anthology collecting all of the current state poets laureate. What we didn’t know but should have, and now we do, so thank you, Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune, is that last year, W.W. Norton and … Continue reading

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Poetry Catastrophe Poetry

In the article “The Poetry of Catastrophe” in The New York Times, Sam Tanenhaus notes the rich lineage of disasters set forth in literature. He observes that poetry, particularly non-narrative poetry, defies logic, order and sense, and thus is well-suited … Continue reading

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How to Read a Poem

Poet Edward Hirsch wrote a brief piece for New Age in the late 1990s, called “How to Read a Poem.” The Utne Reader has now reprinted it, so that a new crop of people can gain insight into unspooling an … Continue reading

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