Poetry News In Review
1651 – Juana Ines de La Cruz, Mexico, poet/nun/feminist (Primero Sueno), is born.
1656 – English poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock.
1757 – Colley Cibber, English poet (b. 1671), dies.
1911 – William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, is born.
1944 – Johan van Doorn, [Johnny the Selfkicker], Dutch poet (War & Porridge), is born.
1997 – William Matthews, poet, dies at 55.
40 Years On, No Foul Play Found in Chilean Poet’s Death
Court Finds Poet Guilty of Defaming President Park
Nothing By Design by Mary Jo Salter
Selected Poems by Robert Graves
A Tree Grows in LA: 'Urban' Meets Pastoral In 366 Short Poems
Hello, the Roses by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
“Like A Muscle Under Tension Too Long”
Secret Agents of Sense
Squeezing the Universe into a Ball: Poetry and Meaning
W.H. Auden and Ecopoetics
Drafts & Framents
Suddenly, poetry is hot. “Aimless Love,” a collection of new and selected poems by Billy Collins, climbs to No. 12 in its second week on the hardcover fiction list — higher than novels by John Sandford and James Patterson! — while Mary Oliver’s “Dog Songs” is still bouncing around the extended list after making its debut a few weeks ago at No. 5. Read more at the New York Times.
Poetry In The News
Discovery At Frost Place
“The House We Live In”: Elizabeth Bishop on the Big Screen
The Empty Air: New Poems 2006-2012 by Tony Connor
Tony Connor’s tenth collection is framed by military encounters. In the first poem a young man grapples with a malfunctioning machine-gun, while the author grapples with the poem he is making from this event, memory or fantasy. In the surrealistic sequence that ends the book, a strange army invades a country collapsing into societal and semantic dissolution. Connor’s abiding preoccupations continue into his eighties: his own life and the lives around him, passing time and its traps, poetry and its transfiguration of the commonplace. His new poems mix fantasy and reality in unexpected ways, always with the unobtrusive hand of a skilled craftsman.
Jade Mirror: Women Poets of China edited by Michael Farman
This anthology spans twenty-five hundred years of writing by women. These are voices that were most often left out of the official anthologies and represent a hidden tradition that deserves a wider audience.
New and Selected Poems by David Lehman
Drawing from a wealth of material produced over the course of more than forty years, David Lehman’s New and Selected Poems displays the remarkable range of his poetic genius. A gathering of stunning new poems, prose poems, and translations from modern French masters ushers in the book. Selections from each of Lehman’s seven full-length books of poetry follow and are capped off by a coda of important early and previously uncollected works. Lehman writes poems that captivate as they stimulate thought, poems that capture the romance, irony, and pathos of love, and poems that are lyrical and lovely in unexpected, sometimes even comic ways. This is David Lehman at his best.
Out Loud by Peter B. Hyland
"Peter Hyland's poems are both elegantly wrought and meditatively wild. They testify to an original, restless intelligence. He can cast his imagination into a woman's dress, the mind of a grasshopper, or into the glass eyeballs of a buffalo head mounted on the wall of a home in suburban Texas to contemplate 'man's tireless ingenuity.'" --Tony Hoagland
Scratching the Ghost: Poems by Dexter L. Booth
“In Dexter Booth’s Scratching the Ghost, a cracked egg means the universe is splitting, the slap of a double-dutch rope is a broken-throated hymn, and splitting a squealing hog is akin to lovemaking. These are poems loyal to their own intrepid logic and reckless plausibility. Yet, lest the reader get too giddy in a fun house of mirrors, here, too, are the melodic laments and remarkable lyric passages of a poet who acknowledges the infinite current of melancholy that underlines his journey.” —Major Jackson
Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen
Alternative Medicine by Rafael Campo
Doing Wicked Things
Poetry Profiles: Graywolf Press
Envoi: Editor's Notes
"You Have to be a Poet to Write a Good Children’s Book"
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