Poetry News In Review
1836 – Karel Hynek Mácha, Czech poet (b. 1810), dies.
1884 – James Elroy Flecker, English poet/dramatist (Hassan), is born.
To gaze upon your countenance,
But I shall huddle in my chair,
Turn to the fire my fireless glance,
And listen, while that slow and grave
Immutable sweet voice of yours
Rises and falls, as falls a wave
In summer on forgotten shores.
Poetry Graduate Student Wins National Translation Prize
When graduate student Miller Oberman heard that he had won Poetry magazine’s John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize for Translation – whose past winners include Pulitzer Prize-winners and National Book Award-winners – for his translation of an Old English rune poem, he was incredulous. “At first I though it was some sort of mistake,” says Oberman, a third-year Ph.D student in the Department of English. “But it also solidified something for me. Some people have asked, ‘Why are you doing this? You study contemporary poetry.’ This language is one ancestor of our language, and it can still speak to us.”Read more at UConn Today.
Qatar: A Poet Sits in a Desert Cell for Reciting his Work at Home
Remembering Tato Laviera, Nuyorican Poet and Author
Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin: The Double Act
The Book of Twenty Million Pages: Leopardi and the “Zibaldone”
Martin Rock’s Dear Mark
For the Greek Spring by Kelvin Corcoran – Review
Platt du Jour: Two Poets, One Chevelle
Beyond The Like Factory & The Hatchet: Rethinking Poetry Reviewing
NBCC Reads: Sandra Gilbert Picks Ruth Stone
Visiting Writers' Houses: Who's at Home?
The news that a three-bedroom "colonial" property in Cleveland, Ohio, has been put up for sale would not usually make a newspaper headline, but when it is the teenage home of poet and writer Langston Hughes, it suddenly becomes interesting. Read more at The Guardian.
Drafts & Framents
The War Poets Revisited: A Modern-Day Response to 1914
The Poetry Foundation Would Like to Help More
Not My Job: Poet Billy Collins Takes A Quiz About Phil Collins
Poetry In The News
In Whitman’s Backyard, a Salute to Poetry
Enigmatic Dickinson Revealed Online
Teen Kicked Off Football Team, and Suspended Over Poem
Sailing through Cassiopeia by Dan Gerber
Hum by Jamaal May
In May's debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next.
Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap, translated by Martha Collins
Simultaneously occupying past, present, and future, Black Stars escapes the confines of time and space, suffusing image with memory, abstraction with meaning, and darkness with abundant light. In these masterful translations, the poems sing out with the kind of wisdom that comes to those who have lived through war, traveled far, and seen a great deal. While the past may evoke village life and the present a postmodern urban world, the poems often exhibit a dual consciousness that allows the poet to reside in both at once. From the universe to the self, we see Lap’s landscapes grow wider before they focus: black stars receding to dark stairways, infinity giving way to now. Lap’s universe is boundless, yes, but also “just big enough / To have four directions / With just enough wind, rain, and trouble to last.”
What Euclid's Third Axiom Neglects To Mention About Circles by Carolyn Moore
"Carolyn Moore is a poet whose lyrics, meditations, and elegies use language from geology, botany, and mathematics to explore the human condition. She uses the conventions of contemporary poetry with confidence, but much of the lyricism comes from a vocabulary from scientific categories that is not often used. However, these poems share a deep faith in the power of poetry to connect a life in science, the complexities of family, recognition of desire and suffering to a passion for words."—Patricia Spears Jones
Collected Poems by Ron Padgett
Gathering the work of more than fifty years, Ron Padgett's Collected Poems is the record of one of the most dynamic careers in twentieth-century American poetry. Padgett's poems reverberate with his reading and friendships, from Andrew Marvell to Woody Guthrie and Kenneth Koch. Wry, insightful, and direct, they offer readers the rewards of his endless curiosity and generous spirit.
The Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri, translated by Kazim Ali
The Oasis of Now is the first U.S. book publication of the works of Sohrab Sepehri (1928–1980), one of the major Iranian poets of the twentieth century. Well-versed in Buddhism, mysticism, and Western traditions, Sepehri mingled Western concepts with Eastern ones, creating a poetry unsurpassed in the history of Persian literature. In Iran, his Persian verses are often recited in public gatherings and lines from them were used as slogans by the protesters in 2009. This first full-length American volume collects poems from three of Sepehri's most important books, including the highly acclaimed Water's Footfall.
There's a Box in the Garage You Can Beat With a Stick by Michael Teig
Poetry Profiles: Copper Canyon Press
Poet Christian Wiman
"I Feel A Bit Like A Spy": A Q&A With Poet David Lehman