Poetry News In Review
1912 – Brother William Oliver Antoninus Everson, poet, is born.
1917 – Franfo Fortini, poet, is born.
1935 – Mary Oliver, American poet, is born.
1994 – Amy Clampitt, American poet (Silence Opens), dies at 74.
Where the high-sloped mountain
Benches the sea,
When the faint rains of November
Damp down the duff,
Wakening their spores—
Gross, thick and compelling,
What I fear and desire
Pokes up its head.
Kashmiri Poet with German Links Deals Blow to Concert
A “New Poetry” Emerges from Syria's Civil War
The Release of Chinese Poet Shi Tao
David Yezzi's Work in Fluency, Grace and Agility | by Farisa Khalid
I first became familiar with David Yezzi when I stumbled across a poem of his in The Atlantic. That remarkable poem, “Orts”, is included in his newest collection, Birds of the Air. Read more at Pop Matters.
The Invention of Glass, Emmanuel Hocquard (Translated by Cole Swensen and Rod Smith) | by Karla Kelsey
Brodsky at Stanford | by Cynthia Haven
Is There a Future for Poetry? Grolier Says Yes | by Gabriella E. Borter
Drafts & Framents
5 Steps to Slam Poetry
Do you dream of writing slam poetry? In this three-minute TED-Ed lesson, slam poet and educator Gayle Danley shares “Five Steps to Slam Poetry,” illustrating how one writer crafts a slam poem. We’ve embedded an animated video with the lesson above. Over at the TED website, poetry fans can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. Read more at Media Bistro.
Poetry In The News
Poet Laid to Rest Under Shadow of Sycamore Trees
2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship Winners Announced
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced Harmony Holiday, Matthew Nienow, Hannah Sanghee Park, Natalie Shapero and Phillip B. Williams as the five recipients of the 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowships. Each winner received $15,000 in scholarships intended to encourage further study and writing of poetry. Read more at Publishers Weekly.
Nothing by Design by Mary Jo Salter
Slip by Cullen Bailey Burns
Flirt by Noah Blaustein
In this stunning first collection of poems, Noah Blaustein's narrators face the complexities that shape a life: adolescence, fatherhood, our responsibility for the lives of others, the exhilaration of romantic love, and memory. These anxious, frequently witty poems flirt with physical danger, with grief and happiness, and with mortality as a means to transcend the mundane in our day-to-day lives.
Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology edited by Paula Deitz
Marvelous Things Overheard: Poems by Ange Mlinko
Poet D.A. Powell on Sex and Metaphysics | by Stacey Mickelbart
Being Maxine Kumin | by Mike Pride
The Joys of Somali Poetry: The Beauteous Melancholy of Wasan Shire’s Poetry | by Dzekashu
Envoi: Editor's Notes
Lessons from the Past: Seamus Heaney
A couple of years ago, an American poet told me that he and his generation had rejected irony and artfulness, and were trying to write poems that would not yield much to the investigations of the practical criticism seminar. And another poet present agreed, yes, he was now looking at English poetry to decide which areas seemed most in need of renovation, and then he was going to provide experiments that would enliven these sluggish, provincial backwaters. As poets, both seemed to be infected with wrong habits of the mind. They had imbibed attitudes into their writing life which properly belonged to the lecturer and the anthologist: a concern with generations, with shifting fashions of style, a belief that their role was complementary and responsible to a demonstrable literary situation. For although at least one spirit of the age will probably be discernible in a poet's work, he should not turn his brain into a butterfly net in pursuit of it.
—from "Canticles to the Earth"