Poetry News In Review
1863 – Alfred Victor Comte de Vigny, poet, dies.
1916 – Ove J Abildgaard, Danish poet (Uglegylp), is born.
1922 – Agostinho Neto, poet/president Angola [or Dec 27], is born.
1938 – Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901), dies.
Ex-Pinochet Lieutenant Living Quietly in Florida Faces Civil Lawsuit from Family of Chilean Poet
7,000 Students In Mexico Read Poem Together
Historic Poem Found in Belfry of Northampton Church
Reading Seamus Heaney
Mass Poetry Roundup
The Rose of January
The Biscuit Joint: Poems
Poetry Isn't as Useless as a Lot of Poets Say It Is
‘Now I’m a Real Boy!’ A Very Long Piece about the Poetry Plagiarism Scandals
Drafts & Framents
Ozymandias of Amarillo: A Texan Take on Shelley's Poem, Featuring Tube Socks
Poetry In The News
Poet Philip Levine Wins $100,000 Prize
One of the country's most honored poets, Philip Levine, has received a $100,000 lifetime achievement prize. The American Academy of Poets announced Thursday that Levine, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, has been given the Wallace Stevens Award. Read more at the Post Bulletin.
Poet Uses Defense of “Collage Poetry' after Recycling Plath Lines
Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years edited by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, and Allan Burns
The Accounts by Katie Peterson
“Katie Peterson’s impressive poems belong to the school of omission and inference. ‘I didn’t come here to make speeches,’ she says in her poem ‘Earth,’ yet the poems in The Accounts fill you with wonder at what is not being said so skillfully. ‘Pockets of silence,’ they are called, and they contain precise measurements of feeling and thought. In their quiet complexity, Peterson’s accounts involve and entrap the reader in serious conversation.”—Tony Hoagland
Viral by Suzanne Parker
[Paperback] Alice James Books, 80 pp., $15.95
“One boy leaps from a bridge into a river, and the ripples from his fall ring out to encompass a nation. All that remains unspoken in the reportage—the sorrow and compassion and anger—is given eloquent voice as Suzanne Parker documents another tragedy that challenges our political experiment. Grief-stricken and abiding, Viral addresses our ongoing struggle for democracy.” —Michael Water
The Cloud that Contained the Lightning by Cynthia Lowen
The Lame God by M. B. McLatchey
[Hardcover] Utah State University Press, 80 pp., $19.95
In The Lame God, author M. B. McLatchey reminds us of the inevitable bond between art and empathy. With a controlled language that finds its echo chamber in the immortal themes and characters of classical literature, this courageous work accompanies the author on her journey through a parent’s anguish in the face of a horrific crime. Using the art of poetry she gives voice to a suffering—and a love—that might otherwise go unheard.