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  • On Craft & Canon

    On Craft & Canon

    I have a piece coming out in the Washington Post tomorrow, exploring the dilemma faced by teachers whose syllabi include authors now credibly accused of abusive or harassing behavior. The conversation began in a Facebook post. Funny coincidence: only…
    - 8 days ago, 14 May 18, 10:11am -
  • Golden Rule
    Yesterday, I went over to a friend's house. I arrived at 4 PM; I left six hours later. In between we drank wine, cooked four pounds of mussels, grilled vegetables, and traded poems. I was grateful for the sunshine, the gorgeous cherry tree flowering…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Apr 18, 2:44pm -
  • Heirloom (Old Poem / New Poem)

    Heirloom (Old Poem / New Poem)

    People sometimes ask how to know when a poem is "Done." I resist that term, actually; I think of poems as ideas and insights gathered to the consciousness of the poet. The text on the page (or as delivered live, in readings) is always just the best p…
    - 34 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 6:21am -
  • Subtweet to the Universe

    Subtweet to the Universe

    Dear ________ ,Let's say you set out to be a writer in the world. Along the way, you meet someone who is charismatic and perhaps has the power to help you. But the dynamic goes wrong. Maybe it's a matter of one conversation, one evening. Maybe it's…
    - 43 days ago, 9 Apr 18, 6:21pm -
  • A Ten-Year Glance Back

    A Ten-Year Glance Back

    Have you been trying to figure out how to keep going? I have. It is helpful to be honest about that, in this weird stretch: the optimism of our 2018 resolutions are wearing off and yet the weather, by and large, has not yet lifted our spirits. One o…
    - 51 days ago, 1 Apr 18, 4:33pm -
  • An Open Letter to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
    Dear Director Espinoza, Commissioners and DCCAH StaffIn the wake of the passing of our long tenured and highly respected Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick, many in the poetry and writing community have wondered about the process by which her successor w…
    - 67 days ago, 16 Mar 18, 10:22am -
  • Multitudes

    Multitudes

    Readers may have picked up on this before, but my inbox is my to-do list. I rarely have more that twelve emails in it at a time because, yes, I avoid the unlucky thirteen. If I agree to do something for you (or with you) that requires two or three to…
    - 82 days ago, 1 Mar 18, 8:16pm -
  • Evolution of a Valentine

    Evolution of a Valentine

    Today, a student walked into my office at Wichita State University and wanted to talk about sestinas. Yes, please! We got to this place from her interest in poems that channeled crime, noir, and sustained narrative, which had led me to suggest Jim an…
    - 97 days ago, 14 Feb 18, 5:08pm -
  • Traveling

    Traveling

    I woke up at 3:41 AM and haven't been able to fall back asleep. And I'm thrilled about that. Because I woke up from a dream of writing, and that means writing is nigh.My creative instincts go dormant in times of high stress. So do my social media ins…
    - 4 Feb 18, 8:12am -
  • My Life in Boxes

    My Life in Boxes

    This is my apartment, or rather, this is the remains of an apartment being readied for a move. I flew home from teaching in Tampa today. The truck arrives on Wednesday. I leave for a monthlong stint at Wichita State University next week. I have a kna…
    - 13 Jan 18, 11:00pm -

Magma Poetry

    PBS: Poetry

    Poetry 24

    • Untitled

      At last! Poetry24 is open once again, and eager to receive your news-related poems.The site now has a new address and a slightly different look.Click the image below Send your submissions to poetry24ed@gmail.com
      - 9 Aug 17, 3:44am -

    Poetry Foundation

    Poetry Magazine

    • Talk to the Undertaker

      Talk to the Undertaker

      Read this poemby D. A. Powell from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • From “R E D”

      From “R E D”

      Read this poemby Chase Berggrun from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • From "We Build a City"

      From "We Build a City"

      Read this poemby Kinga Tóth from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • Testament Scratched into a Water Station Barrel (Partial Translation)

      Testament Scratched into a Water Station Barrel (Partial Translation)

      Read this poemby Eduardo C. Corral from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • Lilac

      Lilac

      Read this poemby Matthew Dickman from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • Testament Scratched into a Water Station Barrel

      Testament Scratched into a Water Station Barrel

      Read this poemby Eduardo C. Corral from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • On Poetry and Uncertain Subjects

      On Poetry and Uncertain Subjects

      Read this letterby Jack Underwood from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • I Move through London Like a Hotep

      I Move through London Like a Hotep

      Read this poemby Raymond Antrobus from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • Bluebells

      Bluebells

      Read this poemby Matthew Dickman from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    • Fish & Chips

      Fish & Chips

      Read this poemby Bernadette Mayer from the May 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 22 days ago, 1 May 18, 1:00am -
    Recipe Test Nest
    Recipe Test Nest
    Recipe Test Nest
    Recipe Test Nest

    The Best American Poetry

    • Application File (Conclusion; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Application File (Conclusion; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four December 19 It is to our great chagrin that we will not be able to offer you a position, as our operations will be shut down immediately following completion of our open correspondence. There is widespread disag…
      - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 10:00am -
    • Application File (Part Four; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Application File (Part Four; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Part One Part Two Part Three October 26 We have finally received completed reports from all those who attended your interview. (It is a good sign that we could barely pry people away from their computers.) We will now disperse into the field. Novembe…
      - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 7:40pm -
    • AGENDA MAY, JUNE, JULY [by Tracy Danison]

      AGENDA MAY, JUNE, JULY [by Tracy Danison]

      “What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy. There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it one of the first refinements of polished society.” “Certainly, Sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst t…
      - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 1:39pm -
    • Mother's Day [by Terence Winch]

      Mother's Day  [by Terence Winch]

      Mother’s Day My mother did not live to be a hundred like the old nuns in the Sacred Heart convent, sheltered from life. She was fifty-five when she died. I was the baby of the family. It does not seem so long ago to me that I snuck into bed between…
      - 3 days ago, 19 May 18, 11:53am -
    • "The Greatest Commencement Speech" [by David Lehman]

      "The Greatest Commencement Speech" [by David Lehman]

      There are no words for the greatest commencement speech which is devoid of words but is the perfect blend of melodies, alma mater themes and drinking songs, that Brahms put together in his "Academic Festival Overture" conducted by the peerless Leonar…
      - 3 days ago, 19 May 18, 11:52am -
    • Application File (Part Three; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Application File (Part Three; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Part One Part Two September 17 Thank you for your interest in our company. Unfortunately, we do not have any appropriate openings at the present time. We shall endeavor to contact you should that situation change. September 23 Please disregard the pr…
      - 3 days ago, 19 May 18, 10:00am -
    • David Lehman and Kevin Young discuss John Ashbery's "Worsening Situation" for "The New Yorker"

      David Lehman and Kevin Young discuss John Ashbery's "Worsening Situation" for "The New Yorker"

      In this New Yorker podcast, David Lehman joins New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young to read and discuss John Ashbery’s poem “Worsening Situation” and his own poem “Stages on Life’s Way" To prep for the interview, David (pictured left in thi…
      - 4 days ago, 18 May 18, 8:09pm -
    • Freud Quiz: Bonus Round #2 [by David Lehman]

      Freud Quiz: Bonus Round #2 [by David Lehman]

      Freud was seen leaving the theater after a showing of Terence Malick's new movie "The Tree of Life." Our intrepid reporter caught up with the great man and what do you think happened? (1) Freud introduced the reporter and his significant other to Jea…
      - 4 days ago, 18 May 18, 6:08pm -
    • Application File (Part Two; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Application File (Part Two; continued from yesterday) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Part One September 5 We are in need of additional supporting materials. You should be assured that our request reflects our voracious appetite for reading about you. Now that we are again at full-strength, we lack enough of you to go around, and seve…
      - 4 days ago, 18 May 18, 11:00am -
    • Application File (Part One) [by Alan Ziegler]

      Application File (Part One) [by Alan Ziegler]

      May 3 Your application has been received but not yet acknowledged. This response should not be inferred as being anything other than what it says. May 11 We are pleased to acknowledge your application. We will now set out to get a clear sense of who…
      - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 2:31pm -

    Tuesday Poem

    • And I know now what I didn't know then by the Tuesday Poets

      And I know now what I didn't know then by the Tuesday Poets

      Sonow you are privy toa thousand thousand things.        Jennifer ComptonThe geology of the region, the path rain takes underthe earth, the black areas of nitrate.        Sarah Jane BarnettThere are places yet to findwhere the teet…
      - 14 Dec 15, 3:48pm -
    • Morte D’Arthur (Partial) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

      Morte D’Arthur (Partial) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

      .So all day long the noise of battle roll’dAmong the mountains by the winter sea;Until King Arthur’s table, man by man,Had fallen in Lyonnesse about their Lord,King Arthur: then, because his wound was deep,The bold Sir Bedivere uplift…
      - 14 Dec 15, 6:10am -
    • Ring of Fire by Mary Eliza Crane

      Ring of Fire by Mary Eliza Crane

      At the wane of a long seasonof heat filled yellow sky,fire consumes mountain forestsinfested, decimated by bark beetlesfeasting in their own changing world.I swim deliciously in a warmer riverwithout current, cringing at banksso barren I could…
      - 14 Dec 15, 6:10am -
    • Ngawhatu by Maggie Rainey-Smith

      Ngawhatu by Maggie Rainey-Smith

      Onthe Richmond bus to Nelson passing Polstead Roadyouonly had to say it, and everyone knew, unspokenwealmost dared not look, it stirred such potent thoughtscausedlaughter, mocking, and a deeply seated superstitioninnuendoout the window,…
      - 23 Nov 15, 4:26pm -
    • Abdullah, The Servant of God – by Wade Bishop

      Abdullah, The Servant of God – by Wade Bishop

      <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-NZ X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->He wa…
      - 16 Nov 15, 6:01am -
    • That girl, by Heidi North-Bailey

      That girl, by Heidi North-Bailey

      She rides side-saddle into her own cliché her heart is pumping smokeboots heavy with things unsaidsunset flecked with mudshe’s breathing fireflames curl from her lipsslow-dancing lovers with cigarette smilesslink and hipsturn on the cl…
      - 9 Nov 15, 1:17pm -
    • Like a Reed Boat by William S. Rea

      Like a Reed Boat by William S. Rea

      Like a reed boatthat slipped its mooring Set drifting onthe current Or the heaping upof ripened grain In the time ofharvestHe was farewelledGone, in thefullness of his time But that finalslipping away Still came likesomething un…
      - 2 Nov 15, 1:52pm -
    • Excerpt from 'Glaciers' by Sarah Jane Barnett

      Excerpt from 'Glaciers' by Sarah Jane Barnett

      She notes down the time, opens the aquifer sampletaken from a farm west of Hastings, a saturated and fertile zoneof nested multilevel wells. She poursit into the debubbler. The team used a direct pushdrill, the cleanest way to sample intens…
      - 26 Oct 15, 5:54pm -
    • Wild Daisies by Bub Bridger

      Wild Daisies by Bub Bridger

      If you love meBring me flowersWild daisiesClutched in your fistLike a torchNo orchids or rosesOr carnationsNo florist's bowJust daisiesSteal themRisk your life for themUp the sharp hillsIn the teeth of the windIf you love meBring me dai…
      - 19 Oct 15, 7:30am -
    • Yawn by Sarah Rice

      Yawn by Sarah Rice

      Funny how a yawn travels through a rooma pied piper gathering all the ratsIn that instant we all draw from thesame sourcea great swallowed gasp shoved into our lungslike socks stuffed in a bagand thelong outward sighThat we try to hid…
      - 13 Oct 15, 11:42pm -

    Poetry & Blindfolds

    • Something To Fall Back On

      Something To Fall Back On

      “You can do your act-y thing as much as you want, but always have something to fall back on.” I cannot quite remember which wise, shadowy, looming and spirit-broken role model intoned this to me when I was a child. … Continue reading →
      - 43 days ago, 9 Apr 18, 9:24am -
    • Stupid God Damn Bird

      Stupid God Damn Bird

      Hey. You. Bird. Yes, you. The little baby robin who let me walk right up to him and take his picture, close-up. Yes, you. I’ll call you Louie. Hey, Louie. You’re one stupid fuck. Look at you. What the hell are … Continue reading →
      - 23 Jun 17, 9:03pm -
    • “Help!” she cried.

      “Help!” she cried.

      While waiting at the Western Avenue Blue Line stop en route to yet another film set, idling my time with yet another round of Ruzzle on yet another smartphone, my attention was drawn by some distant caterwauling: a couple fighting … Continue readin…
      - 23 Apr 17, 10:39pm -
    • Love Trumps Hate & Action Trumps Trump: A Collection of Resources

      Love Trumps Hate & Action Trumps Trump: A Collection of Resources

      A short collection of sites dedicated to pushing back against the more alarming actions taken by the Trump Administration. Continue reading →
      - 1 Feb 17, 11:27am -
    • Excerpt From an Unwritten Autobiography: First Move

      Excerpt From an Unwritten Autobiography: First Move

      The picture here is of the house that I grew up in, in the sleepy Mayberry-esque hamlet of Morris, Illinois, some seventy miles southwest and some twenty years behind Chicago. Of Morris, some short remarks can be made to illustrate the … Continue…
      - 31 Jan 17, 7:04pm -
    MyPopMuse

    About PopMuse

    A curated aggregation of musings from across the land and of different subject matters for the scanoholics.