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  • Writing

    Writing

    I wrote a book this past week. Okay, to be precise, I finished it--what felt like a somewhat Herculean act of confronting every "TK" page in the collection (is it weird that I can sense, rhythmically, where poems will need to land? perhaps that is an…
    - 9 days ago, 6 Aug 18, 6:49am -
  • "I just really all the time want to be rearranged" ~ Allison Titus

    "I just really all the time want to be rearranged" ~ Allison Titus

    Last Wednesday, after teaching my TWC workshop at the Hill Center--a wonderful group of eleven students, sacrificing a bit of their summer for six sessions of poetry--I looked at the round-up of links I had for a blog post, and thought, "I'll just wr…
    - 19 days ago, 27 Jul 18, 11:11am -
  • June

    June

    *blinks in bright light of day**waves*I did a lot in June, just not here. I've begun working with PEN / Faulkner to visit local high schools and teach the personal essay. On June 5, I went to KIPP DC College Preparatory to visit three classes. They…
    - 39 days ago, 7 Jul 18, 11:51am -
  • 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…
    - 93 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 1 Mar 18, 8:16pm -

Magma Poetry

    PBS: Poetry

    Poetry 24

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      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

    • Lakes Rivers Streams

      Lakes Rivers Streams

      Read this poemby Michael Dickman from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • Mansplaining

      Mansplaining

      Read this poemby Jennifer Militello from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • Sinkholes

      Sinkholes

      Read this poemby Joyce Carol Oates from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • Twelve

      Twelve

      Read this poemby Lynn Melnick from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • Matters of the Father

      Matters of the Father

      Read this poemby Robin Richardson from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • The Stranger in Her Feminine Sign

      The Stranger in Her Feminine Sign

      Read this poemby Dunya Mikhail from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • Concerning the Necropolitical Landscape

      Concerning the Necropolitical Landscape

      Read this poemby Christopher Soto from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • Tablets IV

      Tablets IV

      Read this poemby Dunya Mikhail from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • From “To Float in the Space Between”

      From “To Float in the Space Between”

      Read this letterby Terrance Hayes from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    • Idée Fixe

      Idée Fixe

      Read this poemby Catherine Barnett from the July/August 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 44 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 1:00am -
    Janine Just, Inc.
    Janine Just, Inc.
    Janine Just, Inc.
    Janine Just, Inc.

    The Best American Poetry

    • Beethoven Bites Off the End of a Bottle - Daniel Brown

      Beethoven Bites Off the End of a Bottle - Daniel Brown

      Beethoven was facing an especially tough compositional problem. He’d just brought off one of the most singular coups in music. The problem was how to repeat it. A little context: The third movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is that mischievous…
      - 2 days ago, 12 Aug 18, 11:59pm -
    • Daniel Brown, Guest Author August 13-17

      Daniel Brown, Guest Author August 13-17

      This week we welcome Daniel Brown as our guest author. Daniel’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Raritan, PN Review, Parnassus, and other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 and The Swallow Anthology of New American P…
      - 2 days ago, 12 Aug 18, 5:36pm -
    • Summer Reading: Jeanne McCulloch's Debut Memoir "All Happy Families" [by Stacey Lehman]

      Summer Reading: Jeanne McCulloch's Debut Memoir "All Happy Families" [by Stacey Lehman]

      Two days before Jeanne McCulloch was to marry, her father John suffered a massive stroke and lay in a coma from which he would not emerge. Patricia McCulloch, Jeanne's formidable mother, insisted that the celebration proceed at the family's beachfron…
      - 4 days ago, 11 Aug 18, 4:08pm -
    • A Tarot Reading for David Lehman [by Benebell Wen]

      A Tarot Reading for David Lehman [by Benebell Wen]

      On January 30, the eve of a New Moon, housed in Aquarius, I read tarot for Best American Poetry’s very own David Lehman. The King of Swords was selected for his signifier card. In tarot, a signifier card anchors the deck around a singular energetic…
      - 5 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 8:08pm -
    • Liszt, Grant, Dostoevsky -- 1/3 (By Mitch Sisskind)

      Liszt, Grant, Dostoevsky -- 1/3  (By Mitch Sisskind)

      Liszt You’re buying a can of tuna fish As you’ve done so many times Over the years but this is today, This is the exact can of tuna fish You’re buying now, it’s different From all other cans on the shelf, This is the Chicken of the Sea Light…
      - 5 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 6:04pm -
    • Next Line, Please: How to Cheat [by Virginia Valenzuela]

      Next Line, Please: How to Cheat [by Virginia Valenzuela]

      Last week on Next Line, Please, the masterful David Lehman gave us a prompt in which we were tasked with writing two lines of a poem every day, and then putting them all together on the 7th day. We were allowed to rephrase, rewrite, repeat, and repos…
      - 6 days ago, 8 Aug 18, 11:22pm -
    • Fischer vs Spassky, Game 10 (1972)

      Fischer vs Spassky, Game 10 (1972)

      Bobby Fischer's great endgame        Related StoriesWill Erin Reagan Date Again? [by Walter Carey] 
      - 9 days ago, 6 Aug 18, 4:22pm -
    • Noir Cool [by Suzanne Lummis]

      Noir Cool [by Suzanne Lummis]

              Related Stories"Ives" [poem by Mandy Kahn, video by Mike Gioia] 
      - 10 days ago, 5 Aug 18, 4:33pm -
    • Will Erin Reagan Date Again? [by Walter Carey]

      Will Erin Reagan Date Again?  [by Walter  Carey]

      Editor's Note: It has been nearly a year since the producers of Blue Bloods, CBS's Friday night hit show, decided to kill Linda Reagan in a helicopter accident off-screen. The series centers on the Reagan family, who live on Staten Island, say grace…
      - 11 days ago, 4 Aug 18, 3:59pm -
    • Fifty Years Ago Today [by David Lehman]

      Fifty Years Ago Today [by David Lehman]

      If every day is the anniversary of something stupid, or evil, or just a big downer, like the day the Surgeon General declared that cigarettes were bad for you fifty years ago, then each day is an opportunity for a documentary about who killed Kennedy…
      - 11 days ago, 3 Aug 18, 10:50pm -

    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

    • “Nick: A Short Film”: A Short Blog

      “Nick: A Short Film”: A Short Blog

      Spoilers ahead. Plus, the picture here is a spoiler, so there’s that. “Nick” is a short film I put together in mid-April 2018. The concept – that of a realtor using an in-home hostage as an amenity to sell a … Continue reading →
      - 78 days ago, 29 May 18, 11:14am -
    • 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 →
      - 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 -
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    About PopMuse

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