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  • Talking About "Good Bones"

    Talking About "Good Bones"

    As any poet who has experience this will tell you, having a poem catch on--to go viral, to be replicated and shared even among those who don't usually consider themselves to be readers of poetry--is a strange feeling. For Maggie Smith, it's fair to s…
    - 64 days ago, 23 May 17, 12:57pm -
  • From the Hermitage Artist Retreat

    From the Hermitage Artist Retreat

    I am on my penultimate day of five weeks at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota Key. The house that is the heart of the Hermitage space is over a century old; if you stand in the right spot you can see the Gulf out of one window, and the bay ou…
    - 3 Apr 17, 10:56am -
  • On Advocacy & Disability in the Creative Writing Community

    On Advocacy & Disability in the Creative Writing Community

    I don't usually bother checking the stats for this blog, but I was curious about my last post, which was shared among the community of those who attended the recent AWP Conference, predominantly writers and teachers of creative writing. 3,500+ views!…
    - 14 Feb 17, 10:16am -
  • So (If) You're Going to AWP

    So (If) You're Going to AWP

    You registered. You bought the plane ticket. You packed the bag (nope, just kidding, you still need to do the laundry before you can pack the bag). You paired up with the writer you hope you still like after four days of sharing a hotel room.Or: May…
    - 8 Feb 17, 5:30am -
  • Cultivating Space in 2017

    Cultivating Space in 2017

    Our apartment has gotten messy over this past year. The mess is for all the right reasons. The cat's perching corner is crowded with holiday cards from our friends and family. My husband has gotten music and more music. I've gotten books and more bo…
    - 31 Dec 16, 4:08pm -
  • Brand-new Paperback and...Videopoems!

    Brand-new Paperback and...Videopoems!

    As a teenager, I played SimCity. Obsessively. I went to a high school for science and technology. I used to look for any excuse to design a flyer; I built my own website (and have rebuilt it three times over). In other words, there is a part of me th…
    - 6 Dec 16, 8:25am -
  • Variations on Self-Care

    Variations on Self-Care

    When I saw the advertisement for a "soup subscription," I thought Yes! Soup. This is the right time of year for that. After the elections, a local poet-friend sent a note to all in which our need to gather, vex, and rally was entirely summed up in…
    - 29 Nov 16, 3:03pm -
  • A Tale of Two Octobers

    A Tale of Two Octobers

    "I usually love October," I said, "but this one is really kicking my ass." She laughed. "...And it's only the first week of October, right?"Oh, man. She was right. This is a tale of two Octobers. There is an awesome version of this October. I am th…
    - 26 Oct 16, 12:03pm -
  • Student, Meet Author! (On Assigning Q&As)

    Student, Meet Author! (On Assigning Q&As)

    I learned a lot, as a student, from reaching out to authors. While at UVA I worked on the staff of 3.7, a literary magazine that regularly interviewed artists and musicians; our big "get" had been Ray Bradbury. As a sci-fi / fantasy lit fan, I waited…
    - 29 Sep 16, 3:38pm -
  • Report from the National Book Festival

    Report from the National Book Festival

    Last Wednesday, when the Politics & Prose cashier slipped a National Book Festival bookmark in between the pages of my purchase (a paperback copy of Howard Norman's I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place), I blurted out: "I'm going to be there."She was…
    - 26 Sep 16, 11:45am -

Magma Poetry

PBS: Poetry

  • This poet’s obsession with death led her to write about how to live

    This poet’s obsession with death led her to write about how to live

    This undated illustration shows Tantalus, Sisyphus and Ixion, three kings from Greek mythology who were condemned by Zeus to eternal tortures in Hades. Tantalus reaches for the unreachable fruit, Sisyphus carries the rock that never gets to the top o…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 3:49pm -
  • The rage and rebellion of the Detroit riots, captured in one poem

    The rage and rebellion of the Detroit riots, captured in one poem

    Policemen arrest black suspects in Detroit on July 25, 1967 during riots that erupted in Detroit following a police operation. Credit: AFP/Getty ImagesFifty years ago this month, a protest in Detroit turned into a riot, which turned into five days o…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 2:56pm -
  • How we fail to humanize war

    How we fail to humanize war

    Destroyed buildings from clashes are seen in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thaier Al-SudaniAbout six years ago, poet and playwright Harry Newman sat down to a write a cautionary poem about war, and the culture around it, as mili…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 12:01pm -
  • This poem grapples with America’s complicated identity

    This poem grapples with America’s complicated identity

    A boy watches the fireworks from his father’s shoulders during the 2016 Independence Day celebrations in Somerville, Massachusetts. Photo by REUTERS/Brian SnyderFourth of July is among poet Dorianne Laux’s favorite holidays. It’s also a holida…
    - 23 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 2:17pm -
  • This writer is erasing ‘Infinite Jest’ to find the poetry left behind

    This writer is erasing ‘Infinite Jest’ to find the poetry left behind

    Images by Jenni B. BakerFor many, “Infinite Jest” is a kind of sacred work. A magnum opus that can challenge readers simply to finish. The “defining work of the 1990s.” One of the greatest books of all time. Or something to be literally co…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Jun 17, 2:10pm -
  • Have we been taught poetry all wrong?

    Have we been taught poetry all wrong?

    Poetry can do a kind of “dream work,” says poet Matthew Zapruder. Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin“I have a confession to make: I don’t really understand poetry.”So goes the opening line of poet Matthew Zapruder’s forthcoming book “Why…
    - 37 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 4:44pm -
  • Why this poet is posting meaningless verse on Instagram

    Why this poet is posting meaningless verse on Instagram

    A satirical poem by Thom Young. After it was posted to Instagram, it received 2,236 likes.When Texas-based poet Thom Young joined Instagram around 2010, he noticed a number of poets were already using the platform to share their work. At first, he f…
    - 44 days ago, 12 Jun 17, 6:29pm -
  • Watch this 7th grader use slam poetry to tell girls: ‘You are good enough’

    Watch this 7th grader use slam poetry to tell girls: ‘You are good enough’

    When Olivia Vella’s seventh grade teacher asked every student to write a monologue on a topic about which they were passionate, Vella immediately knew what she wanted to say. She wanted to tell girls her age that they were talented, smart and be…
    - 51 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 4:12pm -
  • How to savor a perfect summer day, in verse

    How to savor a perfect summer day, in verse

    Stone fruits that have ripened early because of the drought are seen at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California, on May 10, 2015. Camille T. Dungy’s new poetry collection “Tropic Cascade” celebrates the summer bounty of foods like stone fru…
    - 58 days ago, 29 May 17, 4:38pm -
  • What these humble one-liners can teach us about the times we live in

    What these humble one-liners can teach us about the times we live in

    International travelers arrive at John F. Kennedy international airport in New York City, U.S., February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid“In the deep end, every stroke counts.”“Best not flirt with disaster, lest it decide to commit.” “T…
    - 65 days ago, 22 May 17, 4:32pm -

Poetry 24

  • The Last Post
    Well, here we are in 2015 and the first thing Hamish and I would like to do is wish all our readers and contributors a very happy, peaceful and productive year. Sadly, though, Hamish and I must begin the year by communicating some bad news. We are af…
    - 5 Jan 15, 2:03pm -
  • Christmas, 2014

    Christmas, 2014

    Merry Christmas from Hamish, Abi and Percy.Poetry24 will be back in the New Year. 
    - 25 Dec 14, 3:00am -
  • Thinking About Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen in the film Papillon; This Week’s CIA Torture Report, The US Prison System, The 30th Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Disaster, and the Finnish Prison System while Writing an Ode to the Possibly Extinct Diana Blue Morpho Butterfly
    “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” --John MuirWild morpho butterflies in tropical French Guiana were harvested by prisonersin the film Papillon to make US dollars.  In other wo…
    - 24 Dec 14, 3:00am -
  • Echoes of Grief
    Pockmarked walls,residues of revengethat massacred hope,wailing in echoes of grief. Rooms-full of innocenceslaughtered, burned, buriedin a rubble of books, pensand examination paper.Corridors explode in eerie silences,pools of blood map desolate flo…
    - 24 Dec 14, 12:38am -
  • And Still We Live
    And still we live…Despite the years, despite the days,Wars, famine and the likeWe never restWe always striveIf we’re not busy dying,We’re busy being aliveAnd now it’s ChristmasWhich always tells a taleof the year gone by:No one remains static…
    - 23 Dec 14, 3:00am -
  • Sunday Review
    Julian Dobson's "Lighten our Darkness" began the week with a look at the "enhanced interrogation" report on the activities of the US CIA. The report is not pleasant reading and undermines the perception of the US as honest players in the internationa…
    - 21 Dec 14, 3:00am -
  • Deutsch für alle
    You may think it’s the U.K.I.P.who are saying “By jingo!”immigrants may stay herebut must speak the lingo.No matter if they are Asianor come from Bulgariathey’ll have to talk Germanover there in Bavaria.Conversations can be seriousor can be s…
    - 19 Dec 14, 3:00am -
  • The Morning After (ii)… Britain, 19th September, 2014.
    Nothing changed a bit, no hordes awoke,The claymore wasn’t reached for, after allThe highlands still were cloudy and rain soakedThe city’s traffic at its standard crawlThe tartan slippers felt the same aboutThe feet of forty million sleepy soulsW…
    - 18 Dec 14, 4:30am -
  • MIDNIGHT GARDENER for Martin Place 16/12/14
     It’s alright when the world’s sleeping.Stars sit in the yew tree.The moon is anyone’s heritage. The cane-toad turns into an oracle.The night-bat forgets she’s shy.The cricket sings with renewed strength. I plant phlox and azalea in my mid…
    - 17 Dec 14, 3:00am -
  • I Can't Breathe
    Better, take breath awayat the sight of multitudes,birds winging above skyscrapersin blue sky, winter sun sobright, eyes tear; at the soundof voices in cold winter citiesdemanding that Justice re-fastenHer blindfold that too oftenslips around Her nec…
    - 16 Dec 14, 3:00am -

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Magazine

  • Honeymoon

    Honeymoon

    Read this poemby Hala Alyan from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • Home, a transitive

    Home, a transitive

    Read this poemby Tsering Wangmo Dhompa from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • Sea Church

    Sea Church

    Read this poemby Aimee Nezhukumatathil from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • Foreign Body

    Foreign Body

    Read this poemby Kimiko Hahn from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • Ode with Interruptions

    Ode with Interruptions

    Read this poemby Rick Barot from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • Changing Places in the Fire

    Changing Places in the Fire

    Read this poemby Li-Young Lee from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • I Eat Breakfast to Begin the Day

    I Eat Breakfast to Begin the Day

    Read this poemby Zubair Ahmed from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • Citizenship [I was so afraid.]

    Citizenship [I was so afraid.]

    Read this poemby Sarah Gambito from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • The New Boy 2

    The New Boy 2

    Read this poemby Mei-mei Berssenbrugge from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
  • Monument

    Monument

    Read this poemby Mai Der Vang from the July/August 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine.
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 1:00am -
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In The Lights PR
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The Best American Poetry

  • Translating After the Roundup [by Richard Kutner]

    Translating After the Roundup [by Richard Kutner]

    What was it like to translate the memoir of a boy who escaped from a French-Nazi internment camp in 1942? One of my biggest challenges was recreating the exuberant, authentic voice of a scrappy eleven-year-old Paris street kid. I kept asking myself,…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 17, 9:23pm -
  • Three Poems by Baudelaire, translated by Richard Kutner

    Three Poems by Baudelaire, translated by Richard Kutner

    Portrait of Charles Baudelaire in Profile by Édouard Manet This is my last post as Author of the Week. It’s been an exciting experience. Since this is the Best American Poetry website, I’ve decided to end the week with three poems I translated b…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 17, 9:13pm -
  • Born today: Paul Violi (1944-2011)

    Born today: Paul Violi (1944-2011)

    Look for Remus in the index of a book And you are bound to get “See Romulus” Which is perfectly logical but makes me wonder About indexes, or indices, and why I prefer the former As the plural except in a financial context, and how An index to a…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 17, 6:31pm -
  • "Time" [by Kirsten Chen]

    "Time" [by Kirsten Chen]

    I’ve tried to translate it, but it won’t stay on the page. It is not meant for land. I chase it down a channel and attempt to reel it in, only for the thin line to break— for me to find myself in the water with it. And for a moment I catch it:…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 11:44pm -
  • Mark Ford Reviews Karin Roffman on JA for "The Guardian"

    Mark Ford Reviews Karin Roffman on JA for "The Guardian"

    >> Continue here.       Related Stories& Is There a Bridge Where the Displaced Go After They’re Gone?: Dante Di Stefano Reviews Zeina Hashem Beck's Louder than Hearts 
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 11:54am -
  • Working at the Morgan [by Richard Kutner]

    Working at the Morgan [by Richard Kutner]

    Last December, while searching for some volunteer translation work, I found this description from the Morgan Library and Museum, in New York, on idealist.org: This is a wonderful opportunity for an individual with a serious interest in 19th-century a…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 11:21am -
  • Translating Fear of Paradise [by Richard Kutner]

    Translating Fear of Paradise [by Richard Kutner]

    Translating Fear of Paradise Like any translation, Fear of Paradise was an artistic endeavor and an act of creation. As always, I needed to maintain the author's tone and voice and make the book sound as though it were written in English rather than…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 11:17am -
  • "shoelace" [by Andrei Codrescu]

    "shoelace" [by Andrei Codrescu]

    a real concern may turn out in a dream as “to be continued” or make you sleep soundly for being common currency splintering off café tables where free-lance shrinks keep office spreading patter butter out of which “sex,” the word, pops up at…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 7:45pm -
  • & Is There a Bridge Where the Displaced Go After They’re Gone?: Dante Di Stefano Reviews Zeina Hashem Beck's Louder than Hearts

    & Is There a Bridge Where the Displaced Go After They’re Gone?: Dante Di Stefano Reviews Zeina Hashem Beck's Louder than Hearts

    Louder than Hearts Zeina Hashem Beck Bauhan Publishing, 2017 Zeina Hashem Beck’s second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, begins with the lines: “I write in English the way I roam foreign cities—full of street light/ & betrayal, until…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 6:09pm -
  • What Does a Translator Do? by Richard Kutner

    What Does a Translator Do? by Richard Kutner

    It is a great honor to have been invited by The Best American Poetry to be their author of the week. Translators do not get much respect. In Italian, they even say, “Traduttore, traditore,” which means “The translator is a traitor.” Hmm. I am…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 8:36pm -

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

  • 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 →
    - 33 days ago, 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…
    - 94 days ago, 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 -
  • Excerpt from an Unwritten Autobiography: First Love

    Excerpt from an Unwritten Autobiography: First Love

    Angela Newland was my first love. In that obscure corner of the brain devoted to such things, she looks the same as she did once upon a time: wispy blonde hair, blue eyes, slightly pointy chin, warm and confident smile. … Continue reading →
    - 25 Jan 17, 3:35pm -
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