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  • The Road to Cork

    The Road to Cork

    The universe knew I needed a change. I love DC, but I have been soul-weary. So when the call came from the director of the Munster Literature Centre (an actual phone call) asking if I would take on the John Montague Poetry Fellowship, I said yes. I…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Mar 19, 3:08pm -
  • January Tidings

    January Tidings

    I made black-eyed peas on New Year's day. I'd need every bit of good luck I could get, since the next day held a fourteen-hour hell-drive straight to Tampa, arriving in time to teach with my MFA program's residency. Nothing says "fancy life of a poet…
    - 47 days ago, 1 Feb 19, 10:36am -
  • The Hungry Poet: Carrot Salad Edition

    The Hungry Poet: Carrot Salad Edition

    This time of year I end up buying ingredients for specific dishes--and then, the leftover odds and ends clutter up my pantry for a while. Rather than letting them wither and go stale, I have to remind myself to make dishes that can incorporate these…
    - 88 days ago, 22 Dec 18, 11:15am -
  • Six Posts I Didn't Write & Alex Guarnaschelli

    Six Posts I Didn't Write & Alex Guarnaschelli

    I was going to tell you about being in Oxford, Mississippi, for the annual SFA symposium to launch Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. I was going to tell you about how Monique Truong rocks a lecture like no other. I was goi…
    - 26 Nov 18, 8:19am -
  • Holding Space

    Holding Space

    English artist Rachel Whiteread uses plaster, rubber, and resin to cast spaces we take for granted--doors and bathtubs; the inside of hot water bottles; the undersides of chairs; the cardboard spools for toilet paper. She was the first woman to win t…
    - 7 Oct 18, 2:22pm -
  • Still Digging After All These Years

    Still Digging After All These Years

    On Friday (September 14), I was gathered with a whole lot of DC-area folks at the downtown arena to hear Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound" farewell tour. He was great. The opening reworking of "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" had a haphazard rhythm that…
    - 19 Sep 18, 11:01am -
  • Back to VCCA

    Back to VCCA

    I'm happy to hide out at Virginia Center for Creative Arts in these waning days of summer. The first thing I noticed upon arrival was how green it smells--I love DC, but you don't get layers of flower, grass, and pine, nor so many butterflies. A frog…
    - 19 Aug 18, 11:27am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 7 Jul 18, 11:51am -

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 Magazine

    • If You Go to Bed Hungry

      If You Go to Bed Hungry

      Read this poemby Angela Narciso Torres from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • To A—

      To A—

      Read this poemby Brian Kim Stefans from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • Revenant

      Revenant

      Read this poemby Meena Alexander from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • Dead Men Walking

      Dead Men Walking

      Read this poemby William Logan from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • Diagnosis

      Diagnosis

      Read this poemby Meena Alexander from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • The Only Museum

      The Only Museum

      Read this poemby Ben Purkert from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • A Root

      A Root

      Read this poemby Annie Finch from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • Explaining Villanelles to an Alien

      Explaining Villanelles to an Alien

      Read this poemby Anthony Lawrence from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • Ghazal: With Prayer

      Ghazal: With Prayer

      Read this poemby Zeina Hashem Beck from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    • on this day / or any other

      on this day / or any other

      Read this poemby Mia Kang from the March 2019 issue of Poetry Magazine.
      - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:00am -
    Recipe Test Nest
    Recipe Test Nest
    Recipe Test Nest
    Recipe Test Nest

    The Best American Poetry

    • newNew Dominion Bookshop, A Poet's Bookshop (by Nin Andrews)

      New Dominion Bookshop, A Poet's Bookshop (by Nin Andrews)

      A little over a year ago, I moved from Poland, Ohio, to Charlottesville, Virginia, and I barely recognize the sleepy university town where I grew up. At times I even feel a little homesick for Ohio. But one of the great joys of moving back is visitin…
      - 19 hours ago, 19 Mar 19, 9:43am -
    • newA Modern Take on “Marriage” [by Heidi Seaborn]

      A Modern Take on “Marriage” [by Heidi Seaborn]

      Are you or have you been in an MFA Poetry program? Are you over 50? Ok, then you’ve read Marianne Moore's “Marriage” and know it is considered one of the most important works not just from Moore, but of Modernism. [Ed: Marianne Moore's "Marriag…
      - 20 hours ago, 19 Mar 19, 9:00am -
    • Over the Moon and Back Again [by Heidi Seaborn]

      Over the Moon and Back Again [by Heidi Seaborn]

      In an MFA workshop last summer, an acclaimed poet declared that the moon was over, that it had been over used and needed to be relegated to the poetry graveyard with ravens and heart. Just like that. Done. The MFAs took note. No more moons. But I’m…
      - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 9:00am -
    • Heidi Seaborn, Guest Author March 18-22

      Heidi Seaborn, Guest Author March 18-22

      This week we welcome Heidi Seaborn as our guest author. Heidi is the author the award-winning debut book of poetry Give a Girl Chaos {see what she can do} (C&R Press/Mastodon Books, March 2019), Poetry Editor for The Adroit Journal and a New York Uni…
      - 2 days ago, 17 Mar 19, 11:55pm -
    • Is this is the most beautiful paragraph in the English language? Yes.

      Is this is the most beautiful paragraph in the English language? Yes.

      A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the n…
      - 3 days ago, 17 Mar 19, 1:11pm -
    • “Le Printemps de la danse arabe#1” inaugurates a new dancing tradition [by Tracy Danison]

      “Le Printemps de la danse arabe#1” inaugurates a new dancing tradition [by Tracy Danison]

      Photo: Courtesy LePrintempsArabedeladanse#1 It cheered me up when I saw the press release announcing the Le Printemps de la danse arabe#1 – The Arab Spring of Dance #1. Le Printemps means to be the first in an annual celebration featuring cutting e…
      - 3 days ago, 17 Mar 19, 4:22am -
    • Ten Years Ago Today: Poetry, Difficulty, and a Very Annoying Word [by Mark Doty ]

      Ten Years Ago Today: Poetry, Difficulty, and a Very Annoying Word [by Mark Doty ]

      I've just gotten home from school (I'm a guest teacher at Cornell University in Ithaca this semester) which means I've walked a bike-path through the woods, still ice-coated from this weekend's storm. It's amazing. When the wind blows the trees crack…
      - 4 days ago, 16 Mar 19, 4:43pm -
    • A poem from The Awl by Meghan O'Rourke [posted by Mark Bibbins]

      A poem from The Awl by Meghan O'Rourke [posted by Mark Bibbins]

      I am moved by the deep physicality of this poem, its small but significant moments of transformation, in which the mundane is made resonant and weird. How do we love someone we’ve never met, yet is already a part of us? O’Rourke’s poem does not…
      - 4 days ago, 16 Mar 19, 2:39pm -
    • Ashley Chen gives performance a dramatic rush [by Tracy Danison ]

      Ashley Chen gives performance a dramatic rush [by Tracy Danison ]

      Photo: ©PatrickBerger Three minutes into the performance of Ashley Chen’s dance performance piece Rush, he’s got you very pleasurably scrambling to make sense of it – wanting to rush along with him, wanting to find out where he’s going, want…
      - 4 days ago, 16 Mar 19, 12:19pm -
    • Aurélien Bory’s “Ash” mixes cutting edge performance, fine esthetics [by Tracy Danison]

      Aurélien Bory’s “Ash” mixes cutting edge performance, fine esthetics [by Tracy Danison]

      undefined With dancer Shantala Shivalingappa and musician Loïc Schild’s fascinating performance of choreographer and scenographer Aurélien Bory’s Ash, La Scala-Paris continues developing a trademark tone and style, mixing cutting edge contempor…
      - 4 days ago, 16 Mar 19, 12:13pm -

    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 →
      - 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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