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Please excuse Chris Tse as he freaks out over these poetry finalists (via The Spinoff)

The shortlist for the prestigious Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry, which carries prize money worth $10,000, was made public this morning. Our poetry editor Chris Tse is ecstatic.  Here’s a sobering statistic: since 2001, only two non-Pākehā poets have won the poetry category at the book awards – David Eggleton (who is of … Continue reading Please excuse Chris Tse as he freaks out over these poetry finalists (via The Spinoff)

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Philip Levine Was a Poet of the Working Class (via Jacobin)

On Valentine’s Day 2015, Philip Levine, former poet laureate of the United States and longtime English professor at California State University, Fresno, passed away from pancreatic cancer. The New York Times obituary characterized his work as “vibrantly, angrily and often painfully alive with the sound, smell and sinew of heavy manual labor.” Levine told Bill … Continue reading Philip Levine Was a Poet of the Working Class (via Jacobin)

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Is Poetry magazine “platforming toxicity” or promoting the “practice of freedom”? (via The Intercept)

A bedrock principle of the prison abolitionist movement is that you don’t ask an incarcerated person what they’re in for. It’s more than etiquette. To eschew the identity that the punitive state assigns — which could be false — is to see someone whole. “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done,” … Continue reading Is Poetry magazine “platforming toxicity” or promoting the “practice of freedom”? (via The Intercept)

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Big Laughs and Hard Silences in Erin Belieu’s Poetry (via The New Yorker)

The title of Erin Belieu’s new book of poems, “Come-Hither Honeycomb” (Copper Canyon), is a compact gadget of a phrase that embodies her tinkerer’s style of found puns, verbal doodles, and word games. “Come-hither” is both invitation and command, an adjective that evolved from, but clings to, the imperative. It modifies the word it mirrors, … Continue reading Big Laughs and Hard Silences in Erin Belieu’s Poetry (via The New Yorker)

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(Video) George the Poet | The Power of Collaboration

Additional Info: George The Poet reflects on the Power of Collaboration during the time of #Covid19​ and recorded this poem for this years' virtual Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship. George "The Poet" Mpanga is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His innovative brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim both … Continue reading (Video) George the Poet | The Power of Collaboration

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Mark Lanegan’s New Poetry Book ‘Leaving California’ to Follow Up Grunge Memoir (via Rolling Stone)

Mark Lanegan will release a new book of 76 poems, Leaving California, this spring. His publisher, Heartworm Press, is likening the book to a sequel to 2020 memoir Sing Backwards and Weep, the brooding singer-songwriter’s gritty elegy for the grunge era in Seattle, where he was once the frontman for Screaming Trees. The book will … Continue reading Mark Lanegan’s New Poetry Book ‘Leaving California’ to Follow Up Grunge Memoir (via Rolling Stone)