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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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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)

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Bhanu Kapil wins TS Eliot poetry prize for ‘radical’ How to Wash a Heart (via Guardian)

Bhanu Kapil has won the most valuable award in British poetry, the TS Eliot prize, for her “radical and arresting” collection How to Wash a Heart, in which she depicts the uncomfortable dynamics between an immigrant and her white, middle-class host. In the collection, Kapil’s immigrant guest addresses her liberal host, exploring how “it’s exhausting … Continue reading Bhanu Kapil wins TS Eliot poetry prize for ‘radical’ How to Wash a Heart (via Guardian)

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Poet Amanda Gorman Goes From Inauguration Star to Internet Sensation (via Variety)

Click here to view the video for Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb." President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris ostensibly were the main attractions on Inauguration Day. But Amanda Gorman stole the show with her reading of uplifting poem “The Hill We Climb,” becoming an overnight media and internet star. The work by Gorman, 22, the youngest poet to … Continue reading Poet Amanda Gorman Goes From Inauguration Star to Internet Sensation (via Variety)

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Tongo Eisen-Martin becomes San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate (San Francisco Examiner)

Bernal Heights resident Tongo Eisen-Martin has become San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate. Mayor London Breed and City Librarian Michael Lambert announced the selection Friday. He will succeed poet Kim Shuck in the role. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tongo when he was teaching artist at the African American Arts and Culture complex, and … Continue reading Tongo Eisen-Martin becomes San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate (San Francisco Examiner)

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New Deep Vellum poetry editor leads community of Dallas writers (via Dallas Morning News)

Full Title: "New Deep Vellum poetry editor found community among Dallas writers. Now, he’s helping lead it (via Dallas Morning News)" Anyone paying close attention to Dallas culture will remember 2014 as the year a literary scene began to emerge. It was the year the city’s first independent bookstore, The Wild Detectives, opened; the year … Continue reading New Deep Vellum poetry editor leads community of Dallas writers (via Dallas Morning News)

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Meet Joy Harjo, the country’s first Indigenous poet laureate (via Business Insider)

Over the past few months, Joy Harjo, the nation's poet laureate and the first Indigenous person in US history to hold the title, has been receiving a lot more emails and handwritten letters. She says many people have been writing to thank her for her poetry, share their own, or ask for verses to help them … Continue reading Meet Joy Harjo, the country’s first Indigenous poet laureate (via Business Insider)

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Best poetry books of 2020 (via Guardian)

While the pandemic might have stopped poets gathering physically, poetry itself is in good health. [In 2020] books of urgency and contemplation have jostled for attention, and striking new voices have emerged. Prime among these has been Will Harris, whose RENDANG (Granta) won the Forward prize for first collection. Harris writes with a piercing clarity and … Continue reading Best poetry books of 2020 (via Guardian)