D. Nurkse

D. Nurkse is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently A COUNTRY OF STRANGERS (Knopf, April 2022), a “new and selected.” He’s received the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Whiting foundations. He has taught poetry at Rikers Island and served a term on the board of Amnesty International-USA. He currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and collaborates on performance art with Zephyr, a visionary dog.

  • Poetry: A Mirror, a Pencil and an Envelope. Seven Minutes with D. Nurkse and Nancy Mitchell

    In this candid interview, D. Nurkse reflects on a long life in poetry and political activism
  • A Frozen Present: D. Nurkse on the Language of Fascism and “The Land of Magic”

    This timely essay, which is also a trenchant exegesis of Henri Michaux’s unfinished poem “The Land of Magic,” witnesses to…

    Issue #114 February 2021
  • Game with a Mad Bounce

    The child and I are kicking a pebble down the road--
  • The Podium

    He is bilious, potty-mouthed, at once puffy and rachitic. He sways, eyes red and rheumy as September strawberries.
  • Letter From The Capital

    She writes: now we have wars between historical eras. We fight in time as well as space. 1914 vs. 1939 is a devastating
  • The Unmet Lover

    Once I saw you in a freight elevator