Correspondence In The Air by Ilya Kaminsky and Twilight of the Theorists by Doug AndersonOctavio Paz once wrote that the modern poet “extracts his visions from within himself.”
Overdetermination (It’s Not as Boring As It Sounds) by David KirbyYou want your poems to be like you: fully alive.
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 the fascist forces that subvert reason in the euphemistic “land of magic,” the “land” that was France during the Dreyfus Affair that lasted from 1894 to 1905, as well as the “land” that was France and Germany during World War
Why I Make Poetry Comics by Bianca StoneI think some part of me that was always emotionally stunned beneath a tarp wanted to make poetry slide into art
THE LAND OF ULRO: Czeslaw Milosz on William Blake by Bill TremblayWhen I taught, I’d occasionally walk from my office to the Art Department to view the latest exhibit
The Edson Letters by Peter Johnson
As Russell Edson’s close friend and faithful correspondent during the last twenty five years of his life, Peter Johnson initiated and then sustained an affectionate conversation with his mentor and friend–“Little Mister Prose Poem.” Writing profoundly to each other from the periphery of the mainstream poetry world, or as both Johnson and Edson might say, from the peanut gallery of
A Hard Road by Charles CoeIn July of 2016, I was on my way to the Chautauqua Institution, a summer cultural resort in southwestern New York
Out of Fresno—Poetry & “Career” by Christopher BuckleyPhilip Larkin—one of the most popular British Poets among my generation in the US—replying to an interview
Inviting the Reader: Narrative Values, Lyric Poems by Sydney Lea
Inviting the Reader: Narrative Values, Lyric Poems by Sydney Lea The editor of an online journal recently asked 25 poets to complete the following in one sentence: “Poetry is…” Here’s what I wrote: “Nowadays, poetry consists of units of language that their authors call poems, and can range from conventional forms to prose poems and include anything in between.”
It’s Called the Renaissance, You Know, or The Soul Sibling Report by David Kirby“Lady and gentlemen,” said composer Dimitri Tiomkin in his 1955 Academy Awards acceptance speech
Rescuing Ourselves by Celia BlandI have been touring the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, via an online iPhone film.
“Getting Stabbed Kinda Takes the Fight Out of Ya” by David Kirby
This month’s essay on voice by David Kirby emanates the confidence and tone of an accomplished poet who is also a master teacher. Astutely aware of the collusion that occurs between sight and sound in effective “voice,” Kirby cites one poignant example after another of the audible magic he calls “direct speech”— speech he claims that “keeps talking” for reasons