Schlagwort: Poetry Media Service

125. The Chisel

How poetry can break open pop criticism. By Douglas Wolk Poetry Media Service Criticism: I, too, dislike it. It’s what I do for a living, though—I write about pop music and comic books, mostly. I don’t tend to write about poetry, not because I…

86. NICHOLSON BAKER TALKS POETRY

Can a novel capture contemporary poetry’s (dour, curmudgeonly) zeitgeist? Nicholson Baker interviewed by Jesse Nathan Poetry Media Service Paul Chowder—the protagonist of Baker’s latest novel, The Anthologist—is a minor poet. He writes forgettable verse. He is deeply enamored of rhyme and meter. He is…

69. MISS BISHOP SAYS SO

Remembering Elizabeth Bishop. By Katha Pollitt Poetry Media Service I met Elizabeth Bishop in 1972, when I audited her poetry class (not “workshop”—she would have hated that term) during my senior year at Harvard. She was quite unlike my other professors. She was a…

24. RAYMOND DANOWSKI HAS YOUR CHAPBOOK

Amassing the world’s largest collection of 20th-century poetry was easy. Finding a home for it was a different story. By Jenny Jarvie Poetry Media Service The more librarians catalog and curate Raymond Danowski’s vast collection of 20th-century poetry books, manuscripts, and periodicals, the more…

181. ALL AROUND THE WORLD THE SAME SONG


How globe-trotting poetries may not beat scrawls in a cave. By C.K. Williams Poetry Media Service All over the world, if not every day then in every age, beautiful paintings and poems and pieces of music and buildings are generated: one can almost imagine…

105. AS IF NATURE TALKED BACK TO ME

A Notebook. By Ange Mlinko Poetry Media Service “In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great favorite at the moment; my two-year-old son, Gray, seems to have it memorized. He gets very…

55. IN SEARCH OF THE AUDEN MARTINI

How to make a cocktail beautiful, humanizing, and good. By Rosie Schaap Poetry Media Service So strong is W.H. Auden’s association with the martini that his home city of York, England, marked the 2007 centenary of his birth with tributes not only in words…

83. THE LINEBACKER AND THE DERVISH

Lowell’s and Bishop’s collected letters. By Michael Hofmann Poetry Media Service Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $45.00. This is such a formidably and dramatically and lingeringly…

40. TO LET YOU PASS

Remembering Craig Arnold. By Christian Wiman Poetry Media Service It is now seven months since Craig Arnold died—or vanished, as most notices have termed it. We have delayed running an obituary for him partly because of the circumstances of his death. As most people…

14. POETRY, DAILY

Brenda Starr makes way for Rumi, Neruda, and Merwin. By Mary Schmich Poetry Media Service I write a news column at the Chicago Tribune, and at the beginning of baseball season this year one of my editors phoned with a tough assignment, something, he…

149. PARA RUMBIAR

Robert Creeley in the outfield. By Fernando Perez Poetry Media Service I write from Caracas, the murder capital of the world, where I’ve been employed by the Leones to score runs and prevent balls from falling in the outfield. At the ankles of the…

115. AN ALBINO HERRING

Does Billy Collins’s latest poetry collection leave readers laughing or frowning? By William Logan Poetry Media Service Ballistics by Billy Collins. Random House, $24.00 Billy Collins is funny, everyone agrees. The birds agree, the bees agree, even the fish in the sea agree: Billy…

33. METAPHYSICAL COMFORTS

Jennifer Moxley’s new book of poems, Clampdown, confronts the domestic with a disclosing eye. By Ange Mlinko Poetry Media Service Clampdown, by Jennifer Moxley. Flood Editions, $14.95. In 1996, when Jennifer Moxley’s first book, Imagination Verses, was published to underground acclaim, the prevailing story…

157. UNPAVED TERRAIN

Poet Lucia Perillo talks about her poetry, her disability, and her changing relationship with nature. By Maria McLeod
Poetry Media Service Maria McLeod: Lucia, your background and early training doesn’t include writing. I wonder, as someone who has taken a more nontraditional route, how did…

117. REFINING FORM

William Logan reviews Thom Gunn’s Selected Poems. By William Logan Poetry Media Service Selected Poems, by Thom Gunn, edited by August Kleinzahler. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $14.00. In the 1940s and 1950s, it was almost an act of rebellion to compose tidy stanzas and…