Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

January 25, 2016

The Golden Child: Seven Literary Editors Pick Their Favorite Issues 1

How can you possibly have a favorite amongst your children?

January 5, 2016

The Whispered Language of Secrets and Fears: Ten Poems for People Who Hate Poetry 5

Novels might bore, and short stories can frustrate, but poetry is the only genre of literature that elicits consistent hate.

December 13, 2015

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 1

A great anthology will happily and humbly exist in the service of its writers, and will appreciate when readers put the collection down and seek more and more of the words that truly stir them. I’m thankful for such an experience twice in a single year.

November 23, 2015

Born from Books: Six Authors on Their Childhood Reading 0

Reading was a sort of sanctuary to me. Our flat was small and our family had a lot of kids and reading was a way for me to be by myself for a while.

November 13, 2015

The Art of the Strange Writing Exercise 8

We need to shake things up in the creative writing classroom. We need to remember that writing is a messy, fractured, intensely personal pursuit that must not be neutered by the institutional needs of our classrooms. One solution is to embrace the strange; one method is to imbue the strange into writing exercises.

October 22, 2015

A Poisonous Antidote: On Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ 1

Sexton injects the modern world into Grimm’s fairy tales, but does so by inserting mundane references and contemporary mood. The result is poems with the architecture of archetype but modern anxiety.

October 7, 2015

Closing the Gap: On Teaching High School and College 1

Although our methods and locations might be different, teachers and professors hopefully share the same coda: we wish to leave students a little better off than we first met them.

September 17, 2015

Charring the Page: On Ada Limón’s ‘Bright Dead Things’ 0

Bright Dead Things offers many answers, but is equally appealing for its questions: “Yesterday I was nice, but in truth I resented / the contentment of the field. Why must we practice / this surrender?” May our poems always be wild.

August 25, 2015

Summer Is Over: On John Cheever’s “The Swimmer” 3

Allow the story to bring you back to the temporary innocence of July and August. Experience the deep melancholy of its final paragraph as you get ready for the cold months ahead, but don’t worry: there is always next summer.

August 17, 2015

Lessons From No: Writers on Their Most Formative Rejections 4

It took me a long time to understand that every editor who has rejected my fiction has done me a favor.