Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

July 24, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: July 2017 0

2017 is a banner year for poetry: debuts, new takes by established authors, and collections that span careers.

June 28, 2017

Fifteen Summer Assignments for Teachers 10

Teachers, I want you to enjoy the summer. Sleep in. Lounge by the pool. Go to the beach. Watch Netflix. Read books that you can never teach in school. Embrace the freedom of these months, but save a little time for healthy reflection.

June 15, 2017

Don’t Talk About Your Book Until It’s Published 14

Am I writing a book now? That’s between me and my hypothetical manuscript. I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut, hunker down, and get to work.

April 19, 2017

The Video Word Made Flesh: ‘Videodrome’ and Marshall McLuhan 1

Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s classic 1983 film, is perfect viewing for 2017 — the year a man baptized by television becomes president.

April 6, 2017

The Language of Poets: 10 Notable Forms 1

Each poetic form is an opportunity. A new house for words.

April 4, 2017

Start With These Five New Books of Poetry 2

Buy poetry to pause the world, to hide from it, to consider all its hues and microscopic wonders. Buy poetry because poets deserve to get paid.

March 7, 2017

Bring Back the Book Jacket Photo 7

Bring back those full-page portraits that pronounced I wrote a book, damn it.

March 1, 2017

Forty for 40: A Literary Reader for Lent 10

The Lenten narrative is marked by violence, suffering, anticipation, and finally, joy. Back by popular demand, here is a literary reader for Lent: 40 stories, poems, essays, and books for the 40 days of this season.

February 9, 2017

The Best Snow Story Ever 3

Gass began writing the story “to entertain a toothache.” That’s an appropriate anecdote. A philosopher by training and a critic by practice, Gass has always been in love with language. Words are his God.

January 25, 2017

How Should We Grade Creative Writing? 13

We should give creative writing — this weird, beautiful art that has the power to stir souls — the academic respect it deserves. We owe it to our students.