On Poetry

March 2, 2011

In the Company of Amy Clampitt 2


Two years ago I spent some time in Lenox, Massachusetts, at a house once owned by the poet Amy Clampitt. I slept in her bed, rifled through her books, gazed out the kitchen window at the tree by which her ashes are buried.

January 25, 2011

Dada Pedagogy: Andrei Codrescu’s The Poetry Lesson 2


Regardless of how it’s labeled, The Poetry Lesson is a brilliant work.

January 7, 2011

No More Irony: A Review of Monica Youn’s Ignatz 2


I was suspicious of Ignatz’s subgenre: poetry books that are designedly books rather than collections, their titles linked by a single unifying conceit. The category was proliferating, it seemed to me, cultured by a world of book prizes and writing programs, or encouraged by distinguished precedents and obvious advantages.

July 20, 2010

War Comes Home: Brian Turner’s Phantom Noise 1


Contemporary war, in America at least, is now defined as much by coming home as it is by shipping out.

June 10, 2010

Machine Gun Sonnets 4


World War One, when educated and idealistic young men wrote of mustard gas and aerial bombardment using sonnets and couplets.

April 27, 2010

Thrill Screen: Poetry and Performance 4


Consider that when this video premiered on MTV, I was four years old. “Thriller” broke all kinds of new ground for the way it merged storytelling, music, and filmmaking, but all that was nothing to the absolute crater this video—and Vincent Price’s reading—left on my tiny, brand-new imagination.

April 30, 2009

National Poetry Month: Kwame Dawes 1


Kwame Dawes is the author of fourteen books of poetry and many books of fiction, non-fiction and drama. His collection, Hope’s Hospice, will appear with Peepal Tree Press in May of 2009. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at the University of South Carolina where he directs the SC Poetry Initiative and the University of […]

April 28, 2009

National Poetry Month: Rebecca Keith 1


Rebecca Keith holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She has received honors from the Atlantic Monthly and BOMB Magazine and was a finalist for the 2008 Laurel Review/GreenTower Press Midwest Chapbook Series Award. Her work has appeared most recently in The Laurel Review and Storyscape Journal. She is a founder and curator […]

April 27, 2009

National Poetry Month: Kazim Ali 0


Kazim Ali’s books of poetry include The Far Mosque and The Fortieth Day. He is also the author of two novels, Quinn’s Passage and The Disappearance of Seth, as well as a forthcoming book of lyric prose, Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. He teaches at Oberlin College and in the Stonecoast MFA program. A line […]

April 24, 2009

National Poetry Month: Dorothea Lasky 11


Dorothea Lasky is the author of AWE and the forthcoming Black Life. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, American Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Fou, Columbia Poetry Review, A Public Space, and Absent, among other places. Currently, she studies creativity and education at the University of Pennsylvania. Videos of her reading her poems can […]