On Poetry

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 […]

April 21, 2009

National Poetry Month: Jamey Hecht 0


Jamey Hecht is the author of Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film and other books. You can visit his website, and check out his blog, POETRY, POLITICS, COLLAPSE. A line of poetry by Jamey: “God is logic’s corpse, a wound in reason, grammar’s empty skin.” At AWP in NYC last year I […]

April 15, 2009

National Poetry Month: Kiki Petrosino 1


Kiki Petrosino’s first book of poetry, Fort Red Border, will be published by Sarabande Books this summer. A line of poetry by Kiki: “You can’t lie to a machine. You can travel anywhere, in the right machine. I would like to talk about trumpet cases. And toolbelts. And those large, leather folios for carrying architectural […]

April 13, 2009

National Poetry Month: Molly McDonald 3


Molly McDonald has an M.F.A. from the University of Montana and now lives in Eastport, Maine. She wrote the text for “Your Beautiful Grunt,” a 2008 performance by Holly Faurot and Sarah H. Paulson, and she is currently working on a project with Heidi Fahrenbacher that incorporates poetry into functional ceramics. A line of poetry […]

April 8, 2009

National Poetry Month: Terese Svoboda 0


Terese Svoboda’s fifth book of poetry, Weapons Grade, will be published by the University of Arkansas Press this fall. A line of poetry by Terese: “A fly with a human head/ heads for your screen. It’s Mom.” Since Weapons Grade, my forthcoming collection, is all about occupations, I thought I’d direct your attention this April […]

April 7, 2009

National Poetry Month: Nathaniel Bellows 2


Nathaniel Bellows is the author of the novel, On This Day, and a collection of poems, Why Speak?. A line of poetry by Nathaniel: “It takes youth to witness such desperation and read it / as joy…” At a recent reading in New England, I was asked two questions that stumped me. They shouldn’t have, […]

April 3, 2009

National Poetry Month: Zach Savich 0


Zach Savich’s first book of poems, Full Catastrophe Living, won the 2008 Iowa Poetry Prize. He has recent work in Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, notnostrums, Bat City Review, and the anthology Best New Poets 2008. You can read an interview with him here. A line of poetry by Zach: “I am made of feelings and […]

April 3, 2009

National Poetry Month: An Introduction 2


I like poets. At Iowa, they wore the best jewelry, they hosted read-aloud Shakespeare parties (alas, I never attended); some of them went shooting (I mean with real guns); many drank too much, fell in and out of love easily, danced well and terribly, talked John Donne. One poet I know kills turkeys for money. […]

April 13, 2008

“April is the Cruelest Month…” 0


Thursday, April 17th, is the first national Poem in Your Pocket Day. To celebrate, carry around one of your favorite poems in – you guessed it – your pocket, and share it with anyone who will listen. You can download and print poems for the occasion at Poets.org. Or, if you’re more technologically savvy, simply […]