poetry

Post image for On the Outside Looking In: Mardsen Hartley’s Poetry

Marsden Hartley represents a rather contradictory figure in American art and literature. Both poet and painter—he wrote poetry during the mornings throughout most of his life and painted in the afternoons—he survived through the latter, but actively sought out literary attention and wrote about literature as a “business.”

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Post image for A Show of Love for John Giorno’s Poetry, Art, and Life

PARIS — Kudos to Ugo Rondinone.

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Keep Looking: Rebecca Wolff’s ‘One Morning—.’

by Jon Curley on December 19, 2015

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So serene an entry point into this volume, the title One Morning—. promises the lengthening of sunlight across the expanse of a modest domestic existence, incidents without excitement.

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Post image for Vision, Music, and the Scepter: Ben Mazer’s ‘The Glass Piano’

Ben Mazer may best be considered a poet for poets; his work a fortress against the common reader.

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Post image for Coldness, Concept, & Convention: On Aaron Kunin’s ‘Cold Genius’

One current, and especially heated, debate animating the contemporary poetry scene revolves around conceptual poetry’s polemic against Romantic expressivity.

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Post image for I Am A Candle: The Poetry of Arseny Tarkovsky

Although long recognized in the Soviet Union and later Russia as a great poet continuing in the tradition of Osip Mandelstam, Arseny Tarkovsky — father to renowned film director Andrei — has been little known to Western readers, and almost entirely unknown in English.

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Crowded by Beauty: A Biography of Philip Whalen

by Aram Saroyan on October 11, 2015

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Identified as a member of both the Beat Generation and the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance of the mid-1950s, Philip Whalen (1923-2002) wrote poems and two novels marked by a sensibility that was his alone.

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Post image for What Was He Supposed to Do, Submit to a Shivering World? The Collected Poems of Michael Gizzi

It would be impossible for me to write impartially about Michael Gizzi’s newly published Collected Poems. I became acquainted with Michael and his poetry when I was twenty.

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Post image for Printing a Poem on an Orchard’s Apples

The apples in Seattle’s Piper’s Orchard will ripen this summer and fall with words from a 26-section poem printed on their skin.

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Bernadette Mayer

I first began reading the works of Bernadette Mayer in 1975 or 1976, contemporaneous with their publications. While I didn’t realize it at the time, Mayer wroten them in her late 20s and early 30s, quite close to my own age.

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