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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Post image for The Languages of Bernar Venet’s Conceptual Poetry

Since the outset of his career, Bernar Venet has been an inveterate experimentalist, an intrepid worker in a surprising variety of media. “People know my sculptures, of course,” he says, most likely referring to the monumental steel arcs that have garnered him international renown, “but they don’t know my paintings, my photographs, my films, my poetry and the music I have made.

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Barbara Henning (photo by Miranda Maher)

Poems preoccupied with geography, for the impatient reader, can feel less like landscapes and more like land mines to be avoided.

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Post image for Transient Truths in Fragile Focus: Geoffrey O’Brien’s ‘In a Mist’

Geoffrey O’Brien — critic, columnist, essayist, editor-in-chief of The Library of America, and poet — is both a preservationist and an elegist, savoring what can be saved, acknowledging what will always be lost.

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Post image for Late Indulgences: John Ashbery’s Breezeway

A few months ago in the New Yorker, essayist John McPhee recalled an exchange with his editor at Playboy in 1970, Arthur Kretchmer, about whether to remove a certain reference in a draft he’d submitted.

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Post image for Mexican Poets Give Voice to the Country’s Disappeared Students

MEXICO CITY — On September 26, 2014, more than 100 students, often referred to as normalistas, attempted to travel to the city of Iguala.

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