poetry

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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Post image for Corsino Fortes: The Poetics and Politics of Seduction

The central objects and images of Cabo Verde poet Corsino Fortes are deceptively simple: sun, moon, sea, stone, bread, drums, guitars, blood, palm, fist, thumb, and mouth, along with the colors red, yellow, and green, appear time and again throughout the book.

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Post image for Language Is Not Colorless: The Amazing Writing of Sawako Nakayasu

Since the beginning of this century a number of poets of Asian descent have published books that have helped redefine the field of study known as Asian American poetry, while challenging the various received definitions of what constitutes avant-garde or innovative writing.

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Post image for The Library of Congress Is Uploading 75 Years of Poetry and Literature Recordings

Yesterday selections from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress became available to stream online for the first time.

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Post image for The Poet with a Razor in His Vest: Amiri Baraka’s Selected Poems

When a publication of a large selection of poems by Amiri Baraka, who died this past year, was announced, I immediately determined to review it.

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