Just as collage artists might paste a scrap of newsprint or a piece of rattan chair-bottom to their canvas, documentary poets form their poetic work from public records, firsthand accounts, and newspaper reports.
In their latest volumes, poets Youmna Chlala and Chris Nealon confront the notion of home and the emotional challenges of our own tentative, pre- or post-apocalyptic moment.
Facing her mortality, Mary Ruefle does not ask for pity or sympathy, because death is democratic.
For half a century, Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop have been (despite some serious competition) the most reliable conduit for poetry traveling from French and German into English.
Almost every line in Chelsey Minnis’s Baby, I Don’t Care could have been lifted from a hard-boiled detective flick or a tough-talking screwball comedy.
John Godfrey’s poems are like pointillistic patterns more than traditional narratives, suggesting an attitude over a story.
Renee Gladman investigates the moments when writing crosses over into another mode of expression.
Renee Gladman’s drawings in Prose Architectures resemble not-quite-legible script, registering somewhere on the visual spectrum between image and language.
This is a book you want to read slowly, to savor both for what it says and how Ruefle says it.
Modern poets talk about the Poetry Project, a vital forum in which political ideologies fueled exchanges and spurred literary movements.
Four million people (mostly civilian) were killed in the three years of the Korean War, and it is estimated that a million more Koreans were displaced in its aftermath, but here in the United States, the war is frequently referred to as “forgotten.”
The formal inventiveness of this new volume by Anselm Berrigan is satisfying and maddening.