The Poetry Foundation’s 2023 Staff Picks
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In keeping with our annual tradition, Poetry Foundation staff share a book (or two) that brought them joy or comfort or pleasure this year ..read more
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The World of Ed Roberson
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Ed Roberson is a master poet. Let’s get that out of the way up front. In his early 80s, he’s 13 books in, and he continues to go strong; if ..read more
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The Turmeric Poets (Part III)
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About five or six months ago, I sought a book suggestion from my father. He handed me a Vietnamese edition of Pearl S. Buck’s Trang, which had a distinctive red cover. The ..read more
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An Opening for a Conversation
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3M ago
In February of 1997, I exchanged letters with the poet and scholar Agha Shahid Ali. He was my teacher and “supervisor,” at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College ..read more
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Before/before
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I was in Sudan this past February, on a boat in Sabaloga, cutting through the Nile and the early morning mist, blissfully unaware of the war that would take so ..read more
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The Turmeric Poets (Part I)
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There are two epochic impulses (in song and poetic compositions) that classically and elliptically shape, silhouette, and direct the inventive vector of my creative and (literary) life. The pre-war music ..read more
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Discipline Like a Saturday Afternoon
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Saturday… late morning, damn-near noon, and I’m thinking about influences, role models, and what I admire in the work they do. As I get older, I’ve come to admire discipline ..read more
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Towering
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5M ago
Late July, on a hilltop in Umbria. I’ve carried a desk from one room to another in this 12th century tower to think about humor and poetry. And instead, I sit ..read more
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On Being a "Serious" Poet
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Good humor is hot, and funny people are often incredibly hot. I think this is something the poet Justin Chin understood. Consider his poem “Lick My Butt,” one of the hottest and funniest poems ..read more
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Guest Editors Reflect, Part Five
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6M ago
The process of knowing how to instrument this information and motivation was the logic behind grafting myself ..read more
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