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Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

Thu, July 1st, 2010
W. S. Merwin Gives up Paradise for Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Donna Seaman

William Stanley Merwin’s poems are fully meshed in nature, and he lives his passion for the verdant world in Hawaii, where he cultivates endangered plants. The profound connection between green entities and the poet is indicated in the title of the first collection of Merwin’s I reviewed, Flower & Hand. This launched my apprenticeship to this exemplary observer of […]


Fri, April 16th, 2010
Taylor wins Ruth Lilly Prize
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The $100,000 Ruth Lilly poetry prize was awarded to Eleanor Ross Taylor by the Poetry Foundation for her lifetime of achievement. Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine had some wonderful things to say about Taylor: Her slow production (six books in 50 years), dislike of poetry readings (“It seems to me that it’s all for the […]


Wed, April 14th, 2010
National Poetry Month Videos? No Thanks
Posted by: Keir Graff

All month long, I’ve been meaning to check out WGBH’s videos for National Poetry Month, made for the “Poetry Everywhere” series airing on public television. I thought it might be nice to embed a few of them throughout April. Then I watched the videos and changed my mind — and not only because they’ve disabled embedding. It’s not […]


Tue, February 16th, 2010
Lucille Clifton, R.I.P.: A Poet Sails On
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Messages began to accumulate like snow online over the weekend as the chilling news of poet Lucille Clifton’s death began to travel from one poetry lover to another. I feel bereft as so many others do because Clifton was the sort of poet who spoke to everyone about everything that matters with unfailing clarity, conviction, and […]


Fri, February 5th, 2010
Powell wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Casting aside the mantle of starving artist, D.A. Powell joins the ranks of the well-paid. He won the $100,000 award for his collection Chronic. Read more about Powell’s win here.


Thu, January 28th, 2010
Gross wins 2009 TS Eliot Prize
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Philip Gross’  The Water Table won the £15,000 TS Eliot prize for poetry, beating out Christopher Reid’s Costa-winning A Scattering. Read more about Gross’ win in the Guardian.


Wed, January 27th, 2010
Reid Wins Costa
Posted by: Courtney Jones

With Reid’s A Scattering named Costa’s Book of the Year, Colm Toibin continues to be a bridesmaid. Albeit a bridesmaid £5,000 richer. Reid’s book of poetry, an account of his wife’s struggle with cancer and eventual death, won in an upset over Toibin’s Brooklyn. Unlike last year’s winner, the panel of judges had nothing but glowing […]


Tue, January 26th, 2010
National Book Critics Circle Announces 2009 Nominees
Posted by: Courtney Jones

On Saturday, the National Book Critics Circle gave nods to the best in fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, biography, poetry, and criticism, including Booklist’s own Donna Seaman. For the complete list of finalists, visit the NBCC’s blog. Winners will be announced on March 11.


Mon, June 15th, 2009
Slam Poetry, Part 3: Inviting Slam Poetry to the White House
Posted by: Mark Eleveld

In their first post-election 60 Minutes interview, the President- and First Lady-elect said they’d like to open the White House up to the people. They mentioned poetry and jazz. I knew that Michelle Obama had seen spoken word and poetry slam poets while in Chicago, so I called them. I reminded myself that their house, […]


Wed, June 10th, 2009
Slam Poetry, Part 2: The Rules (And a Close Encounter with the Voice of Darth Vader at the White House)
Posted by: Mark Eleveld

Here’s some video of poetry slam founder Marc Kelly Smith, who I wrote about yesterday. The first link (excuse the lighting) is a show I put together for the Society of Midland Authors April program in the beautiful Cliff Dwellers Club on Michigan Avenue. The room is all windows, high in the air, with a […]





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