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Archive for the 'Poetry' Category

Tue, June 9th, 2009
To start talking about slam poetry I have to first talk about Marc Kelly Smith
Posted by: Mark Eleveld

I first met poet and poetry slam founder Marc Kelly Smith in a class that he taught at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, way back in 1991. An enthusiast of poetry and fiction in all of their personalities for a long while, I can say with pride that I am but one of a legion of […]

Tue, June 9th, 2009
Will He Slam the Jam?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last week, the New York Times asked, “Is Slam Poetry Going Soft?” I was intrigued by the question, but I didn’t think they answered it. So I asked Mark Eleveld, a Booklist reviewer, the author of The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, and a poetry publisher himself, to take a crack at it. Mark’s credentials and […]

Fri, May 1st, 2009
Poet Craig Arnold Missing in Japan
Posted by: Keir Graff

Booklist copyeditor extraordinaire Eloise Kinney passed on an urgent news item: Craig Arnold, a poet (Shells, 1999) and university professor, is missing in Japan (“University Professor Missing for Several Days,” Laramie Boomerang). According to the university, Assistant Professor Craig Arnold, a faculty member in the Department of English, is in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission’s Creative […]

Fri, April 24th, 2009
Updike, Gravely
Posted by: Keir Graff

Is it still National Poetry Month? It is? Good. In a suitably cruel vein, Endpoint, John Updike’s last book of poems (until someone pulls another out of a drawer) talks seriously about the business of dying (“Does Updike’s Last Verse Hit Its Mortal Mark? Plainly.” by Michael Dirda, Washington Post). In “Flying to Florida” Updike reflects […]

Mon, April 20th, 2009
Compass Points
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Donna Seaman, in her Booklist review of the essay collection A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives, wrote: “In each elegant interpretation, the author traces the ripple effects of a story that thrilled or provoked her, a story that became a catalyst for a lifelong passion, and a story that became a virtual home, […]

Wed, April 15th, 2009
Howe and Mlinko Win Ruth Lilly Prize
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Fanny Howe, author of five novels and many books of poetry (including Gone, reviewed by Donna Seaman), has been recognized by the Poetry Foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The Ruth Lilly Prize is $100,000. But the real story is that the critics get love, too. Ange Milinko, a poetry critic, earned $10,000 for her […]

Wed, April 8th, 2009
My Favorite Poem of National Poetry Month
Posted by: Keir Graff

 . . . so far. Via Galleycat, Colson Whitehead offers a sample of his proposed poetry series Tony Danza Miracles: Haiku Inspired by Popular Television Programs. This one is a poem for the hero of 24. Release Jack Bauer! Quickly they reconsider Arrest Jack Bauer!

Thu, April 2nd, 2009
Poetry, Cruelty, War and Peace
Posted by: Keir Graff

As Laura Tillotson reminded us, April is not only the cruellest month, it’s also National Poetry Month. Alas, poetry readership is at a 16-year low (“The End of Verse?” by Marc Bain, Newsweek). There are many things you can do to fight this depressing trend. You could take down that tattered copy of Robert Frost […]

Tue, March 24th, 2009
Getting Even
Posted by: Laura Tillotson

Just because I was the last one picked for dodgeball doesn’t mean I don’t have a competitive nature, and I’m totally bummed that no one invited me to the Booklist editors’ gaming session at Jake’s (see the “Dark & Stormy Afternoon“ posts for more info). So rather than get mad, I’m getting even. To distract Likely Stories readers from the play-by-play […]

Fri, March 20th, 2009
Seamus Heaney Wins David Cohen Prize…
Posted by: Courtney Jones

…And £40,000 for a lifetime of excellence in literature and being awesome. David Cohen Prize Judges’ Chair Andrew Motion said it better: “[Heaney's work has] crystallised the story of our times, in language which has bravely and memorably continued to extend its imaginative reach”, and for his critical writing, his translations and his lecturing, which […]

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