Poet Joy Harjo of Muskogee Creek heritage has won Wallace Stevens award from the Academy of American Poets, found in 1934. Her works include How We Became Human and The Woman ... [ read more ]
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announces the five recipients of the 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, one of the largest awards given to young poets ... [ read more ]
Hayden Saunier, Smartish Pace Reading
Hayden Saunier reading for Smartish Pace at KGB Bar in New York City on December 1, 2012. Intro by Clare Banks. Music by Luna. Photographs by Deb Schwartz.
STEPHEN REICHERT: First off, thank you for agreeing to do this interview despite the busyness of your semester. I'd like to begin with your origins and influences. What was it about your upbringing that led to your life as a poet? STEPHEN CUSHMAN: I can think of two ways to answer this question. The first would be to reel off some autobiographical facts that might account for a love of language and literature. My father was a professor of American literature, my mother a librarian, so I grew up in a verbal household, one in which both talking and reading (or at first being read to) occupied a large share of my time. But these autobiographical facts only help to explain literacy; they don't explain why someone who grew up in such a household would choose writing in addition to reading, and they don't explain why such a person would choose to write verse rather than prose. To account for those developments is much harder. I know that I began to write poems in high school, and I suspect that I wrote them for much the same reason other people in high ... [ read more ]
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In her second book of poems, It was a terrible cloud at twilight, Alessandra Lynch offers readers a complex understanding of childhood, in which misfortune and loss often prompt a premature transition to adulthood. Filled with barren landscapes and abandoned playgrounds, the works in this collection frequently reframe narratives like fairy tales from a mature perspective, suggesting that even the most innocent phases in one’s life can become riddled with tragedy. Eloquently conveyed through her ... [ read more ]