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 ]
Campbell McGrath Interview
March 10, 2008 interview; see Poets Q&A at this site for more Campbell McGrath.
Laura Klebanow: It seems you came to write poetry first, and prose poetry and essays next. Is this correct, or has your work in each genre developed less compartmentally? For example, do you ever start a poem and watch it become a prose poem or essay, or vice versa?Lia Purpura: The issue of how one discernible genre grows from another is utterly mysterious to me. I’m certain that I’m writing prose, though my essays are called “lyric essays.” In fact, I’ve just written an essay titled “What is a Lyric Essay?” for Seneca Review. In it, I’m making a plea for allowing the form to remain as mysterious as possible. I do mean “mysterious” though in the best way – challenging and magical and able to work on a reader and knit up above the page. I don’t mean at all “unclear” or “sloppy”. The language ought to be as precise as possible in order to affect the most unlikely moves. When I’m writing, an impulse makes itself known as a prose itch or poem-itch. Some failed poems have extended out into prose and found their musculature that way. I don’t think a derailed essay has ever turned ... [ read more ]
3/30/2016 (1:00am) -- 4/3/2016 (4:00am)
see you beautiful writers at table 1256
For William Stafford readers, the long awaited release of Another World Instead offers insights into the shaping of one of America’s most prolific poetic voices. From 1937-1947 arrives a collection of Stafford’s virtually unpublished poems that examines, as the title depicts, the author’s tenacious quest for envisioning a new way of life beyond a war he decried. At this volume’s core are impressions of what it was like to be a conscientious objector to World ... [ read more ]