• January 9, 2017   BY  

    “[This poem] looks at the emptiness of American Exceptionalism and concepts of our ‘greatness’ but by talking about the name Jennifer… a quintessentially American name,” said Adair-Hodges, who said the poem came out of “thinking about names as signifiers” — not just of cultures but also of specific time periods and value systems. Continue reading

  • January 13, 2014   BY  

    Michael Davidson is a professor of literature at University of California, San Diego. Davidson has published five other books of poetry, including “The Arcades” (O Books, 1998). “Bleed Through: New and Selected Poems” (Coffee House Press, 2013), published in December, is his first book of poems in 15 years. Continue reading

  • January 9, 2014  

    Doctor and poet Rafael Campo thinks medical school distances doctor and patient at the cost of human understanding. A possible cure? He uses poetry to help close the gap. Jeffrey Brown and Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey continue to seek “Where Poetry Lives” by visiting Campo’s reading and writing workshop for medical students. Continue reading

  • October 21, 2013    

    Poet and veteran teacher Stanley Plumly continues his exploration of personal memories, juxtaposing his childhood with 74 years worth of knowledge and perspective on the world, in his latest collection, “Orphan Hours: Poems.” In addition to his writing, Plumly has … Continue reading

  • October 7, 2013    

    Painting by Lorna Goodison, from the private collection of Dan Kelly, photographed by Hugh Wright For a long time, poet Lorna Goodison thought her creative talents would lead to a profession in the visual arts. But “one day the painting … Continue reading

  • October 7, 2013    

    For a long time, poet Lorna Goodison thought her creative talents would lead to a profession in the visual arts. But “one day the painting stopped coming, and I was just writing all the time,” Goodison said. Like a scorned lover, her talent and passion for painting “went off in a huff because I wasn’t paying any attention to it.”
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  • February 14, 2012  

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, poet Tony Hoagland reads “Romantic Moment” — a poem about a man and woman who have just watched a nature documentary on a date, and how their expressions of affection stack up against those of leopard frogs, chimpanzees, bull penguins and so on. Continue reading

  • September 22, 2011  

    In a year of floods, fires and storms making headlines around the world, poet and editor Jeffrey Yang chronicles how writers have grappled with the power of nature over the centuries in his new book. Jeffrey Brown and Yang discuss the poetic perspective of the beauty and power of nature. Continue reading

  • June 13, 2011    

    Jeanne Wagner is the author of “In the Body of Our Lives” (2011, Sixteen Rivers Press). She has four previous collections of poetry, including “The Zen Piano-Mover,” winner of the 2004 Stevens Manuscript Award. Continue reading

  • June 6, 2011    

    Tony Barnstone is a professor of English at Whittier College. He is the author of several books, including “Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki,” which won the John Ciardi Prize. Continue reading

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