• February 24, 2014   BY  

    For Deandre Evans, Will Hartfield and Donte Clark writing poetry isn’t solely about expressing themselves, it’s also about reporting on a story that’s affecting their community. Through the Off/Page Project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting, the three poets joined CIR’s Amy Harris in the field while she was conducting research on the housing crisis in Richmond, Calif. Continue reading

  • February 24, 2014   BY  

    Susan Cheever’s new biography of the poet is called “E. E. Cummings: A Life.” She has also written biographies about Louisa May Alcott, Bill Wilson and her father John Cheever, in addition to 12 other published fiction and nonfiction books. She is a professor in the MFA programs at Bennington College and The New School. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2014   BY  

    Cummings was one of the most popular poets of his time. His work is linked to the movements of Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound. The group of modernists from the 1930s and ‘40s covered all artistic mediums. “You’ve got the whole idea in painting that the painting should not represent the form and you’ve got the whole idea in writing that words should not just mean something, but that the sound of the word was also tremendously important,” said Cheever. Continue reading

  • February 17, 2014   BY  

    Suzanne Cleary loves the sound of Italian. When she picked up a copy of “Italian Made Simple,” she was determined to teach herself the language before a trip to Italy. Instead Clearly came away fascinated by the characters in the book and wrote a poem that tells the story of Mario and Marina. Continue reading

  • February 10, 2014   BY  

    If you pick up Nick Lantz’s new poetry collection, “How to Dance as the Roof Caves in,” you’ll recognize the “self-help” theme running through the titles. To name a few: “How to Travel Alone,” “How to Forgive a Promise Breaker,” “How to Dance When You Do Not Know How to Dance” and even “How to Appreciate Inorganic Matter.” When he first started composing poems for this book, he found a website with a bunch of “how-to” articles. Always on the lookout for a new project, Lantz was inspired. Continue reading

  • January 29, 2014   BY  

    Carolyn Forche was deeply affected by her experience in war-torn countries. Forche is the co-editor of “Poetry of Witness.” When she began collecting poems by writers who had endured warfare and other extreme situations, Forche wanted to look more deeply and “understand the poetry as an outcry of the soul.” Continue reading

  • January 29, 2014   BY  

    Carolyn Forche, co-editor of the anthology “Poetry of Witness,” read Major John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Field.” Carolyn Forche was deeply affected by her experience in countries at war. Forche is the co-editor of the new anthology “Poetry of Witness.” … Continue reading

  • January 29, 2014  

    The poets featured in Carolyn Forché’s anthology “Poetry of Witness” have endured extreme conditions: warfare, censorship, forced exile. The Georgetown professor and poet herself calls the collection an “outcry of the soul.” Jeffrey Brown sat down with Forché to discuss this style of writing and its enduring power. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2014   BY  

    Peter Cole thinks of all poetry as translation. “Writing one’s own poetry, you’re translating a nonverbal experience or a less than articulate experience into something much more articulate,” he told Art Beat. In addition to writing his own, Cole translates Hebrew and Arabic poetry into English. When Cole finished translating 2,000 years of Jewish mystical poetry for his previous project “The Poetry of Kabbalah” (Yale University Press, 2012), he was ready to start producing his own work again, but it wasn’t a simple or easy transition. Continue reading

  • January 24, 2014   BY  

    “The moment he died in Argentina, the entire country came to a halt. It understood that part of its soul had left,” Ilan Stavans told chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown. Stevens is a writer and a professor of Latin American culture at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Continue reading