She’s Marianne Faithfull, Damn It. And She’s (Thankfully) Still Here.

The British musician has had several brushes with death in her 74 years. But Covid-19 and its long-haul symptoms didn’t derail her latest project: a spoken-word tribute to the Romantic poets.

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #faithfull-marianne, #poetry-and-poets, #pop-and-rock-music, #she-walks-in-beauty-album

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Poetry Helped My Heart Survive

Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser and Toyo Suyemoto help make sense of challenging times.

#hughes-langston, #matejka-adrian, #paredez-deborah, #poetry-and-poets, #rekdal-paisley, #rukeyser-muriel, #suyemoto-toyo

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‘By the Time We Reached Main Street, I Had Lost Sight of Him ’

Commuting from Queens to Manhattan, neglected at the library and more reader tales of New York City in this week’s Metropolitan Diary.

#new-york-city, #poetry-and-poets

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National Poetry Month: Coping With the Covid-19 Pandemic

“This crisis affects more or less everyone, and poetry can help us process difficult feelings like loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope.”

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Thank God for the Poets

Their words remind us that suffering is not our only birthright. Life is also our birthright — life and love and beauty.

#auden-wystan-hugh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gorman-amanda, #grief-emotion, #poetry-and-poets, #whitman-walt

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Hunter Biden’s Memoir, Translating Amanda Gorman and Learning to Love Cardboard: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#beautiful-things-a-memoir-book, #bellafante-ginia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bilek-mary-lu, #books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #gorman-amanda, #law-schools, #phillips-maya-author, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-hill-we-climb-book

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Joan Walsh Anglund, 95, Dies; Her Children’s Books Touched Millions

Her first in a prolific career, “A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You,” was a phenomenon. And her illustrations capturing childhood became a cottage industry.

#a-friend-is-someone-who-likes-you-book, #anglund-joan-walsh-1926, #art, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #childrens-books, #deaths-obituaries, #poetry-and-poets

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Maryland’s State Song, a Nod to the Confederacy, Nears Repeal

The lyrics of “Maryland, My Maryland,” long criticized as sympathetic to the Confederacy, refer to Abraham Lincoln as a “despot” and Union soldiers as “Northern scum!”

#baltimore-md, #black-people, #bowie-state-university, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #hogan-lawrence-j, #horse-racing, #law-and-legislation, #lincoln-abraham, #maryland, #maryland-my-maryland-song, #music, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #preakness-stakes, #state-legislatures, #the-star-spangled-banner-song, #triple-crown-horse-racing, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Craig muMs Grant, Actor and Slam Poet, Dies at 52

He was a star of the HBO series “Oz” under the name muMs, which he also used on the poetry circuit both before and after finding success on television.

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Amanda Gorman’s Poetry United Critics. It’s Dividing Translators.

Should a white writer translate a Black poet’s work? A debate in Europe has exposed the lack of diversity in the world of literary translation.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #europe, #gorman-amanda, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #rijneveld-marieke-lucas, #the-hill-we-climb-book, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

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National Book Critics Circle Names 2020 Award Winners

A novel about Shakespeare’s son, nonfiction about a slave rebellion in Jamaica and an essay collection exploring Asian-American identity were among this year’s winners.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #feminist-press, #fleetwood-nicole, #hamnet-book, #harris-francine-j-1972, #here-is-the-sweet-hand-book, #hong-cathy-park, #island-on-fire-the-revolt-that-ended-slavery-in-the-british-empire-book, #leilani-raven, #livingstone-jo, #luster-book, #marking-time-art-in-the-age-of-mass-incarceration-book, #minor-feelings-an-asian-american-reckoning-book, #national-book-critics-circle, #ofarrell-maggie, #poetry-and-poets, #stanley-amy-1978, #stranger-in-the-shoguns-city-a-japanese-woman-and-her-world-book, #writing-and-writers, #zoellner-tom

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Adam Zagajewski, Poet of the Past’s Presence, Dies at 75

A dissident in Communist Poland in the late 1960s — his writing was banned for a time — he found wider fame as an exile in Paris and taught in the U.S.

#deaths-obituaries, #poetry-and-poets, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #writing-and-writers, #zagajewski-adam

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Kate Baer Is Speaking Truth. From Her Minivan.

Who says motherhood can’t be literary, even poetic?

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The Artists Dismantling the Barriers Between Rap and Poetry

Though the two forms remain distinct, today’s rising stars in both genres are creating a shared literary ideal that gives voice to the Black and brown experience.

#betts-reginald-dwayne, #brown-jericho, #cardi-b-1992, #lamar-kendrick, #parker-morgan-poet, #poetry-and-poets, #rap-and-hip-hop, #wap-song, #writing-and-writers

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American Poets on the Hip-Hop Songs That Most Inspire Them

Rap and poetry have long been intertwined. Here, a handful of writers share some of the tracks that have helped them hone their own craft.

#betts-reginald-dwayne, #gunna-rapper, #lamar-kendrick, #music, #poetry-and-poets, #rap-and-hip-hop, #shakur-tupac

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To Light Up a Dark Time, Effervescent Poems of New York City

Alex Dimitrov’s third collection, “Love and Other Poems,” delivers a burst of energy and a happy reminder of Frank O’Hara’s work.

#books-and-literature, #dimitrov-alex, #love-and-other-poems-book, #poetry-and-poets

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101

An unapologetic proponent of “poetry as insurgent art,” he was also a publisher and the owner of the celebrated San Francisco bookstore City Lights.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #city-lights-bookstore, #deaths-obituaries, #ferlinghetti-lawrence, #poetry-and-poets, #san-francisco-calif

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He Calls Himself ‘North Korea’s Poet Laureate.’ Two Women Call Him a Rapist.

Jang Jin-sung, the author of “Dear Leader,” has been accused of sexual assault by two women, including a fellow defector from North Korea. He has threatened to sue for defamation.

#metoo-movement, #defectors-political, #north-korea, #poetry-and-poets, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #south-korea, #women-and-girls

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National Book Foundation Names Ruth Dickey as Executive Director

Ruth Dickey, the executive director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, is succeeding Lisa Lucas, who left the organization to become the publisher of Pantheon and Schocken.

#books-and-literature, #lucas-lisa, #national-book-awards, #national-book-foundation, #nonprofit-organizations, #poetry-and-poets, #seattle-wash

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Jimmy Kimmel Tackles ‘Weirdest Super Bowl’ Ever

“This was the first Super Bowl ever where I had to yell, ‘Be quiet — I’m trying to hear the poem!’” Kimmel said.

#brady-tom, #colbert-stephen, #fallon-jimmy, #football, #jimmy-kimmel-live-tv-program, #kansas-city-chiefs, #kimmel-jimmy, #late-night-with-seth-meyers-tv-program, #late-show-with-stephen-colbert-tv-program, #meyers-seth, #new-england-patriots, #noah-trevor-1984, #poetry-and-poets, #super-bowl, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #television, #the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-tv-program

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This Dark Prince of American Poetry Writes With Glittering Malice

“Frederick Seidel Selected Poems” is filled with status details, bleak aphorisms and grief filtering through it all.

#books-and-literature, #frederick-seidel-selected-poems-book, #poetry-and-poets, #seidel-frederick

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Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Signs to IMG, Hits Super Bowl

The 22-year-old poet, who wowed at the presidential inauguration, also has several books in the works.

#books-and-literature, #gorman-amanda, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate

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A President Can Govern in Poetry

To succeed, Biden will need hope and history to rhyme.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gorman-amanda, #heaney-seamus, #inaugurations, #poetry-and-poets, #presidential-election-of-2020

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At the Inauguration, Amanda Gorman Wove History and the Future Into a Stirring Melody

Gorman’s reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” on Wednesday combined the personal and political.

#books-and-literature, #gorman-amanda, #inaugurations, #poetry-and-poets

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‘Inaugural,’ an Original Poem

By Jericho Brown, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, on the occasion of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #inaugurations, #poetry-and-poets, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amanda Gorman Captures the Moment, in Verse

The youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history will read a work she finished after the riot at the Capitol. “I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen,” she says.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #gorman-amanda, #inaugurations, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #the-hill-we-climb-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Captures the Moment in “The Hill We Climb”

The youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history will read a work she finished after the riot at the Capitol. “I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen,” she says.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #gorman-amanda, #inaugurations, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #the-hill-we-climb-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Jean Valentine, Minimalist Poet With Maximum Punch, Dies at 86

A former New York State Poet, she won the National Book Award and was a Pulitzer finalist for poems in which small details could accrue great power.

#books-and-literature, #break-the-glass-book, #deaths-obituaries, #door-in-the-mountain-new-and-collected-poems-book, #national-book-awards, #new-york-state-poet, #poetry-and-poets, #valentine-jean-1934

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How Poets Use Punctuation as a Superpower and a Secret Weapon

Just like line breaks and spacing decisions, typographical marks can shape how a reader hears the language.

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The Loveliest Gifts: Our Secret Santa Book Swap

Long before I worked at The New York Times, my friends and I leaned on the Books section for holiday cheer. We still do.

#books-and-literature, #chang-victoria, #children-and-childhood, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #poetry-and-poets, #trethewey-natasha

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A Middle-Aged Christmas

The meaning of Christmas nostalgia in the middle of life’s journey.

#books-and-literature, #capra-frank-jr, #children-and-childhood, #christmas, #dickens-charles, #douthat-ross-g, #gibson-kirk, #gifts, #poetry-and-poets, #tartt-donna, #thomas-dylan

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The Post-Trump Future of Literature

What will writers do when the outrage is over? Will they go back to writing about flowers and moons?

#ackerman-elliot, #baldwin-james-1924-87, #books-and-literature, #liberalism-us-politics, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #rankine-claudia, #reparations

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Nikki Giovanni, Finding the Song in the Darkest Days

Part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s, part of a Biden campaign ad in 2020, she has never stopped writing.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #giovanni-nikki, #make-me-rain-book, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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A Raging Pandemic Inspires Poetry With Little Bite

“Together in a Sudden Strangeness,” edited by Alice Quinn, gathers poems that react to life during the coronavirus crisis.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #poetry-and-poets, #quinn-alice, #together-in-a-sudden-strangeness-americas-poets-respond-to-the-pandemic-book

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The Best Poetry of 2020

Our poetry columnist picks some of her favorite collections of the year.

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Dispute Erupts Over Translation Rights to New Nobel Laureate

For 14 years, one publisher released Louise Glück’s poetry in Spanish. Then she won the Nobel Prize, and her agent made a change.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #gluck-louise, #language-and-languages, #nobel-prizes, #poetry-and-poets, #pre-textos, #spain, #spanish-language, #translation-and-interpreters, #writing-and-writers

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Naomi Long Madgett, Champion of Black Poets, Is Dead at 97

The longtime poet laureate of Detroit, she was as well known for publishing the work of others as she was for her own verse.

#black-people, #book-trade-and-publishing, #deaths-obituaries, #detroit-mich, #hughes-langston, #madgett-naomi-long-1923-2020, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #you-are-my-joy-and-pain-book

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Miguel Algarín, Force Behind Nuyorican Cafe, Dies at 79

His Lower East Side performance space has been an incubator for poets, playwrights and other artists, many of them not initially embraced by the mainstream.

#algarin-miguel, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #hispanic-americans, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #nuyorican-poets-cafe-manhattan-ny, #poetry-and-poets, #puerto-rico, #theater, #writing-and-writers

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Remembering Miguel Algarín, a Founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

A fellow writer recalls Algarín, who once wrote that the poet was “the philosopher of the sugar cane that grows between the cracks of concrete sidewalks.”

#algarin-miguel, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny, #nuyorican-poets-cafe-manhattan-ny, #poetry-and-poets, #puerto-ricans

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State Poets Laureate Deliver Brightness After Invitation From New York Times

The New York Times National Desk asked state poets laureate for some words of gratitude. We got a blizzard of lovely poetry in response.

#cavalieri-grace, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #green-jaki-shelton, #lacey-marc, #mish-jeanetta-calhoun, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #states-us, #thanksgiving-day, #woiwode-larry

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Make a Poem From Newspaper

A cento is a poem written using borrowed lines, like ones from this publication. Don’t forget to give credit.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-service, #handicrafts, #newspapers, #poetry-and-poets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #writing-and-writers

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Verses vs. Coronavirus: What These Poets Laureate Are Thankful For

It’s been a difficult year in every corner of the land. But there are still neighbors and family, breathtaking landscapes and gratitude for the ‘bend without the break.’

#poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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A Poet Who Mesmerizes by Zigs and Zags, Hopping From Idea to Idea

In “That Was Now, This Is Then,” the Pulitzer-winning poet Vijay Seshadri invites readers into his coiling, conversational thought process.

#books-and-literature, #poetry-and-poets, #seshadri-vijay, #that-was-now-this-is-then-poems-book

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China Disappeared My Professor. It Can’t Silence His Poetry.

Against overwhelming state violence, poetry might appear to offer little recourse. But for many Uighurs, it’s a powerful form of resistance.

#books-and-literature, #china, #dawut-rahile, #forced-labor, #poetry-and-poets, #social-media, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #urumqi-china, #xinjiang-china

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‘Funeral Diva,’ a Mix of Memoir and Poetry, Stirs the Body and Mind

Pamela Sneed’s book powerfully recalls the contributions and leadership of lesbians during the height of the AIDS crisis.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #funeral-diva-book, #poetry-and-poets, #sneed-pamela

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We Should Be Able to Use Apps Without Fear of Government Surveillance

We should be able to use a dating app without fear of winding up in a military database.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #poetry-and-poets, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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A Monumental and Rapturous New Anthology of Black American Poetry

“African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song,” edited by Kevin Young, contains an overwhelming amount of variety and history.

#african-american-poetry-250-years-of-strugglesong-book, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #poetry-and-poets, #young-kevin-1970

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‘The Power of Adrienne Rich’ Captures a Forceful and Complicated Poet

Hilary Holladay’s biography examines the upbringing, poems, and political and sexual awakenings of the vital and influential writer.

#books-and-literature, #holladay-hilary, #poetry-and-poets, #rich-adrienne, #the-power-of-adrienne-rich-a-biography-book, #writing-and-writers

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Old Dogs, New Research and the Secrets of Aging

The ways that dogs grow and age may provide potentially useful similarities with people.

#animal-behavior, #budapest-hungary, #dogs, #eotvos-lorand-university, #genetics-and-heredity, #homer, #poetry-and-poets, #seattle-wash, #university-of-vienna, #university-of-washington, #your-feed-science

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Poems From the Trump Campaign

Last chance, Jean. LAST CHANCE.

#poetry-and-poets, #trump-donald-j

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