Joseph Brodsky Slept Here. The Great Poet’s Cranky Neighbor Couldn’t Care Less.

After a decades-long standoff with the last resident of a communal apartment, a private museum has finally opened in Brodsky’s shared home in St. Petersburg, a rare grass-roots victory in Russia.

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A Cautionary Tale for the New Roaring Twenties

What does “The Wild Party,” an obscure but chillingly prescient book-length poem from the twilight of the Jazz Age, tell us about our own era?

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India-Backed Forces Order Kashmir’s Poets to Go Silent

Harsh measures against dissent have trickled down to practitioners of the region’s poetic traditions, with many saying they have been told to stop.

#ali-agha-shahid, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #himalayas, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes, #writing-and-writers

The Poetic Justice of Amanda Gorman’s Estée Lauder Contract

The inside story of how it happened and why it matters.

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Maggie Nelson Wants to Redefine ‘Freedom’

In her new essay collection, the writer wants to enunciate all the meanings and manifestations of the word that our current conversation obscures.

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Why Poetry Is So Crucial Right Now

It helps us pay attention to the things that matter.

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Excuse Her Dust: 54 Years Late, Dorothy Parker Finally Gets a Tombstone

The beloved author wrote many witty epitaphs but never suggested where her remains should end up. Her fans helped complete her ashes’ odyssey.

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Jean Breeze, First Woman of Dub Poetry, Dies at 65

She was known for the passion of her performances, the raw honesty of her stories and her use of Jamaica’s lyrical vernacular.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #breeze-jean-1956-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #england, #jamaica-west-indies, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

My Secret Weapon Against the Attention Economy

When you reread the same poem over and over again, you stop scrolling along the surface and dive deep beneath it.

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The Victorian Poet Who Sought to Capture Everyday Life in Her Verse

“Two-Way Mirror,” by Fiona Sampson, is the first biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in many years. It aims to restore the now overlooked poet’s reputation as a major innovator.

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The Downfall of Ezra Pound

A poet who was undone by his own words.

#poetry-and-poets, #pound-ezra

Stephen Dunn, Poet Who Celebrated the Ordinary, Dies at 82

His work, one reviewer said, “has an out-of-time quality, like a conversation with your smartest friend during a long-distance road trip.” In 2001 he won the Pulitzer Prize.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #different-hours-book, #dunn-stephen, #poetry-and-poets, #pulitzer-prizes, #stockton-university

Poem: Triage

Reginald Gibbons writes a collection of poems that are riffs, covers, borrowings and thefts, as he calls them. But then, they are always more.

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Robert Hollander, Who Led Readers Into ‘The Inferno,’ Dies at 87

He and his wife wrote an admired translation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” and he began an innovative project to digitize centuries of scholarly commentary.

#colleges-and-universities, #dante-alighieri-1265-1321, #deaths-obituaries, #hollander-jean-d-2019, #hollander-robert-b-jr, #poetry-and-poets, #princeton-university, #the-divine-comedy-book, #translation-and-interpreters

Friederike Mayröcker, Grande Dame in German Literature, Dies at 96

An Austrian, she was among the most decorated German-language poets of the postwar period, producing a large body of daring work.

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Poem: Len Bias, a Bouquet of Flowers, and Ms. Brooks

A moment between legends.

#black-people, #collier-michael-poet, #poetry-and-poets

One Irish Poet Looks Back Three Centuries to Find Obsession and Inspiration in Another

In “A Ghost in the Throat,” Doireann Ni Ghriofa combines essay, biography and autofiction in writing about (and translating) a passionate 18th-century lament.

#a-ghost-in-the-throat-book, #books-and-literature, #ni-chonaill-eibhlin-dubh, #ni-ghriofa-doireann, #poetry-and-poets

Poets in Myanmar Are Killed After the Coup

More than 30 poets have been imprisoned since the military seized power in Myanmar, a country where politics and poetry are intimately connected.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #maung-saungkha, #monasteries-and-monks, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #poetry-and-poets, #political-prisoners, #writing-and-writers

The Artist Who Transforms Galleries Into Forests and Fields

Precious Okoyomon’s vast installations, which often incorporate plants as well as poetry and sculpture, celebrate the chaos of nature, and warn against its destruction.

#art, #frieze-new-york, #okoyomon-precious, #poetry-and-poets, #shed-manhattan-ny

Cathy Park Hong

The Asian-American poet wants to help women and people of color find healing — and clarity — in their rage.

#asian-americans, #books-and-literature, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #hong-cathy-park, #korean-americans, #minor-feelings-an-asian-american-reckoning-book, #morris-wesley-1975, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #wortham-jenna, #writing-and-writers

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

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

‘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

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.”

#bishop-elizabeth, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #gorman-amanda, #jamison-kay-redfield, #millay-edna-st-vincent, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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A President Can Govern in Poetry

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

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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

‘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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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