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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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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Poets and Lovers: Do Rimbaud and Verlaine Belong in France’s Panthéon?

A petition seeks to honor them, but critics ask if it’s about poetry or sexuality, and whether such rebels would be out of place in an august shrine to national heroes.

#homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pantheon-paris-france, #paris-france, #poetry-and-poets, #rimbaud-arthur, #verlaine-paul-marie-1844-96

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Diane di Prima, Poet of the Beat Era and Beyond, Dies at 86

She traveled in the circles of Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, a rare female voice in a male world, and went on to a long, prolific career in poetry.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #di-prima-diane, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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Book Review: ‘Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath,’ by Heather Clark

“Red Comet,” a mammoth new biography by Heather Clark, aims to rescue the poet from the clichés that have dominated her afterlife and secure her status as a major American writer.

#books-and-literature, #clark-heather-author, #hughes-ted, #plath-sylvia, #poetry-and-poets, #red-comet-the-short-life-and-blazing-art-of-sylvia-plath-book

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Black Art and Poetry Elevate a Tribute to Civil Rights Leaders

In “The Baptism,” Carrie Mae Weems and Carl Hancock Rux find an abstract, elegiac voice in their video honoring John Lewis and C.T. Vivian.

#art, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #lewis-john-r, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #poetry-and-poets, #rux-carl-hancock, #the-baptism-movie, #vivian-cordy-tindell, #weems-carrie-mae

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The Pious French Poet Who Palled Around With Picasso and Apollinaire

In “Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters,” Rosanna Warren retraces the colorful history of a now largely forgotten figure of French modernism who was surrounded by famous friends.

#art, #books-and-literature, #jacob-max, #max-jacob-a-life-in-art-and-letters-book, #picasso-pablo, #poetry-and-poets, #warren-rosanna

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A Musician Revered by Iranians, But Banned by the State

Mohammad Reza Shajarian’s politics were almost never explicit, but the Iranian people knew he stood with them.

#funerals-and-memorials, #iran, #music, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #shajarian-mohammad-reza-1940-2020, #tehran-iran

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The Poet Louise Glück Talks About Winning the Nobel Prize in Literature

“It seemed to be extremely unlikely that I would ever have this particular event to deal with in my life.”

#books-and-literature, #gluck-louise, #nobel-prizes, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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Louise Glück, a Nobel Winner Whose Poems Have Abundant Intellect and Deep Feeling

Our critic says it’s relatively easy to understand Glück’s poems, but also impossible to utterly get to the bottom of them.

#books-and-literature, #gluck-louise, #nobel-prizes, #poetry-and-poets

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Lili Reinhart Is Just Being Honest

The “Riverdale” star is reluctant to call herself an activist. But she has a lot to say and isn’t afraid to do so.

#actors-and-actresses, #books-and-literature, #poetry-and-poets, #reinhart-lili, #social-media, #swimming-lessons-book, #television

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Derek Mahon, Popular Irish Poet, Is Dead at 78

He wove together history, personal demons and quiet contemplation in works that could be dark but also spoke of renewal.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #ireland, #mahon-derek, #northern-ireland, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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This Basketball-Loving Poet Resists Categorization

Fresh off the success of his play “Barber Shop Chronicles,” Inua Ellams has a new book out, “The Half God of Rainfall,” about a son of Zeus who dominates on the courts.

#books-and-literature, #ellams-inua, #poetry-and-poets, #the-half-god-of-rainfall-book, #writing-and-writers

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How Can We Bear This Much Loss?

In William Blake’s engravings for the Book of Job I found a powerful lesson about grief and attachment.

#blake-william, #books-and-literature, #deaths-fatalities, #grief-emotion, #poetry-and-poets

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‘Showers and Pants Are So 2019’

And other six-word memoirs about the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #poetry-and-poets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #writing-and-writers

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Special Episode: ‘An Obituary for the Land’

“I will mark my heart with an ‘X’ made of ash that says, the power to restore life resides here.”

#california, #podcasts, #poetry-and-poets, #western-states-us, #wildfires, #williams-terry-tempest

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National Book Awards Names 2020 Nominees

Fiction contenders include Brit Bennett, the author of “The Vanishing Half”; Randall Kenan, a beloved writer who died in August; and Douglas Stuart, a debut novelist who is also a Booker Prize finalist.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #national-book-awards, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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Claudia Rankine on the Ways Race Haunts Her Imagination, and America’s

In her new book, “Just Us,” the poet and essayist repeatedly asks how race is understood and manifested in American culture.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #just-us-an-american-conversation-book, #poetry-and-poets, #race-and-ethnicity, #rankine-claudia

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A Timely Collection of Vital Writing by Audre Lorde

“The Selected Works of Audre Lorde,” edited by Roxane Gay, arrives at a time when the poet, essayist and memoirist has rarely been more influential — or misunderstood.

#books-and-literature, #gay-roxane, #lorde-audre-1934-92, #poetry-and-poets, #the-selected-works-of-audre-lorde-book

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Walt Whitman, Poet of a Contradictory America

During the Civil War era, the writer emerged as an emblem of the country’s dissonance. Now, in the midst of another all-consuming national crisis, his work feels uncannily relevant.

#brooklyn-nyc, #floyd-george-d-2020, #leaves-of-grass-book, #poetry-and-poets, #whitman-walt, #writing-and-writers

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The Pandemic in Six Word Memoirs

“The world has never felt smaller.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #poetry-and-poets

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Forrest Fenn, Art Dealer Who Enticed Thousands to Hunt for Hidden Treasure, Dies at 90

Mr. Fenn announced in a 2010 book that he had hidden a chest of gold nuggets, diamonds and other jewels somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. People reacted.

#books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #fenn-forrest-1930, #gold, #new-mexico, #poetry-and-poets, #rocky-mountains, #santa-fe-nm, #the-thrill-of-the-chase-book, #treasure-troves

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Whitney Cancels Show That Included Works Bought at Fund-Raisers

Black artists objected after they discovered their work had been acquired by the museum through discounted sales meant to benefit charities.

#art, #black-people, #museums, #philanthropy, #photography, #poetry-and-poets, #see-in-black, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

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Rebel Poet’s Death Leaves 40 Years of Epic Afghan Work Unfinished

He was a Marxist revolutionary and minister in Afghanistan’s short-lived communist government. But Sulaiman Layeq spent the last decades of his life writing an epic poem about an Islamist insurgent.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #cold-war-era, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #kabul-afghanistan, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #sulaiman-layeq

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Juliana Huxtable’s Next Chapter

The artistic polymath has pushed the limits of genre, exploring ideas about gender and politics in nearly every form imaginable.

#15-creative-women, #art, #poetry-and-poets, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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A New Hampshire Poet Laureate Lifts Her City’s Covid-19 Advisories

Tammi Truax, the Portsmouth poet laureate, writes a weekly poem for the city’s coronavirus newsletter, breaking up grim statistics with verse.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-hampshire, #newsletters, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #portsmouth-nh

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How Japanese Literature Tells the Story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Literature is a refuge we turn to when we are forced to confront contradictions that lie beyond reason, writes the Japanese novelist Yoko Ogawa.

#books-and-literature, #hiroshima-japan, #japan, #nagasaki-japan, #nuclear-weapons, #poetry-and-poets

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Overlooked No More: Cheryl Marie Wade, a Performer Who Refused to Hide

Going public with her disability helped her cope with the pain and hardship she felt.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #art, #axis-dance-co, #biographical-information, #disabilities, #poetry-and-poets, #wade-cheryl-marie-1948-2013

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Looking at Epic Poetry Through 21st-Century Eyes

New translations of the “Aeneid,” “Beowulf” and other ancient stories challenge some of our modern-day ideas.

#aeneid-book, #bartsch-shadi, #beowulf-book, #books-and-literature, #dante-alighieri-1265-1321, #greek-civilization, #headley-maria-dahvana, #nicholson-catherine-1978, #poetry-and-poets, #reading-and-not-reading-the-faerie-queene-spenser-and-the-making-of-literary-criticism-book, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #spenser-edmund, #the-faerie-queene-book, #translation-and-interpreters, #virgil, #wilson-emily-1971

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A Poet Whose Calling Is Doubt Celebrates Language’s Uncertainty

In “Muddy Matterhorn,” Heather McHugh embraces puns, anagrams and other wordplay in the service of philosophical inquiry.

#books-and-literature, #mchugh-heather, #muddy-matterhorn-book, #poetry-and-poets

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‘Weather’

The poet Claudia Rankine writes for the Book Review about the climate in America at this moment.

#books-and-literature, #poetry-and-poets, #rankine-claudia, #writing-and-writers

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‘Say Thank You Say I’m Sorry’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown writes for the Book Review about life during the pandemic.

#books-and-literature, #brown-jericho, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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The Poems That Poets Turn To in a Time of Strife

Sixteen poets tell us about the verses and books they are reading, or that they hope others seek out.

#alexander-kwame, #books-and-literature, #chen-chen-1989, #diaz-natalie, #felix-camonghne, #gander-forrest, #harjo-joy, #hong-cathy-park, #kaminsky-ilya, #limon-ada-1976, #mccrae-shane, #olivarez-jose-poet, #petrosino-kiki, #poetry-and-poets, #sinclair-safiya, #sze-arthur, #vuong-ocean, #writing-and-writers

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A Poet of Found Language Who Finds Her Language in Archives

Susan Howe’s new book, “Concordance,” pastes together collages of word and thought from old letters, manuscripts and (yes) concordances.

#books-and-literature, #concordance-book, #howe-susan-1937, #poetry-and-poets, #spontaneous-particulars-the-telepathy-of-archives-book

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: America’s No. 1 Literary Celebrity

In his new biography, “Cross of Snow,” Nicholas A. Basbanes makes a case for the man and the poet.

#basbanes-nicholas-a, #books-and-literature, #cross-of-snow-a-life-of-henry-wadsworth-longfellow-book, #longfellow-henry-wadsworth, #poetry-and-poets

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Coronavirus Poems to the Editor: ‘Death Too Wears a Mask’

Many people are finding comfort in reading and writing poetry during these difficult times. Here are some reflections on life amid Covid-19 submitted by readers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #poetry-and-poets

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‘I Release You, Fear’

Cheryl Strayed talks with the poet Joy Harjo about beauty, prophecies and listening to your spiritual council.

#books-and-literature, #harjo-joy, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #quarantines, #strayed-cheryl, #viruses

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Before the Feminist Revolution, This ‘Messy Experiment’ Nurtured Female Talent

“The Equivalents,” by Maggie Doherty, combines the story of a Radcliffe College institute to support creative women with that of the friendship forged by five early fellows.

#art, #books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #doherty-maggie-author, #friendship, #kumin-maxine, #olsen-tillie, #pineda-marianna-1925-1996, #poetry-and-poets, #sexton-anne, #swan-barbara-1922-2003, #the-equivalents-a-story-of-art-female-friendship-and-liberation-in-the-1960s-book, #walker-alice, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

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Three Poets on Marriage and Female Identity

A discussion of wives, husbands and the names we choose to go by.

#cash-june-carter, #frohman-denice-1985, #kahlo-frida, #kay-sarah-1988, #marriages, #mort-helen-1985, #names-personal, #poetry-and-poets, #women-and-girls

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Follow the Silk Road, Book by Book

Compiled by our contributors, a reading list for recreating the ancient trade route from the comfort of home.

#art, #books-and-literature, #bowles-paul, #buddhism, #chen-kaige, #china, #culture-arts, #delhi-india, #edugyan-esi, #georgia-georgian-republic, #mosse-richard, #movies, #poetry-and-poets, #polo-marco-1254-1324, #silk-road-ancient-trade-route, #taseer-aatish, #thubron-colin, #uzbekistan, #yu-anthony-c

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Prince and the Revolution: Livestreaming Today

Appointment viewing is back. Find out what online events to look for today, and when to tune in.

#actors-and-actresses, #crow-sheryl, #feldstein-beanie, #jazz, #jazz-foundation-of-america, #kidjo-angelique, #movies, #ninety-second-street-y, #poetry-and-poets, #pop-and-rock-music, #prince-1958, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sheen-michael, #theater, #thomas-dylan, #under-milk-wood-play, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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‘There’s a Quiet All Over the World’

Cheryl Strayed talks with the poet Billy Collins about memorization, “picture language” and the power of collective silence.

#books-and-literature, #collins-billy-1941, #poetry-and-poets, #quarantines, #strayed-cheryl

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A Poetic Journey Through Western China

For years, Silk Road travelers made the grueling trek past towering mountain ranges and ancient cities now lost to time. Centuries later, one writer attempts to retrace the journey.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #art, #buddhism, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #dunhuang-china, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #immigration-and-emigration, #mogao-caves-china, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #wang-wei-701-61-ad, #xian-china, #xinjiang-china

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On Subways as Riders Return: Odes to Their Resilience

Leaders of the “Poetry in Motion” program hope verse can help to comfort and encourage people as they return to the trains in greater numbers.

#merwin-w-s, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #poetry-and-poets, #poetry-society-of-america, #subways, #transit-systems

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