“Every word written is a victory against death," says French writer Michel Butor (Photo via aucoindelaruedelenfer.com) According to The New York Review of Books, only 3 to 5 percent of books published in the U.S. are translations. Whether this is the result of American isolationism, or commercial [...]
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Writer Beth Copeland (Photo courtesy of Beth Copeland) The poems in Beth Copeland's Transcendental Telemarketer evoke a range of emotions and places. They're colorful and playful, but also rich in meaning. Copeland writes about the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, Hokusai's "great wave," and Japanese typhoons, but also Buddhist scrolls, [...]
Jim Harrison in his Livingston Montana writing cabin (Photo by Kurt Markus via outsideonline.com) What a pleasure to have writer Jim Harrison re-launching Gwarlingo's Sunday Poem series this weekend. Harrison's poetry, fiction, and essays pack a visceral punch. His writing is steeped in the senses, in nature, and [...]
Writer Diane Gilliam is the 2013 winner of the $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation (Photo by Bob Weinberg) It's rare for a book of poetry to have the same narrative tension and sense of place as a novel. But it's a [...]
Writer Geoffrey Nutter under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis (Photo by Maria Diaz) The epigraph that opens Geoffrey Nutter's new collection, The Rose of January, (Wave Books, 2013), is from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Lettuce, apple, or melon, in season---so long as it is good....When their hour is past [...]
Patricia Smith (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths) What was your least favorite age? For many of us, 13 stands out as a particularly hellacious year. Today's Sunday Poem "13 Ways of Looking at 13" by writer and performer Patricia Smith takes us back to those early, tormented [...]
For 15 years poet Nancy Simpson was Resident Writer at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina Note: This introduction is a guest post by Kathryn Stripling Byer, a writer who has also been featured as a Gwarlingo Sunday Poet. Kathryn's essay appears in [...]
Poet Gregory Orr reading at the 2012 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Photo by Michelle Aldredge) With his new book, River Inside the River: Poems, Gregory Orr set a high bar for himself. His intention: to write three lengthy pieces that combine the intensity of lyric poetry with [...]
Chin’gak Kuksa Hyesim was the first Zen Master dedicated to poetry in Korea. As translator Ian Haight explains in his introduction to Magnolia and Lotus: Selected Poems of Hyesim (White Pine Press, 2012), the tradition of Zen Buddhist poetry begins with his writing. Translating poetry by a revered monk [...]
James Crews’ poetry collection, The Book of What Stays, is full of evocative landscapes and secret lives. There is the old woman in Chernobyl who refuses to leave, ice fishing with Patsy Cline, and the moving poems about artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.