Poet Diane Lockward of West Caldwell, New Jersey, discusses her work at Chatham High School (Photo by Stephen Briggs) Diane Lockward's latest collection of poetry, Temptation by Water, is a book of dualities. These closely observed poems, which are largely free verse, are both witty and fierce [...]
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Writer Kate Kingston lives in Trinidad, Colorado (Photo by Ron Thompson) I knew I was going to like the poet Kate Kingston the minute she shared this story during our first dinner together at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming: "When my youngest son was a teenager, he [...]
Concrete Sound (Photos courtesy Audra Wolowiec) Last year Gwarlingo readers responded enthusiastically to Mary Ruefle and Jen Bervin's erasure poems. Today's Sunday Poem features another unique project that defies categorization---a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec and poet, critic, and artist Christine Shan Shan Hou. In conjunction with [...]
Russian writer Marina Tsvetaeva in 1914 “I am happy living simply/ like a clock, or a calendar,” Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva wrote in 1919. Tsvetaeva's life was anything but simple, for she had the misfortune of living through some of the most turbulent years in Russian history. She [...]
Writer Michelle Bitting (Photo by Alexis Fancher) Today's Sunday Poet was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Michelle Bitting was a dancer and chef before devoting herself to poetry. Her collection, Good Friday Kiss, was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the 2007 DeNovo Prize [...]
Writer Terrance Hayes (Photo by Becky Thurner Braddock) "Language is just music without the full instrumentation," says Terrance Hayes. Music is a constant touchstone in Hayes's poetry. "I’m chasing a kind of language that can be unburdened by people’s expectations. I think music is the primary model—how [...]
Writer Kathryn Stripling Byer (Photo by Chris English) As a fellow Georgia native, Kathryn Stripling Byer's poem about a young girl enduring Sunday church service in "a girdle and hose" and singing the hymn "Just As I Am" brought back memories. Byer's latest collection, Descent, is brimming [...]
Poet D. Nurkse D. Nurkse's latest collection, A Night in Brooklyn, captures a Brooklyn of both the past and present in lyrical poems that are both intimate and political. Here is Nurkse discussing his book with Andy Kuhn of the Katonah Poetry Series: My family came here [...]
Brenda Shaughnessy (Photo by Sylvia Plachy) Brenda Shaughnessy's Our Andromeda had positive buzz in the literary community before it was even released by Cooper Canyon Press late last year, and the glowing reviews and accolades from publications like The New Yorker, the New York Times, Bookforum, and Publisher's [...]