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Wolfman Librarian | NewPages.com

During the Occupy Movement in New York City when The People literally took over Zuccotti Park, poet Filip Marinovich was right there in the mix, helping to set up and run the People’s Library and reading his poems over the People’s Mic, “the people’s mic is intoxicating / that’s why I am its pauper king” (“Zuccotti Park Fugue State”). The poems gathered in Wolfman Librarian stem directly from Marinovich’s experience with Occupy.

Source: Wolfman Librarian | NewPages.com

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On Alejandra Pizarnik’s poetry – The Volatile I by Johannes Göransson | Boston Review

THE HEART OF WHAT DOES EXIST

do not hand me over,

oh saddest of midnights,

to the impure whiteness of noon.

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Works and Nights (1965)

LOVERS

a flower

not far from the night

my mute body

opens

to the dew and its fragile urgency

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Works and Nights (1965)

 

VERTIGO, OR A CONTEMPLATION
OF THINGS THAT COME TO AN END

This lilac unlaces.

It falls from itself

and hides its ancient shadow.

I will die of such things.

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Extracting the Stone of Madness (1968)

 

DEAF LANTERN

The absent figures are sighing and the night is thick. The night is

the color of the eyelids of the dead.

All night long I make the night. All night long I write. Word by word

I am writing the night.

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Extracting the Stone of Madness (1968)

Translations by Yvette Siegert

In ecstatic states, it may not be clear whether we are in paradise or hell, whether the song is happy or sad. This is the experience Pizarnik describes even as she propels herself into its drunkenness, creating a saturated atmosphere that is, as Negroni puts it, the “antidote to transcendence.” Or it might be a kind of anti-transcendence, found precisely in the negation of transcendence, the refusal to elevate poetry into “concept.” Her poetry feels like a constant, intensive refusal that generates its own Gothic beauty and black light: “imminence without a recipient. I see the melody.”

Alejandra Pizarnik’s poetry finally gets the English translation it deserves.

Source: The Volatile I | Boston Review

~ to share with Marina

 

 

 Nikki Wallschlaeger :: Unruly Poems that Illuminate White Supremacy in Everyday Life

 

Nikki Wallschlaeger, Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017) (all images courtesy Bloof Books)

Poet Nikki Wallschlaeger’s new book Crawlspace discovers the violence embedded in our most familiar structures: mortgages, meals, rooms, houses, family relationships, and language itself.

Source: Unruly Poems that Illuminate White Supremacy in Everyday Life

Genève Chao reviews “The Missing Museum” by Amy King – Woodland Pattern’s Blog

 

Amy King’s irascible and incantatory sprawlfest, The Missing Museum, which won the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Prize (a fact which alone makes it the Heavyweight Champ of World Poetry as that year’s …

Source: Genève Chao reviews “The Missing Museum” by Amy King – Woodland Pattern’s Blog

The Secret Lives of Grace Paley’s Women | New Republic

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There are many generous writers, and many who cared more for living and writing and their families than they cared for fame. But of all these Grace Paley is one of the very best, which A Grace Paley Reader knows. – Josephine Livingstone

Source: The Secret Lives of Grace Paley’s Women | New Republic

for poet Tom Nicotera

Alice Iris Red Horse: Selected Poems by Yoshimasu Gozo | Quarterly Conversation

 

 

 

Source: Alice Iris Red Horse: Selected Poems by Yoshimasu Gozo | Quarterly Conversation

Periodic Earth by Donna Fleischer – Review by Marilyn Johnston | Snowflakes in a Blizzard

 

Marilyn Johnston is the author of two collections of poetry, Weight of the Angel and Silk Fist Songs (Antrim House Books). Her chapbook, Against Disappearance, won Finalist for the 2001 Poetry Prize from Redgreene Press. Her work has received six Pushcart Prize nominations and has appeared in many journals, including South Carolina Review, Worcester Review, and Poet Lore. She co-founded and directs the Wintonbury Poetry Series for the Bloomfield Public Library, Bloomfield, CT.

Source: Periodic Earth – Snowflakes in a Blizzard