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Death and detergents: Spanish poet sets hospital laundry work to verse

Begoña M Rueda reflects on her prize-winning account of laundry work during the Covid crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSpain was not long into the first wave of the Covid pandemic when the poet and hospital laundry worker Begoña M Rueda realised there wasn’t quite enough room on the public pedestal for all those who worked in the country’s over-stretched and often under-resourced health system.“At eight, people step on to their balconies to applaud / the labours ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Poetry, Spain, World news, Culture, Rueda, Coronavirus, Begoña M Rueda

"Is calling something 'poetic' calling it a 'poem'?"

I find myself retorting to a reader, Nancy, who emailed me to say — in response to my calling something "a sincere effort at poetic polemic" — "Polemic, yes, but who would call that a poem?" At the link there's video of a performance called "White Privilege," which Slate called a "poem." I can see that I repeated that word, "poem," before my sentence that began with "I think": "I think it's a sincere effort at poetic polemic." I know I wrote "poetic polemic" to nudge the reader to question wheth...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Language, Propaganda, Nancy, White Privilege, Billy Collins, Ann Althouse, Kyla Jenee Lacey, Nancy (the commenter

"One thing that the school board mentioned in their decision to dismiss Hawn was the 'inappropriate' language in your poem. What was your reaction upon hearing that? Did that strike you as being the real reason why?"

"I know it’s not the real reason why. I have their required reading list. And in the books that they are required to read, there’s sexual assault, murder, a lot of cursing. So I know that it was just a terrible excuse for their discomfort. And this is coming from somebody who was 16 years old having to, who grew up in a mostly white neighborhood, in my latter childhood, reading Mark Twain and reading the word 'n***er' over 200 times in a book. Huck Finn was bad. That’s classic literature, but ...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Atlantic, Mark Twain, Donald Trump, Huck Finn, Lacey, Coates, Hawn, David Cox, Race And Education, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Joanne Jacobs, Applebaum

Poetry by Ra’ad Abdulqadir: ‘The Song of the Eternal Citizen’

This year, Ugly Duckling Presse brought out a must-have anthology of poetry by Ra’ad Abdulqadir, Except for This Unseen Thread, translated by poet Mona Kareem: As Kareem writes in her introduction to Except for this Unseen Thread, Abdulqadir “the kind of poet loved and envied by both his contemporaries and the generations that followed,” but:” Now, though, he has been underrated and forgotten.” Thanks to Kareem’s translation, Abdulqadir’s gift for animating the world we ignore has begun circ...
Tags: Books, London, Iraq, Poetry, Basra, Tigris, Brooklyn Rail, RA, Kareem, United Nation Security Council, Soas University of London, Arkansas University, Mosul Kirkuk, AbdulQadir, Ghareeb, Ghareeb Iskander

Whitman and the America yet to be: reconceptualizing a multiracial democracy

My research on the ten years that Whitman lived in Washington, DC, (1863-1873) led to my argument in Whitman in Washington: Becoming the National Poet in the Federal City that his experience with the federal government—its bureaucracy, its hospitals, its soldiers, its efforts to realize the proposition that all men are created equal—transformed him. His identity as the poet of America was of course formed while he lived in Brooklyn and wrote Leaves of Grass (1855), but what has often seemed to m...
Tags: Books, Florida, Featured, Identity, Washington, Poetry, Africa, Race, US, America, American Civil War, Racism, Brooklyn, United States, Ethiopia, Literature

Why literature must be part of the language of recovery from crisis

Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “The End and the Beginning” outlines a plan of recovery after the war: the Polish Nobel Laureate’s vision of how we return to a sense of normality is pertinent to our times, when the COVID-19 pandemic has left the world in ruins and people in an unfathomed reality. The poem, inter alia, mentions bridges—literal ones that we must cross to resume activity, but it’s not lost on the reader that bridges are also spiritual, emotional, and cultural. The bridge she constructs t...
Tags: Books, Featured, Poetry, Language, Literature, Recovery, Dante, Seamus Heaney, Walt Whitman, Arts & Humanities, Wislawa Szymborska, Szymborska, COVID-19, Magnus Lunay

Remembering Bahraini Poet Ghazi Al-Haddad (1961-2021)

Bahraini poet Ghazi Al-Haddad died last week: Ali al-Jamri Ghazi Al-Haddad (1961-2021), the great Bahraini poet, died on Wednesday 23 June. Like many of Bahrain’s most prolific poets, he was best known for his Hussaini poetry marking the occasions, struggles and martyrdoms that are central to Shi’a Islam, for which he will be best remembered. Yet he also wrote well-known revolutionary poems during Bahrain’s 1990s intifada and poems powerfully asserting the marginalized Bahrani identity. ...
Tags: Books, UK, Saudi Arabia, Poetry, Oman, Bahrain, Ali, Basra, National Assembly, Abbas, Qatif, Ghazi, Eastern Province, Karbala, Bahrani, Bilad

Sunday Submissions: Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation

The annual Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation is open for entries until July 16: They write: For the first time, teachers can register to involve their students. All those who register will receive regular resources and activities to help them to integrate creative translation into their teaching.This year the prize opened for entries on 6 May and closes on 16 July 2021. Translate into English any poem from any language—ranging from Arabic to Uzbek, from Danish to Somali—and w...
Tags: Books, UK, Poetry, Stephen, British School, Resources for Translators, Stephen Spender Prize, Sunday Submissions, Daljit Nagra Samantha Schnee

Backstory to Polish nationalism | Letters

Michael Kowalewski on the reasons for the rise of illiberalism in PolandI cannot speak for Hungary, but the very nuanced account of Polish and Hungarian illiberalism (The long read, 24 June) omits some crucial dimensions – notably the influence on the Polish psyche of national messianism, a reaction to the partitions of Poland at the end of the 18th century, which led to the disappearance of Poland from the map. These events traumatised intellectuals and turned Polish poets and artists into guar...
Tags: Europe, Poetry, Religion, European Union, World news, Culture, Hungary, Christianity, Poland, John Paul, Dorset Continue, Michael Kowalewski, Adam Mickiewicz Juliusz Słowacki, Zygmunt Krasiński, Słowacki, Michael KowalewskiMelbury Osmond

"Last winter, Britta Grace Thorpe was in bed at her parents’ home, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in the depths of a late-night TikTok binge..."

"... when one video broke the reverie. Soft harp sounds played, and then a female voice began a gentle but insistent monologue: 'You have to start romanticizing your life. You have to start thinking of yourself as the main character. ’Cause if you don’t, life will continue to pass you by.' Onscreen, an overhead shot showed a young blond woman sprawled on a blanket on the beach, looking up at the camera, surrounded by friends who are oblivious to the lens. Sparkles from a TikTok filter bedazzle t...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Rome, Sculpture, Narcissism, Donald Trump, Ward, Lydia, Thorpe, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke, Ashley Ward, Ann Althouse, Vatican Museum, Doylestown Pennsylvania, Tiktok

June linkfest

“Controversial terms, from ‘abortion’ to ‘Zionism,’ tend to shut down dialog because they mean different things to different people.” The AllSides Red Blue Dictionary defines these hot-button terms across the political spectrum: “Until we fully understand what a term means to someone else, we don't know the issue and can't effectively communicate.” * I’m enjoying (and learning from) the short essays Susan Orlean publishes on Medium, especially her stories about  the writing craft. Here s...
Tags: Fashion, Politics, New York, Science, Writing, California, Poetry, US, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlantic, New York Times, Linguistics, Contests, Trademark, Core

Prue Leith, Lemn Sissay and Alison Moyet recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Key figures in UK arts, culture and sport rewarded in list dominated by heroes and heroines of pandemicThe Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, the poet Lemn Sissay and the singer-songwriter Alison Moyet are among notable figures in the arts to have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.In a list dominated once again by the heroes and heroines of the coronavirus pandemic, and particularly key players in Britain’s successful vaccine rollout, there remained room to laud the achi...
Tags: Food, Books, Music, UK, Poetry, Football, Sport, UK News, Culture, Britain, Stage, Roy Hodgson, Rugby league, Queen's Birthday Honours List, Lemn Sissay, Engelbert Humperdinck

Ethan Hawke Explains How to Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative

The most creative people, you’ll notice, throw themselves into what they do with absurd, even reckless abandon. They commit, no matter their doubts about their talents, education, finances, etc. They have to. They are generally fighting not only their own misgivings, but also those of friends, family, critics, financiers, and landlords. Artists who work to realize their own vision, rather than someone else’s, face a witheringly high probability of failure, or the kind of success that com...
Tags: Art, Facebook, New York, College, Poetry, America, Creativity, Ethan Hawke, David Lynch, Ginsberg, Hawke, Buckley, William F Buckley, Josh Jones, Krishna, Allen Ginsberg

"The moon in China has a special meaning. And when it's full, that represents the fullness and reunification of the family. So that poem struck the deep core of my heart whenever I miss my family."

Says Yuan Haiwang, author of "This Is China: The First 5,000 Years," quoted in "Li Bai and Du Fu: China's drunken superstar poets" (BBC). He was talking about a poem by Li Bai (701-762 AD).Moonlight in front of my bed I took it for frost on the ground I lift my head, gaze at the mountain moon Lower it, and think of home.I'm reading that this morning because a reader, K, saw my post about "tangping" and emailed:Tang was the greatest age of Chinese poetry and the greatest Tang poetry included atta...
Tags: Google, Law, China, Poetry, Bbc, Beijing, Language, The moon, Concord, Euclid, Tang, G.K. Chesterton, Thoreau, Walden Pond, Ann Althouse, Chesterton

It just goes to show how wrong you can be.

(video autoplays, so it's after the jump:) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Poetry, Stupid, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

Dreaming of a better future? Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and more on books to inspire change

As our thoughts turn to life after the pandemic, authors from this year’s Hay festival choose books that have inspired lasting change in themAli Smith, novelistBooks, and all the arts, naturally and endlessly inspire change because they free up the possibilities between reality and the imagination, and the possibilities for change in us. They never stop doing this. It’s one of the reasons the current powers that be are hellbent on controlling the arts, devaluing them, removing easy access to the...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Culture, Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Hay, Val Mcdermid, Monique Roffey, Sarah Wood, Hollie McNish, Nina Stibbe, Science and nature books, Maaza Mengiste, Natasha Brown, Ali Smith Malcolm Gladwell

Group think: why art loves a crowd

From flâneurs to rallies, protests to parties, human beings are drawn to congregate. With social gatherings a possibility once again, Olivia Laing considers the crowd in art and literatureWhen I was very lonely in New York, one of the things that most comforted me was to wander up Broadway or along the East River, alone but in the company of thousands of strangers. Anonymised by the multitude, I felt the burden of my sorrow slide off me. It was a relief to be part of a whole, no longer agonising...
Tags: Art, Books, New York, Poetry, Society, Culture, Art and design, Broadway, East River, Olivia Laing, Walt Whitman, Anonymised

Bob Dylan at 80: in praise of a mighty and unbowed singer-songwriter

Prolific, resilient and endlessly creative … as Dylan celebrates his 80th birthday, Edward Docx assesses his artistic contribution to the human storyBeyond Mr Tambourine Man: 80 Bob Dylan songs everyone should know Astonishingly, Bob Dylan turns 80 on Monday. For millions of people like me, this is a moment to celebrate. We’re insane, of course. We listen to him every day like other people pray. We’ve been to hundreds of the live shows – witnessed the transcendent moments and stood there loyall...
Tags: Books, Music, Poetry, Culture, Bob Dylan, William Shakespeare, Dylan, Tambourine Man, Bad Dylan, Music books, Edward Docx

It is foolhardy to insist on a false dichotomy in poetry

Whether they are written on a page or spoken on a stage, poems echo the cadences of our hearts The post It is foolhardy to insist on a false dichotomy in poetry appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Poetry, Article, Canon, Openaccess, Spoken Work, South Africa (country, Lesego Rampolokeng, Canada’s The Four Horsemen, concrete poetry of Brazil, David wa Maahlamela, Gert Vlok Nel, Malika Ndlovu, Mbari Club Nigeria, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Toast Coetzer, Vonani Bila

Reunion Beach

When I first heard about the anthology Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank, the first thing I noticed was that it includes “Summer Of ’79,” Elin Hilderbrand’s short story sequel to Summer of ’69. By the time I read that novel, the short story was no longer available, so I was thrilled to […]
Tags: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction, Nancy, Elin Hilderbrand, Short Stories and Essays, Dorothea Benton Frank

It is foolhardy to insist on a false dichotomy in poetry

Whether they are written on a page or spoken on a stage, poems echo the cadences of our hearts The post It is foolhardy to insist on a false dichotomy in poetry appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Poetry, Article, Canon, Spoken Work, South Africa (country, Lesego Rampolokeng, Canada’s The Four Horsemen, concrete poetry of Brazil, David wa Maahlamela, Gert Vlok Nel, Malika Ndlovu, Mbari Club Nigeria, Mxolisi Nyezwa, New Coin, Toast Coetzer, Vonani Bila

"I picture 5 people in a barrel... A table made of bread etc... Green garbage-less grass stretching in yoga poses..."

Meade writes, in a text that quotes this: "A group of five people sat around a campfire in a barrel next to a table of bread, donuts, oranges, graham crackers and water. Green grass with no garbage stretched out between the clusters of tents.”The quote comes from an article in The Wisconsin State Journal, "City softens approach to close homeless camp, explores options for men's shelter site."I had to read the quote carefully to see what was so funny about Meade's interpretation and then I laughe...
Tags: England, Law, Wikipedia, New York City, Poetry, History, Gotham, Nottingham, John, Douglas, Washington Irving, Blount, Meade, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Bill Finger

The Butchers: novel set in Irish BSE crisis wins Ondaatje prize

Ruth Gilligan’s thriller about eight men who cull cattle in rural Ireland wins £10,000 for books that ‘best evoke the spirit of a place’Ruth Gilligan’s literary thriller The Butchers, set in the Irish borderlands during the BSE crisis, has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize for books that “best evoke the spirit of a place”.Gilligan’s novel beat titles including James Rebanks’ memoir of his family farm, English Pastoral, and Nina Mingya Powles’ poetry collection Magnolia, 木蘭 to ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Fiction, Poetry, Culture, Ireland, Awards and prizes, Ondaatje Prize, Royal Society of Literature, Gilligan, James Rebanks, Ondaatje, Nina Mingya Powles, Ruth Gilligan

The incredibly complicated question of how to translate inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman blew a lot of peoples' when she performed her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. The poem itself almost immediately became a bestseller, and her forthcoming debut children's book was soon coveted as well. — Read the rest
Tags: Translation, Post, Video, News, Poetry, Poem, Poems, Joe Biden, Lost In Translation, Translations, Inauguration Day, Translators, Amanda Gorman, Gained In Translation

Windows on the world: pandemic poems by Simon Armitage, Hollie McNish, Kae Tempest and more

Six of the UK’s best poets reveal exclusive new work and reflect on the last year, losing relatives, long-distance relationships and ‘artistic claustrophobia’ Continue reading...
Tags: Books, UK, Poetry, Culture, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough, Hollie McNish, Coronavirus, Kae Tempest, Simon Armitage Hollie McNish Kae Tempest

Living through India’s pandemic: ‘Oxygen is the new currency’

As India is devastated by a crippling second wave of coronavirus, its leaders’ response to the pandemic is causing anguish and disbelief, writes author Jeet Thayil ‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe When the second wave began, we woke each day with a premonition of dread and as the days passed, and the toll climbed, taking our family members, our friends, our acquaintances and colleagues, the dread became ever present, like the dead, who took...
Tags: Books, India, Poetry, Culture, Arundhati Roy, Jeet Thayil, Coronavirus

Online archive of e e cummings poetry is a perfectly-domained online archive of e e cummings' incomparable poetry, presented and published by Ben Walsh. The typesetting is minimal yet handsome, still a rarity online. Walsh writes: Edward Estlin Cummings, better known as E. E. Cummings, was a 20th-century American author who distinguished himself with his playful syntax and sensual subject matter. — Read the rest
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Lyricism as activism: Sigurd Olson and The Singing Wilderness

On the northwestern side of the Great Lakes, at the border between the United States and Canada, there is a lake country called Quetico-Superior, known for its unsurpassed beauty and wilderness. This is the home of the influential environmentalist and writer Sigurd Olson (1899-1982). He served as President of the Wilderness Society and the National Parks Association, working also as a consultant to the government on wilderness preservation and ecological problems. At the same time, he earned pop...
Tags: Books, Featured, Activism, Minneapolis, Poetry, Canada, United States, Literature, Philosophy, Lake Michigan, Olson, University of Minnesota Press, Arts & Humanities, John Burroughs, Wilderness Society, Lyricism

Portals: My Newest Book!

An amazing thing happened. Last fall I sent a pile of newer poems to Middle Creek Press, hoping I might salvage something out of what little I wrote during our ongoing pandemic misery. Turns out that collection, titled Portals, won the 2020 Halcyon Poetry Prize. Wild, right? What an honor to have Middle Creek publisher … Continue reading Portals: My Newest Book!
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The voices in Makhafula Vilakazi’s head

A poet raised in transit, Makhafula Vilakazi speaks from the margins, even as he has almost escaped them The post The voices in Makhafula Vilakazi’s head appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Writing, Law, Poetry, Transit, Performance, Friday, Soweto, Kasi, Duality, Makhafula Vilakazi, Dj Sbu, Concerning Blacks, Matodzi Gift Ramashia, RAMS Attorneys