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Sally Ball reads from her second poetry collection, Wreck Me, published in April by Barrow Street Press.
No Threat, Nuthatch
Tiny presence in the pines,
hold still. Upside down—
right side up—flock of nerves
and fretful hunger. Hold still.
Sohpie Cabot Black reads three poems from her third poetry collection, The Exchange, published in May by Graywolf Press.
I could only close my eyes on the blue
Shirtsleeve of leaving and understand
I was to make my own sentence. No voice
by Beth Cranwell Aplin
The New Jersey-based publisher CavanKerry Press is helping patients and families awaiting medical attention with The Waiting Room Reader, an anthology of poetry and prose distributed for free to hospitals in select states across the country.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Stephen King has released a Kindle Single; Robert Polito has been named the Poetry Foundation’s new president; Jonathan Ames and actor Jason Schwartzman are working on a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's Pictures of Fidelman; and other news.
by Evan Smith Rakoff
Independent bookstores may now sell Kobo tablets; Joel Lovell profiles master storyteller George Saunders in this weekend's New York Times Magazine; H. P. Lovecraft's advice to young writers; and other news.
Poet Patricia Kirkpatrick reads three poems from her collection, Odessa, published in December 2012 by Milkweed Editions.
Near the end of summer.
Wheatfield with lark. With swift,
longspur, and sparrow. I see the birds
opening tails and wings
and hidden nests.
Soybeans with bells, yellowing, green
tassels of corn, geese
again and again.
I see the birds
but wind takes all the sound.
Small towns are reduced to chains or storefronts,
Poet Lisa Russ Spaar reads "St. Protagonist," the opening poem from her collection Vanitas, Rough, published in December by Persea Books.
It's bedtime. Tell me a story
as the leaves fly
again, even as we love them
& cannot see them.
Espouser, hero, night errant—
whose wont is to belaud,
chant, cheer, adore
what is before you:
teach me that. The part
in the lady's long dark hair.
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