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"For me, translation is, in a way, the most intimate form of reading, the most concentrated form, and it's also vital to my process of creation." At the Academy of American Poets' 2014 Poets Forum, Arthur Sze speaks about how translation has influenced his work as a poet and reads from two Chinese poets—one classical and one contemporary.
This poem by Frank Stanford is featured in Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives, published by Third Man Books this month. The book is a collection of unpublished poems, drafts, photos, and correspondence between Stanford and fellow American poets Allen Ginsberg and Alan Dugan.
"To me, books came from another planet. I didn't know anyone who wrote them." J. Ryan Stradal recounts seeing an author read for the first time, and discusses the regional food and family relationships that informed his debut novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, released this week by Pamela Dorman Books.
“In the realm of the poem, we can feel our full feelings and it doesn't have to present as nonpartisan or distant in any way.” In this conversation moderated by Eric Liu, executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program, poets Elizabeth Alexander and Claudia Rankine discuss recent events and poetry's role in history.
"When you read it you realize that everything is constantly changing, and that that is, at least often, the key to a great story..." Ben Marcus, editor of the short fiction anthology New American Stories, published this week by Vintage, talks about one of his favorite things: Ovid's Metamorphoses.
"Today, I broke your solar system. Oops. / My bad. Your graph said I was supposed / to make a nice little loop around the sun." Fatima Asghar reads her poem "Pluto Shits on the Universe," which was published in April in Poetry magazine, at the 2015 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in Rockford, Illinois.