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by Kevin Nance
Online Only, posted 8.07.07
Best known as the young and sometimes controversial editor of Poetry magazine, Christian Wiman created a different kind of stir earlier this year with the publication of an essay in the American Scholar that revealed, among other things, that he has a potentially fatal illness. Wiman, 41, suffers from Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, a rare and incurable blood cancer.
by Anna Mantzaris
Online Only, posted 8.06.07
The second night of the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, a three-day event that featured international poets reading in various venues across the city, was full of promises: "You’ll be talking about tonight forever.... You folks are in for a feast.... Tonight is going to be powerful!" Maybe it’s my cynical nature, but as I slunk down into my cushy seat in the dimly lit Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, I wondered if such high expectations could be met in a free, two-and-a-half-hour event.
by Henry Stimpson
Online Only, posted 7.13.07
Although The Human Line, published last month by Copper Canyon Press, is Ellen Bass’s fourth collection of poetry, the sixty-year-old poet says it feels like her second. After all, it's only the second book she’s published since taking a more than ten-year hiatus from writing poetry.
by Joshua Kryah
Online Only, posted 7.11.07Cathy Park Hong is a poet interested in the porous boundaries between languages and cultures. In her newest collection, Dance Dance Revolution (Norton, 2007), winner of the 2006 Barnard Women Poets Prize, Hong creates a poem sequence that takes place in a future city called the Desert. It is in this tourist town, modeled on the likes of Las Vegas and Dubai, that Hong introduces the Guide, an amalgam of new and extinct English dialects, Korean, Latin, Spanish, and other miscellaneous pidgins. Acting as the reader's escort, Hong uses the Guide to address the issues of identity, both personally and geographically, in an increasingly globalized world.
by Kevin Larimer
Literary MagNet chronicles the start-ups and closures, successes and failures, anniversaries and accolades, changes of editorship and special issues—in short, the news and trends—of literary magazines in America. This issue's MagNet features Ninth Letter, Persimmon Tree, Passager, Anderbo, storySouth, Hotel St. George Press, Five Chapters, and Ellipses.