Glyn Maxwell on War Poets, Life Cycle of a Book, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

In honor of Veteran's Day in the United States, and Armistice Day in the United Kingdom, take this quiz regarding the celebrated poets of World War I. (Guardian)

In a post for the Paris Review Daily, poet Glyn Maxwell explains how the Great War "turned British poetry from Keatsian lyricism to raw, aghast reportage" and writes about Ivor Gurney, a soldier and poet traumatized by the war, who composed lines Maxwell will not forget.

In an essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books, novelist Jonathan Lethem laments a review of his novel The Fortress of Solitude by esteemed critic James Wood. The review, published eight years ago, still stings. (Melville House)

Meanwhile John Warner, author of The Funny Man, which came out in September, tracks down an online critic who panned his novel and initiates an in-depth correspondence. (Morning News)

The state of Washington is in need of a poet laureate. If you've published a book of poetry with a traditional press, and live in Washington State, apply online.

Finishing up the last of the Halloween candy and imagining that clanging sound coming from the radiator may be a ghost? The New York Public Library offers help. (Observer)

Book industry website Publishing Trendsetter has posted a "Life Cycle of a Book," replete with video commentary and a flowchart.

And if a book trailer has a role in your book's life cycle, check out GalleyCat's explanation of how authors can legally use one of Jim Henson's famous Muppets in the video.