Leonard Cohen’s Last Poetry Collection, the Original Dorian Gray, and More


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:

Leonard Cohen’s son describes how his father approached writing his last poetry collection, The Flame, which comes out next week. “Religion, teachers, women, drugs, the road, fame, money—nothing gets me high and offers relief from the suffering like blackening pages, writing,” the songwriter told his son. (Guardian)

The original manuscript of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray has been published and “grants readers unfiltered access to lines of pure, unadulterated affection that the author was compelled to omit if he ever wanted the story to become the literary success it did.” (New York Times)

Laurie Patton, the president of Middlebury College and a poet, makes the case that it's okay—maybe even good—for poets to have a separate occupation outside of being a poet. (Millions)

Yesterday Amazon opened a store in New York City that only stocks books and items with at least a four-star rating. (Verge)

“I know people are afraid of being alone, and I probably am also, but when you are writing, you really aren’t alone. There’s such an other there.” Poet Catherine Barnett talks about improv, loneliness, and her latest collection, Human Hours. (BOMB)

Barnett’s title is featured along with eleven other new and noteworthy titles in the latest installment of Page One. (Poets & Writers)

Poet Karen Solie talks with the Rumpus about nature, the limits of language, and her most recent collection, The Road in Is Not the Same Road Out.

Oprah Winfrey will award Toni Morrison the Center for Fiction’s lifetime achievement award in December.

Monica McClure considers the similarities between poetry and fashion. (Gramma)