Translation and the Poetic

There is a widely held view that the translation of poetry is doomed from the beginning.  Frost left us his famous line that poetry is what is lost in the translation, and Hannah Arendt wrote of Auden that she knew he was a great poet because his work did not...

Saving Poetry?

I read an article recently where the author celebrated how certain poets had saved American poetry from being the property of “academic” poets.  The author was not a polemicist on a rant but was ecstatic at the energy of our current poetry, so the names of the...

Defending Love & Nature

File this under fascinating-but-disturbing news: I read yesterday that an editor of a prominent journal, one I respect and enjoy reading, has announced to the world that poets should never submit love poems to his journal and only rarely submit poems about nature.  Of...

5 Myths about Big Writing Contests

5 Myths about Big Writing Contests It really bothers me when I hear about excellent poets who have written amazing poems, poems anyone in their right mind would envy, getting rejection emails from fancy poetry contests.  I can’t help but feel that many—though not...

5 Myths about Submitting to Literary Journals

This is a post for my friends who write and submit their work to literary journals.  It is probably superfluous, as you’ve likely had the same experiences that I’ve had, but maybe putting it into words may be useful to someone.  You’ve probably also...

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