Category Archives: Poetry

John Ashbery: On The Inside Looking In by Roger Gilbert

Hudson: A gloom one knows. Dining room. “Some poets invite us into their homes. W. B. Yeats’s Thoor Ballylee and Robinson Jeffers’s Tor House figure prominently in their poetry while remaining coldly majestic edifices. Not so Gertrude Stein’s Paris apartment, … Continue reading

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Attica Prison riot

Inmates at Attica shouted their demands during a negotiating session with state corrections officials in September 1971. “The Attica Prison Rebellion, also known as the Attica Prison Massacre, Attica Uprising or Attica Prison Riot, was the bloodiest prison riot in … Continue reading

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Anne Waldman and Ted Berrigan: Recovering ‘Memorial Day’

Anne Waldman & Ted Berrigan “Today at PennSound we’re marking the Memorial Day holiday in a distinctly poetic way, by unveiling a long lost recording of Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman’s ‘Memorial Day’ from a May 5, 1971 reading at … Continue reading

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A Household of Minor Things: The Collections of Robert Duncan and Jess

Jess, The Enamord Mage: Translation #6, 1965. “Jess and Robert Duncan pursued separate artistic paths—the former as a visual artist, the latter as a poet, though each experimented with the other’s chosen medium. Jess, who had a lifelong interest in … Continue reading

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By the Sound – Edward Dorn (1965)

“One of the things the novel can and often does do for its readers is to extend their range of sympathy, to make them see with a new clarity groups of people that might otherwise be forgotten except in statistical … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda: Romantic, Radical & Revolutionary

The poet Pablo Neruda in 1952. He persuaded Chile’s president to offer asylum to some of the mistreated Spanish patriots rotting in French internment camps. “Does politics belong in art? The question arouses heated debate about creative freedom and moral … Continue reading

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Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939 – March 6, 2019)

Eye Body # 24 from Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions for Camera 1963 “Carolee Schneemann (October 12, 1939 – March 6, 2019) was an American visual experimental artist, known for her multi-media works on the body, narrative, sexuality and gender. … Continue reading

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Meditations in an Emergency – Frank O’Hara (1957)

“The title poses an immediate challenge: in an emergency, common sense tells us, you call 911 or cry out for help. How can there be time for meditation? And indeed both Joan Mitchell and her great friend Frank O’Hara, for … Continue reading

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Stephen Jonas – Exercises For Ear (1968)

“First published by Ferry Press in 1968, long out of print, Stephen Jonas’ Exercises for Ear was rescued in 1994 when Talisman House republished the complete book in Stephen Jonas, Selected Poems. Over the years I’ve wanted to extend the … Continue reading

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Sylvia Plath’s Tarot Cards

“We celebrated my birthday yesterday: [Ted] gave me a lovely Tarot pack of cards and a dear rhyme with it, so after the obligations of this term are over your daughter shall start her way on the road to becoming … Continue reading

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