Oui! Merci!

November 30, 2016

The Paris Review - issue1

If you are a fan of The Paris Review, or if you’ve yet to discover its treasures, you may be happy to learn that the full contents of TPR has been digitized and is available online. You can try a ten-day free trial or subscribe for full access, or you may wish to go directly to The Paris Review poetry page, where you can browse — any time — by poet or decade.


November 29, 2016

Amy Solomon-MinarchiAnd speaking of poets laureate, congratulations to the most recent, Amy Solomon-Minarchi, who has been named the first poet laureate of Olympia, Washington. A teacher (American Literature, World Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy) at North Thurston High School, Solomon-Minarchi grew up in New Jersey, and moved to Washington in 2005. She holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Rutgers University and a Master in Teaching from the Evergreen State College. Learn more about Amy Solomon-Minarchi, her poetry, and her plans for her two-year appointment, in an interview with Janine Gates on Little Hollywood.

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good advice

November 28, 2016

Tod Marshall photo by Amy SinisterraWhether (or not) you intend to submit a poem to Washington 129, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall offers some wise advice to poets in his latest post, The Tyranny of Intention. Useful suggestions any time, whatever you write.

on poetry

November 27, 2016

Marilyn Hacker
“There is something very satisfactory about being in the middle of something.”
Marilyn Hacker
(b. November 27, 1942)
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Photo credit: Alison Harris

if you shop…

November 25, 2016

Small Business SaturdayShop Small. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. Many independently owned stores, possibly including your favorite local bookstore, participate with author appearances, snacks, activities for kids, and much more. Visit Shop Small to find businesses in your area. (Paying with cash helps indies avoid credit card fees.)


November 24, 2016

Mark Mcginnis - Thanksgiving

Thanks to you for your visits, likes, subscriptions, and comments on The Poetry Department, and thanks to The Poetry Foundation for offering a feast of poems for our Thanksgiving table.

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illlustration by Mark McGinnis

more poetry on film

November 23, 2016

DIE GETRÄUMTEN (The Dreamed Ones)

Here’s another film for your watch-for-it list: DIE GETRÄUMTEN (The Dreamed Ones) is a “docudrama” in which two actors in a recording studio read from the dramatic exchange of poems, letters, postcards, telegrams and drafts between poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Through their reading, the actors’ own lives and stories become layered with those of the poets.

Referring to Bachmann and Celan as “the most important German poets of the second half of the 20th century,” director Ruth Beckermann calls theirs “a great modern love story.” Learn more on the film website or read a review in The Guardian.