books to watch for

February 11, 2017

New Poetry 2017

While you’re plowing through the books on the best-of lists from 2016, there are already plenty of new books in the pipeline.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly offers a list of 2017 poetry titles, without comment.

The Guardian provides a month-by-month calendar of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for 2017, and Andy Croft replies in a letter to the editor, concerned about the dearth of poetry titles on the list.

Writer David Nilsen offers his own list of 2017 Poetry Books I’m Excited About.

For NPR, poet and poetry critic Craig Morgan Teicher lists Poetry To Pay Attention To: A Preview Of 2017’s Best Verse.

That oughta keep you busy for a while.

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turning the pages

January 20, 2016

booksWe look back, we look forward, we turn the pages. After perusing various lists of 2015 best-of poetry, you might want to see what Craig Morgan Teicher at NPR is forecasting in the way of important poetry titles due in 2016. Flavorwire offers this list. Graywolf Press has released their poetry list for the year as well.

To stay ahead of the curve, you might consider joining The Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Each month, about a month before the publication date, members receive a new poetry book and can participate in an online discussion with the book club and the author.

As you’re reading your way through 2016, we’d be happy to hear your recommendations for exceptionally fine poetry, recent or otherwise. Leave a comment!
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NPR’s Poetry Games

August 1, 2012

Poetry Games
If you’ve been following the Olympics, you may wish to tune in to another aspect of Olympics tradition: poetry. NPR has “invited poets to compose original works celebrating athletes and athletics” and is presenting the poems on the air and online, where you can vote for your favorite.

Thanks to Sheila Sondik for the lead!

airing poetry…

January 30, 2012

NPR logoNational Public Radio has announced a flavorful addition to All Things Considered: poetry! Once a month, the program will invite “a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end, to compose a poem reflecting on the day’s news.”

The first featured poet is Tracy K. Smith. You can read and listen to Tracy Smith’s poem, New Road Station, and see the news article that inspired her on the NPR website.

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