March 27, 2015 | Jen Rickard Blair

Mia Couto. Photo by Shevaun Williams
Mia Couto. Photo by Shevaun Williams

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Jonathan Stalling, deputy editor in chief of our sister publication Chinese Literature Today, joins in this radio conversation on PRI to discuss Chinese poetry and whether its entering a new golden age.

Two 2012 Neustadt Prize jurors have books that made the 2015 PEN/Open Book Award longlist. Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman and Samrat Upadhyay’s latest novel, The City Son, have both made the list, and the shortlist will be announced in April. You can...

March 25, 2015 | Erna Cooper

Dreaming My Animal SelvesShortly after my mother died, while napping near an open window of my apartment on Avenue Foch, I felt—or thought I felt—a hand touch mine. It was warm, large, and familiar. Then I heard my mother’s voice and woke up to see a little bird that flew away toward the Bois de Boulogne. This memory came back to me as I read a collection of poetry by Hélène Cardona, Dreaming My Animal Selves / Le Songe de mes Âmes Animales (Salmon Poetry, 2013), for this is a collection of dreams, grieving, memory, and transcendence. As I awakened from this memory of my mother, I read these lines and was consoled for my loss:

Consider this, be fortunate, grateful,
consider this, be alive
for the greatest gift is given with death.
There is no end and no beginning,
surrender, surrender, surrender.

I pay with my mother’s death
for the price of my dre...

March 19, 2015 | Jen Rickard Blair

Jane Hirshfield. Photo by Nick Rosza
Jane Hirshfield. Photo by Nick Rosza

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Brand new literary translation publisher Deep Velllum is picking up momentum. The publisher has just released the first of legendary Mexican author Sergio Pitol’s books translated into English. Read more about how this publisher is changing the literary arts landscape in Dallas. 

In this new interview on NPR’s All Things Considered, celebrated American poet Jane Hirshfield explains her concept of the “window moment” in a poem as well as the process of expressing grief through poetry. ...

March 18, 2015 | Chris Arthur

Since Horace’s original, many poets have written their version of an Ars Poetica. The best known is Archibald MacLeish’s. Can MacLeish’s poem cast light on the art of a different literary genre, the essay?


Albert, “Quill,” detail from Domenico Guidi, History writes down
the accomplishments of Louis XIV
, 1677/79, Museum für Kunst
und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany, February 2011.

When I first read it, years ago, Archibald MacLeish’s poem “Ars Poetica made a strong impression. Repeated rereadings have confirmed my high opinion of it. I warm to the series of images he crafts with such commendable economy of phrase. They’re at once striking, tentative, and haunting. Of course, his word-pictures don’t define the art of poetry—nor are they meant to. In part they exemplify it; in part provide a warning that such an art eludes strai...

March 12, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

March 8 was International Women’s Day. This list gives a brief background into the 13 women who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature since its start in 1901. 

Harvard University Press and the Murty Classical Library of India have combined forces to translate and publish volumes of classical South Asian texts from 2,000 years ago. 

One of the frequent book reviews contributors to World Literature Today, Ben Myers, has been selected as the Oklahoma Poet Laureate for 2015 and 2016.

The 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was revealed, and...

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