A Send-Off for Ferlinghetti by Adam Borzič

A SEND-OFF FOR FERLINGHETTI I’ll fold three red blankets.Turn them into squares.A bird will sing through the nightwith a voice of...
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In Memoriam: Richard Wilbur, 1921–2017

A lot of poets jumped to attention when Ezra Pound instructed them to make it new. Wilbur’s stance seems wilfully retrograde, sailing back against the current. ... Yet his work shows us that there are other ways to be of our own time. Closed forms can enable and embody chaos, sometimes more instructively than experimental approaches.

In Memoriam: Derek Walcott

At a dinner following a reading with Joseph Brodsky, the Russian poet was monosyllabic in the company of college faculty he didn’t know. Derek noticed and stood up from his chair. He swept arms around the table, leaned toward Brodsky and said, “Joseph, these are my friends. Be nice.”

In Memoriam: Petr Mikes

Czech poet Petr Mikeš died this week at the age of 67 after a long illness, adding to this year's horrifying tally of recently deceased poets.

Four Elegies by Richard Jackson

In a series of moving elegies, Richard Jackson remembers four friends who died in the past year: Tomaž Šalamun, Tomas Tranströmer, James Tate, and Aleš Debeljak

In Memoriam: Ales Debeljak

Jonáš Hájek remembers the Slovenian poet Aleš Debeljak who died on January 28, 2016.

In Memoriam: Philip Levine

"... I got to the end, and I thought, the kid did it. It’s very witty.”

YES. Home. Fucking. Run.

“But,” Levine said, “it’s not a poem.”

Wait — what?

Friday Pick: Remembering Russell Edson

"Russell Edson gave me a window through which I can watch apes, angels, sheep, old men, dogs, grass and children interacting on the same weird level."

Natalie Belz remembers the late, great Russell Edson, who died last week at the age of 79. Edson was known as a master of the prose poem.

Friday Pick: Maxine Kumin, An Appreciation

We are saddened by the death of former Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin (1925—2014), one of the finest poets of her generation, and a pioneering American voice.

Erje Ayden 1936 – 2013

"Men die not because they are sick but because they are alive." - Lewis Lapham.

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