Poetry Project Newsletter #249

I was particularly happy with the timeliness of issue #249, now available online. The George Schneeman cover felt really perfect for election season.

Contents include Marcella Durand on Paul Blackburn and an interview with Anselm Berrigan about his book of Newsletter interviews, What Is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know).

Poetry from Ari Banias and reviews: John Godfrey on Anselm Hollo; Sara Jane Stoner on Solmaz Sharif; Zoë Bodzas on Bhanu Khapil; Yanyi Luo on Safiya Sinclair; Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves on Metta Sáma; Matt Longabucco on Alejandra Pizarnik (transl. Yvette Siegert).

Poetry Project Newsletter #248

2017 means my gig as editor for the Poetry Project Newsletter is almost up. I’m really pleased with all the issues that have managed to come together while I’ve been holding the reins. Poetry Project Newsletter #248 is now available online here. Issue #248 features:

Thanks to all who contributed to this issue.

a seedbed

Looks like The New Yorker noticed & attended the recent Propaganda Party at Interference Archive.

“Over the weekend, an organization in Brooklyn called the Interference Archive gave away about five thousand stickers, three thousand printed posters, a thousand buttons, and almost two gallons of red and black paint…”

Here is an account from Colin Moynihan, “A Seedbed of New Images to Protest Trump.” Missing from the article though is the fact that there are lots more beautiful, inspiring images like the ones from the party available for download, printing and distribution at JustSeeds where you can also support the artists if you are able. 

New Year’s Marathon

poetry-project-for-web-360x593-12016 is almost over! Believe it!
All this will soon be behind us. And what better way to celebrate the new year than with a poetry marathon?

I have the great honor of reading this year at the Poetry Project’s 43rd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon.

131 E. 10th St. NYC from 3pm January 1st until.
$25 general admission, $20 students/seniors/members.

Come through. I’ll be there some time along with lots of other wonderful poets & musicians.

Let’s get 2017 started right.

fb details: https://www.facebook.com/events/320515378334361/

If you’re interested in getting involved behind the scenes and getting into the Marathon for FREE, consider volunteering two hours of your time to help to make the event happen. Email lh@poetryproject.org for more information or to sign-up.

set your life on fire

ecstatic

If you’re feeling small, I’m here to remind you of what the great poet Rumi said, you are the universe in ecstatic motion. You don’t have to take my word for it, but if you’re feeling a bit disoriented and need some pointers, I’m offering my services as astrological counsel as part of Belladonna’s annual auction.

If you’ve got an accurate birth time, and location, I’m happy to read your chart for you. The natal chart is a beautiful metaphor and map of potentials for your life. Let’s have a look and see what it says. More details here: http://www.belladonnaseries.org/auction/?ult_auc_id=2070.

And even if astrology’s not your thing, please check out Belladonna’s auction, there are hundreds of fantastic items: books, artwork, memberships, experiences, wonderful gift ideas. All proceeds support Belladonna’s important work. Since the election, Belladonna has begun to discuss how we can use our resources toward sanctuary and continue our independent, feminist work of amplifying radical and non-normative voices so seldom represented in the mainstream culture. You can help.

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

― Rumi

Poetry Project Newsletter #247

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The April / May 2016 issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter is available online now.

This issue includes:
Matthew Burgess in conversation with Ron Padgett; Margarita Shalina on St. Mark’s Bookshop, Poetry by Alice Notley, Art by Alberto Borea and reviews: Caitie Moore on Don Mee Choi; Mel Elberg on Tony Iantosca; Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves on Ariel Goldberg; Jess Mynes on Tom Raworth; Phillip Griffith on Carrie Lorig; Stephen Boyer on Rob Halpern. Enjoy!