bestnom1000x50

Poetry

Latest Articles

tji_books_all5_list

Reworking Pulitzer masterpieces

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction will serve as fodder for Pulitzer Remix, an online initiative sponsored by the Found Poetry Review journal as part of National Poetry Month.
Classic Remixes
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 30, 2013
TJI_Poet_list

Rhode Island's poet laureate on the work verse can do

When Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Rick Benjamin to a five-year term as Rhode Island State Poet last week, he said Benjamin was already an "unofficial" state poet. He had a point.
Q&A
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 18, 2013
swearin_wfnx

What's F'n Next? Swearin'

Allison Crutchfield grew up in the punk-rock world of DIY. And with her newest band, Swearin', she's released one of the best records of the year.

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 19, 2012
pl4

Getting to know Philip Larkin with a new edition of his poems

"A smash of glass and a rumble of boots/Electric trains and a ripped-up phonebooth/Paint-spattered walls and the cry of a tomcat/Lights going out, and a kick in the balls." These lines are not by Philip Larkin, of course — they're by Paul Weller.
Philip is a punk rocker
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 27, 2012
jb4

Joe Brainard’s collected works

The sui generis artist and writer Joe Brainard invented a literary form.
Pleasure principle
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  April 27, 2012
myles4

Eileen Myles crosses all borders

"Gender is a technology," Eileen Myles says.
Askew at high velocity
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  April 27, 2012


bookfest_FayLeBlanccover_li

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc plays the Ventriloquist

"The center of everything," writes Gibson Fay-LeBlanc in Death of a Ventriloquist , "is the mouth."
Speaking openly
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 30, 2012
BOOKS_Photo-of-Cheryl_list

Authors strut their stuff

Literary gossip columnists, political poets, cranky lefties, and singing novelists are just some of the characters traipsing through Boston this spring to promote their new books.
Live and in person
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2012
tji_WeavingConversations_li

Female poets step up to the mic

While down in Cambridge last August with a team of Portland poets for the semi-finals of the National Poetry Slam, Tricia Henley Pryce says, she never saw more than one woman up on stage at a time.
Could be verse
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 10, 2012
Pariah - review

Review: Pariah

Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
Dee Rees's first feature
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2012
Failure-149_list

Whispers of immortality

'Twas the night before Christmas.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 16, 2011


BSFC: Best Foreign Language Film


Winner in sudden death fourth round was Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies." The runners up: Asqhar Fahardi's  "A Separation" and Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry."
By Peter Keough  |  December 11, 2011
TJI_OSR_Cover_list

The Ocean State Review makes its debut

Nick-a-Nee's bar was the venue for the recent launch of The Ocean State Review , the University of Rhode Island's new literary journal.
Letters
By TIM LEHNERT  |  November 04, 2011
Nicole Atkins is back

Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness

A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 12, 2011
tji_charliehoward_list

A rose for Charlie, in song

On July 7, 1984, three teenagers threw 23-year-old Charlie Howard off of the State Street Bridge in Bangor.
In Memoriam
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2011
'Past Life Martyred Saints' album from EMA

EMA | Past Life Martyred Saints

This hasn't been a bad year for music, but there haven't been a lot of songs that hit in such a way that there's a physical need to hear them again — immediately. But Past Life Martyred Saints, the solo debut from former Gowns frontlady Erika M. Anderse
Souterrain Transmissions (2011)
By RYAN STEWART  |  June 10, 2011


Waldrop2_list

Thanks all around

"Thanks All Around" is the title of the opening section of Jaimy Gordon's novel, Shamp of the City-Solo (published in 1974).
Words for Waldrop; GOP = fun; some god news; random notes
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 13, 2011
Someone Should Tell Common And Sarah Palin That They Have The Same Stance On Abortion

Someone Should Tell Common And Sarah Palin That They Have The Same Stance On Abortion


Common's not an MC who subsides on beef. In fact he sports the opposite stereotype, and is more likely to trade noodle recipes with Mos...
By Chris Faraone  |  May 10, 2011

Performing words written en route to Auschwitz

It is barely conceivable how one woman, at a way station en route to Auschwitz, wrote so ardently of purple lupine.
Poetic collage
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 29, 2011

Review: Boston vs. NYC Slam Poetry Grudge Match at the Armory


For many, poetry slams are like open mike nights or not-drunk-enough Karaoke: powder-kegs for some serious collective embarrassment. It can be stifling, that shared awkwardness...
By Michael Goetzman  |  April 07, 2011
beat_Whitcomb_list

Whitcomb's legacy

It is unlikely that James Whitcomb Riley, a turn-of-the-century poet for a short time considered the heir to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ever envisioned his work accompanied by music quite like this.
Feel the poetry rattling your bones
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 25, 2011


FILM_Poetry-66.jpg

Lee Chang-dong's oblique, affecting film

Mija (Yun Jung-hee) is 60ish but still a looker, a quality she's aware of. She dresses elegantly even when she's going about her chores as a cleaning woman — which include bathing Mr. Kang (Kim Hi-ra), the elderly, paralyzed patriarch of the family who'v
Poetic justice
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2011
DSC_5659_list

Photos: B. Dolan at the Western Front

B. Dolan perform live at the Western Front on February 11, 2011.
B. Dolan | Western Front | February 11, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 18, 2011
hoopleville_valenrhyme_list

Valentine's rhymes

Roses are rose ...
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  February 11, 2011
iron_t

Iron & Wine | We Kiss Each Other Clean

Sam Beam, the bearded craftsman otherwise known as Iron & Wine, is the very personification of musical consistency.
Warner Bros. (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  February 04, 2011

Blood Wedding on January 15, at SPACE Gallery

Not a death-metal Billy Idol cover band but a lyrical tragedy written by Federico Garcia Lorca in 1932, last weekend's production of Blood Wedding at SPACE Gallery was at turns graceful and punishingly fraught.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 21, 2011


art_holzer_list

Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010
102910_Books_lsit

Review: David Young knows where he's going

David Young's Selected and New Poems is a good book by a good poet. You'll have to take my word for that, because I am not going to quote from his poems.
Poet's progress
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  October 29, 2010
1010_kristina_list

Lit-snobs, hot librarians, and the rise of the literary tattoo

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich was sitting down for a meal at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, when she found herself under critique.
Bookmarked
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 08, 2010

Red Sox Nation, meet your new existential dread

For my entire life, I have esteemed the Red Sox above all other teams.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 08, 2010