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David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Republican House Set to Banish Poets from America

In a surprise vote during a rare Sunday night hearing, the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Other Agencies that has jurisdiction over …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl meets Gay Marriage

Yesterday was the 56th anniversary of the day that U.S. customs agents seized some 500 copies of Allen Ginsberg’s <i>Howl</i> on the grounds of obscenity. …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Identity v. Identification

T. R. Hummer has a comely piece up on Slate, “The Intimacy of Walt Whitman’s ‘America,'” about the influence and pleasures of Walt Whitman, plus an …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Poesis Delenda Est!

I’ve never much gone in for shoot ’em up movies. I’ve never seen <i>Terminator</i>, other than the most famous clip (“I’ll be back”). I can’t stomach Quentin …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Going Back to 1968

45 years ago was a barricaded, world-rocking year. Both in politics and in poetry.<p>Between January and the end of March came the beginning of both the …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Genius of Adrienne Rich

I’m surprised by the amiable but lukewarm reception Ange Mlinko gives in The Nation to Adrienne Rich’s Later Poems: Selected and New. The 500+ …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: My Kingdom for a Bag of Bones

Up most all of last night with some kind of malady contaminated by insomnia, my mind began to drift as a means to stem the anguish. What follows, …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: “Daddy, what did YOU do in the great ‘Poetry Is Dead’ war?”

Read poetry, what else? That’s the greatest military maneuver in the ‘Poetry Is Dead’ war, isn’t it? It’s where the odds are longest, the risk …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: A Poet and a President

A funny thing happened on the way to President Obama’s second inauguration Monday. The president’s speech and Richard Blanco’s poem got …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Things They Do Look Awful Cold — Talking ‘Bout My Generation

About eight or nine years ago I caught a ride from Northampton, Massachusetts to New York City with the poet Matthew Rohrer. We’d given a reading a …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Poetry and the Newtown Massacre

Last week I had intended to take a quick Christmastime breather from writing Poetry Wire until the beginning of next year. Then on Friday came the …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Poetry Wars

One of the more mind-blowing get-togethers to take place in the last ten years occurred in Havana, Cuba, when Fidel Castro led a unique international …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: What Is Lyric Poetry?

I know, just by titling this piece — “What Is Lyric Poetry?” — you’re thinking, no, you’re not. You’re not. You’re not going to do this.<p>Yup. Doing …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Is Franz Wright the Rush Limbaugh of American Poetry?

I had intended this week to write about gratitude. To express my thanks to all the new readers of Poetry Wire and The Rumpus and to wish you all a …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Love Poems of David Petraeus

Poetry Wire has learned of the existence of secret love poems by former CIA director David Petraeus. Good readers would have noticed these poems …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: 9 Post-Election Political Poems You Must Read Before You Die

I’m writing this on Tuesday, November 6, Election Day. Full disclosure, today I will vote to reelect the president. As John F. Kennedy once said, …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Searching for Sylvia Plath

Here’s a lede that might send you to your room with the vapors: “As a rule the work of women poets is marked by intensity of feeling and fineness of …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Why I’m Quitting Ezra Pound

Ever heard that gobsmacking troubadourist Ezra Pound read his elaborate, funkified sestina, “Sestina: Altafore,” in a voice that is one part …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Dorothea Lasky v. Elizabeth Bishop

All of a sudden my inbox is filling up with links from friends to two essays related to poetry that have almost everything and nothing in common at …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Marilyn Hacker Is No Hack

Here’s hoping more people read the concise and precise interview about translation up on Guernica between Erica Wright and Marilyn Hacker.<p>When we …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: If You Ain’t Got Your Poetics, Man, You’re Sunk

His review deserves attention, and I hope it sparks discussion. The trolling below his review in the comments section, however, so far, is typically …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Naming Names

Michael Lista nails it with his review of <i>The Open Door: One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine</i>, the anthology celebrating 100 years of Poetry, edited …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: Make John Koethe’s Day

Publisher’s Weekly gives the red star treatment to John Koethe’s ninth book of poems, ambiguously titled <i>ROTC Kills</i>. PW’s reviewer says Koethe is “an …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Roaring Editors

The Academy of American Poets is featuring Terese Svoboda’s generous tribute to a relatively unknown 1920’s proletariat poet, Lola Ridge. Svoboda …