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Paris Review - Mark Strand, The Art of Poetry No. 77

Interviewed by Wallace Shawn<p>Issue 148, Fall 1998<p>Mark Strand was born in 1934 on Prince Edward Island in Canada. His parents were from the United States. His father did many different things—you could call him a businessman—and his mother was at different times a schoolteacher and an archaeologist. …

West Brom 0-1 Arsenal: Which unwanted benchmark did shot-shy Baggies set?

Another fruitless afternoon for the Baggies against the Gunners, who have now gone 8 Premier League games without a win against Arsene Wenger's …

Laul: Därför är det en drömlottning, MFF

<b>MALMÖ/STOCKHOLM.</b> Allt pekade på grupp Z, det blev grupp Durmaz, det kändes först som grupp zzzzznark utan chans på den där tredjeplatsen som ger en …

Smällen för landslaget - Lustig ser ut att missa EM-kvalet

Celtic-försvararen har varit given i Erik Hamréns startelva under flera år, men nu ser han ut att tvingas lämna återbud till nästa samling – …

David Biespiel’s Poetry Wire: The Poet’s Journey: Chapter 11

What does it mean to triumph as a poet? Doesn’t our poetic awareness sometimes take us to some rock bottom sense of ourselves, on the one hand, and, …

Desmond O'Grady – a great citizen of world poetry

There is a scene in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, the fourth night episode, in which a group of intellectuals sit around reading poetry and looking suitably serious. One of them is an Irish poet, a part played by an actual Irish poet, Desmond O'Grady, who died on Monday.<p>O'Grady, who was born in Limerick …

This is just the perfect Christmas gift for taxonomists: The…

This is just the perfect Christmas gift for taxonomists: The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin decided to go open access in January 1, 2014 and use Pensoft to publish their house journals using platinum open access that includes TaxPub JATS based advanced semantically enhanced technology. This guarantees immediate dissemination of its content to EOL, GBIF, Plazi and Species-ID guaranteeing a very wide dissemination of its content, as well as the automatic registration of all new names to …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

How Sunderland have to fix Di Canio's failings

Almost inevitably, the end of Paolo Di Canio's brief reign as Sunderland manager was brought about more by off-field antics than the actual …

The FourFourTwo Preview: West Brom vs Arsenal

Billed as<p>Conquerers of Old Trafford look to claim another big-four pelt.<p>The lowdown<p>Come on, hands up. How many of you said Arsenal were doomed after …

Light and Heavy Things: Selected Poems of Zeeshan Sahil

In a fantastic 25-point review, Nicolle Elizabeth writes that Pakistani poet Zeeshan Sahil’s compact, uncomfortable lyrics operate in a fairly …

A David Ignatow manuscript page. Read our 1979 interview with the American poet here: http://tpr.ly/oQhNxE.

Poem of the week: Man walking by Owen Lowery

"Where are the songs of spring?" John Keats asked in To Autumn, last week's Poem of the Week. In this week's choice, Man walking, from the debut collection Otherwise Unchanged, Owen Lowery restores the season, if not the songs. An anonymous passer-by, male, middle-aged, ordinary, becomes a kind of …

Robert Pinsky: The Comedy of Seamus Heaney

Irreverent comedy subverts, but it doesn't necessarily hurt. Its best laughter can be derisive, but not cruel.<p>Seamus Heaney, among many other things, …

Michael Symmons Roberts wins Forward poetry prize

A spiritual sequence of metaphysical poems, each with precisely 15 lines, has won the £10,000 Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2013.<p>Michael Symmons Roberts was praised by Jeanette Winterson, the chair of judges, for the ambition of Drysalter. (The title is a play on words: it refers …

Book News: Forward Prize For Poetry Goes To Michael Symmons Roberts

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Michael Symmons Roberts won the Forward Prize for Poetry, worth £10,000 (about $16,000), for his collection titled <i>Drysalter</i>, a book of 150 poems that are all 15 lines. Jeanette Winterson, who chaired the prize, has …

Happy Birthday, Wallace Stevens - Blog Post

Dylann Crush’s All-American Cowboy kicks off an adorable new series set in the fictional town of Holiday,...<p>Private Eye July is the best time of year …

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Brenda Hillman

<i>The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Brenda Hillman about trance work, glintings, and radical animism in</i> Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire<i>, the</i> …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

The NSA files,NSA,GCHQ,Surveillance,US news,World news,US national security,Privacy,Technology,Internet,Data protection,Data and computer security,UK news<p>• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records<br>• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies …

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.<p>It doesn't take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data<br>• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches<br>• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history<br>• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts …

Seamus Heaney remembered

My first thought on hearing the immeasurably sad news of Seamus Heaney's death was a sensation of a great tree having fallen: that sense of empty space, desolation, uprooting. Heaney's place in Irish culture – not just in Irish poetry – was often compared to that of WB Yeats, particularly after he …

Seamus Heaney – a life in pictures

The death of the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney at the age of 74 marks the end of a career which began with his collection Death of a Naturalist in 1966. Here we celebrate his life with a selection of images from an old school photograph to recent appearance at the Edinburgh international book …

Seamus Heaney's books were events in our lives

Two years ago I invited Seamus Heaney to read at the Kilkenny arts festival in Ireland. The venue was St Canice's Cathedral, one of the most beautiful churches in Ireland. It was here almost 40 years earlier that, as a young poet, he had met Robert Lowell, who had become a friend and a mentor. …

Bono on Seamus Heaney: 'His words have kept me afloat'

Every meeting I've ever had since I began full-time advocacy, I have brought with me a book of Seamus Heaney's poems. I always think if you're asking somebody for something it's a good idea to give them something first. So I always gave them Seamus Heaney's poems. This is from the pope to every …

Seamus Heaney: A life of rhyme

Seamus Heaney is taking a taxi from his home in Sandymount, which overlooks the bright grey waters of Dublin Bay, to the centre of town. Our driver is silent, but bursting with respect. When the poet compliments him on the ingenuity of his route through the lunchtime traffic, the cabbie exclaims, …

'To set the darkness echoing'

<b>You've said that, having so often read that you were born on a farm in County Derry in 1939, you scarcely believe it any more. Can public life as a prominent writer rob you of your private life? If so, does poetry restore that missing life or at least provide some recompense?</b><p>Many of the poems are …

My hero: Dennis O'Driscoll by Seamus Heaney

Early on he wrote to Enid Blyton and WH Auden and received replies from both. In later years he conducted correspondences with George Mackay Brown, Michael Hamburger and Les Murray, although he was equally in touch with poetry and poets in eastern Europe and the United States. Dennis O'Driscoll, …