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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. …

Literature

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

The Irish poet, who died on Monday, adventured across many literary cultures, and he brought back some rare discoveries<p>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 …

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 …

Microsoft Windows

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 …

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 …

The Paris Review

Poem of the week: Man walking by Owen Lowery

The former judo champion brings a touch of spring to his generous vision of a man strolling with flowers in a Liverpool park<p>"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 …

Robert Pinsky: The Comedy of Seamus Heaney

A month ago, the Nobel Prize–winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney died at age 74. Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky remembers how funny his friend could …

Michael Symmons Roberts wins Forward poetry prize

Champion of spirituality and self takes £10,000 prize for collection of 15-line metaphysical poems<p>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 …

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

Despite the trauma they induced in anxious children everywhere (or maybe that was just us), choose-your-own-adventure...<p>Selecting which books to …

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

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

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

Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should 'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'<p>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 …

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

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

Seamus Heaney remembered

Seamus Heaney, who has died at the age of 74, was a poet of immense power, a brilliant intellect, an inspiration to others – and the best of company<p>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 …

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

In a time of burnings and bombings Heaney used poetry to offer an alternative world; he gave example by his seriousness, his honesty, his thoughtfulness, his generosity<p>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 …

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

The U2 frontman talks about the strength he draws from Seamus Heaney's poetry<p>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 …

Seamus Heaney: A life of rhyme

He's Ireland's greatest living writer and its first Nobel prize-winning poet since Yeats. As "Famous" Seamus Heaney turns 70, he talks to Robert McCrum about celebrity, surviving a stroke and drinking poteen with Ted Hughes<p>Seamus Heaney is taking a taxi from his home in Sandymount, which overlooks …

Seamus Heaney talks to his fellow Irish poet Dennis O'Driscoll

'I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward' 'I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written,' says Seamus Heaney. In an intimate exchange, the Nobel laureate talks to fellow Irish poet Dennis O'Driscoll about …

My hero: Dennis O'Driscoll by Seamus Heaney

'Dennis was beloved by his friends for his originality as a poet and his courage and merriment as a man'<p>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 …