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The Morphine Queen Who Defied the Nazis

Baron Heinrich von Puttkamer was dying of pneumonia. As the Prussian noble and high-ranking army officer struggled to draw his last, ragged breaths …

Literature

A Poet’s Minecraft Romanticism

Dutch poet Nadia de Vries’s debut collection, <i>Dark Hour</i> (Dostoyevsky Wannabe) captures the plight of poets writing in the digital age. Often composing …

William S. Burroughs and the Biosphere, 1974–1997

I DISCOVERED <i>Naked Lunch</i> when I was 14. While babysitting, I excavated a copy hidden behind Henry Miller’s <i>The Air-Conditioned Nightmare</i> and read as …

Literature

Long before 'Little Women,' Louisa May Alcott had a painful #MeToo moment

A male employer exploited Louisa May Alcott when she was 18 and poor. Long after 'Little Women' and success, she recalled her personal #MeToo episode with tears.<p>When Louisa May Alcott died, <i>The New York Times</i> duly noted the passing of the highest-paid writer of the era. The author of <i>Little Women …

Literature

Engraved sidewalk poetry gives woman a permanent place in Edmonton | The Star

EDMONTON—Etched into the sidewalk is Raminder Dhindsa’s longing to belong.<p>Hers is one of about 80 poems permanently sandblasted into sidewalks …

Poetry

Poignant letters reveal Hemingway’s torment over young muse

Previously unpublished letters are to shed light on the passionate relationship between Ernest Hemingway and an Italian teenager 30 years his junior.<p>Hemingway was married when he met Adriana Ivancich but said he felt as if “lightning had struck”, and a friendship developed between them over eight …

Literature

Cork poet Liam Ó Muirthile dead at 68

County Dublin

Dismissed in her lifetime, African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston is considered a legend in ours

Zora Neale Hurston led many lives: novelist, anthropologist, maid, manicurist, voodoo apprentice, counterrevolutionary, trailblazer.<p>In her lifetime, …

Black History

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Beat Poet and Author, Dies at 87

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, a prodigious Beat Generation poet and novelist whose work reverberated with her hardscrabble Texas childhood and her belated liberation from an overbearing husband, died on May 4 at her home in Boulder, Colo. She was 87.<p>Her death was confirmed by her daughter Sarah Hall …

Literature

You can’t really know John Ashbery’s poems until you’ve seen his collages

Until he went off to college, John Ashbery, who would become the leading American poet of his generation, saw himself more as a painter than as a poet. He began art lessons at 11, four years before he started to write poetry. Sometime around 16 — perhaps inspired by reproductions of works by …

Literature

Ellen Sewall: The Real Reason Henry Thoreau Went to Live in the Woods

Based on a True Story<p>Henry David Thoreau fell in love only once, in 1839. This was long before he had written any of his famous essays or books …

An Algorithmic Investigation of the Highfalutin ‘Poet Voice’

New research suggests that the affected reading style consists of a particular set of attributes.<p>You walk into the bookstore. You sit in your folding …

Literature

Frog Hollow Press

home > submissions<p>Submissions<p>After April 1, 2018, we will only accept submissions for the 4th Frog Hollow Press Chapbook Contest (contest closes on …

Creative Writing

Your ultimate Canadian poetry list: 68 poetry collections recommended by you

We asked, you answered! Here is a round-up of YOUR favourite Canadian poetry collections.<p><b>1. Eating Fire by Margaret Atwood</b><p>Eating Fire is a collection …

Books

Rare image of Sophia Thoreau goes to Concord Museum

The good news is that a rare and previously unknown daguerreotype of <b>Sophia Thoreau</b> has turned up. The even better news is that she doesn’t look much …

Henry David Thoreau

Jeremy Irons Breathes New Life Into ‘The Poems of T.S. Eliot’

<b>THE POEMS OF T.S. ELIOT</b> <b><br>By T.S. Eliot</b><br>Read by Jeremy Irons<br>3 Hours, 41 Minutes. Faber & Faber.<p>There is no definitive voice for reading T. S. Eliot. His own manner, with its proper enunciations, can’t be placed. He was always from somewhere else. In his native St. Louis, his family looked to ancestral …

Literature

Jarvis Cocker: how Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool‑Aid Acid Test changed my life

Tom Wolfe’s <i>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</i> is a literary “gateway drug” – a hallucination of a book that introduced me to a whole new way of looking at the world, writing about the world, and gave me my first taste of the work of the American novelist Ken Kesey.<p>The nearest I ever got to Kesey was …

Literature

Poetry in America Television Series by The Editors

Poetry in America, created and directed by Harvard professor Elisa New, is a new public television series and multi-platform digital initiative that …

Al Gore

Cambridge to imprint more poems on sidewalks this fall

In the fall, a fresh batch of poems will accompany the turning leaves and crisp air in Cambridge. Ten poems will be imprinted onto new sidewalks …

Poetry

A huge bookstore chain is opening new locations pretending to be indie shops

The next time you step into a hushed, quaint bookstore, check the fine print.<p>For the last four years, the UK bookstore chain Waterstones has opened small shops without its name in their storefront signs. Instead, the signage generically indicates the town in which the store is located: Southwold …

Books

When writers knew how to fight: Tom Wolfe and the lost art of the literary feud

If you are an author, your publishers will advise you that if you get a bad review you should rise above it, try to forget and, above all, refrain from responding in public. But deep down your publishers are hoping that you will defy them and compose a response, one that takes down your critics …

Literature

Liu Xia: Paul Auster and JM Coetzee lead renewed calls for Chinese poet's release

Paul Auster, JM Coetzee, Alice Sebold and Khaled Hosseini are among dozens of major writers issuing an urgent call for the Chinese poet and artist Liu Xia to be freed after almost a decade under house arrest.<p>Liu, 50, has been under house arrest in China since her late husband, the human rights …

Literature

The Story of Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

From its very first moments in print on March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</i> was a smashing success. It sold 3,000 copies on its …

Black History

Dublin by the book: a literary tour of Ireland's capital

English has only been spoken widely in Ireland for about 250 years but it was mastered quickly, with the country building an immense literary reputation and collecting a few Nobel Prizes on the way. As the capital, Dublin has often been the epicentre of cultural activity, and its streets – and …

Ireland

The Last Poets, Brighton Festival review - black power sets the night alight

The venom with which Abiodun Oyewole spits “America is a terrorist”, the key repeated line to “Rain of Terror”, has startling power. The piece is an …

Women of Color

The Grolier Poetry Festival

I interviewed Francine LaChance at the Bloc 11 Cafe about the Grolier Poetry Festival coming up this Saturday. LaChance wrote a small piece about …

Literature

Where ‘Great Gatsby’ writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — As she sat in the house where “Great Gatsby” writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated …

Literature

Thoreau's 'Walden' gets new life as a video game

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth — err, …

Henry David Thoreau

James Joyce’s Poems

To continue reading this article log in to your account, or join us now and get a free trial which includes access to this specific story.<p>You will …

Poetry

Christie Charles named Vancouver’s first Indigenous poet laureate

Christie Lee Charles is many things to many people.<p>First and foremost, she is a caretaker and an instructor. Her roots are from the sky and the …

Literature