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Body of Newfoundland writer recovered in Barbour's Pond pond after 3-day search

Patrick O'Flaherty was swimming when he reportedly went under water<p>The body of distinguished Newfoundland writer and historian Patrick O'Flaherty has …

Canada

How misogyny and rejections shape poet Nabanita Kanungo’s approach to her art – and her audience

Nabanita Kanungo’s poetry is also informed with her other passion, which is geography.<p>For poet Nabanita Kanungo, words are a way to keep discovering …

Poetry

Delmore Schwartz and the Biographer’s Obsession

On a late afternoon on Christmas Eve, 1974, I sat alone at a long wooden table in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library, at Yale. On the table were six large cardboard storage boxes. I took the top off of one and peered inside: chaos. Manuscripts, letters, loose papers, and manila …

T.S. Eliot

How a famed writer hid her husband from her other husband

Some people keep homes on either coast. Anais Nin, the mid-20th century writer known for her tell-all diaries and steamy erotica, kept two husbands: …

Literature

2020 (Part 1 of 12) I wrote this nearly 1000 word poem shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. All but a handful of words are taken directly from his inaugural speech. I wanted to see if I could turn his poop into poetry. #donaldtrump #charlottesville #theresistence #potus #trump #politics #unitedstates #presidentialelection #presidenttrump #poetry #writingcommunity #writing #instapoem #instapoet #instapoetry

A Chinese Poet’s Unusual Path From Isolated Farm Life to Celebrity

HENGDIAN, China — The woman who has become one of China’s most-read poets — even hailed as its Emily Dickinson — spent most of her 41 years in a brick farmhouse tucked away behind trees and surrounded by wheat fields.<p>Most days she would limp down a dirt lane to a pond to feed the fish. She cut …

Poetry

Emoji Poetry Contest

T. S. Eliot once said, “Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal.” But he forgot to add: “And millennial poets translate poems into emojis.” Can you guess the following famous verses? The first ten people to name all three poems correctly will win a copy of our Summer issue (no. 221)—you can send …

Poetry

Bay Area authors Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman call on Jews to reject Donald Trump

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are calling on fellow Jews to publicly decry President Donald Trump.<p>In an open letter posted on Medium Thursday, the famous literary couple who reside in the Berkeley write: "Any Jew, anywhere, who does not act to oppose President Donald Trump and his …

Books

L.M. Montgomery a war writer? These editors think so

New book examines, highlights importance of wartime works by Anne of Green Gables author<p>Most Canadians who know and love the <i>Anne of Green Gables</i> …

War

Collection of Yeats family treasures to go on display for first time

Letters from poet WB Yeats to his first love, and artwork by his brother, sisters and father will be auctioned at Sotheby’s<p>A treasure trove of Yeats family material, including hundreds of passionate, rueful and philosophical letters from the poet William Butler to the first of his many loves, and …

Poetry

Late Summer

Now cosmos in bloom and snow-in-summer<br>opening along the garden’s stone borders,<p>a moment toward a little good fortune,<br>water from the watering can,<p>to …

Flowers

A Lifetime in Poetry: Marvin Bell on Iowa and the “Dead Man” Poems - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>MARVIN BELL LIKES THE WORD “GEEZER.” As he told me, “It’s hard not to like a word that contains a ‘z.’ It has pizzazz. Doesn’t everyone want to go to</i> …

Poetry

How well do you know literary friendships? – quiz

A century after Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen began an inspiring friendship, we’re testing you on book pals, from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to Harper Lee and Truman Capote<p>Biographers agree that Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon first met between 15 and 19 August 1917. Their friendship …

Literature

How to achieve Paul Auster's literary genius? Start living uncomfortably

Paul Auster takes the stage at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh to a great reception. He reads the opening pages of his latest work, the Man …

Literature

A Temporary Stranger reflects Jamie Reid’s rich legacy

George Fetherling<b>A Temporary Stranger: Homages, Poems, Recollections</b><i><br>By Jamie Reid. Anvil, 158 pp, softcover</i>Jamie Reid, who died in 2015, age 74, was …

Literature

Dionne Brand named M&S’s new poetry editor

Penguin Random House Canada imprint McClelland & Stewart has announced that poet, novelist, and essayist Dionne Brand has been hired in the newly …

Poetry

Exhibition proves Sylvia Plath was more than a sad writer

Rarely seen items from the writer’s personal life help shine a light on the diversity of her literary output<p>The Romantic poet John Keats once wrote that “A Poet is the most unpoetical of any thing in existence; because he has no Identity – he is continually in for – and filling some other …

Poetry

New head of Toronto's special sci-fi and fantasy collection on 3 books that changed her life

Sephora Hosein takes over Merril Collection, containing about 80,000 works, from 30-year veteran<p>For the first time in decades, the Toronto Public …

Science Fiction

Independent Yonge Street bookstore to shutter after property taxes double

Taxes expected to jump to $96,000 by 2020<p>Yonge Street independent bookstore staple Eliot's Bookshop may soon shutter its doors for good after 22 …

Toronto

Roger McGough: the man who took poetry to the streets

It was an old slogan of his (and James Dean’s) – “Live fast, die young”. “Yeah, I failed on both counts,” said Roger McGough. He is 80 in November …

Poetry

A Marriage In Crisis And An Alcoholic Father: Norway’s Karl Ole Knausgaard Returns with ‘Autumn’

Karl Ove Knausgaard takes a break from struggling with Autumn, the first in an impressionistic quartet

Norway

You are Henry David Thoreau in the Walden simulator video game

After years of buzz, the USC Game Innovation Lab finally released Walden: The Game earlier this month, allowing players to immerse themselves in a …

Henry David Thoreau

Where to Submit in Aug/Sept 2017 by Entropy (filtered for no fee only!) – 250+ poetry markets

Entropy is a “website featuring literary & non-literary content. A website that seeks to engage with the literary community, that becomes its own …

Poetry

Steven Heighton on dreaming up his poetry

<b>Steven Heighton began his career writing poetry, but in recent years, poetry was increasingly sidelined by fiction projects and teaching gigs. He</b> …

Poetry

Listen to Patti Smith read the collection of poetry that would become 'Horses' in 1975

Most know <b>Patti Smith</b> first as a rock ‘n’ roller, second as an author and third as a poet. But it’s the latter that feeds the others infinitely more …

Poetry

This Islamic Zine Gives Muslims a Platform to Tackle Taboos

<i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>There's a lot of talk going on about Muslims and their place in Britain. Type "British Muslim" into Google and you'll be swamped with stories about Muslims cheating the benefits system, or harboring—and even condoning—gangs. Some of Britain's major …

Islam

Marianne Moore’s Poetry, the Way She Intended It

<b>NEW COLLECTED POEMS</b><br>By Marianne Moore<br>Edited by Heather Cass White 480 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $35.<p>Modern poets who agreed on nothing else agreed on Marianne Moore. T. S. Eliot called her work “part of the small body of durable poetry written in our time”; William Carlos Williams, who hated …

Poetry

Study Proves Literature Has More Swear Words Than Ever Before

Readers are a dadblame heck of a lot more likely to encounter cusses in contemporary booksLady, we can all see what you’re doing. (Credit)Get ready …

Gwendolyn Brooks Won the Pulitzer Prize While Living in a Housing Project

Gwendolyn Brooks<p>Gwendolyn Brooks’ apartment was dark on May 1, 1950. The brilliant, award-winning Black poet, who wrote about life on Chicago’s South …

Pulitzer Prize

Scotiabank Giller Prize creator Jack Rabinovitch honoured at funeral

TORONTO — Scotiabank Giller Prize creator Jack Rabinovitch was celebrated at his funeral on Wednesday for helping to usher in “an explosion of …

Canadian Literature