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Reworking Pulitzer masterpieces
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction will serve as fodder for Pulitzer Remix, an online initiative sponsored by the Found Poetry Review journal as part of National Poetry Month.
| April 04, 2013
Rhode Island's poet laureate on the work verse can do
When Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Rick Benjamin to a five-year term as Rhode Island State Poet last week, he said Benjamin was already an "unofficial" state poet. He had a point.
| January 16, 2013
What's F'n Next? Swearin'
Allison Crutchfield grew up in the punk-rock world of DIY. And with her newest band, Swearin', she's released one of the best records of the year.
| October 18, 2012
Getting to know Philip Larkin with a new edition of his poems
Philip is a punk rocker
"A smash of glass and a rumble of boots/Electric trains and a ripped-up phonebooth/Paint-spattered walls and the cry of a tomcat/Lights going out, and a kick in the balls." These lines are not by Philip Larkin, of course — they're by Paul Weller.
| April 26, 2012
Joe Brainard’s collected works
The sui generis artist and writer Joe Brainard invented a literary form.
| April 25, 2012
Eileen Myles crosses all borders
Askew at high velocity
"Gender is a technology," Eileen Myles says.
THOMAS PAGE MCBEE
| April 25, 2012
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc plays the Ventriloquist
"The center of everything," writes Gibson Fay-LeBlanc in Death of a Ventriloquist , "is the mouth."
| March 29, 2012
Authors strut their stuff
Live and in person
Literary gossip columnists, political poets, cranky lefties, and singing novelists are just some of the characters traipsing through Boston this spring to promote their new books.
| March 05, 2012
Female poets step up to the mic
Could be verse
While down in Cambridge last August with a team of Portland poets for the semi-finals of the National Poetry Slam, Tricia Henley Pryce says, she never saw more than one woman up on stage at a time.
| February 08, 2012
Dee Rees's first feature
Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
| January 03, 2012
Whispers of immortality
'Twas the night before Christmas.
| December 13, 2011
| January 01, 0001
The Ocean State Review makes its debut
Nick-a-Nee's bar was the venue for the recent launch of The Ocean State Review , the University of Rhode Island's new literary journal.
| November 02, 2011
Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness
Fade to black
A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a coveted major label deal get fired within months.
| August 09, 2011
A rose for Charlie, in song
On July 7, 1984, three teenagers threw 23-year-old Charlie Howard off of the State Street Bridge in Bangor.
| July 06, 2011
EMA | Past Life Martyred Saints
Souterrain Transmissions (2011)
This hasn't been a bad year for music, but there haven't been a lot of songs that hit in such a way that there's a physical need to hear them again — immediately. But Past Life Martyred Saints, the solo debut from former Gowns frontlady Erika M. Andersen, conveniently shortened to EMA and pronounced in acronym-form, does have such a song.
| June 09, 2011
Thanks all around
Words for Waldrop; GOP = fun; some god news; random notes
"Thanks All Around" is the title of the opening section of Jaimy Gordon's novel, Shamp of the City-Solo (published in 1974).
| May 12, 2011
| January 01, 0001
Performing words written en route to Auschwitz
It is barely conceivable how one woman, at a way station en route to Auschwitz, wrote so ardently of purple lupine.
BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
| May 06, 2011
| January 01, 0001
Feel the poetry rattling your bones
It is unlikely that James Whitcomb Riley, a turn-of-the-century poet for a short time considered the heir to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ever envisioned his work accompanied by music quite like this.
| March 23, 2011
Lee Chang-dong's oblique, affecting film
Mija (Yun Jung-hee) is 60ish but still a looker, a quality she's aware of. She dresses elegantly even when she's going about her chores as a cleaning woman — which include bathing Mr. Kang (Kim Hi-ra), the elderly, paralyzed patriarch of the family who've hired her.
| March 03, 2011
Photos: B. Dolan at the Western Front
B. Dolan | Western Front | February 11, 2011
B. Dolan perform live at the Western Front on February 11, 2011.
| February 18, 2011
Roses are rose ...
| February 09, 2011
Iron & Wine | We Kiss Each Other Clean
Warner Bros. (2011)
Sam Beam, the bearded craftsman otherwise known as Iron & Wine, is the very personification of musical consistency.
| February 01, 2011
Blood Wedding on January 15, at SPACE Gallery
Not a death-metal Billy Idol cover band but a lyrical tragedy written by Federico Garcia Lorca in 1932, last weekend's production of Blood Wedding at SPACE Gallery was at turns graceful and punishingly fraught.
| January 19, 2011
Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings
Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
| December 01, 2010
Review: David Young knows where he's going
David Young's Selected and New Poems is a good book by a good poet. You'll have to take my word for that, because I am not going to quote from his poems.
| October 27, 2010
Lit snobs, hot librarians, and the rise of the literary tattoo
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich was sitting down for a meal at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, when she found herself under critique.
| October 10, 2010
Red Sox Nation, meet your new existential dread
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
For my entire life, I have esteemed the Red Sox above all other teams.
| October 07, 2010
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