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Reworking Pulitzer masterpieces

Classic Remixes
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
By PHILIP EIL  |  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.
By LIZ PELLY  |  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.
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 26, 2012

Joe Brainard’s collected works

Pleasure principle
The sui generis artist and writer Joe Brainard invented a literary form.
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  April 25, 2012

Eileen Myles crosses all borders

Askew at high velocity
"Gender is a technology," Eileen Myles says.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  April 25, 2012

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc plays the Ventriloquist

Speaking openly
"The center of everything," writes Gibson Fay-LeBlanc in Death of a Ventriloquist , "is the mouth."
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  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.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  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.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 08, 2012
Pariah - review

Review: Pariah

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 .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 03, 2012

Whispers of immortality

'Twas the night before Christmas.
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 13, 2011

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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.
By TIM LEHNERT  |  November 02, 2011
Nicole Atkins is back

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.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 09, 2011

A rose for Charlie, in song

In Memoriam
On July 7, 1984, three teenagers threw 23-year-old Charlie Howard off of the State Street Bridge in Bangor.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2011
'Past Life Martyred Saints' album from EMA

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.
By RYAN STEWART  |  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).
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 12, 2011

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Performing words written en route to Auschwitz

Poetic collage
It is barely conceivable how one woman, at a way station en route to Auschwitz, wrote so ardently of purple lupine.
By BY MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 06, 2011

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Whitcomb's legacy

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.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 23, 2011

Lee Chang-dong's oblique, affecting film

Poetic justice
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.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  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.  
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 18, 2011

Valentine's rhymes

Roses are rose ...
By DAVID KISH  |  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.
By RYAN REED  |  February 01, 2011

Blood Wedding on January 15, at SPACE Gallery

Music seen
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.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 19, 2011

Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Big words
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.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 01, 2010

Review: David Young knows where he's going

Poet's progress
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.
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  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.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  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.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 07, 2010

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