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“Not They Who Soar” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

By On January 15, 2018

"We reclaim, in Paul Laurence Dunbar, a significant American author whose career transcends race and locality even while he makes use of racialized and regional cultural materials to create an African-American… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert on Illustrated Dust Jackets in the Washington Post

By On January 7, 2018

We are cautioned to avoid judging a book by its cover, yet that is precisely what publishers hope we will do. Dust jacket illustration, which came into its own in the 1920s,… Read More

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“New Year Poem” by Philip Larkin

By On December 31, 2017

"A poetry from which even people who distrust poetry, most people, can take comfort and delight." - X.J. Kennedy … Read More

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Books Read or Reread by Ernest Hilbert in 2017

By On December 29, 2017

I don't get to nearly as many books as I used to, but I still manage to sneak a few in. Here are the ones I got to in 2017. I'd love… Read More

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Luke’s Favorite Music of 2017

By On December 29, 2017

Associate Poetry Editor Luke Stromberg brings you his favorite music of 2017. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, we have also included a Spotify playlist of his favorite… Read More

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“To Eros” by Alfonsina Storni translated from the Spanish by Nicholas Friedman

By On December 28, 2017

Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) is an important Argentine and Latin-American modernist poet. Nicholas Friedman is the author of Petty Theft, which won the 2018 New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published by… Read More

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“Don’t Tell Me There’s No Hope” by Dick Allen

By On December 27, 2017

Dick Allen was the author of several poetry collections, including Zen Master Poems, This Shadowy Place, Present Vanishing, The Day Before, and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected. He… Read More

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“Christmas” by John Betjeman

By On December 24, 2017

"So far from being the laureate of a few private fads, Betjeman goes further than anyone else towards summarising 'Dear old, bloody old England. Of telegraph poles and tin' simply because no… Read More

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“Trance” by Paul Muldoon

By On December 20, 2017

"Muldoon's is a poetry which sees into things, and speaks of the world in terms of its own internal designs and patterns." - Roger Conover… Read More

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“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” by Wizzard

By On December 19, 2017

Remember when rock was fun and weird? … Read More

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“Villonaud for this Yule” by Ezra Pound

By On December 18, 2017

"Ezra Pound is the poet who, a thousand times more than any other man, has made modern poetry possible in English." - Donald Hall… Read More

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“Fall on your Knees” by Kevin Cutrer

By On December 15, 2017

Kevin Cutrer’s first collection of poems, Lord’s Own Anointed, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2015. More recent work has appeared in Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, and is forthcoming… Read More

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“The Sculpture (To—)” by Bill Knott

By On December 6, 2017

"No modern poet I know shuffles together such tenderness of heart with such wild metaphoric play." - Billy Collins… Read More

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Hear Afaa M. Weaver Interviewed by Ernest Hilbert Live at Fergie’s Pub

By On December 4, 2017

Ernest Hilbert interviewed poet, translator, and professor Afaa M. Weaver before a live audience at Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia on the afternoon of Sunday, November 19th, 2017. … Read More

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“Migratory Patterns” by Luke Bauerlein

By On December 4, 2017

Luke Bauerlein's poems and essays have previously appeared in the NY Times, Rattle, BODY, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. He currently resides in Phoenixville PA and writes songs and performs with the band, The… Read More

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Three Poems by Susan Delaney Spear

By On December 1, 2017

Susan Delaney Spear, poet and librettist, holds an MFA in poetry with an emphasis in verse-craft from Western State Colorado University. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Colorado Christian University in… Read More

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“Spirit Boxing” by Afaa M. Weaver

By On November 30, 2017

It is the tightness in the gut when the load is heavy enough to knock me over backward, turn me back on my heel until my ankle cracks and I holler out… Read More

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What Lurks Down There? Ernest Hilbert’s Dark Web Magazine, Cocytus

By On November 29, 2017

What’s lurking out there on the infamous Dark Web? A lot of unsavory activity and characters, to be sure. But poets? It’s already got a reputation for hiding the worst human activity,… Read More

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“Poetry” by Michael Collins

By On November 27, 2017

Michael Collins is the author of The Traveling Queen: Selected Poems of Michael Collins (Sheep Meadow Press 2013) and Understanding Etheridge Knight (University of South Carolina Press 2012). He has published poems,… Read More

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“A Thanksgiving to God, for his House” by Robert Herrick

By On November 23, 2017

"One of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age." - The Poetry Foundation… Read More

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“Childlessness” by Amy Gerstler

By On November 20, 2017

Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. Her books include Scattered at Sea (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; Dearest Creature (2009); Ghost Girl (2004);… Read More

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“An American Bookman in England”

By On November 9, 2017

Pulitzer-prize winning book critic and collector Michael Dirda recently visited England to deliver the Richard Lancelyn Green lecture to the Sherlock Holmes Society of London (his talk was titled "The Rivals of… Read More

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Afaa Michael Weaver Interviewed Live by Ernest Hilbert

By On November 8, 2017

Hey, Philly, I'll be interviewing award-winning poet Afaa Michael Weaver as part of the Moonstone Gold series at Fergie's Pub, 1214 Sansom Street. Further info appears below. Hope to see you there!… Read More

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“First Ghost” by Juliana Gray

By On November 8, 2017

Juliana Gray is the author of Honeymoon Palsy (Measure Press, 2017), Roleplay (Dream Horse Press, 2012), which won the 2010 Orphic Prize, and The Man Under My Skin (River City Publishing, 2005),… Read More

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Top Five Kevin Spacey Movies That Seem Creepy in Retrospect

By On November 3, 2017

From CNN: Kevin Spacey made the set of Netflix's "House of Cards" into a "toxic" work environment through a pattern of sexual harassment, eight people who currently work on the show or… Read More

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“Laughter in the Charnel House” by Jeff Holt

By On November 1, 2017

Jeff Holt is the author of The Harvest (White Violet Press, 2012). Jeff's poem, "A Madwoman," was featured in the most recent issue of Measure, and he has previously published poems in… Read More

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“Dream of Dying” by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

By On October 31, 2017

"Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849) is a latter-day Jacobean, the author of blank verse plays and poems which are as bold, wild and fresh as they are archaic in manner. We read his… Read More

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“Haunted House” by E. A. Robinson

By On October 30, 2017

“That this, our age, ran wild in the quest of new ways to be new . . . Robinson stayed content with the old-fashioned ways to be new.” - Robert Frost … Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews Paperbacks from Hell for the Washington Post

By On October 29, 2017

Just in time for Halloween! My review of Grady Hendrix’s wildly amusing book Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction (Quirk Books) appears in the Sunday, October… Read More

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“Black Fire” by Christopher Bernard

By On October 26, 2017

Christopher Bernard is author of the novels A Spy in theRuins and Voyage to a Phantom City, the short-story collections Dangerous Stories for Boys and In the American Night, and two poetry… Read More