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“Dream Song 310” by John Berryman

By On September 21, 2017

"Here is Berryman's masterpiece, one of those books of American poetry that, like certain mountains, has its own weather. Berryman found his form in these songs. They are serious, ambitious and elastic… Read More

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Don’t Miss Poets Ryan Wilson and James Matthew Wilson at the Free Library

By On September 18, 2017

Ryan Wilson, author of The Stranger World and James Matthew Wilson, author of Some Permanent Things at The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Room 108, Monday, October 2nd, 6:30PM… Read More

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“Love is Merely a Madness” by Terese Coe

By On September 11, 2017

Terese Coe's poems and translations have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, The Hopkins Review, Metamorphoses, New American Writing, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Agenda, Crannog, Cyphers, The Moth, Poetry Review, the TLS,… Read More

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“Late Echo” by John Ashbery

By On September 4, 2017

"There is a meditative Ashbery, a formalist Ashbery, a comic Ashbery, a late-Romantic Ashbery, a Language poet Ashbery, and so on- even a love poet. No poet since Whitman has tapped into… Read More

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“Much On The Cliffs: The Philosophies of John Ashbery” (A Film)

By On September 4, 2017

This film was produced in 1997 by University of California Television (UCTV) as a part of the series "Artists on the Cutting Edge."… Read More

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“An Afternoon at the Beach” by Edgar Bowers

By On September 1, 2017

"Though he was essentially a rationalist, Bowers's poems are marked by extreme aesthetic refinement and an intense feeling for the mystery of things. His teacher and friend Yvor Winters described him as… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews Michael Dirda’s Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

By On August 29, 2017

My review of Michael Dirda's latest book, Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books appears in the new issue of The Hopkins Review, Summer 2017, New Series 10.3, along… Read More

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“An English Teacher” by Reed Whittemore

By On August 28, 2017

"Whittemore has the saving face of humor. . . . Being middle-aged and academic, Whittemore fights both labels as best he can, and then succumbs. When he is at least experimental and… Read More

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“Campo Santo” by Ernest Hilbert

By On August 23, 2017

Connotation Press: An Online Artifact exists to publish and promote the finest art and artists available, and to provide a place for a wide variety of art to flourish. From the printed… Read More

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“Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout” by Gary Snyder

By On August 15, 2017

"As a boy I was hungry for images of wild nature, for a catalogue of landscapes, of flora and fauna, of minerals and processes, of sensory experiences. 'Pitch glows on the fir-cones'… Read More

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“Vacationists” by P.K. Page

By On August 9, 2017

Patricia Kathleen "P.K." Page was born in England but raised in Canada. She is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including The Metal and the… Read More

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“Mushroom Hunters, 1957” by Al Basile (with Audio)

By On August 7, 2017

Al Basile is a poet, singer/songwriter, and cornetist. He has fourteen solo CDs under his own name, which regularly reach the top 15 on the Living Blues airplay charts following their… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews Willard Spiegelman’s Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

By On July 31, 2017

My review of Willard Spiegelman's latest collection of essays, Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, appears in the new issue of Hopkins Review, Volume 10, Number 2, Spring 2017, alongside poems by… Read More

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“Hook Road, Delaware River” by John Foy

By On July 26, 2017

John Foy’s first book is Techne’s Clearinghouse (Zoo Press). His poems are included in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, The Raintown Review Anthology, and Rabbit Ears, an anthology of poems… Read More

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“In Ipsley Church Lane 1” by Geoffrey Hill

By On July 25, 2017

“In my view, difficult poetry is the most democratic, because you are doing your audience the honour of supposing that they are intelligent human beings. So much of the populist poetry of… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert’s “Seasonal Drinking” in Modern Drunkard Magazine

By On July 21, 2017

My short poem “Seasonal Drinking” appears in the new issue of Modern Drunkard magazine, Number 61, the Adventure Issue, in the “Postcards from Skid Row” section. I subscribe, but I hadn’t yet… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert in the Washington Post

By On July 20, 2017

My review of Abigail Williams' new book, The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home, appears in the Sunday, July 16th issue of The Washington Post newspaper. I was surprised… Read More

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“Savior Machine” by Tracy K. Smith

By On July 19, 2017

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: The Body's Question (2003); Duende (2007); Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the… Read More

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“Watching My Mother Take Her Last Breath” by Leon Stokesbury

By On July 17, 2017

"Leon Stokesbury writes with a pure and beautiful clarity, and that clarity is exacting. Whether he is elegiac or irate, magnanimous or biting, amused or exasperated, Stokesbury is always clear about what… Read More

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“On The Avenue” by Rhina P. Espaillat

By On July 13, 2017

“To Rhina Espaillat the quotidian is no malady . . . it is the source of inspiration. Hers is a voice of experience, but it is neither jaded nor pedantic. She speaks… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Interviewed by a Professional Investigator for the Schuylkill Valley Journal

By On July 6, 2017

Poets are sometimes sought for interviews, perhaps not as zealously as are pop stars and politicians, but, still, it happens. I've been interviewed on a number of occasions, a few times on… Read More

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“Goths” by Ryan Wilson

By On July 6, 2017

Ryan Wilson is the editor of Literary Matters. He has published widely in periodicals such as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale… Read More

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“From ‘The Building of the Ship’ ” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By On July 4, 2017

“On the threshold of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln quoted the lines beginning: ‘Sail on, O Ship of State!’ His secretary, Nicolay, declared: ‘These lines seemed to stir something deep in Lincoln.… Read More

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“House and Home” by Ernest Hilbert

By On July 3, 2017

Connotation Press: An Online Artifact exists to publish and promote the finest art and artists available, and to provide a place for a wide variety of art to flourish. From the printed… Read More

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“Independence Day” by Ernest Hilbert

By On June 30, 2017

The Yale Review traces its history back to 1819, when a group of Yale faculty members started a quarterly journal then known as The Christian Spectator. It was later renamed The New… Read More

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“Too Much Time on My Hands”: Ryan Adams Covers Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years”

By On June 22, 2017

I've always felt that a test of a good rock song is its ability to stand up in a simplified performance, typically with a piano or acoustic guitar reduction of what was… Read More

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“Excerpt from ‘The Rise of the COVFEFE'” by James Feichthaler

By On June 20, 2017

James Feichthaler’s poetry has appeared in numerous print and online journals in both the US and UK. His poems are truthful odes to his Imagination, which he calls, “the lunatic disciple of… Read More

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Venue Change: Ernest and Ian Hilbert at Toast Cafe, 1201 Spruce Street

By On June 19, 2017

I'll be reading upstairs at Fergie's Pub at 7PM on Wednesday, June 21st with Laura Spagnoli and David Moolton (and their children) for a Moonstone Arts evening dedicated to poetry about life… Read More

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“Follower” by Seamus Heaney

By On June 18, 2017

"Perhaps the best descriptions of Seamus Heaney's extraordinarily rich and varied oeuvre come from the poet's own work. Mr. Heaney has created a remarkable series of poems that stay 'true to the… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Appears as Featured Reader for Schuylkill Valley Journal

By On June 7, 2017

Come on out to hear me read on Sunday, June 11th for the Schuylkill Valley Journal. The new issue of the journal contains a portfolio of my poems from Caligulan and my… Read More