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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

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“Here Comes the Munster Koach” by . . . ?

By On October 23, 2017

If you're casting about for another obscure track for your Halloween playlist, you should consider the rare and mysterious song "(Here Comes the) Munster Koach," issued as part of the merchandising for… Read More

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“Hudson” by John Foy

By On October 20, 2017

"Night Vision is a book that sees the dark and sees in the dark, with a clarity that few poets achieve even in daylight. Whether John Foy is writing about the casualties… Read More

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“Our Monotonous Sublime: Robert Lowell’s Notebook Poems” by Ernest Hilbert

By On October 17, 2017

My long essay on Robert Lowell's late career blank verse sonnets appears in the new issue of Literary Matters. Those poems exerted a potent influence on me while writing my own first… Read More

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“The Pardon” by Richard Wilbur

By On October 16, 2017

"He should be read in the company of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens" - Harold Bloom… Read More

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“Advice to a Prophet” by Richard Wilbur

By On October 16, 2017

"Richard Wilbur is a poet for all of us, whose elegant words brim with wit and paradox.” - Daniel J. Boorstin… Read More

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“Directions to the Church” by G.M. Palmer

By On October 9, 2017

G.M. Palmer lives with his wife and daughters on a poodle farm in North Florida. Find him online @gm_palmer.… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert in Conversation at the Rosenbach

By On October 4, 2017

I have been invited to talk a bit about my essay “Austen’s Ring and Shelley’s Heart: Our Fascination with Literary Relics.” I'll discuss rare book collectors and their attraction to objects once owned… Read More

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“Dwelling” by Catherine Staples

By On October 3, 2017

Catherine Staples is the author of two collections of poems: The Rattling Window (The Ashland Poetry Press) and Never a Note Forfeit (Seven Kitchens Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared in… Read More

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“Only Human” by Sammy Jay

By On October 2, 2017

Sammy Jay, 29, grew up in Oxford and in Ireland by the sea. He is a rare book dealer with Peter Harrington of London, and has just issued his first trade catalogue:… Read More

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“The Common Life” by W.H. Auden

By On September 29, 2017

"In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag." - W. H. Auden… Read More

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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