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“Station” by Ishion Hutchinson

By On May 23, 2018

Ishion Hutchinson is a current Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. He is the author of two poetry collections, House of Lords and Commons and Far District. Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, he moved… Read More

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“Fermi’s Paradox” by John Foy

By On May 22, 2018

John Foy’s poems have appeared in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Yale Review, American Arts Quarterly, Alabama Literary Review, The Dark Horse,… Read More

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“The Fireman’s Wife” by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

By On May 21, 2018

Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s first book Crossing the Peninsula received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Awarded the Multiethnic Literatures of the United States Lifetime Achievement Award, she’s published ten poetry collections; three short story… Read More

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“Summer Storm” by Dana Gioia

By On May 17, 2018

Congratulations to Dana Gioia for winning the 2018 Poets' Prize for his book 99 Poems: New and Selected! The award ceremony will be held on Friday, May 18 at the Nicholas Roerich… Read More

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“Threnody” by William Carlos Williams

By On May 16, 2018

"It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages." - William Carlos Williams… Read More

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“This Amber Sunstream” by Mark Van Doren

By On May 16, 2018

"I have loved Mark Van Doren's poetry all my life, or for thirty years. He was the first modern poet I seriously read, and I have never recovered, or tried to recover."… Read More

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Christopher LaRosa’s setting of Ernest Hilbert’s poem “Nights of 1998” Headed for Mexico City

By On May 15, 2018

Composer Christopher LaRosa recently set to music my poem “Nights of 1998,” from my book All of You on the Good Earth, for a baritone accompanied by sinfonietta. The piece premiered on Thursday,… Read More

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“Visiting Day” by Rhina P. Espaillat

By On May 13, 2018

“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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Top Five People who Died By Falling Down

By On May 10, 2018

OK, this top five is going to be a downer. An elderly but healthy and strong family friend recently stumbled and fell while walking down the street. He died of his injuries.… Read More

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“Meeting Point” by Louis MacNeice

By On May 10, 2018

"Poetry in my opinion must be honest before anything else and I refuse to be 'objective' or clear-cut at the cost of honesty." - Louis MacNeice… Read More

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Works Cited: A New Poetry Podcast

By On May 4, 2018

It's a gritty, downright underground project right now, and I hope it catches on. I'm told they have the entire first season recorded, so we have much more to look forward to.… Read More

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Top Five Things in the Musical Grease that are Really Bad Now but Were just Good Fun back Then

By On May 1, 2018

Grease: Great musical film, or greatest musical? OK, maybe there are better ones, but there was nothing better for a 1970s tween. And it’s still just as fun to watch today. But… Read More

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“Hard-Shell Clams” by Marie Ponsot

By On April 27, 2018

"We read such poets because we want to know how a poetic intelligence inhabits the world—or invents it." — William Logan… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert’s Poem “Haunts” on NPR’s Morning Edition

By On April 24, 2018

A recording of my poem “Haunts” aired on WHYY FM, Philadelphia’s NPR Station, 90.9 MHz, as part of a National Poetry Month feature on Morning Edition, hosted by Jennifer Lynn. It's a… Read More

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“Kill Poem” by Frederick Seidel

By On April 23, 2018

"He radiates heat. It is apparent that he has asked himself frightful questions and has not dodged the implications of their equally frightful answers" - Louise Bogan… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Writes about Books in the Wall Street Journal

By On April 22, 2018

I had a chance to review three new books about books for the Spring books insert at the Wall Street Journal. Check it out.… Read More

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“God the Eater” by Stevie Smith

By On April 18, 2018

"On gray days when most modern poetry seems one dull colorless voice speaking through a hundred rival styles, one turns to Stevie Smith and enjoys her unique and cheerfully gruesome voice. She… Read More

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Top Five Horror Franchises that Went to Space

By On April 16, 2018

When Star Trek’s visionary creator Gene Roddenberry gave us the immortal phrase “Space . . . the final frontier,” he was probably hoping to encapsulate the hopes and dreams of mankind in… Read More

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“Mag” by Carl Sandburg

By On April 16, 2018

"Sandburg continually touches us by his power to be aware of fugitive circumstances that betray deep truth." - Mark Van Doren… Read More

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“Resignation” by J.D. McClatchy

By On April 11, 2018

“There are very few poets writing today who, poem by poem, move me from admiration to admiration, and always with renewed and novel delight. There is no poet writing whose intelligence, dexterity,… Read More

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Top Five Best Trump Impressions

By On April 10, 2018

Let’s face it. Trump is a caricature of himself. Nevertheless, comedians and actors are having a lot of fun doing impressions of him. Here are the five best I’ve seen.… Read More

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“In Praise of Diversity” by Phyllis McGinley

By On April 9, 2018

"I start a sentence : 'The poetry of Phyllis McGinley is...,' and there I stick, for all I wish to say is '...is the poetry of Phyllis McGinley'" - W.H. Auden … Read More

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“Summer Elegy” by David Livewell

By On April 5, 2018

David Livewell grew up in Philadelphia and won the 2012 T.S. Eliot Award for Poetry for Shackamaxon (Truman State University Press). He is now at work on a second collection.… Read More

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AoYotGE for National Poetry Month at the Cambridge Public Library

By On April 5, 2018

I was pleased to learn that my books were on display at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts for National Poetry Month. I asked librarian Daniel Wuenschel to send a photograph, but by… Read More

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“Celle Qui Fut Heaulmiette” by Wallace Stevens

By On April 2, 2018

“After the reader has admired certain lines because Shakespeare might have written them, he begins to admire them because only Stevens could.” - Robert Fitzgerald … Read More

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“Easter Communion” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

By On April 1, 2018

"Closer to Dylan Thomas than Matthew Arnold in his ‘creative violence’ and insistence on the sound of poetry, Gerard Manley Hopkins was no staid, conventional Victorian. His verse is wrought from the… Read More

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“After Glynn Williams’ The Flowering of the English Baroque” by James Brookes

By On March 29, 2018

James Brookes was born in 1986 and grew up in Sussex. He received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2009, and his pamphlet The English Sweats was published… Read More

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Top Five Phobias of World Leaders

By On March 28, 2018

A lot of world leaders have a secret—or not so secret—phobia. Here are the top five!… Read More

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“The Donkey” by G.K. Chesterton

By On March 25, 2018

"In his obituary, T. S. Eliot alluded to GKC’s capacity for 'first-rate journalistic balladry,' and this high praise I think almost insufficient, because it understates his magic faculty of being unforgettable." -… Read More

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“Ring The Bells Backward: Give Up The Gun” by Ray Bradbury

By On March 24, 2018

"The poems in I Live By The Invisible: New & Selected Poems from the unquenchable Bradbury all have his evergreen touch- accessible, humorous, quietly emotional... Bradbury fans, Hibernophiles, general readers, even some… Read More