“Song of Myself VI” by Walt Whitman

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+-*”I see him America’s poet. He is America. His crudity is an exceeding great stench, but it is America. He is the hollow place in the rock that echoes with his time. He does ‘chant the crucial stage’ and he is the ‘voice triumphant.’” – Ezra Pound

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“Bad Newz” by Stephen Burt

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+-*Breezily contemporary in feel, yet deeply lyrical in quality and effect. . . . Belmont is an outstanding collection at once thoughtful and witty, meditative but rapid-fire, a domestically rooted yet lyrically urbane accounting of modern life as interpreted by one of the gifted critical intellects of our time. – New York Journal of Books

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“Little League” Kevin Durkin

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+-*Kevin Durkin attended schools in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Germany before earning his degree in English literature from Princeton University. He has taught English in Singapore, Kitakyushu (Japan), New York City, and Washington, D.C. He also has performed in the plays of Shakespeare across America. Currently the managing editor at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, he resides with his wife and two daughters in Santa Monica.

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Ernest Hilbert with Brian Heston and Therese Halcheid

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+-*A Sunday Evening of Poetry with Ernest Hilbert, Brian Heston, and Therese Halchied Sunday, May 24, 7:30PM Tattooed Mom

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Ernest Hilbert Reads with Anna Evans in Princeton

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An Evening of New Poetry with Ernest Hilbert and Anna Evans Free and open to the public Monday, May 11th, 7:30PM Princeton Public Library 65 Witherspoon St Princeton, New Jersey 08542 (609) 924-9529 Anna M. Evans’ poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, Atlanta Review, Rattle, American Arts Quarterly, and 32 Poems. She gained her MFA from Bennington College, and is the Editor of the Raintown Review. Recipient of Fellowships from the MacDowell Artists’ Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and winner of the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award, she currently teaches at West Windsor Art Center and Richard Stockton College of NJ. Her new sonnet collection, Sisters & Courtesans, is available from White Violet Press. Visit her online at www.annamevans.com. “If Verse Forms Were Superheroes . . .” by Anna Evans The villanelle is Batman, suave and dark, a bit self-conscious of his repetends. The sestina’s Ironman—like Tony Stark he loves himself and irritates his friends. The pantoum’s Tarzan, always getting by on half the words because of twice the muscle. You’ll really believe the triolet can fly, but don’t ask me why Spiderman’s a ghazal. Yet who do they all turn to when […]

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“The Third Rail” by Brian Heston

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+-*Brian Patrick Heston grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His poems have won awards from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, and the Lanier Library Association. His first book, If You Find Yourself, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. He is also the author of the chapbook, Latchkey Kids from Finishing Line Press. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such publications as Many Mountains Moving, Rosebud, West Branch, North American Review, Harpur Palate, 5AM, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, South Carolina Review, and River Styx. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at Georgia State University.

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“L’An Trentiesme de Mon Eage” by Archibald MacLeish

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+-*”[Archibald MacLeish] is one of the few American poets to have a sound of his own.” — James Dickey

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“Black Woman” by Erica Dawson

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+-*”Reading Erica Dawson’s poems reminds me of the time a former race car driver took me on a crazy tour along the southern French coast’s narrowest roads. It felt dangerous and exhilarating. I kept peering over the edge of the cliffs at the ocean far below, and I kept thinking, ‘Well, this will be a beautiful place to die.’ But that driver, much like Erica Dawson, was always in control. I love her poems for that control, and for their music and humor and eccentricity. She is one of my favorites. – Sherman Alexie

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“Ruby Ring” by Kyle Potvin

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+-*Kyle Potvin’s poetry has appeared in The New York Times, Measure, The Huffington Post, JAMA, Blue Unicorn, Alimentum, and on BBC’s World Update, among others. She was named a finalist for the 2008 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her first collection of poetry, Sound Travels on Water (Finishing Line Press), was co-winner of the New England Poetry Club’s 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. She lives with her family in New Hampshire.

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Top Five Movie Posters in this Style

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+-*In the past Bethany has shown us certain styles that one finds again and again in movie posters. Here’s another, the thing they do with faces.

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“Divine Intervention” by James Feichthaler

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+-*James Feichthaler is the co-founder of the poetry group “Dead Bards of Philadelphia,” who meet every month at The Spiral Bookcase in the Manayunk section of the city to share their works. The self-proclaimed “forrealist poet” is set to release his first book of poetry in summer 2015, titled Three Incantations of the Modern Druid.

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“After Alaska” by Therése Halscheid

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+-*Therése Halscheid’s new book of poems is Frozen Latitudes (Press 53). Other collections include Uncommon Geography, Without Home, Powertalk, and a Greatest Hits chapbook award. Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, among them The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Natural Bridge. By way of house-sitting, she has lived the life of an itinerant writer. Her travels have taken her from a swamp in the Florida Panhandle to the Arctic north of Alaska, where she lived with and taught an Eskimo Inupiaq tribe. See www.ThereseHalscheid.com.

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Top Five Words I Recently Made Up

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+-*Bethany brings us some new words she feels we could all use.

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“Purgatory” by Maxine Kumin

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+-*Maxine Kumin was born in Philadelphia. She received her BA and MA from Radcliffe College. She has published numerous books of poetry, including And Short the Season: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2014); Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton, 2010); Still to Mow (2009); Jack (2003); The Long Marriage (2003); Bringing Together (2003); Connecting the Dots (1996); Looking for Luck (1992), which received the Poets’ Prize; Nurture (1989); The Long Approach (1986); Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief (1982); House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate (1975); and Up Country: Poems of New England (1972), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize.

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“Neptune Court” by Anton Yakovlev

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+-*Originally from Moscow, Russia, Anton Yakovlev lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey and works as a college textbook editor. He studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. His work is published or forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Raintown Review, Angle, Cardinal Points Literary Journal, The New Verse News, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow and elsewhere. He is the author of Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015) and The Ghost of Grant Wood (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press). He has also directed several short films.

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Cynthia Brings You America’s Nessie

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+-*Everyone has heard about Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, who continues to hide somewhere in a Scottish lake, but did you know that America has its own submerged monster in Lake Champlain?

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“Dominion of the Parthians” by Ernest Hilbert

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+-*Ernest Hilbert received his doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, where he edited the Oxford Quarterly and studied with Jon Stallworthy—biographer of Wilfred Owen and Louis MacNeice and editor of the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry—and James Fenton, then Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Hilbert’s debut collection Sixty Sonnets (2009) was described by X.J. Kennedy as “the most arresting sequence we have had since John Berryman checked out of America.” Adam Kirsch wrote of Hilbert’s limited-edition chapbook Aim Your Arrows at the Sun that, “like Robert Lowell, Hilbert is drawn to scenes of carnage, where the true face of humanity seems to reveal itself.” His second collection, All of You on the Good Earth (2013), has been hailed as a “wonder of a book,” “original and essential,” an example of “sheer mastery of poetic form,” containing “some of the most elegant poems in American literature since the loss of Anthony Hecht.” His third collection, Caligulan, will be issued in hardcover in autumn 2015 by Measure Press.

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Top Five Bygone Sex Symbols Who Wouldn’t Be Thought Particularly Attractive Today

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+-*Standards of beauty change dramatically from one era to the next. You could be thought the very pinnacle of beauty in the 1930s but be subject to endless cruel gossip and ridicule in the 2010s. Here are five outstanding women who wouldn’t even get a call back to star in a romantic comedy today, but who were showstoppers in their time. What a loss had these women never been stars! Really, people, just think about it.

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“Taking Chances” by Sharon Van Etten

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+-*SVE contacted me a few months back to see if I’d like to come up with some ideas for “Taking Chances,” her first single off the new record. When I first heard the song the lyrics immediately made me think about the opening sequence to the great Agnes Varda film “Cleo from 5 to 7,” one of my favorites. I usually mull over ideas for days or weeks before coming up with anything decent to share with an artist, but this one just came out immediately. I sent a sketch of the idea onto Sharon and Zeke Hutchins, her manager, then I didn’t hear back from them for over a week, at which point I thought, well, damn, they must hate the idea, I blew it! But soon Zeke contacted me and asked if Sharon had sent me the album artwork. I said, no, I haven’t even heard anything else off the album yet, let alone seen anything from it. Sharon then texted me pretty much the same question, “Did Zeke send you the album before you wrote this?” Nope. I didn’t understand what the big deal was. Finally they sent me a photograph that’s a big component of the […]

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“Coast Redwood” by Amy Glynn

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+-*Amy Glynn Greacen is the author of A Modern Herbal (Measure Press, 2014). Her work also appears in Best American Poetry (2010, 2012), New England Review, Poetry Northwest, Southwest Review, The New Criterion, Unsplendid, and elsewhere.

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“Addiction to an Old Mattress” by Rosemary Tonks

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+-*”Rosemary Tonks’ imagery has a daring for which it’s hard to find a parallel in British poetry” – John Hartley Williams

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Top Five Vampires Having Inappropriate Relationships with Underaged Girls

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+-*Why are vampires always going after jail bait? I mean, not just people younger than them, since any person likely is younger than an immortal vampire, but rather, the actually underaged. Here are the top five.

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“Bric-a-Brac” by Dorothy Parker

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+-*Happy National Poetry Month, everyone. Every month is poetry month here at E-Verse, just so you know.

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“Homeland” by Mercury Radio Theater, from the Static Sessions

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+-*Mercury Radio Theater, Punk Rock Exotica from Philly!

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“The Murderer” by Kate Northrop

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+-*Kate Northrop is the author of Back Through Interruption, Things Are Disappearing Here (a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice), and Clean. She teaches at the University of Wyoming.

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“The Dead House” by J. T. Barbarese

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+-*J.T. Barbarese has published five books of poems, his most recent, Sweet Spot (Northwestern University Press, 2012). His poems and translations have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Boulevard, Poetry, The New Yorker and The Times Literary Supplement, and his literary journalism in Tri-Quarterly, boundary 2, The Sewanee Review, Studies in English Literature, and The Journal of Modern Literature. Since 2008 he has been the editor of StoryQuarterly.

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Top Five Toys that Just Look, You Know, Wrong

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+-*Who knows what these toy designers were thinking.

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Top Five Nazis in Space

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+-*Did you know that Nazis in space is a thing? I just learned this, and then quickly realized I’ve already experienced a lot of Nazis in space stories. Maybe you have too. The premise is somewhat plausible, actually. Wernher von Braun, the German rocket scientist who worked on the Nazis’ rocket development program and was largely responsible for the design and realization of the V-2 (“Vengeance 2″) missile during World War II, later worked with NASA as chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. In Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon depicts von Braun imagining trips to the moon and the peaceful use of rocket technology even as the Third Reich crumbles all around his secret underground slave base at Nordhausen (the base is real, not science fiction). So, it seems as though the Nazis may well have had aims to colonize the moon (though Hitler was preoccupied with “hollow earth” theories and wanted to drill into the earth’s crust to expose an alternate interior planet). Here are five of the most popular Nazis-in-space novels, games, and movies.

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“The School Custodian on the Birds and the Bees” by Kevin Cutrer

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+-*Kevin Cutrer, born and raised in southeast Louisiana, lives in Boston. His work has appeared in The Hudson Review, The Dark Horse, Cimarron Review, The Raintown Review, Kin, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. He has been a featured reader at Carmine Street Metrics in New York and Mr. Hip Presents in Boston. His first collection is actively in search of a publisher.

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