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Top Five Eerie Underwater Scenes

By On July 20, 2018

I love a good eerie underwater scene. The weightlessness and flowing hair adds a gracefulness to the scenery, while the inability to breathe adds tension. And looking at sets that should be… Read More

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“Visiting Amber at Lowell Correctional” by Tara Skurtu

By On July 20, 2018

Tara Skurtu is an American poet and translator based in Romania. A two-time Fulbright grantee and recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry,… Read More

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“Outdoor Shower” by Sharon Olds

By On July 16, 2018

"Olds’s poetry is known for its accessible and direct free verse style. Often first-person narratives, her poetic voice is known for both its precision and versatility. The colorful events of the poems… Read More

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“False Elegy” by Brian Brodeur

By On July 16, 2018

Brian Brodeur is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Alternative Facts (2019), Natural Causes (2012) and Other Latitudes (2008), as well as the poetry chapbooks Local Fauna (2015) and So… Read More

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“My Wishes for You” by Kevin Higgins

By On July 13, 2018

Kevin Higgins is co-organizer of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. He teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director… Read More

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“in the inner city” by Lucille Clifton

By On July 11, 2018

The love readers feel for Lucille Clifton—both the woman and her poetry—is constant and deeply felt. The lines that surface most frequently in praise of her work and her person are moving… Read More

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“Eagle Banquet” by Timothy Murphy

By On July 9, 2018

Born in 1951, Timothy Murphy grew up in the Red River Valley of the North. He studied at Yale University under Robert Penn Warren, graduating (B.A.) as Scholar of the House in… Read More

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Alberto Manguel and the Virtual Memories Podcast

By On July 6, 2018

I've really come to enjoy The Virtual Memories Show, hosted by the endlessly curious (and fascinating) Gil Roth, who roams far and wide to interview bookish people, authors, critics, librarians, illustrators, comic… Read More

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Top Five Weird Things about Trump and Food

By On July 6, 2018

Where there is no love in a relationship, even the way a man holds his fork annoys you; where there is love, he could eat off the floor and you wouldn’t mind.… Read More

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“Ghazal: America The Beautiful” by Alicia Ostriker

By On July 4, 2018

Alicia Suskin Ostriker is a major American poet and critic. She is the author of numerous poetry collections, including, most recently, Waiting for the Light; The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the… Read More

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“The Body was Dragged Some Distance Before it was Abandoned” and Others by Ernest Hilbert in Journal of American Poetry

By On July 2, 2018

My poem "The Body was Dragged Some Distance Before it was Abandoned" appears in Volume 5 of the American Journal of Poetry along with my poems "Until the Sea Above Us Closed… Read More

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Top Five Reasons Why Ants are Evil

By On July 1, 2018

The movie Ant-Man is coming out on July 17th. I was lucky enough to see a sneak preview of it, and it was quite good. There was only one problem: ants. Ants,… Read More

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“Inwood Inlet” by Arianna Higgins

By On July 1, 2018

I am not here to watch black water rise, Or reach what I can not: the inlet’s stillness Lapping shoreless wooded promontories. I do not approach stone for some new sunrise Or… Read More

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“To a Waterfowl” by Donald Hall

By On June 26, 2018

"We recognize that Hall's success flows not only from his native talents, his devotion to his art, his grasp of the human condition, its universes of loss, love, pain, and beauty, but… Read More

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“The Man In The Dead Machine” by Donald Hall

By On June 25, 2018

“However wrenching [Hall’s poems] may be from line to line, they tell a story that is essentially reassuring: art and love are compatible, genius is companionable, and people stand by one another… Read More

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Short Film of Richard Wilbur and Robert Lowell

By On June 22, 2018

This is a charming little film about Richard Wilbur and Robert Lowell made sometime in the early to mid-1960’s. In black and white footage, we see Wilbur in a suit (sometimes with… Read More

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“Marriage” by Gregory Corso

By On June 22, 2018

"Corso is a poet's Poet, his verses pure velvet...a loner, laughably unlaurelled by native poets, divine Poet Maudit, rascal poet Villonesque and Rimbaudian whose wild fame's extended for decades around the world… Read More

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Photos from the Mexico City Performance of “Nights of 1998”

By On June 18, 2018

As E-Verse readers will know from earlier posts (here and here), my poem “Nights of 1998,” from my book All of You on the Good Earth, was set to music by composer… Read More

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“Yesterday” by W.S. Merwin

By On June 17, 2018

“Merwin has become instantly recognizable on the page; he has made for himself that most difficult of all creations, an accomplished style.”—Helen Vendler, New York Review of Books… Read More

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Top Five Similarities Between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Il

By On June 15, 2018

Kim Jong-Il, the Dear Leader of North Korea, passed away in 2011, but his memory lives on. He is the star of movies like Team America, World Police and the producer of… Read More

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“Crying in an Airport” by Victoria Larriva

By On June 15, 2018

Victoria Larriva is a senior at Texas Tech University, where she studies Mathematics, English, and Computer Science and is the President for the Tech Poetry Society. She has been writing poetry since… Read More

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“Mashups—Liquor Store” by David Blair

By On June 13, 2018

David Blair is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have… Read More

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“The Farmer’s Bride” by Charlotte Mew

By On June 11, 2018

"She just knows humanity— one of the rarest things in the world" —Walter de la Mare… Read More

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Top Five Movies and TV Shows with the Wrong People Having Relationships Behind the Scenes

By On June 6, 2018

It's always sweet when a couple playing lovers ends up falling in love for realz. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, etc. But sometimes, two people starring in a… Read More

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“A Frowsy Whore with Black Straw Sailor Hat Askew Came Glazily in the Day”: Hilbert Reads from the “Sirens” Chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses for the Rosenbach Musem & Library’s Annual Bloomsday

By On June 5, 2018

“A frowsy whore with black straw sailor hat askew came glazily in the day along the quay towards Mr Bloom. When first he saw that form endearing? Yes, it is. I feel… Read More

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“Small Lives” by Timothy Steele

By On June 1, 2018

Timothy Steele is the author of four collections of poems: Uncertainties and Rest (1979), Sapphics Against Anger and Other Poems (1986), The Color Wheel (1994), and Toward the Winter Solstice (2006). The… Read More

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E-Verse Celebrates a New Book from Paul Siegell!

By On May 30, 2018

We here at E-Verse are enormous fans, fanatics, in fact, of Philadelphia poet Paul Siegell. It’s been too long since we’ve had a new book of his playful, innovative poetry to mull… Read More

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“A Lasting Sickness” by James Davis May

By On May 30, 2018

James Davis May is the author of Unquiet Things, which was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2016 and named runner-up for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in poetry… Read More

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“Plugging Up the Holes” by Nomi Stone

By On May 29, 2018

Nomi Stone’s second collection of poems, Kill Class is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. Winner of a 2018 Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently or will soon in POETRY, American Poetry… Read More

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Top Five Times Trump was Concerned with Pee and Bathrooms

By On May 28, 2018

The "Pee Tape.” We’ve all heard about it. Is it real? I’m not going to touch that question with a ten foot pole. But here are the top five other times that… Read More