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The Rosenbach Presents Nosferatu, with Organ Accompaniment by Frederick R. Haas

By On January 17, 2018

The Rosenbach Museum and Library of Philadelphia is hosting a screening of the classic silent movie accompanied by the Wurlitzer organ (originally built to accompany silent films and now fully restored) in… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert on Illustrated Dust Jackets in the Washington Post

By On January 7, 2018

We are cautioned to avoid judging a book by its cover, yet that is precisely what publishers hope we will do. Dust jacket illustration, which came into its own in the 1920s,… Read More

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Books Read or Reread by Ernest Hilbert in 2017

By On December 29, 2017

I don't get to nearly as many books as I used to, but I still manage to sneak a few in. Here are the ones I got to in 2017. I'd love… Read More

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“To Eros” by Alfonsina Storni translated from the Spanish by Nicholas Friedman

By On December 28, 2017

Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) is an important Argentine and Latin-American modernist poet. Nicholas Friedman is the author of Petty Theft, which won the 2018 New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published by… Read More

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“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” by Wizzard

By On December 19, 2017

Remember when rock was fun and weird? … Read More

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“The Sculpture (To—)” by Bill Knott

By On December 6, 2017

"No modern poet I know shuffles together such tenderness of heart with such wild metaphoric play." - Billy Collins… Read More

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Hear Afaa M. Weaver Interviewed by Ernest Hilbert Live at Fergie’s Pub

By On December 4, 2017

Ernest Hilbert interviewed poet, translator, and professor Afaa M. Weaver before a live audience at Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia on the afternoon of Sunday, November 19th, 2017. … Read More

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“Spirit Boxing” by Afaa M. Weaver

By On November 30, 2017

It is the tightness in the gut when the load is heavy enough to knock me over backward, turn me back on my heel until my ankle cracks and I holler out… Read More

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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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“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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“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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“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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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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“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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“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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“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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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