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Journalist Jenny DeHuff Spotted in Caligulan Shirt

By On November 30, 2018

Jenny DeHuff is a versatile journalist, able to expose citywide corruption one day (her work in the “Breakfastgate” scandal) and interview members of Slayer the next (she appears in my essay about… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert and Others Read Poems of the First World War at the Free Library

By On November 28, 2018

Join us for a commemoration of the centennial of the armistice that ended the Great War. A selection of Philadelphia poets will present poems of the “War to End All Wars.” Click… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews a New Book About Edward Gorey for the Washington Post

By On November 25, 2018

Edward Gorey’s modern Gothic world is as eerie as it is instantly recognizable: Grim, house-coated patriarchs; wilting, kohl-eyed flappers; fainting hostesses and hapless tots; figures posed peculiarly in deep-shadowed drawing rooms or… Read More

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“But Look! Here Come More Crowds”: The First Annual Moby-Dick Marathon Reading

By On September 26, 2018

This year, the library’s Manager of Public Programs, Ed Pettit, unveils his mad masterwork, a marathon reading of the entirety of Melville’s epic novel at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing.… Read More

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“Poet in the Pit: Slayer, Heavy Metal, and the Limits of Poetry” By Ernest Hilbert

By On September 25, 2018

Last year I wound up with a broken rib after spending an hour in a mosh pit at a Slayer concert. It took place on asphalt, at night, in torrential rain, ideal… Read More

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Launch Reading for the Best American Poetry 2018

By On September 17, 2018

Ernest Hilbert and other contributors will read their poetry for the Best American Poetry 2018 Launch, Thursday, September 20th, 7PM at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, NY 10011. This edition… Read More

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Read Daniel Nester’s New Essay “All My Friends”

By On September 14, 2018

Daniel Nester’s new essay “All My Friends” returns us to those confusing, sometimes sad and embarrassing years of early adulthood, when we “laugh at the absurdity of the adulthoods we were about to… Read More

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Brian Brodeur’s Poem “Juárez, 2008” appears in the latest installment of Cocytus: A Dark Web Magazine

By On September 13, 2018

Brian Brodeur’s unsettling poem “Juárez, 2008” appears in the latest installment of Cocytus: A Dark Web Magazine. To visit and read it, simply follow the instructions below.   Step one: Download the… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Bids Farewell to Poet Donald Hall

By On September 10, 2018

My farewell to American poet Donald Hall appears in the Notes & Comments section at the end of the most recent issue of The New Criterion.… Read More

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“Black Woman” by Erica Dawson

By On September 10, 2018

“When Rap Spoke Straight to God is utterly transporting. In language both elevated and slangy, saucy and tender, Dawson lovingly weaves the reader around her finger.” - Jennifer Egan… Read More

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“I wound up drinking everyone’s shots”: Luke Stromberg at the West Chester Story Slam

By On August 15, 2018

E-Verse's poetry editor Luke Stromberg hit up the West Chester Story Slam this week and gave us this fantastic anecdote about drinking and general debauchery (and inventive excuses the next morning) at… Read More

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“Song for a Dark Queen” by James Brookes

By On August 15, 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 by Pighog… Read More

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“Buck Creek” by Joshua Eric Williams

By On August 14, 2018

Joshua Eric Williams is the author of the chapbook The Distant Wild (2017). His work appears in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Sonic Boom Journal, Measure, and many other online and print poetry outlets.… Read More

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“The Fire Plug” by David Livewell

By On August 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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Swear Town on Beer Lake, Bloat Island in Rum Lake, the Town of Lick Spiggot on the Shores of Whiskey Lake . . .

By On August 2, 2018

Check out the "Temperance Map."… Read More

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“Utøya” by John Wall Barger

By On July 27, 2018

John Wall Barger’s poems are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and The Antioch Review. His fourth poetry collection, The Mean Game, is coming out with Palimpsest Press in spring… Read More

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Danny Shot on NJTV’s State of the Arts

By On July 26, 2018

The television program “State of the Arts New Jersey” devoted a recent segment to the Hoboken, New Jersey poet and editor Danny Shot. Lately, Danny has been roaming around the country reading… Read More

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Ashley Anna McHugh’s New Poem “The Rite of Spring” appears in the latest installment of Cocytus: A Dark Web Magazine

By On July 26, 2018

What's lurking out there on the infamous Dark Web? A lot of unsavory activity and characters, to be sure. But poets? It's already got a reputation for hiding the worst human activity,… 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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“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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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

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“Memorial Days” by Ernest Hilbert

By On May 25, 2018

My poems “Memorial Days” and “Alpine” appear in the issue Issue 10:2 of Literary Matters, along with new writing “ranging from former U.S. Poets Laureate to a current High School Senior,” including… Read More

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Episode Two of Works Cited: Kevin and the Lukes Talk About “My Story in a Late Style of Fire” by Larry Levis

By On May 23, 2018

“My Story in a Late Style of Fire” by Larry Levis Whenever I listen to Billie Holiday, I am reminded That I, too, was once banished from New York City. Not because… Read More