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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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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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Ernest Hilbert Writes about Books in the Wall Street Journal

By On April 16, 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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“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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“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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Ernest Hilbert Reviews Daniel Kalder’s The Infernal Library for the Washington Post

By On March 23, 2018

Of all the genres one might imagine, dictator literature, books written by or on behalf of despots, must be among the most curious and troubling. I review Daniel Kalder's book The Infernal Library:… Read More

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“Scenes from a Storm: Valentine’s Day, 2018” by Olga Dugan

By On March 20, 2018

Olga Dugan is a Cave Canem poet. Her award-winning poems appear or are forthcoming in Virga, The Sunlight Press, Origins, The Peacock Journal, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Kweli, The Southern Quarterly, The Red… Read More

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Hear and Watch Ernest Hilbert’s “Nights of 1998” Set to Music by Christopher LaRosa

By On March 20, 2018

You can now hear and watch "Nights of 1998" on a live stream here by clicking on "New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay director."… Read More

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“Science Fiction” by Kingsley Amis

By On March 13, 2018

"He is an intelligent poet and critic, an effective journalist and a straightforward, honest writer of fiction which is both entertaining and firmly committed to traditional moral values.” - R.G.G. Price… Read More

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B-List Trump Facts from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury

By On March 12, 2018

A few months ago, the book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, an expose of the Trump White House behind the scenes, got a lot of publicity. A few key dishy points… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews John Y. Cole’s New History of the Library of Congress in the Washington Post

By On March 4, 2018

My review of a new history of the Library of Congress appears in today's Sunday Washington Post. Check it out. I notice they altered my bio slightly to  make me a "dealer… Read More

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“What’s Left of Apollo” by Jan Schreiber, adapted from R. M. Rilke

By On February 28, 2018

Jan Schreiber was born in 1941 and grew up in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. He received his BA at Stanford University, his MA at the University of Toronto, and his PhD in English… Read More

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Monday Poets at the Free Library Featuring Catherine Staples and Ernest Hilbert

By On February 20, 2018

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103… Read More

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“How to Write the Great Jersey Poem” by Danny Shot

By On February 13, 2018

Danny Shot was a longtime publisher and editor of Long Shot arts and literary magazine, which he founded along with Eliot Katz in 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. … Read More

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“Capgras” by David Yezzi

By On February 12, 2018

David Yezzi is the author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly, 2003); Azores (Swallow, 2008), a Slate magazine book of the year; and Birds of the Air (2013) , a Publishers Weekly pick.… Read More

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Three Clerihews by Anthony Harrington

By On February 1, 2018

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area many decades ago, Anthony Harrington was educated in a local seminary where he was exposed to the Classics, Philosophy, and Theology, strains of which keep… Read More

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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