Ernest Hilbert Reads with Lynn Levin and Laura Spagnoli


+-*Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, 7PM Upstairs at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-928-8118

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“Portrait of a Stranger in Mt. Moriah Cemetery” by Ernest Hilbert in the New Issue of the Battersea Review


+-*The new issue of The Battersea Review is packed with all sorts of great things: Robert Archambeau reviews T.S. Eliot’s Letters Vol. I; Saskia Hamilton reviews T.S. Eliot’s Letters Vol. II; Marjorie Perloff reviews T.S. Eliot’s Letters Vols. III & IV; R.P. Blackmur: 1954 Report to the Rockefeller Foundation, Edited by Allison Vanouse; John Wieners: Letters (with Poems) to Michael Rumaker, Edited by Michael Seth Stewart; Robert Archambeau on W.H. Auden’s The Orators; Marjorie Perloff on Ian Hamilton Finlay; Bill Berkson on Gertrude Stein; Richard Tillinghast on Edward Thomas; Flaminia Ocampo on Waldo Frank; James Dempsey on Scofield Thayer, Elaine Orr, and E.E. Cummings; Fiction by Leslie Hodgkins; Cassandra Nelson on Education; Daniel Sofaer on Henry Reed; Larissa Shmailo on Philip Nikolayev; Poetry: What’s Next: Robert Archambeau, Stephen Burt, Ben Mazer.

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“Ich Bin ein Charlie Hebdo” by Quincy Lehr


+-*Quincy R. Lehr is the author of several collections, most recently Heimat and the forthcoming The Dark Lord of the Tiki Bar. He is the associate editor of The Raintown Review, and he lives in Brooklyn.

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Top Five ’60s Songs about Lonely Middle Class White People


+-*It’s a whole genre!

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“Picker” by Miller Williams

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+-*”Miller Williams writes about ordinary people in the extraordinary moments of their lives.” – John Ciardi

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“Letter to Virginia Woolf” by Terese Coe

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+-*Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Poetry, New American Writing, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Huffington Post, Poetry Review, the TLS, Agenda, New Walk Magazine, Warwick Review, The Stinging Fly, and many other publications, including anthologies. One of her poems was heli-dropped across London for the 2012 London Olympics Rain of Poems, and she has a new collection of poems and translations coming out in February-March 2015.

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“Mineral Point” by Ernest Hilbert in the New Issue of Yale Review

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+-*Like Yale’s schools of music, drama, and architecture, like its libraries and art galleries, The Yale Review has helped give the University its leading place in American education. In a land of quick fixes and short view and in a time of increasingly commercial publishing, the journal has an authority that derives from its commitment to bold established writers and promising newcomers, to both challenging literary work and a range of essays and reviews that can explore the connections between academic disciplines and the broader movements in American society, thought, and culture. With independence and boldness, with a concern for issues and ideas, with a respect for the mind’s capacity to be surprised by speculation and delighted by elegance, The Yale Review proudly continues into its third century.

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“Mingus at The Showplace” by William Matthews


+-*”A deliciously irreverent, classically minded poet . . . One of the wittiest and most heartbreaking American poets in the second half of the twentieth century.” – Edward Hirsch

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Books Read or Reread by Ernest Hilbert in 2014

My basement library, poised to grow larger this year.

+-*Well, that’s it. Another year swirls slowly around the drain, soon to be gone. Here is my annual roundup of books I somehow found the time to read over the past year.

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“As the Rooks Are” by Elizabeth Jennings


+-*Elizabeth Jennings was born in Boston, Lincolnshire in 1926, and lived most of her life in Oxford, where she moved in 1932. She was educated at Rye St Antony and Oxford High School before reading English at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she began a B.Litt., but left to pursue a career in copy-editing in London. Returning to Oxford to take up a full-time post as a librarian at the city library, Jennings worked briefly at Chatto and Windus before becoming a full-time poet. Her second volume of poetry, A Way of Looking (1955), won the Somerset Maugham Award, which allowed her to travel to Rome, a city which had an immense impact on her poetry and Roman Catholic faith. While she suffered from physical and mental ill health from her early thirties, Jennings was a popular and widely read poet. She received the W.H. Smith award in 1987 for Collected Poems 1953 – 1985, and in 1992 was awarded a CBE. She died in Rosebank Care Home, Bampton, in 2001 and is buried in Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford.

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“Broad and Washington” by Ernest Hilbert


+-*The BU Literary Society was founded as BU Students for Literary Awareness in the fall of 1997, under the leadership of Jennifer Herron. The group’s original members meant to publish a magazine called The View from a Window; however, campus plans often being well-laid and then lost, the first issue of their new organ was released in spring 1998, under a more enigmatic title: a single question mark. Since 1999, that publication has been called Clarion, and been published under the aegis of a right red rooster.

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A Christmas Message from Our Cat Wicked Lester Bangs


+-*Merry Christmas one and all!

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Top Five Similarities Between Dr. Evil and Kim Jong Il

+-*Is life stranger than comedy? Possibly. Let’s have a look at two evil leaders who resemble each other in a remarkable number of ways.

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“Christmas Eve” by Rick Mullin, from Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle


+-*Rick Mullin is a journalist and painter whose book-length poem Soutine, on the painter Chaïm Soutine, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2012. His poetry collection Coelacanth was published by Dos Madres in 2013. He is the author of the book-length poem Huncke, published by Seven Towers, Dublin, Ireland, in 2010, and two chapbooks, Aquinas Flinched (Modern Metrics/Exot Books, New York, NY, 2008) and The Stones Jones Canzones (Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY, 2012). He works as a business editor at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. His paintings are in collections in the U.S., Europe, and the British Virgin Islands.

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“Skeptic Christmas” by Jules Laforgue (Trans. by Kate Flores)


+-*”He is an exquisite poet, a deliverer of nations, a father of light,” – Ezra Pound

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Top Five Movies to Avoid if You Want to Keep from Angering Kim Jong-Un


+-*Be careful what you watch, folks.

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“Christmas At The Orphanage” by Bill Knott

+-*Bill Knott’s poetry collections include The Naomi Poems, Book One: Corpse and Beans (1968), Becos (1983), Outremer, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize (1988), Laugh at the End of the World: Collected Comic Poems 1969–1999 (2000), The Unsubscriber (2004), and Stigmata Errata Etcetera (2007), a collaboration with collages by the artist Star Black.

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Top Five Fun Facts About North Korea


  5. Everyone is subject to daily “self-criticism” sessions in which they must describe all of the ways that they have failed in their duty to Kim Jong-Il   4. Kim Il-Sung has been dead for 16 years but is still the head of state, having been “elected” “eternal” leader   3. Everyone must wear a pin with Kim Il-Sung or Kim Jong-Il’s face on it, and keep it spotless at all times   2. Kim Jong-Il kidnapped a famous South Korean director (and his wife) and forced him to make movies. When the director refused, he was sent to a concentration camp for 5 years and eventually complied. He and his wife finally escaped, eluding guards while in Cannes for the premiere of one of their films   1. Even at the height of the North Korean famine in the 1990s, Kim Jong-Il was still the largest consumer of Hennessy cognac.

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Cleaver Magazine Selects Ernest Hilbert’s All of You on the Good Earth for its Small-Press Lover’s Shopping List


+-*Many thanks to Cleaver magazine for selecting my latest collection of poems for their annual shopping list. Head on over to check out some of the other selections made by the poetry editor as well as lists from the fiction and graphic novel editors.

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“Christmas in Black Rock” by Robert Lowell


+-*Christ God’s red shadow hangs upon the wall . . .

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“Remember the Telephone Book” by Geoffrey Nutter


+-*Geoffrey Nutter was born in Sacramento, and attended San Francisco State University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013), Christopher Sunset (Wave Books, 2010), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (Winner of the 2004 Verse Press Prize) and A Summer Evening, winner of the 2001 Colorado Prize (Center for Literary Publishing, 2001). His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1997, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets. He currently teaches in New York City, where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.

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“Presents will rain from the sky!” Just What We Were All Waiting for: Black Metal Sock Puppets Singing a Song Called “Immortal Christmas”


+-*They really nail it untl they figure out they were supposed to be singing “Satan,” not “Santa.

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“Mill at Romesdal” by Richard Hugo


+-*”Richard Hugo was a poet of the Pacific Northwest, yet his renown attests to a stature greater than that of most “regional” poets. He is noted for the tight, rhythmic control of his language and lines and for the sharp sense of place evoked in his poems. Hugo’s images are urgent and compelling; he imbues the many minute or seemingly irrelevant details found in his poems with a subtle significance, thereby creating a tension between the particular and the universal. This tension is considered central to Hugo’s most powerful poems.” – Poetry Foundation

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“Foxhunt” by Ted Hughes


+-*”The rural landscape of Hughes’s youth in Yorkshire exerted a lasting influence on his work. To read Hughes’s poetry is to enter a world dominated by nature, especially by animals. This holds true for nearly all of his books, from The Hawk in the Rain to Wolfwatching (1989) and Moortown Diary (1989), two of his late collections. Hughes’s love of animals was one of the catalysts in his decision to become a poet.” – Poetry Foundation

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Top Five Anti-Christmas Christmas Songs

+-*Christmas has more songs than any other holiday, maybe all the others combined. That means it also has the most songs written against it. Let’s have a listen.

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“By the Time Everyone Shows Up, I’m Hammered”: Comedian Paul F. Tompkins on a Disastrous Christmas Party

+-*You may know him from Best Week Ever or There Will Be Blood, but I used to stand behind the counter at a book store with him in the 1990s and got a free show all night long. One of the funniest people I’ve ever known . . . no, THE funniest, Mr. Paul F. Tompkins.

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


+-*Remember when rock was fun and weird?

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“Waterfall” by Ex Hex

Ex Hex

+-*Power pop!

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“A Christmas Sonnet (For One In Doubt)” by Edwin Arlington Robinson

+-*From the publisher: Edwin Arlington Robinson’s finely crafted, formal rhythms mirror the tension the poet sees between life’s immutable circumstances and humanity’s often tragic attempts to exert control. At once dramatic and witty, his poems lay bare the loneliness and despair of life in genteel small towns (“Tilbury Down” and “The Mill”), the tyranny of love (“Eros Turrannos” and “The Unforgiven”), and unspoken, unnoticed suffering (“The Wandering Jew”, and “Isaac and Archibald”). In addition, the fictional characters he created in “Reuben Bright”, “Miniver Cheevy”, “Richard Cory”, and the historical figures he brought to life—Lincoln in “The Master” and the great painter in “Rembrandt to Rembrandt”—harbor demons and passions the world treats with indifference or cruelty.

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Bethany’s Top Five World War Two Leaders Back When They Were Young and Cute


+-*Can you guess who’s who?

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