“Strung” by Ernest Hilbert (With Audio)

Ernest Hilbert is the author of two collections of poetry, Sixty Sonnets and All of You on the Good Earth, as well as a spoken word album recorded with rock band and orchestra, Elegies & Laments, available from Pub Can Records.

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Excerpt from the Epic, Book-Length Poem Heimat by Quincy R. Lehr

Quincy R. Lehr is the author of several collections, as well as the imminently forthcoming Heimat. He is the associate editor of The Raintown Review, and he lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches history.

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Listen to Some Students Read Ernest Hilbert’s “Domestic Situation” for the National Poetry Out Loud Competition

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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“Night Moth” by George Witte

George Witte’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and reprinted in the Best American Poets 2007 and other anthologies. He received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For twenty-nine years he has worked at St. Martin’s Press, where he is editor-in-chief. He lives with his wife and their two daughters in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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Two Poems from Birds on the Kiswar Tree by Odi Gonzales

BIRDS ON THE KISWAR TREE by Peruvian Andean poet Odi Gonzales presents poems that sing in the voices of native birds and speak through the devout, but subversive, Quechua artists of Peru’s colonial era. Canvas by canvas, poem by poem, Gonzales gives us a poetry collection as a living and talking museum in which the Quechua artists of Peru’s past demonstrate both their sincere Christian faith and their opposition to the Spanish destruction of the Inca empire. Originally published in Peru in 2005 as “La Escuela de Cusco” (“The School of Cusco”), BIRDS ON THE KISWAR TREE stands as an elegant and richly imagined tribute to these indigenous and mestizo artists. Odi Gonzales is the author of seven poetry collections. BIRDS ON THE KISWAR TREE, an English translation by Lynn Levin, is Gonzales’ first book to be published in a bilingual Spanish/English edition.

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Bethany’s Top Five Kickass Teen Girls

Nowadays, it seems we mainly hear about teenage girls in regard to their appearance, sexuality, and eating disorders. I want to give a more prominent place to teenage girls who are/were awesome!

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“How it Ends” by Rick Mullin

Rick Mullin’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Arts Quarterly, The Raintown Review, Unsplendid, Méasŭre, The Flea, and Ep;phany. He is the author of Aquinas Flinched (Exot Books, 2008), Hunck (Seven Towers, 2010), SOUTINE (Dos Madres Press, 2012) and COELACANTH (Dos Madres Press, 2013).

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“Ornamental Waters” by Kit Wright

Poet and children’s author Kit Wright was born in 1944 and educated at Oxford University.

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“Swing Shift Blues” by Alan Dugan

“A plain stodgy no-nonsense American prose, like that of your nearest bartender.” – X.J. Kennedy

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Ernest Hilbert at Large

My publisher has always been attentive to developments, such as they are, in my writing career, such as it is, and kindly shares that information publicly in a most professional manner. Here at E-Verse my own site, I sometimes forget to announce the latest news. Though I’ve been remiss of late, by way of a remedy I offer a quick roundup of current events in the life of Ernest Hilbert as poet, again, such as it is or may be.

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“Café Future” by David Yezzi

David Yezzi’s poetry collections include Azores (2008) and The Hidden Model (2003), and his criticism and poetry have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Best American Poetry. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Yezzi is Executive Editor of The New Criterion. He has also edited The Swallow Anthology of New American Poetry (2009). His libretto for a chamber opera by composer David Conte, Firebird Motel, premiered in 2003 and was released on CD by Arsis (2007). Poet-critic Adam Kirsch, who selected Azores as one of Slate’s Best Books of 2008, noted that Yezzi’s poetry “displays a civilized mastery reminiscent of Philip Larkin and Donald Justice, which no poet of his generation can match.” David Yezzi is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and received his MFA from Columbia University.

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Alonetime on Screen: Top Five Movies that Devote Considerable Screentime to a Single Actor

Here are some movies that give a lot of time to just one actor, essentially the opposite of the “ensemble cast” style of movie. The single actors’ skills are truly showcased in these solitary situations, since there’s no one else to carry the weight of plot and action.

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“Introduction” by John Ashbery

“Since the death of Wallace Stevens in 1955, we have been in the Age of Ashbery.” – Harold Bloom

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“Coin” the Video Game, No, Animated Movie of a Video Game!

Thanks to Andrew for sending this cool animated short our way.

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“1st September 1939″ by Joseph Brodsky, Translated by Glyn Maxwell

“The day was called September the First.”

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“Honey, What’s This in the Trash?”: Top Five Literary Masterpieces Nearly Destroyed by Their Creators

Ever look back at something you’ve written and wished it would just go away? Well, you’re in good company.

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“Delirium in Vera Cruz” by Malcolm Lowry

“Although his literary reputation rests primarily on his novels, Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) considered himself to be a poet, and he composed an extensive poetic canon. No reliable edition of Lowry’s poetry currently exists. Increasing critical interest in all aspects of Lowry’s life and work prompted the preparation of this complete edition of his poetry, in which the poems are located, identified, dated, arranged, collated, annotated, and explicated by biographical, critical, and textual introductions.” – from the Collected Poems

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“Atephilia” by Jessica Piazza

Jessica Piazza is the author of two poetry collections: Interrobang (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). She is a co-founder of Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, and a contributing editor at The Offending Adam. She loves her scientist husband and her ridiculous-looking dog, but she also thinks you’re pretty cute. Learn more at www.jessicapiazza.com.

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Top Five Notable Comments in the Book Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Awhile back, I read the book Game Change, in which two reporters persuaded a group of insiders working for presidential candidates for the 2008 primaries and election to tell all, with the proviso that revelations would all be anonymous and not revealed until after the election. I read it and made a list of the most significant revelations, and it was published on E-Verse. The same guys recently came out with a similar book about the 2012 presidential election (including primaries), called Double Down. So here are the top five most interesting comments by the authors.

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“Rule Book” by Suzanne Parker

Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award from Alice James Books for her poetry collection, Viral which has been nominated as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and is on the National Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List of recommended books for 2014. Her poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Hunger Mountain, Drunken Boat, and numerous other journals and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Programme. She is the managing editor at MEAD: A Magazine of Literature and Libations.

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Three Sonnets by Ben Mazer

Ben Mazer’s most recent collection of poems is New Poems (Pen & Anvil). He is the Editor of the Battersea Review.

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“Entertainment Destination” by Ernest Hilbert

The Raintown Review is a perfect-bound, semi-annual journal. We have published the works of established and up-and-coming writers such as Dick Allen, Jared Carter, Patrick Chapman, Jehanne Dubrow, Annie Finch, Kevin Higgins, Rose Kelleher, Rick Mullin, Molly Peacock, Jennifer Reeser, A.E. Stallings, X.J. Kennedy, and many more.

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“You’ve Just Got To Face the Ugly Realities Of It”: Ernest Hilbert Interviewed by Ken Michaels on NPR-Affiliate WDIY 80.1

Last April, radio personality Ken Michaels interviewed me for his arts program “Musings” on NPR-Affiliate WDIY 80.1FM Allentown/Bethlehem. We talked about All of You on the Good Earth, influences, inspirations, music, and life in general. The interview also includes complete recordings of the poems “Gravedigger’s Song,” “Sportsmanship,” “Simple Instructions,” and “Seneca at the Baths.” Have a listen.

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“Clown” by Chelsey Minnis

Chelsey Minnis was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Iowa Writer’s workshop. She is the author of Zirconia (Fence, 2001), Foxina (Seeing Eye Books, 2002) and Bad Bad (Fence, 2007). She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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“Influence”: A New Film about Autism from Michael and Meredith Bergman

“The last time I directed a movie was in 2006, two years before our son Dan pierced his autism by learning to communicate by spelling. Our world was unimaginably different then. This movie, Influence, is inspired by what I’ve been learning from Dan while I’ve been teaching him these last five years. There’s nothing autobiographical in it. I made up the characters and the situation, but it is informed, to its core, by what Dan has taught me about human communication, confidence and doubt. It is about two autistic teenagers on a date who need to bring their parents along to help them communicate. The problems of parental participation are easily a match for the problems of autism. We shot it in February and I’m editing it now. It is by far my best work to date. It’s an astonishing project. Dan served as technical advisor, helping the actors who were playing the autistic kids, and helping us us all make sure that we were making sense and addressing the important and difficult questions in ways that honor them. On the first day of principal photography he spelled this to the actors: THANK YOU FOR VALIDATING MY LIFE. So the film was a success before we shot the first frame.” – Michael Bergman

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“I Disapprove. A Writer is a Maker not a Man of Action”: A Documentary About the Life, Loves, and Ideas of W. H. Auden

We get to see Auden on a television talk show. Worth a watch. Produced and Directed by Susanna White.

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Nhu Vuong Reads Ernest Hilbert’s “Domestic Situation” for Poetry Out Loud

Check out a video of one of the Poetry Out Loud contestants performing Ernest Hilbert’s poem “Domestic Situation.”

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Mercury Radio Theater’s “I Don’t Owe You No More” on the Static Sessions

Mercury Radio Theater is Philadelphia’s conceptual rockabilly/punk monster/sci fi with a zydeco twist band (or, in their more concise appellation, “Punk Rock Exotica”). With three LPs to date, the band is known for elaborate, theatrical stage performances and for selling out venues like Johnny Brenda’s. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the band on two occasions.

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Cynthia’s “Best Song Ever”

Queen’s Guitarist Brian May explains how their operatic classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was written and recorded. It’s a little long to watch the whole thing but very interesting to see how the parts came together. Mr. May also explains a bit about what Freddie Mercury was really like to work with.

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Right, so Beth Gibbons from Portishead Sings Black Sabbath’s Eponymous Track “Black Sabbath” Backed by British Metal Band Gonga

So, you should check it out. She nails it.

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