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Top Five Eerie Underwater Scenes

By On July 20, 2018

I love a good eerie underwater scene. The weightlessness and flowing hair adds a gracefulness to the scenery, while the inability to breathe adds tension. And looking at sets that should be… Read More

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“False Elegy” by Brian Brodeur

By On July 16, 2018

Brian Brodeur is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Alternative Facts (2019), Natural Causes (2012) and Other Latitudes (2008), as well as the poetry chapbooks Local Fauna (2015) and So… Read More

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“in the inner city” by Lucille Clifton

By On July 11, 2018

The love readers feel for Lucille Clifton—both the woman and her poetry—is constant and deeply felt. The lines that surface most frequently in praise of her work and her person are moving… 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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Top Five Weird Things about Trump and Food

By On July 6, 2018

Where there is no love in a relationship, even the way a man holds his fork annoys you; where there is love, he could eat off the floor and you wouldn’t mind.… 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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Top Five Reasons Why Ants are Evil

By On July 1, 2018

The movie Ant-Man is coming out on July 17th. I was lucky enough to see a sneak preview of it, and it was quite good. There was only one problem: ants. Ants,… 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 Similarities Between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Il

By On June 15, 2018

Kim Jong-Il, the Dear Leader of North Korea, passed away in 2011, but his memory lives on. He is the star of movies like Team America, World Police and the producer of… 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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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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“Plugging Up the Holes” by Nomi Stone

By On May 29, 2018

Nomi Stone’s second collection of poems, Kill Class is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. Winner of a 2018 Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently or will soon in POETRY, American Poetry… 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

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“Station” by Ishion Hutchinson

By On May 23, 2018

Ishion Hutchinson is a current Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. He is the author of two poetry collections, House of Lords and Commons and Far District. Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, he moved… Read More

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Christopher LaRosa’s setting of Ernest Hilbert’s poem “Nights of 1998” Headed for Mexico City

By On May 15, 2018

Composer Christopher LaRosa recently set to music my poem “Nights of 1998,” from my book All of You on the Good Earth, for a baritone accompanied by sinfonietta. The piece premiered on Thursday,… Read More

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Top Five People who Died By Falling Down

By On May 10, 2018

OK, this top five is going to be a downer. An elderly but healthy and strong family friend recently stumbled and fell while walking down the street. He died of his injuries.… Read More

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Works Cited: A New Poetry Podcast

By On May 4, 2018

It's a gritty, downright underground project right now, and I hope it catches on. I'm told they have the entire first season recorded, so we have much more to look forward to.… Read More

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Top Five Things in the Musical Grease that are Really Bad Now but Were just Good Fun back Then

By On May 1, 2018

Grease: Great musical film, or greatest musical? OK, maybe there are better ones, but there was nothing better for a 1970s tween. And it’s still just as fun to watch today. But… Read More

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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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Ernest Hilbert Writes about Books in the Wall Street Journal

By On April 22, 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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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 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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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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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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Top Five Creepy Things Noticed While Rewatching Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors

By On March 10, 2018

Watching old Woody Allen movies can sometimes be a treasure trove of unpleasant observations about the way Woody Allen thinks, particularly given what we’ve subsequently learned about his private life in the… 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