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Listen to Christopher LaRosa’s Musical Setting of Ernest Hilbert’s Poem “Kite”

By On January 24, 2019

In 2016, Sara Wilkins commissioned composer Christopher LaRosa to write a piece for cello and voice. He selected Ernest Hilbert’s poem “Kite” for the text. The piece has been performed several times,… Read More

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“Song: To Celia” by Ben Jonson

By On February 14, 2019

Drink to me only with thine eyes,          And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup,          And I’ll not look for wine. The thirst that… Read More

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“On the Flood Plain” by Edward Clarke

By On February 13, 2019

Those things you fear, they have already happened,          Inside my contemplative soul, Which left its bed, and came downstairs, to calm          Something I thought… Read More

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“A Flock Made Flesh” by Daniel Klawitter

By On February 12, 2019

Among other things, Daniel Klawitter has been an actor, a labor rights activist, the lead singer/lyricist for the Indie rock band Mining for Rain, and a poetry book reviewer for NewPages.com. His… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reads for a Northeast Regional Best American Poetry Launch

By On January 30, 2019

I’ll be reading this coming Wednesday, February 6th, at Villanova University for a regional launch of the Best American Poetry 2018 anthology. The official verbiage follows. Hope to see you there! Celebrating… Read More

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“University Hospital, Boston” by Mary Oliver

By On January 17, 2019

"Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries… Read More

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John Wall Barger’s Poem “Ash Baptism” Appears in the Latest Installment of Cocytus: A Dark Web Magazine

By On January 16, 2019

John Wall Barger’s disturbing poem “Ash Baptism” appears in the latest installment of Cocytus: A Dark Web Magazine. To visit and read it, simply follow the instructions below.   Step one: Download… Read More

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“Youth Becoming” by Terese Coe

By On January 14, 2019

Terese Coe’s poems and translations have appeared in Agenda, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Hopkins Review, The Moth, New American Writing, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Review, The Stinging Fly, Threepenny Review, and… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert’s Poem “Visitations” Appears in the First Print Annual of Cassandra Voices

By On January 5, 2019

You can read more from the volume online at Cassandra Voices. … Read More

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Ernest Hilbert’s “Mars Ultor” Quoted in The Washington Post

By On January 3, 2019

Ernest Hilbert’s poem “Mars Ultor,” which appeared in the Best American Poetry 2018 anthology (and will appear in Hilbert’s next book, Last One Out, March 2019), is cited by Michael Dirda in… Read More

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“New Year Poem” by Philip Larkin

By On December 31, 2018

"A poetry from which even people who distrust poetry, most people, can take comfort and delight." - X.J. Kennedy … Read More

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“New Year’s Eve” by David Livewell

By On December 30, 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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“Distracted by an Empty Cheetos Bag” by Nicholas Friedman

By On December 27, 2018

Nicholas Friedman is the author of Petty Theft, winner of the The New Criterion Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, POETRY, Yale Review, and other venues. A… Read More

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“Christmas Eve: A Gloss” by David Livwell

By On December 12, 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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Listen to a Recording of Ernest Hilbert Reading Poetry of the First World War at the Free Library

By On December 11, 2018

Ernest Hilbert reads poetry of the First World War at the Philadelphia Free Library to commemorate the centenary of the war’s end: “Channel Firing” by Thomas Hardy, “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke,… Read More

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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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“In Thankful Remembrance for My Dear Husband’s Safe Arrival Sept 3, 1662” by Anne Bradstreet

By On November 22, 2018

"Anne Bradstreet was the first non-didactic American poet, the first to give an embodiment to American nature, the first in whom personal intention appears to precede Puritan dogma as an impulse to… Read More

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“Homeland Security” by Brian Brodeur

By On November 14, 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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“Dreamers” by Siegfried Sassoon

By On November 11, 2018

"For his generation, the poetry and career of Siegfried Sassoon were emblematic of the ways in which the secure truths of Western civilization were destroyed in the hopeless foxholes of the First… Read More

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“One Day This Year” by Anton Yakovlev

By On November 8, 2018

Anton Yakovlev’s latest chapbook Chronos Dines Alone, winner of the 2018 James Tate Poetry Prize, is available for pre-order at http://www.survisionmagazine.com/books.htm. He is the author of Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017) and… Read More

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“Halloween” by Chad Abushanab

By On October 31, 2018

Chad Abushanab is the author of The Last Visit (Autumn House Press 2019), which won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. He is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at Texas… Read More

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“All Hallows” by Louise Glück

By On October 30, 2018

Glück's voice is like no other in modern American poetry. Her poetic domain--like that of Wallace Stevens--lies in the seclusion of analytic thought. The seamless continuity of her verse suggests a mind… Read More

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Top Five Works of Art Destroyed By Idiots

By On October 5, 2018

It can take years to create a masterpiece, mere seconds to ruin it. Let's have a look. … Read More

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“Frogs in Texas” by Daniel Klawitter

By On October 3, 2018

Among other things, Daniel Klawitter has been an actor, a labor rights activist, the lead singer/lyricist for the Indie rock band Mining for Rain, and a poetry book reviewer for NewPages.com. His… 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