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“Ah, Garlic” by Bernadette McBride

By On May 7, 2019

Its felicity’s infused in the preparation as much as in the aroma, its hearty tang on the tongue: the crispy little bulk of it in the palm, the satisfaction in each clove’s… Read More

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“Errant Pastoral” by Amy Lemmon

By On May 2, 2019

Midwestern summers of my youth sprawled, protracted and stifling. How many days did I while away gazing at clouds, at blue sky through green leaves? How many nights longing for something I… Read More

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“In a Wooden Building” by Teow Lim Goh

By On April 26, 2019

Teow Lim Goh is the author of Islanders (Conundrum Press, 2016), a volume of poems on the history of Chinese exclusion at the Angel Island Immigration Station. Her work has been featured… Read More

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“The Last Mystery” by Jon Stallworthy

By On April 17, 2019

He knew that coastline—no man better— knew all its rocks and currents, like the veins and knuckles on the brown back of his hand; the leap-frog rollers and tall tons that batter… Read More

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Watch Ernest Hilbert Read at the HOT L Open Poetry Series in Baltimore

By On April 16, 2019

It was a pleasure to read for the HOT L OPEN Baltimore reading series held at Bird in Hand bookstore and cafe on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, on April 14th,… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reads with Rachel Uwada Clifford in Baltimore

By On April 11, 2019

Ernest Hilbert and Rachel Uwada Clifford Hosted by The HOT L Poets Series Bird in Hand Charles Village 11 E 33rd Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 Facebook Event Page Rachael Uwada Clifford is… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reads with Bernadette McBride for National Poetry Month

By On April 8, 2019

Ernest Hilbert reads with Bernadette McBride for National Poetry Month Saturday, April 27th, 2PMWhitman Stafford Farmhouse, 315 Maple Avenue, Laurel Springs, NJ 08021Sponsored by the Stratford Public Library The reading takes place… Read More

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Last One Out is Face Out at the London Review Bookshop

By On April 3, 2019

The London Review Bookshop stocks my new book Last One Out. If you live in London, or passing through, stop by the shop at 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL, bookshop@lrbbookshop.co.uk, +44… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert’s “We Make Mountains So We May Move Them” in Asheville Poetry Review

By On April 1, 2019

My poem “We Make Mountains So We May Move Them” appears with two others (“West River Notebook” and “In the Hidden Places”) in the fantastic 25th-anniversary issue of the Asheville Poetry Review,… Read More

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The Rumpus Features Ernest Hilbert’s Poem “Caligulan” in “The Last Poem I Loved Series”

By On March 22, 2019

The Rumpus series The Last Poem I Loved series featured Ernest Hilbert’s poem “Caligulan” as its latest installment: Hilbert’s book, Caligulan (Measure Press, 2015), came out a year before the last presidential… Read More

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Listen to Ernest Hilbert Read from Last One Out at the Rosenbach Museum & Library

By On March 18, 2019

On the Eve of the Ides of March, 2019, Ernest Hilbert read from his book Last One Out for the first time during an event at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Publication Party for His New Book Last One Out at The Rosenbach

By On February 25, 2019

Join us for a conversation with Ernest Hilbert about his new book of poems, Last One Out. This new volume traces the poet’s life from childhood memories of his father, both elegiac… 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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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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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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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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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’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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“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

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Brian Brodeur’s Poem “Juárez, 2008” appears in the latest installment of Cocytus: A Dark Web Magazine

By On September 13, 2018

Brian Brodeur’s unsettling poem “Juárez, 2008” appears in the latest installment of Cocytus: A Dark Web Magazine. To visit and read it, simply follow the instructions below.   Step one: Download the… Read More