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“What Was” by Tamara Oakman

By On February 4, 2020

Tamara Oakman, a neo-confessional writer and also English, writing, ESL and humanities professor, has had work appear in such magazines as Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories and Best of Anthology, Mad Poets… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reads at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City

By On January 29, 2020

Hey, New York, I'll be reading this Sunday for the Carmine Street Metrics series at Otto's Shrunken Head. The event is free and open to the public. Philadelphia poet Luke Stromberg will… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews Kathleen Jamie in The Washington Post

By On January 4, 2020

I had the pleasure of reviewing Kathleen Jamie's latest colleciton of essays, Surfacing, for The Washington Post newspaper. … Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reviews The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice by Hegnar Zitlaian Watenpaugh

By On January 3, 2020

Illuminated manuscripts, copied by hand and painstakingly adorned with vibrant colors and gold leaf, predate by centuries Gutenberg’s bible, printed around 1450 using moveable metal type. While such manuscripts are acquired by… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reads with John Wall Barger at Shakespeare & Co.

By On January 2, 2020

Come out to hear Ernest Hilbert and John Wall Barger read from their latest books at Shakespeare & Co. near Rittenhouse Square. The event is free and open to the public. Stop… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Profiles Collector and Poet Dana Gioia for Fine Books & Collections Magazine

By On January 1, 2020

Many thanks to editor Rebecca Rego Barry at Fine Books & Collections magazine for running my six-page profile of poet and collector Dana Gioia in the new issue. Bob Dylan wound up… Read More

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“New Year Poem” by Philip Larkin

By On December 31, 2019

"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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“Broad and Washington” by Ernest Hilbert

By On December 28, 2019

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… Read More

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“Desk Clerk” by R.S. Gwynn

By On December 24, 2019

R.S. (Sam) Gwynn did his undergraduate work at Davidson College. He earned an M.A. and an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas and taught at Lamar University, where he was University Professor… Read More

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

By On December 22, 2019

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… Read More

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“The Christmas Tree” by C. Day Lewis

By On December 22, 2019

C. Day Lewis , born in Ireland in 1904, was Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in May 1972. He published many volumes of poetry, as well as essays, critical studies,… Read More

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“Office Party” by Phyllis McGinley

By On December 21, 2019

Phyllis McGinley was famous for her light verse and celebration of Suburban, middle class America. She published several books of poetry, including On the Contrary (1934), One More Manhattan (1937), Husbands Are… Read More

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“Christmas Eve: A Gloss” by David Livwell

By On December 14, 2019

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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“Christmas in Black Rock” by Robert Lowell

By On December 12, 2019

“I do think free will is sewn into everything we do; you can't cross a street, light a cigarette, drop saccharine in your coffee without really doing it. Yet the possible alternatives… Read More

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“Raking” by David Yezzi

By On December 2, 2019

David Yezzi’s latest books of poetry are Birds of the Air and Black Sea (both in the Carnegie Mellon Poets Series). His verse play Schnauzer, produced by The Baltimore Poets Theater in… Read More

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“Sentenced to Life” by Clive James

By On November 28, 2019

The Austrailian poet, critic, and broadcaster Clive James died on Sunday after a long battle with leukaemia. Diagnosed with the terminal illness in 2010, he wrote some of his most acclaimed… Read More

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“One Day is there of the Series” by Emily Dickinson

By On November 28, 2019

Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest and most distinctive America poets, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts and spent most of her life living there in isolation in her family home. Though… Read More

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“Definition of ‘Fool'” by Marly Youmans

By On November 27, 2019

Marly Youmans is the author of fifteen books, including this year’s The Book of the Red King— a poetry collection from Phoenicia Publishing, in which “Definition of Fool” appears— and the forthcoming… Read More

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“They Call Me Kaiju” and “Dark Matter” by Jesse Waters

By On November 14, 2019

Jesse Waters is currently Director of both the Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College and the West Chester University Poetry Center. His first collection of poems, Human Resources, was published by… Read More

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“Other Women Don’t Tell You” by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

By On November 9, 2019

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She is the author of The Many Names for Mother, winner the Wick Poetry Prize (Kent… Read More

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“Alchemical Meditation” by Daniel Tobin

By On November 6, 2019

Daniel Tobin is the author of eight books of poems, Where the World is Made (University Press of New England, 1999), Double Life (Louisiana State University Press, 2004), The Narrows (Four Way… Read More

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“Let it Leak! I’m All Aleak Myself”: Ernest Hilbert Reads from Moby-Dick

By On November 4, 2019

Join us as we read Herman Melville’s masterpiece Moby-Dick in its entirety over 25 hours, starting on Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. and reading through Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m.… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert Reads with Daniel Tobin at the Library of Christ Church, Cambridge, MA, Harvard Square (NEW ADDRESS FOR READING)

By On November 4, 2019

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“Look Me in the Face Sonnet” by Thomas Devaney

By On November 1, 2019

Thomas Devaney is a poet and the author of You Are the Battery (Black Square Editions, 2019) and Getting to Philadelphia (Hanging Loose Press, 2019). He is the producer and co-director the… Read More

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“The Metamorphoses of a Vampire” by Charles Baudelaire (Trans. by Donald Justice)

By On October 31, 2019

Charles Baudelaire was one of the most influential of all French poets and is best known for his notorious collection Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil). He is sometimes called… Read More

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“The Costume Party” by Juliana Gray

By On October 29, 2019

Juliana Gray is the author of two acclaimed poetry collections and an associate professor of English at Alfred University.… Read More

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“Four Weeks” by Dora Malech

By On October 28, 2019

DORA MALECH is the author of four books of poems, including Stet (Princeton University Press, 2018) and the forthcoming Flourish (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020). Her poems have appeared in publications that… Read More

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“A Vampire in the Age of AIDS” by Frederick Seidel

By On October 28, 2019

"The most frightening American poet ever— phallus-man, hangman of political barbarism— Seidel is the poet the twentieth century deserved." - Calvin Bedient, The Boston Review… Read More

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“The Walls Speak” by Teow Lim Goh

By On October 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 Trap” by Jon Stallworthy

By On October 25, 2019

Stallworthy started writing poems when he was only seven years old. He was educated at the Dragon School, Rugby School and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate prize. His… Read More