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“Your Heart You Sing Of”: Ernest Hilbert Reads from the “Wandering Rocks” Chapter of Ulysses for Bloomsday

By On June 3, 2019

Join us for The Rosenbach’s annual Bloomsday festivities on June 16, which is also Father’s Day this year! … Read More

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Orson Welles Reads “Song of Myself VI” by Walt Whitman

By On May 31, 2019

In 1953, Orson Welles, the legendary American actor, director, writer, and producer, recorded Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself" for BBC radio. His performance was later released on LP. You can listen… Read More

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“The Chain” by David Yezzi

By On May 28, 2019

David Yezzi is the keynote reader of this year's West Chester University Poetry Conference. He will be reading in Sykes Auditorium in West Chester on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 8… Read More

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“piano after war” by Gwendolyn Brooks

By On May 27, 2019

Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most beloved and acclaimed American poets of the 20th Century. She was the first black poet to win the Pulitzer Prize, which she received for her collection… Read More

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“Marginalia” by Katherine Barrett Swett

By On May 20, 2019

A high school English teacher, Katherine Barrett Swett lives in New York City. She received a PhD in American Literature from Columbia University. Her chapbook, Twenty-one was published by Finishing Line… Read More

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“Looking Back in My Eighty-First Year” by Maxine Kumin

By On May 14, 2019

"Kumin always circles back to the giving land, the clasp of family, and her bedrock belief in the power of art." -Donna Seaman… Read More

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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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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 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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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 “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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“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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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 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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“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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“Black Woman” by Erica Dawson

By On September 10, 2018

“When Rap Spoke Straight to God is utterly transporting. In language both elevated and slangy, saucy and tender, Dawson lovingly weaves the reader around her finger.” - Jennifer Egan… Read More

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“I wound up drinking everyone’s shots”: Luke Stromberg at the West Chester Story Slam

By On August 15, 2018

E-Verse's poetry editor Luke Stromberg hit up the West Chester Story Slam this week and gave us this fantastic anecdote about drinking and general debauchery (and inventive excuses the next morning) at… Read More

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“Buck Creek” by Joshua Eric Williams

By On August 14, 2018

Joshua Eric Williams is the author of the chapbook The Distant Wild (2017). His work appears in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Sonic Boom Journal, Measure, and many other online and print poetry outlets.… Read More

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Top Five Recent Theater Controversies

By On August 13, 2018

Live theater has lost much of the influence it had in its heyday, but lately there have been a number of social controversies that have spilled out into the theater and then… Read More

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“Against Therapy” by Allison Joseph

By On August 10, 2018

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She serves as poetry editor… Read More

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Swear Town on Beer Lake, Bloat Island in Rum Lake, the Town of Lick Spiggot on the Shores of Whiskey Lake . . .

By On August 2, 2018

Check out the "Temperance Map."… Read More

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Top Five Movies from 2017 in which a Person has a Relationship with Someone who Turns out To Be a Monster

By On July 28, 2018

Monsters are all around. Beware. Bethany tells us how movies are trying to warn us. … Read More