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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

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The Top Five Times Disney Tripped Balls

By On February 28, 2018

In the Golden Age of Disney films, the style veered towards relatively realistic and extremely wholesome—no sex, drugs, or wild music. But every once in awhile, It would get trippy like the… Read More

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Monday Poets at the Free Library Featuring Catherine Staples and Ernest Hilbert

By On February 20, 2018

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103… Read More

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“Capgras” by David Yezzi

By On February 12, 2018

David Yezzi is the author of The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly, 2003); Azores (Swallow, 2008), a Slate magazine book of the year; and Birds of the Air (2013) , a Publishers Weekly pick.… Read More

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Ernest Hilbert on Illustrated Dust Jackets in the Washington Post

By On January 7, 2018

We are cautioned to avoid judging a book by its cover, yet that is precisely what publishers hope we will do. Dust jacket illustration, which came into its own in the 1920s,… Read More

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Books Read or Reread by Ernest Hilbert in 2017

By On December 29, 2017

I don't get to nearly as many books as I used to, but I still manage to sneak a few in. Here are the ones I got to in 2017. I'd love… Read More

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Luke’s Favorite Music of 2017

By On December 29, 2017

Associate Poetry Editor Luke Stromberg brings you his favorite music of 2017. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, we have also included a Spotify playlist of his favorite… Read More

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“To Eros” by Alfonsina Storni translated from the Spanish by Nicholas Friedman

By On December 28, 2017

Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) is an important Argentine and Latin-American modernist poet. Nicholas Friedman is the author of Petty Theft, which won the 2018 New Criterion Poetry Prize and will be published by… Read More