A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"A mysterious quickening inhabits the depths of any good poem—protean, elusive, alive in its own right. The word 'creative' shares its etymology with the word "creature," and carries a similar sense of breathing aliveness, of an active, fine-grained, and multicellular making. What is creative is rooted in growth and rising, in the bringing into existence of new and autonomous being. We feel something stir, shiver, swim its way into the world when a good poem opens its eyes. Poetry's work is not simply the recording of inner or outer perception; it makes by words and music new possibilities of perceiving. Distinctive realms appear to us when we look and hear by poem-light. And these realms clearly are needed—there is no human culture that does not have its songs and poems."
—Jane Hirshfield, Kingfishers Catching Fire: Looking with Poetry's Eyes
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"And herein lies poetry’s endurance: determination at the core."
The Poet, The Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, A Wedding in St. Roch, The Big Box Store, The Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All, by C. D. Wright, reviewed by Daisy Fried. (The New York Times)
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- Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson, Lisa Russ Spaar, ed. (University of Virginia Press)
- Widening Income Inequality, Frederick Seidel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling, Carole Satyamurti (W. W. Norton & Company)
- Staying Alive, Laura Sims (Ugly Duckling Presse)
- Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours, Bianca Stone (Pleiades Press)
- Castles and Islands, Joshua Edwards (Liang Editions)
- Burning After Dark, Susan R. Williamson (Tasora Books)
- State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, Alexis Rhone Fancher (KYSO Flash)
- KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka Forms 2015, Clare MacQueen, ed. (KYSO Flash)
- Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur: Boston 1974 to 1983, Doug Holder (Big Table Publishing)
- Sea Summit, Yi Lu, tr. Fiona Sze-Lorrain (Milkweed Editions)
- Steel, Alison Prine (Cider Press Review)
- The Performance of Becoming Human, Daniel Borzutzky (Brooklyn Arts Press)
- The Wilderness Party, A.B. Jackson (Bloodaxe Books)
- Not in This World, Tracey Herd (Bloodaxe Books)
- Considering the Women, Choman Hardi (Bloodaxe Books)
- Selected Poems, Lars Gustafsson (Bloodaxe Books)
- Alternative Values: Poems & Paintings, Frieda Hughes (Bloodaxe Books)
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