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Summer & Fall 2015: Poetry, Documentary & Film — now available

August 11, 2015 – 10:56 am |

Dear Readers: We are pleased to report that our newest issue, the summer-fall blockbuster extravaganza, is finally on its way to a mailbox bookstore newsstand multiplex near you. This issue investigates the links between Poetry, …

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John Duvernoy: “all of this is magic / against death”

August 24, 2015 – 8:00 am |

stanfordWhat About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford
Frank Stanford
Copper Canyon, 2015

I haven’t the space here or quite the foolishness to fully recount the legend of a poet who could out self-mythologize Bob Dylan, who tucked Lorca’s penknife in his bootleg and Breton’s throwing starfish in his belt of hemp. Suffice to say that Frank Stanford was no abject nihilist but an utterly unreconstructed romantic. A serious young man who would die before he ever grew old, he was prodigiously gifted and impossibly prolific. Beyond the sanction of any literary establishment Stanford wrote without surcease, leaving behind a vastly original body of work that is sepulchral, erotic, unabashedly violent, doomed, in love, and in a perpetual dance with death. His poetry is so drenched in mud that squeamish readers may do best to avoid it altogether. Indeed, the poet CD Wright once wrote about Stanford’s work that “if you’re not young and crazy, it may be too late.” I would ask who among us, sometime, somewhere, or hidden within, is not still young and crazy?

What About This, the long longed-for gathering of Stanford’s ragged oeuvre released by Copper Canyon in April, allows brave readers to answer this question. Edited by Michael Wiegers, the collection is a 750-page doorstopper—that is, it holds the door open for readers to pass through and come back changed. Read the full story »

Sandra Beasley: “Flint and Tinder – Understanding the Difference Between ‘Poetry of Witness’ and ‘Documentary Poetics'”

August 19, 2015 – 8:00 am | One Comment

One person’s “Documentary Poetics” may overlap, to a large degree, with another person’s “Poetry of Witness.” Does it matter why? Does it matter how they differ? To-may-to versus to-mah-to, pe-can or pe-kahn: a hungry man …

The Subvocal Zoo: Danez Smith – Only in Safety

July 30, 2015 – 8:00 am |

Poetry Northwest‘s monthly podcast series, The Subvocal Zoo, features editors and friends of the magazine interviewing poets. Each episode features lively conversation between writers in a different location.
Episode 9 features Danez Smith in conversation with William Camponovo during the 2015 AWP Conference …

Interview // Jane Hirshfield

July 11, 2015 – 8:00 am |

By Maggie Trapp
Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), as well as two books of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015) and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind …

Interview // Sandra Lim

April 27, 2015 – 7:35 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore, 2006) and The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected …

Emily Bedard: “Reading Lucie Brock-Broido in Mexico”

April 20, 2015 – 8:00 am | One Comment

Seattle Arts & Lectures is delighted to be partnering with Poetry Northwest to be launching a series of original essays and reflections on some of the speakers in our Poetry Series. This first installation, poet and …

AWP Minneapolis 2015: Photo Essay

April 18, 2015 – 3:48 pm |

Photography by: Aaron Barrell, William Camponovo, Bill Carty, Matthew Kelsey, Katharine Ogle

Interview // Dorothea Lasky

March 9, 2015 – 10:49 am |

By Diana Khoi Nguyen | Contributing Writer
Dorothea Lasky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published …

~ New Issue Release Reading ~

February 28, 2015 – 5:33 pm |

March 4
7:30 pm
Phinney Books
7405 Greenwood Ave. N
Featuring local luminaries
Elizabeth Austen, Suzanne Bottelli,
Jessica Gigot, Laura Shoemaker,
and Kary Wayson
free!  come celebrate the new issue
in style…

“Dismal Situations”: Loneliness, Racism, and Knowing the Present Through Verse

February 24, 2015 – 7:18 pm |

By Jack Chelgren | Special Projects Intern and Contributing Writer
As a word is
mostly connotation,
 matter is mostly
(The same loneliness
that separates me
 from what I call
“the world.”)
— Rae Armantrout, “A Resemblance”
It’s afternoon not long ago. I’m listening to …

A Celebration of Carolyn Kizer

January 17, 2015 – 12:57 pm |

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 4:00 pm

Poets from across the country come together for a memorial celebration of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and former Seattleite Carolyn Kizer. Readers include Willis Barnstone, Kevin Craft, Carol Muske-Dukes, Tess Gallagher, Judith Emlyn Johnson, Sierra Nelson, David Rigsbee, Tree …