The Truth You Heard
by John Blair • from Playful Song Called Beautiful • University of Iowa Press
John Blairís poetry collection The Green Girls won the 2003 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize.
Playful Song Called Beautiful
"Who could have imagined that insouciance and insight, though they share a prefix, could seem so akin, but here comes Playful Song Called Beautiful as proof."
Poetry & Fiction Workshops
Pascale Petit, Ian Duhig,
Rachael Boast, & more.
"I hope... that poems have a kind of resistance: an ability to slough their authors and their authors' small talk as they move forward in time. George Johnston writes that poems aspire to the condition of anonymity. I think that's true."—Amanda Jernigan
- Mary Stewart Hammond
- Nikki Giovanni
- Lawrence Bridges
- Eamon Grennan
- Alison Pelegrin
- Susan Herron Sibbet
- Ari Banias
- Stephen Dobyns
- Kathryn Nuernberger
- Peter Makuck
- Knuts Skujenieks, tr. Bitite Vinklers
- Janice N. Harrington
- Jeannine Hall Gailey
- Peter Joseph Gloviczki
- Lori Desrosiers
- Afric McGlinchey
- Mark Waldron
- Selima Hill
- Rita Ann Higgins
- Laverne Frith
- Kevin Opstedal
- Robert B. Shaw
- Rustin Larson
Audio recordings of events in our Readings & Conversations and In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series are available via podcast generally within one week of the event. Selected past Lannan events are also being released periodically in audio and/or video format. We also have rare video interviews with people such as Peter Reading and John Berger.
Peter Mishler interviews Camille Rankine.
Craig Morgan Teicher reviews books by Ben Lerner and Marie Ponsot.
Linda Gregerson's Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976–2014 reviewed by Emilia Phillips.
"Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry" - Lisa Russ Spaar looks at collections by Linda Gregerson and Rachel Richardson.
Seamus Heaney as Aesthetic Thinker: A Study of the Prose, by Eugene O'Brien, reviewed by Bernard O'Donoghue.
Fríða Ísberg introduces Anne Sexton's "Faustus and I."
Max Ritvo, 25
David Orr on Ben Lerner's The Hatred of Poetry.
John Yau reviews John Koethe's The Swimmer.
A Q&A with Jana Prikryl.
Ted Kooser presents Sylvia Ross's "Marge's Shoes."
Carol Rumens introduces Abdellatif Laâbi's "My Mother’s Language," translated by André Naffis-Sahely.
Judith Wright's Collected Poems reviewed by Felicity Plunkett.
Fiona Sampson reviews Alice Oswald's Falling Awake.
Solmaz Sharif's Look reviewed by Natalie Diaz.
Marie Ponsot's Collected Poems reviewed by Anthony Domestico.
Jason Cowley on Housman Country: Into the Heart of England, by Peter Parker, and more.
Rachel Hadas's Questions in the Vestibule reviewed by Amy Lilly. MORE