Body & Kentucky Bourbon
by Saeed Jones • from Prelude to Bruise • Coffee House Press
A 2013 Pushcart Prize winner, Saeed Jones is the author of the chapbook When the Only Light is Fire (2011, Sibling Rivalry Press).
Prelude to Bruise
"Prelude to Bruise works its tempestuous mojo just under the skin, wreaking a sweet havoc and rearranging the pulse." (Patricia Smith)
"A great deal of contemporary poetry concerns itself with its own construction, and the difficulty of syntax and complications of conventional meaning in such work have their value and beauties. Many poets, however, still explore the worlds, both external and internal, that can be known through traditionally sustained imagery and compressed, resonant diction. As media and an expanding number of electronic devices allow instant communication of knowledge and trivia, it might seem that the known world has expanded unmeasurably, but these poets have found that the world is made up of individual experience—and that the lyric may in fact know more about the world than any twenty-four hour news program or Twitter account can tell us."—Sarah Kennedy MORE
- Dorothea Lasky
- Robin Robertson
- Volker Braun, tr. David Constantine and Karen Leeder
- Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, tr. Edith Grossman
- Douglas Goetsch
- Michalle Gould
- Jessica Goodfellow
- Frederick Foote
- Michael F. Lepore
- Jodie Hollander
- John Smith
- Susan Lewis
- Shirley Glubka
- Marion Starling Boyer
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.
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Carol Rumens introduces "The Sea and the Skylark," by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
National Book Award longlist is announed.
Arlice Davenport reviews W. S. Merwin's Moon Before Morning.
Christopher Dickey talks about the poetry of his father, James Dickey.
Tim Adams reviews Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch.
National Poetry Series announces winners.
Eric Trethewey, 71
Recent collections by Ruth Padel, David Harsent, and Michael Longley reviewed by Paul Batchelor.
Craig Morgan Teicher on The Collected Poems of W.S. Merwin.
Joseph Hutchison named Colorado poet laureate.
David Biespiel concludes his series, "The Poet's Journey."
Anne Carson's The Albertine Workout reviewed by Rebecca Ariel Porte.
Dwight Garner on Edward Hirsch's Gabriel and Christian Wiman's Once in the West."
Andrew McCulloch introduces Antonio Machado's "Lines to a Master," translated by Charles Tomlinson and Henry Gifford.
Christian Wiman's Once in the West reviewed by Paul Otremba.
Ted Kooser presents Jackie Fox's "MRI." MORE