St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad, Petersburg
by Ron Smith • from Blackbird
Ron Smith, Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2014 to 2016, is the author of four books of poems, including The Humility of the Brutes, upcoming from LSU Press.
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"I've been reading William Hazlitt after many years and thinking about 'first meetings with poets,' Hazlitt's essay by that title, and some first meetings of my own, along with the question of apprenticeship. Luckily enough, the first poet I met wasn't Samuel Taylor Coleridge. And luckily enough, it wasn't 1798. When Coleridge visited the Hazlitt family home in Shropshire, he began to talk and, says Hazlitt in his famous account, 'did not cease while he staid; nor has he since, that I know of.' For me, John Berryman was a little like that, but Berryman, again luckily enough, wasn't the first poet I met. The first poet I met was Milton Kessler."—John Matthias MORE
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Robert Pinsky offers an inaugural poem.
Richard Blanco will publish a poem on Inauguration Day at Split This Rock.
Alyson Ward looks back at the five inaugurations that featured poetry.
Lisa Russ Spaar examines second books by Robert Pinsky and Tess Taylor.
Michelle Dean reviews Robert Lowell in Love, by Jeffrey Meyers.
Jacob Polley wins the T. S. Eliot Prize for Jackself.
Monica Youn talks to Jeffrey Brown about political disaster and poetry
Ted Kooser presents Robert Tremmel's "All the Questions."
Carol Rumens introduces "Jolly Jankin" by Anonymous.
Shakespeare's World transcribed.
Rebecca Foust introduces "Incident" by Natasha Trethewey.
Katherine Mennis reviews the 2016 T. S. Eliot Prize shortlist.
Aaron Randle interviews Hadara Bar-Nadav.
Poets are going public against Donald Trump.
Ben Ratliff reviews My Private Property, by Mary Ruefle.
Andres McCulloch introduces "Come Back" by C. P. Cavafy, translated by Ian Parks.
Geoff Page reviews new collections by Bruce Dawe, Stuart Barnes, Subhash Jaireth, and David McCooey.
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David St. John is elected as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Carol Rumens introduces "Daughters of the Dust" by Rhiannon Hooson.
Ted Kooser presents Marge Saiser's "The Print the Whales Make."