by Tim Skeen • from Risk • White Pine Press
Tim Skeen, who won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry in 2001 for his book Kentucky Swami, coordinates the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno.
"Every detail, every image is emblematic and resonates; the voice and music here are exact."
Final judge: Peter Stitt
"Poetry is broken language. Even in its “prose” incarnations —proems, prose poems—when lineation is not formally observed, poetry works the break. It interrupts, truncates, burglarizes. Poetry ruptures and ameliorates. Hardly ever housebroken, it often acts as a breaker box for the incendiary currents coursing through us. Poems break hearts. They break the news, however difficult. Rarely garnering for their makers fame and fortune, poems may nonetheless embody—in their breaching and bridging of the large distances—a stroke of luck, a stroke of mercy."
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Dan Chiasson reviews Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric
Euan Kerr talks to Peter Campion, Jim Moore and Philip Coleman about John Berryman, on the celebration of his centennial.
William Grimes reports on the Poetry Center's plan to present “Dylan Thomas in America: A Centennial Exhibition,” and Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood."
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David Trotter reviews Ezra Pound: Poet—Volume II, The Epic Years, 1921-1939.
Robin Robertson translates Euripides in Marfa, Texas.
This week, Ted Kooser presents Elise Hempel's "The Transfer."
Rita Dove honored with the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry.
Nicholas Lezard reviews A Modern Don Juan: Cantos for These Times by Divers Hands, edited by Andy Croft and Nigel Thompson.
Carol Rumens introduces Kit Wright's "Lament for Stinie Morrison (convicted 1911)."
Andrew McCulloch introduces Dannie Abse's "Duality."
Peter Campion on John Berryman and "John Berryman at 100," the country's biggest celebration of the poet's centenary.
James Richardson reads W. S. Merwin on The New Yorker's monthly podcast.
Jericho Brown's The New Testament reviewed by Craig Morgan Teicher.
Gerald Dawe on Van Morrison's Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics.
Kit Wright's Ode to Didcot Power Station reviewed by Sean O'Brien.
Dan Chiasson on Louise Glück's Faithful and Virtuous Night.
Stephen Burt on Laura Kasischke's The Infinitesimals.
National Book Awards shortlist announced.
Dwight Garner on four new books greeting the centennial of John Berryman's birth. MORE