by Jessica Rae Bergamino • from West Branch
Jessica Rae Bergamino
Jessica Rae Bergamino's work appears in Crab Orchard Review, The Bellingham Review, So to Speak, and Fifth Wednesday Journal.
In this issue: poetry by Alice Notley, Jessica Rae Bergamino, John Kinsella, Chaim Ben Avram, Nicole Rollender, and many more.
Theme: Lyrics and Lyricism
Featured readers: Jacki Lyden, Ed Ward, Erin Belieu
"I seldom go to films. They are too exciting.”
Dream Song 53
"In my retrospective imagining, which is surely inaccurate, I discover them both, film and poetry, on the same day. It’s mid-afternoon, sometime in the mid-80s. I am in high school. On this day I am alone and at loose ends, browsing the shelves of my small town’s public library, uncertain, as usual, of what I am doing, and my hand, for whatever reason, pulls from the shelf a copy of The Pisan Cantos. I open the book. I don’t understand what I see. I take it home. And that evening, at a friend’s house, he has a VHS copy of Blue Velvet, which we watch. I have seen movies before, of course. But not like this."
—Troy Jollimore MORE
- Daryl Hine, ed. James Pollock
- Carl Phillips
- Tracey Knapp
- Ada Limón
- Joshua Clegg Caffery
- Mark Granier
- Sonja James
- Michael Finch
- David Ebenbach
- Iliana Rocha
- Chard deNiord
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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Lisa Russ Spaar continues her series, "Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry," with Arthur Sze's Two Ravens and Eleanor Stanford's Bartram’s Garden.
Tessa Ransford, 77
Andrew McCulloch introduces Charles Tomlinson's "Class."
Brooke Clark's "15 reasons you should be reading Don Coles's A Serious Call."
"Is Everyone Qualified to Be a Critic?"
Clive James's Latest Readings reviewed by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne.
"... there’s no one kind of ASL poetry:" Kaveh Akbar interviews John Lee Clark.
Stephen Spender: The Authorised Biography, by John Sutherland, reviewed by Blake Morrison.
Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine, reviewed by Kate Kellaway.
Dan Chiasson on Ralph Waldo Emerson's American poetry.
P J Kavanagh, 84
Ted Kooser presents Barbara Crooker's "25th reunion."
Carol Rumens introduces an excerpt from Thomas Gray's "The Bard. A Pindaric Ode."
Michael Andor Brodeur reviews James Tate's Dome of the Hidden Pavilion.
An interview with Carl Phillips upon the publication of his new collection, Reconnaissance.MORE