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As always for Poetry Month and our annual fund drive, we've asked 22 poets (including Jacquelyn Pope, Jamaal May, Joshua Weiner, and Caki Wilkinson) to select poems to be delivered to you by e-mail Monday through Friday of each week in April — their favorites from among The Greats — and to add their comments on the poems.
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"the dozens Playing the dozens is an African American verbal street game of escalating insults. In different communities, it is also called woofing, sounding, joning, screaming, cutting, capping, and chopping, among other things. There is a slight shift in the rules from place to place. Played by both males and females, it is sometimes 'clean,' more often 'dirty.'" ....—Edward Hirsch, Six Entries from A Poet's Glossary
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"When 'words meant everything'"
Natasha Trethewey and Jeffrey Brown travel from Mississippi to Alabama to witness the historical struggles and sorrows people faced during the civil rights movemen, and examine the role of poetry in advancing the movement's message. (PBS NewsHour)
"Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry"
Lisa Russ Spaar continues her series with Robert Hayden's Figure of Time and Amaud Jamaul Johnson's Darktown Follies. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
Recently Arrived Titles
These just in... Highlighted titles may be purchased from Poetry Daily / Amazon.com. A complete list of all books and journals recently received at Poetry Daily is also available.
- I Can Almost See Clouds of Dust, Yu Xiang, translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain (Zephyr Press)
- Foxes on the Trampoline, Charlotte Boulay (Ecco)
- Selected Poems, Christopher Bursk (FutureCycle Press)
- Afterwords, Leon Weinmann (FutureCycle Press)
- Motels Where We Lived, Claire Millikin (Unicorn Press)
- In Beauty Bright (soft cover), Gerald Stern (W. W. Norton & Company)
- A Cloud Inhaled Me, Dennis Silk (The Sheep Meadow Press)
- Fat Jersey Blues, John Repp (The University of Akron Press)
- When the World Was Rear-Whel Drive: New Jersey Poems, Timothy Walsh (Main Street Rag)
- Anatomical Theater, Andrei Sen-Senkov / tr. by Ainsley Moore & Peter Golub (Zephyr Press)
- This Life Now, Michael Broder (A Midsummer Night's Press)
- When I Was Straight, Julie Marie Wade (A Midsummer Night's Press)
- Six Portraits, Julie Danho (Slapering Hol Press)
- Mother, One More Thing, Carla Schwartz (Turning Point)
- Beautiful Problems, Anthony DiMatteo (David Roberts Books)
- Wilmot Here, Collect for Stella, Christian Anton Gerard (CW Books)
- Frankenstein's Flowers, Charlene Fix (CW Books)
- Presences, Caroline Collins (Parallel Press)
- Century Swept Brutal, Zach Savich (Black Ocean)
- The Visitations, Kathryn Simmonds (Seren Books)
- Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, Leah Stenson and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi (Inkwater Press)
- To Love That Well: New & Selected Poems, Robert Pack (Lost Horse Press)
- Track, Annemarie Austin (Bloodaxe Books Ltd. / Dufour Editions)
- Beyond, Sarah Wardle (Bloodaxe Books Ltd. / Dufour Editions)
- So Many Moving Parts, Tiffany Atkinson (Bloodaxe Books Ltd. / Dufour Editions)
- Thoughts to Fold Into Birds, Julie Funderburk (Unicorn Press)
- The Constitution, Brian Foley (Black Ocean)
- Farewellia a la Aralee, Ralph L Carity (Dos Madres Press)
- Desert Elegy, Danell Jones (Finishing Line Press)
- In Both Hands, Joannie Stangeland (Ravenna Press)
- The Antigone Poems, Marie Slaight (Altaire Productions & Publications)
Original articles, interviews, selections from special collections and journal issues, and more are available in the Archives.