A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"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."—Lisa Russ Spaar, Breaking Bad:The Outlaw Stylings of Brock-Broido, Cushman, and Wright
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2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry:
Rita Dove honored with the $10,000 prize, given annually to a poet with strong connections to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
"It's like learning a miraculous new language."
Mary Ann Grossmann talks with Peter Campion about John Berryman and "John Berryman at 100," the country's biggest celebration of the poet's centenary. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
100 years of John Berryman:
The poet's centenary is marked in Ireland by publication of Berryman’s Fate: A Centenary Celebration in Verse and John Berryman’s Public Vision: Relocating the Scene of Disorder. (The Irish Times)
Recently Arrived Titles
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- Tahrir Suite, Matthew Shenoda (TriQuarterly Books)
- After-Cave, Michelle Detorie (Ahsahta Press)
- Beast Feast, Cody-Rose Clevidence (Ahsahta Press)
- The Cave, Tom Holmes (Bitter Oleander Press)
- This Vanishing, Dave Caserio (CW Books)
- Snow White, When No One Was Looking, Donna Prinzmetal (CW Books)
- Butterfly, Diane Kerr (Cherry Grove Collections)
- Bird Watching at the End of the World, Lisa Mangini (Cherry Grove Collections)
- How I Became an Historian, Penelope Scambly Schott (Cherry Grove Collections)
- Skating in Concord, Jean LeBlanc (Anaphora Literary Press)
- What Our Shoes Say About Us, Gerard Hanberry (Salmon Poetry)
- The Rain on Cruise's Street, Edward O'Dwyer (Salmon Poetry)
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