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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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A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
"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.
- Money Money Money Water Water Water, Jane Mead (Alice James Books)
- Bad Star, Rebecca Hazelton (YesYes Books)
- American Barricade, Danniel Schoonebeek (YesYes Books)
- Boyishly, Tanya Olson (YesYes Books)
- The Bones of Us, J. Bradley and Adam Scott Mazer (YesYes Books)
- Cadaver, Speak, Marianne Boruch (Copper Canyon Press)
- They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full, Mark Bibbins (Copper Canyon Press)
- Built to Take It: Selected Poems, 1996-2013 , Tom Wayman (Lynx House Press)
- Candy in Our Brains, Anne Barngrover Avni Vyas (CutBank Books)
- What They Took Away, Dennis James Sweeney (CutBank Books)
- Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems, David McLoghlin (Salmon Poetry)
- Mayakovsky's Revolver (new in paperback), Matthew Dickman (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
- Sexes: The Marriage Dialogues, Samuel Hazo (TriQuarterly Books)
- allegiance, francine j. harris (Wayne State University Press)
- Eye to Eye, Maria Terrone (Bordighera Press)
- To See the Sound, Darius Degher (David Robert Books)
- Alloy, Larry Johnson (David Robert Books)
- Of Dirt and Tar, June Sylvester Saraceno (Cherry Grove Collections)
- The Fantastic Congress of Oddities, Matt Zambito (Cherry Grove Collections)
- Angles of Departure, Marcene Gandolfo (Cherry Grove Collections)
- Lust, Diana Raab (CW Books)
- Have at You Now!, John Gery (CW Books)
- Baggage Claim, Perie Longo (WordTech Editions)
- Souvenir, Aimee Suzara (WordTech Editions)
- The Dividings, Kimberly L. Becker (WordTech Editions)
- Samsara, Jennifer Markell (Turning Point)
Original articles, interviews, selections from special collections and journal issues, and more are available in the Archives.