When asked about her work, poet Gwendolyn Brooks once said: “I wrote about what I saw and heard in the street … There was my material.” What she saw and heard, as a black woman living on Chicago’s South Side in the mid-20th century, were the myriad struggles – and joys – of urban black life, which she explored in more than 20 books of poetry, a novella, autobiography and other works.
For four years, Peter Kahn stalked poets. Famous poets and not-so-famous. He hounded them by email. If they ignored him, he wrote again. If they said no, he asked one more time. Two more. He had an idea for a book and he wanted them in it.
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Writer Bharati Mukherjee, author of “The Middleman and Other Stories” and “Jasmine,” died Jan. 28 at the age of 76. Her husband, writer Clark Blaise, told The New York Times that she died of complications releated to rheumatoid arthritis and takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a stress-related heart condition.
Carolina Wren Press, 2015 Paperback, 95 pp. $18.95 My God, It’s Full of Stars Ekphrasis and collaboration are a kind of vandalism, a kind of confession in which the ephemeral, and not stasis, emerges as the truer reality. Ekphrasis and collaboration are an erasure of identity, a forking of possibilities and the acknowledgement that all possible realities are possible simultaneously.
I have had the pleasure to both study under and work for poet Ravi Shankar at Central Connecticut State University. I took Ravi’s semester-long poetry workshop three years ago, and afterwards he asked me to help him finish piecing together what was at the time an anthology-in-progress, Language for a New Century .
After spending most of the day on a plane, too young to drink miniature bottles of liquor but too old not to resent it, crammed between my amma and a man in baggy churidar, there it was, not quite as I remembered but intimately familiar nonetheless: Mumbai airport.
NA: When I think of Drunken Boat, I think first of Arthur Rimbaud, and second of this wonderful International web-magazine, which just released its 18th issue. I thought maybe we could start with you saying a few words about your online magazine. Ravi Shankar photo (c) Erik K.
Hidden from a queue to bag shoes a woman nurses a childToo close to the slickheat pushing out under a wool scarf in the shadow two fluted minarets cast pitched towards incessant sun, a necessity somehow an insult to sharia law, no matter what sustenance a lemonwedge of breast, God’s own, yields, puckering a tiny mouth until bright eyes glaze to doll loll.
Ravi Shankar is a poet, translator and professor of poetry, based in Connecticut, USA. He is the founding editor and executive director of Drunken Boat (which he …
Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.
Recently NPR did a piece on the nuisance of having a famous name: the Meg Ryan who’s endlessly kidded that “Tom Hanks is waiting in the lobby,” the Michael Jackson who gets, “Yeah, and I’m Madonna.” For me, this peccadillo of fate has been both curse and blessing.
This interview by H.L. Hix is one of a series, many of which will be collected in Alter Nation: America in Recent Poetry, Recent Poetry in America, from Ugly Duckling Presse (fall 2012). Hix loves the interview form as a way of thinking together (itself a condition of democracy, justice, philosophy, and other ideals and practices he values), and as one element in a community poetics.
The Rumpus Interview with Ravi Shankar I met co-editors Ravi Shankar and Alvin Pang in New Haven, at a public discussion of their recent anthology, Union: 15 Years of Drunken Boat, 50 Years of Writing from Singapore (Ethos Books and Drunken Boat, 2015).