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Westerly

Westerly: “A book of uncommon wisdom”

Since 1919 the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize has helped burgeoning artists find a well-deserved audience for their poetry. Last year’s winner, Will Schutt and his new anthology Westerly, is no exception. Carl Phillips, acclaimed poet and the judge of last year’s prize, writes in the Foreword to Westerly: Will Schutt’s Westerly takes on […]

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John Keats

The “Real” John Keats

History has a funny way of romanticizing the past, blurring the lines between hard facts and fluffy representations. Painters, poets, actors — the public romanticizes their lives, creating narratives of inspiration and untouchability. This principle is even more drastic in studying and discussing Romantic poets, whose lives we associate with sensitivity, delicacy, and tragedy. But […]

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Yale University Press

Eryn Green Named 2013 Winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets

Carl Phillips Chooses Eryn Green as 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Eryn Green’s manuscript, ERUV. Carl Phillips says that ERUV “reminds us how essential […]

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The Brazen Plagiarist

An Interview with Poet Kiki Dimoula by Cecile Inglessis Margellos

Following last weekend’s profile in the New York Times, we are pleased to release a special intimate conversation between Greek poet Kiki Dimoula and Cecile Inglessis Margellos, one of the translators of Dimoula’s new volume of poetry, The Brazen Plagiarist, now available to the English-speaking world through Yale University Press’s Margellos World Republic of Letters […]

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Yale University Press

Poets Fady Joudah and Katherine Larson at the Houston Public Library, January 12

Prize Poets is a showcase for prominent, nationally acclaimed poets, presented annually, at the start of the year.  For the inaugural event, two recent winners of the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, Fady Joudah and Katherine Larson, will be featured at 2 PM on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Houston Public Library Central […]

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Tales of a Severed Head

Rachida Madani’s Tales of a Severed Head

I am no one             in Shehriyar’s city  I am nothing. But I have words… These lines from Moroccan poet Rachida Madani‘s moving collection of poems, Tales of a Severed Head, translated from the French by Marilyn Hacker, reveal the essence of her literary endeavor — to highlight storytelling as […]

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Letters of T.S. Eliot, Volume 3

For the Prolific Writer of Letters

If there is one thing more depressing than reading other people’s old letters it is reading one’s own. – The Letters of T.S. Eliot, Volume 3: 1926-1927 Volume 3 of The Letters of T.S. Eliot picks up where the first and second volumes left off, chronicling the years 1926-1927, a period which Eliot himself described […]

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John Keats

A Conversation with Nicholas Roe on John Keats

While John Keats may often be remembered today as the quintessentially tragic Romantic figure, Nicholas Roe explains in his recent biography, John Keats: A New Life, that the reality of the celebrated poet’s character was far more complex. Keats’s life was dogged by insecurities, sexual frustration and drug use, and many of these tendencies can […]

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Designing Nature

Rinpa Aesthetics and the Art of Poetry

Follow @yaleARTbooks Caroline Hayes— Upon visiting two exhibitions currently on display in New York City on the subject of the Japanese Rinpa aesthetic—at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art and at the Japan Society, Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828)—I noticed a recurring motif: poetry. I […]

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Poetry of Kabbalah

World of Letters: The Work of Poet and Translator Peter Cole

Listen to Peter Cole Reading from The Poetry of Kabbalah Each Day Nut Garden In an interview with Ready Steady Book, poet and translator Peter Cole reflected on the medieval Hebrew poetry of Muslim and Christian Spain, remarking that he was attracted by “the notion of beauty it embodies…and its potency as a vehicle for the […]

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