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Artwork by Bianca Stone

Anne Carson’s Tragedy-in-Translation: Antigonick

There are things other than red string that might disorient the reader of Antigonick. The Meta-textual introduction of Eurydice, for example . . . Anne Carson’s Antigonick* is a colorful riff on Sophocles’ Antigone, and the poet’s fourth book of tragedy-in-translation.  If we separate the elements that make the book uniquely Carson, we don’t find much that she hasn’t done before. […]

“Three Poems” Presents: Garth Greenwell

“Three Poems” Presents: Garth Greenwell

We recently discovered Three Poems, a video project by Max Freeman of Unusually Fine, a New York-based photography studio. The first video in the series presents poet and novelist Garth Greenwell, who we are in the process of interviewing.  Whether writing poetry or fiction, he has a voice all his own — utterly contemporary, yet oddly timeless.  Greenwell’s poems have […]

Poets with Animals on Them for No Reason: Lord Alfred Tennyson

Poets with Animals on Them for No Reason: Lord Alfred Tennyson

More German Idioms

More German Idioms

We Germans are selfish at times and always desire to have the last word. In fact, adding our mustard to everything—not only to a delicious pork chop—is a typical trait.   This is a follow-up to our previous post on German idioms. everything is in butter Don’t think twice about your figure if asked by a German person whether everything […]

Po-Chop: Dimiter Kenarov: The Goat

Po-Chop: Dimiter Kenarov: The Goat

“Milking her, I had to watch out for her dung. On occasion, lost in some metaphor, I wouldn’t notice how her anus opened like an eye and beads of obsidian rolled out from inside: large black tears in the warm milk. Bitter sugar. At first I was mad . . . .”   From Dimiter Kenarov’s, “The Goat,” these lines […]

Po-Chop: Jane Hirshfield: Articulation: An Assay

Po-Chop: Jane Hirshfield: Articulation: An Assay

“Yet the speaking tongue is supple, / untroubled by bone.”   Jane Hirshfield’s “Articulation: An Assay” addresses when articulation begins and how it occurs, in part by addressing the physical aspects of speech. The tongue, “untroubled by bone,” is able to flex and move to form sounds that become words. One doesn’t often think of bones as troublesome. In this […]

Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Porno

Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Porno

Throughout our first year of publishing, we’ve noticed a few folks have stumbled upon our journal Googling the oddest of phrases. We’d like to commemorate these Internet searchers with a poem, composed entirely and verbatim from their queries. Perhaps in CalJoPo, they found what they didn’t even know they were looking for.     Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Porno […]

An Evening with Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky

An Evening with Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky

On a magical night among the Buddhas at the San Diego Museum of Art, Katie Farris and Ilya Kaminsky read their own works of art for the 2011 Summer Salon Series curated by K. Lorraine Graham. Here are some special moments from the reading. (The text to two of Kaminsky’s poems appears below the audio links.)     Katie Farris […]

Poets with Animals on Them for No Reason: Walt Whitman

Poets with Animals on Them for No Reason: Walt Whitman

This Week: Celebrating One Year of Publishing!

This Week: Celebrating One Year of Publishing!

Update: the week may have ended, but we will continue to celebrate the incredible world of poetry!   —   This week, to celebrate our first year of publishing, we’ll be drawing attention to some of our favorite poems and poets by posting po-chops (“poetry chops”–incredible lines from poems, along with our explanations of what makes them great), comics, and […]

Po-Chop: Adam Zagajewski: Fire, Fire

Po-Chop: Adam Zagajewski: Fire, Fire

Fire, fire, eternal / fire of Heraclitus, a rapacious messenger, / a boy with a mouth stained by blackberries.   This excerpt closes Adam Zagajewski’s poem “Fire, Fire,” originally published in English translation in Tremor. The poem follows another poem entitled “Fire” which focuses on the destructive nature of flame. “Fire, Fire,” however, addresses the internal, metaphorical flame that drives innovation and […]

Please by Jericho Brown

Please by Jericho Brown

What can a poet teach us about using music to discover new approaches to popular culture, family, racial and sexual identity? Jericho Brown’s debut volume, Please, explores musical themes, variations, and contemporary musicians, including personas such as Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, and Marvin Gaye. Many poems are explicitly about music—the persona poems, certainly, and also a series of poems with […]


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