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Here Come the Blurbies!

Here Come the Blurbies!

And now we honor the poetry books of 2012 and the blurbs that adorn them. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Blurby Awards!   BLURB OF THE YEAR   “When I look out the window of my Winnebago I want to see a Sandra Simonds’ poem on the billboard before I crash. Bless her cranky pornboots.” — Cathy Wagner […]

Two Voices of Poetry Parnassus and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Two Voices of Poetry Parnassus and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which begins today, Tuesday, June 26th and ends on Sunday, July 1st, London’s Southbank Centre is organizing Poetry Parnassus—an international poetry event in the spirit of the ancient Olympic Games. Poets and spoken word artists nominated to represent each of the 204 countries participating in the Summer Olympics (through a system of public […]

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 […]

Tea Party Leader Betrius Lamp Slams Obama for Supporting Poet Marriage

Tea Party Leader Betrius Lamp Slams Obama for Supporting Poet Marriage

Poets would like to get married in order to suffer enough to write Pulitzer Prize-winning books, but parachute out after their partners have burned them with cigarettes only five or six times. They do not understand that marriage is not about being happy or safe. It is about having children.   We are proud to bring you, exclusively, neo-conservative and […]

It’s the Blurby Awards!

It’s the Blurby Awards!

It’s that time of year when we as a society look back at the previous year’s excellence and accomplishments in film, television, and music. However, one cultural field is often overlooked by critics—blurbs! That’s right, it’s time for the Blurby Awards, honoring excellence in blurb writing for poetry books. So without further ado, we at CalJoPo give you 2011’s best […]

Update: A Place to Stand: Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Docu-Memoir is Scheduled for Release Next Spring

Update: A Place to Stand: Jimmy Santiago Baca’s Docu-Memoir is Scheduled for Release Next Spring

“I was a witness not a victim … My job was to witness and record the ‘it’ of their lives, to celebrate those who don’t have a place in this world to stand and call home … My role as a witness is to give voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless, of which I am one.” —Jimmy […]

Tomas Tranströmer Wins Nobel Prize

Tomas Tranströmer Wins Nobel Prize

Congratulations to Tomas Tranströmer, who has received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature! Tranströmer’s work was introduced to American audiences by Robert Bly, whose Seventies Press published the first book-length translation of his work, Twenty Poems, in the United States in 1970 when Tranströmer was 39 years old. Our review of a much more recent volume of his work, The […]

Discovering International Writers at The Center for the Art of Translation

Discovering International Writers at The Center for the Art of Translation

“The Center aims to promote a truly global community, creating a world where writers and readers can cross both boundaries of borders and of language.” The San Francisco-based Center for the Art of Translation (catranslation.org) is a rich resource to visit online and in person. Since 1994 the Center has published TWO LINES, an annual anthology featuring international poetry and […]