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"What an honorable fraternity exists among really fine poems,
even if that fraternity consists of a multitude of disparate personalities and voices."

Settlement House Poetry Titles

Louie Skipper’s The Work Ethic of the Common Fly * Sheppard Ranbom’s King Phillip's War * Louie Skipper’s It was the Orange Persimmon of the Sun * Dennis Sampson’s Within the Shadow of a Man * Paul Zimmer’s The Importance of Being Zimmer * Maria Teresa Ogliastri’s South Pole/Polo Sur translated by Yvette Neisser Moreno and Patricia Bejarano Fisher * Dennis Sampson’s The Lunatic in the Trees * David Allan Evans’ The Carnival, The Life * Peter Waldor’s Who Touches Everything

Settlement House American Poetry Prize

Settlement House is proud to announce that Alicia Partnoy is the recipient of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize for her collection of poems Flowering Fires/Fuegos florales, translated by the poet Gail Wronsky. The book is scheduled for publication in November.

Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans “disappeared.” Following her release from the detention camp, Partnoy immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1979. She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival and of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. She is the editor of You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile. From 2003 to 2006, she was co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

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Waldor Wins National Jewish Book Award
in Poetry

Peter Waldor's book of poems Who Touches Everything received the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Poetry. Congratulations, Peter! Other poetry finalists are Alan Shapiro (Houghton Mifflin) and Geoffrey Hartmann (Texas Tech University Press). The annual award, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, honors books in 16 categories. Poets previously honored by the council include Louis Simpson, Alicia Ostriker, C.K. Williams and Gerald Stern.

Featured Collection

True to its title, Peter Waldor’s Who Touches Everything is a book of connections. From the click of an infant's lips to hermits living in adjacent caves, from "where a Mafioso/ left those terrible/ plastic bags. . ." to the first woman "to row the Atlantic," these spare and hard-edged poems are as rich in wisdom as they are in imagery. Who Touches Everything is a rewarding book.


At Trout Heaven
we give a trout
to a young man to gut,
and after slicing head,
tail and thumbing
out the organs,
he places the heart
on the counter
for my children;
a pea-size lump
until he sprinkles
water on it
and it beats again,
on the stainless steel,
water squeezing
through the valves.
The young man
looks up to accept
my children's laughter,
but they look as if
they see something
that should not be seen
and the young man
flicks the heart
in the trash.

-from Who Touches Everything by Peter Waldor

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History and Epic Poetry:
an interview with Sheppard Ranbom
on King Philip's War

sheppard ranbom

King Philip's War is an epic poem about King Philip, sachem of the Wampanoags, who ended a prolonged period of peaceful coexistence with British settlers by leading one of the bloodiest wars in American history (1675-78). The war led to attacks on half the towns in Puritan New England and to the annihilation of the New England Algonquians. Read Interview

Dennis Sampson Interviews
Louie Skipper, 1998

louie skipper

The following conversation between poets Louie Skipper and Dennis Sampson took place in the fall of 1998 at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia, where Sampson was the Margaret Bannister Writer in Residence. The core of this discussion is Skipper’s sensibility as evident in his poetry and, more specifically, its expression in Skipper’s first full length collection of poems... watch the interview