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All Good Books Under One Roof
"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
Alicia Partnory's Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales, translated by Gail Wronsky *. 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
American Poetry Prize 2015-16 Submission Guidelines
The 2nd annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize welcomes submission of book-length poetry manuscripts in English by first generation Americans. Guidelines.
Peter Waldor is one of the most original voices in American poetry today. With subtle wit and a pitch perfect ear he celebrates all things great and small—be it a bolt hole on a bridge or the speed of light—with a transformative, often spiritual, imagination. We are better off after reading him.
In the Lobby
of the King David with the Italian special security detail. Accidently, passing through the coterie I brushed against an old man in their group and he dropped some papers which I picked up and returned to him. He said “grazi” sweetly, the guards turned and glared, their earphone cables stretching. The next day, in the news, I saw the Italians went to Bethlehem to upgrade their diplomatic mission. The old man I brushed against was the president of Italy.Read More | Order
Waldor Wins National Jewish Book Award
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.
History and Epic Poetry:
an interview with Sheppard Ranbom
on King Philip's War
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
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