Trying to Conjugate Displacement

For several years now, I’ve wanted to translate portions of Ketab-e Kuche—most literally “The Book of the Alley,” but most akin in English to “The Book of the Street.” A multi-volume part-encyclopedia, part-dictionary of Persian lexicon and folklore, it was…

On Carl Phillips, Pt 2

I asked a number of young poets to speak to Carl Phillips’s influence on their work and selves. This is the concluding part of the two-part series.  Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths *** Carl Phillips is the poet who taught…

On Carl Phillips, Pt 1

As we continue to honor Carl Phillips here at Kenyon Review, I have asked some exciting young poets who count him as one of their great influences to write a few words in celebration. With an influence so large and…

Look at / what passes for the new.

The Los Angeles Times has issued a call for poems. I’ve longed for such a moment. It seems a natural marriage, not just because newspapers and poetry both seem to be involved in the same meta-conversation of their respective survivability…

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