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rus bowden
Posted on: Jul 28 13, 12:21


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Hi Sylvia,

Thanks.

My main idea was to free up time so that I could be creative, and maybe see what other projects might be out there for me. But right, now I am sick.

See you on FB!

Yours,
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rus bowden
Posted on: Jul 25 13, 09:32


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Hi Lori,

Thanks for your good note.

Hope all is well.

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rus bowden
Posted on: Jul 23 13, 13:20


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

Poetry & Poets in Rags blog

This is the final installment of Poetry & Poets in Rags, completing 10 years, and well over 500 issues. It started as a weekly Saturday forum post at two now-defunct poetry boards, Melic Review and The Atlantic Monthly. It was picked up shortly thereafter by IBPC, which has carried it for nearly its entire 10 years. Early on, it went from coming out on Saturdays to Tuesdays. The popular companion blog began in 2006. My initial motivation was that if I were passing important information on to just one person, then it would be worth the effort. And it has grown to much more than that.

Thanks to all who have clicked in, and if you're reading this, you must be one. Thank you.

Yours,
Rus

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rus bowden
Posted on: Jul 16 13, 12:01


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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This is the second to last issue of Poetry & Poets in Rags. Next week's will fill ten years, since this column was first rolled out on July 25, 2003.

This week's headlining story is one that crept up on poetry. It's about the death of Trayvon Martin, the one who killed him, George Zimmerman, having been acquitted this past Saturday. Rita Dove has written a poem called "Trayvon, Redux" and the periodical RYOT has published a Langston Hughes poem called "Kids Who Die." Two of our Great Regulars, Seth Abramson and Adam Kirsch, have written different and differing essays on this as well. The case, for all its first-glance someone-shot-someone mundanity, has caught the heart strings of the country, the world, and now of the poetry world. Poets are walkers. May we please walk to the store and return home without being stalked and shot by the neighborhood watch?

We have dozens more stories and poems than these that are linked to in all three of our sections, News at Eleven, Great Regulars, and Poetic Obituaries. Thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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Posted on: Jul 9 13, 10:57


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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This week, we begin with a collection of a colonial 13 poems for Independence Day. Ten stories later, our Back Page article is about the national pastime of the USA. Also in News at Eleven, we have a sampling of the poetry up for the Forward prizes; an interview with Griffin Poetry Prize winner Fady Joudah; a look at how California's Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera turns tables; and an article by Clive James on his reasoning and methods in translating The Divine Comedy. This accounts for about half of our first eleven stories.

In Great Regulars, along with the fresh poetry and fresh looks at poems, we have a wide mix of essays, something for everyone, which for some of us is a lot of very good reading. Also, be sure to take a scroll through Poetic Obituaries.

Thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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rus bowden
Posted on: Jul 2 13, 12:42


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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This week, we bounce back and forth from Europe to the US. Not completely. We still have Great Regulars Luisetta Mudie, Caravan and Granta keeping us more worldly than that. But we begin with a look at Gertrude Stein looking at France. We end Great Regulars with The Times Literary Supplement giving us an E.E. Cummings poem.

In between, themes develop. One takes place in News at Eleven, and has to do with posthumous publications. Frieda Hughes will be putting out a book of her mother Sylvia Plath's drawings. Christopher Tolkien has a book out of his father's not even half complete The Fall of Arthur. Noah Cruickshank, who writes the Tolkien article, questions whether J.R.R.'s son should have. And James Agee's Cotton tenants has been published.

After the dozens of articles linked to in News at Eleven and Great Regulars, be sure to scroll through our Poetic Obituaries section too. Thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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Posted on: Jun 25 13, 18:34


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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Our first three articles in News at Eleven are on three poets who either were or are jailed, with stories of torture and governments that would rather the world not see the truth. Our Back Page article, the eleventh, is about poet Joan Naviyuk Kane's remarkable spiritual quest into heritage. In between are seven top stories in poetry.

Among the poems linked to in our Great Regulars section is Baseball by John Updike, offered by Billy Collins, who is filling in for Garrison Keillor this month. This week, as each week, The Guardian's Carol Rumens brings us a poem for reading and discussion. She leads with her article, then the poem, then the open discussion you can log into and join.

We have dozens more articles in the poetry news this week, some in our Poetic Obituaries section. I'll let you get to your reading. Thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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rus bowden
Posted on: Jun 18 13, 16:49


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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We lead out with the latest in intimidation strategy from the Israeli armed forces. They won't let soldiers read poetry in public. Now that this order is out, that some of their soldier do poe, do poetry, have they revealed vulnerability? Virginia poet Shann Palmer suggests Vogon poetry. Okay, everyone, put your poetry print-outs down, and look mean for the camera!

In more ways than that, it is an odd week for poetry and poets in the news, not altogether, but you should see the back page story. We get focussed when we hear from Donald Hall, Natasha Trethewey, and the Poetry Foundation's new Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt. These are our second, third, and fifth articles in News at Eleven, the fourth being the Griffin prize poets.

In our Great Regulars section, you'll find a variety of interesting articles, and some terrific poetry to click into.

The IBPC results for June are in, thanks to our springtime judge Linda Sue Grimes. Congrats to the winning poets and boards!:

1st place: Yellowknife, by Helm Filipowitsch, of Babilu
2nd place: Folk Remedy, by Allen Weber, of FreeWrights Peer Review
3rd place: Describing Blue to My Colorblind Friend, by Teresa White, of Wild Poetry Forum

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Posted on: Jun 11 13, 14:07


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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We have a few top stories this week. Our New at Eleven section leads with Natasha Trethewey accepting a second term as the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She'll be working with one of our Great Regulars, Jeffrey Brown this term.

We have two separate sets of links for Sylvia Plath in our first section. One is about a reading that took place at the British Library featuring her daughter Frieda Hughes and Joanna David. The other has two articles that look at her life and works. One of the latter notes that "a more misread poem than "Daddy" scarcely exists."

Our Back Page, the eleventh story, is about Casey at the Bat. This comes just before our Great Regulars section, where there's a mixture of many types of items, including one by JohnTimpane who reviews the book "Baseball as a Road to God." You'll want to scroll through Great Regulars for some of the good poetry that has hit the web this week, tis just before the Poetic Obituaries.

I'll let you get to your reading. Thanks for clicking in.

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Posted on: Jun 4 13, 13:54


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Wanted in the Murder of Pablo Neruda, that is the headline for the week. We have the poster. But we don't know who is wanted. We begin News at Eleven with a clutch of articles explaining the new developments in Neruda's demise. This story is directly followed by one with the headline, "Secrets revealed in the death of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton." Those are our first two stories of the eleven in our first section.

Our second section has dozens of links to poems and articles, a huge week for our Great Regulars. Our third section is Poetic Obituaries. Two this week, Oliver Bernard and Riazur Rehman Saghar.

I'll let you get to your reading. There's lot's of it. Thanks for clicking in.

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Posted on: May 28 13, 16:09


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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For the past few weeks, Christian Wiman's latest book My Bright Abyss has been making the news, with all good reviews. This week, the article we have on it is our first link in News at Eleven. It headlines in a week with excellent items on Yeats and Pessoa, Alexander Pope, Juan Felipe Herrera (and bullying), Colin Morton (and plagiarism), Hua Wenfeng, Clive James and Dante, Ian Hamilton, Billy Collins, Sylvia Plath and, on our Back Page, Allen Ginsberg.

Our next section, Great Regulars, also has important articles, as this is why they are great. These regulars include Shannon Doyne from the New York Times, Alison Flood from The Guardian, Troy Jollimore in The Chronicle Herald, Rodger Kamenetz in The Huffington Post, Mary Karr with a poem in The Writer's Almanac, Garrison Keillor who brings us The Writer's Almanac, Ted Kooser of American Life in Poetry, Wesley McNair of The Portland Press Herald, Luisetta Mudie at Radio Free Asia, Michael Rosen in The Independent, and Carol Rumens in The Guardian.

And there's more, more Great Regulars, plus our Poetic Obituaries section. Thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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Posted on: May 21 13, 14:53


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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We have several themes running through this week's poetry in the news. One is the cultural disrespect of poets, for instance in our fifth article in News at Eleven about Yone Noguchi, and in one of Luisetta Mudie's articles in our Great Regulars section, about poet Zhu Yufu who is in prison. The latter is a case of censorship, which shows up in our fourth article about Howl not being allowed in a school system.

We have poets addressing other cultural and political aspects, such as with our eighth link, to a poem by Obediah Michael Smith, the poetry of E. Ethelbert Miller another of our Great Regulars, and our Back Page story about the verse being written by "Raymond Maxwell--one of the four State Department officials disciplined over security lapses that led to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi." We can also include our link to Luisetta Mudie's "China's Seven Taboos of Higher Education."

Among the many more, we have a general religious theme, such as with our third story on Christian Wiman's latest book, Great Regular Adam Kirch's "Who Can Follow These Rules", the poem Great Regular Guenica brings us called Blasphemy by Matt Sumpter, and our lead article this week from Zeek, "The Bitter & the Sweet: Reflections on Motherhood" by poet Rabbi Rachel Barenblat.

Congratulations are in order for three IBPC poets and the poetry boards where they workshop online, and thanks to our esteemed springtime judge Linda Sue Grimes. Here are the winners:

First place: A Trail of Bodies, by Billy Howell-Sinnard, of The Writers Block
Second place: For the men, by Judy Kaber, of The Waters Poetry Workshop
Third place: The Atheist’s Demise, by Fred Longworth, of Muse Motel

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Posted on: May 14 13, 11:24


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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We start off very worldly this week in Poetry & Poets in Rags. Our first link features Moroccan poet Rachida Madani's book Tales of a Severed Head, translated into English by Marilyn Hacker, a collection of poems, "about women in revolution and what it means to be part of that process." From there, we go to Viet Nam, where poet and blogger Vu Sy Hoanh or "Hanh Nhan" was beaten with other bloggers at a human rights picnic. The next story asks whether Serbian poet Petar II Petrovic-Njegos was a holy scholar or a racialist scholar. Our fourth link then takes a look at Robinson Jeffers, America's neglect-at-our-peril poet-prophet.

It's a big week of news in poetry, with dozens of fine poems and articles to follow. Be sure to scroll into the Poetic Obituaries, where you will find eight tributes to Taylor Mead who died this past week. In the video when asked "Who is the first person you'll visit in Heaven (or hell)?," he responded "Jack Kerouac . . ."

Thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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Posted on: May 7 13, 14:01


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This week, we begin with a poem, an excellent poem and a timely one for review, as it has meaning for many readers in relation to the death of Sylvia Plath 50 years ago. The drafts of "Sheep in Fog" are up for auction with her notes, which is giving journalists reason to take another look, to see if the changes she made days before her death to the final stanza foreboded suicide. This lead story has several links to it, including two to Bonhams, which will take you to a video and an early draft of the poem. The artdaily.org link will give you what appears to be the final process of revision, striking out the old ending and title Fog Sheep, and writing in the new. Just for the sake of how a timeless poet crafts over time, these links are important any time. Go into our Great Regulars section, where there is an Olivia Cole link. She gives us Sheep in Fog's setting and has more to say on the matter. Frankly, as I read the poem, if we are to take these revisions and the poem somehow literally, which we should not be doing, it looks like she is expressing a threat to her life, not that she is threatening suicide. This leads me back to looking at the craft and how this confessional poet would weave ideas into a poem.

Our next link is somewhat related, in the sense that it has great import to women poets in their societies. It has to do with woman poets in Ghana, and refers to the Poetry Foundation of Ghana celebrating the women poets of Africa. This is followed by our next story, an interview with American poet Eileen Myles, who among others, answers the question, "In other words, if we’re so post-feminist, why do there still need to be his and hers anthologies?" For another related link, scroll down to Great Regulars, past the individuals, to the periodicals. Caravan brings us seven poems from the book Wild Girls Wicked Words, and discusses the situation of female Tamil poets saying, "As the writer and translator Lakshmi Holmström observes, 'For these past years, Tamil women poets have been categorized into "Bad Girls" who write "body poetry" and "Good Girls" who refrain from doing so.'"

We have dozens more items in a huge week for poetry in the news, from all over the world as you can tell already, and on many different topics. Let me note here, that on our Back Page, the eleventh story in News at Eleven you will find a gathering of articles with poems. Thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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Posted on: Apr 30 13, 14:58


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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Today is the last day of National Poetry Month. On our Back Page, which is the eleventh story in News at Eleven, we have articles, each with a multiple of book reviews. This is preceded by the results The Philadelphia Inquirer's annual poetry contest. Our Back Page is succeeded by our first links in our Great Regulars section, which has Seth Abramson giving his contemporary poetry reviews for National Poetry Month 2013. Just those three stories alone cover a slew of poetry.

While in our Great Regulars section, let me draw your attention to a few poems for various tastes. You'll find both Crazy by Sharon Olds and One Place to Begin by John Daniel in Garrison Keillor's links, and Four stills from "The Poet" (a film) for Tom Raworth by Anselm Hollo as the last link in that section, as The Time Literary Supplement's link. When perusing the Poetic Obituaries, which is our third section, scroll back up into Great Regulars, where you'll find that Portsmouth Herald News has brought us a poem by New Hampshire's now deceased poet laureate Walter Butts.

Let's begin the week in News at Eleven, though, where our first article is about a serial plagiarist, and is written by one of the poets he plagiarized, Sandra Beasley.

Yours,
Rus

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Posted on: Apr 23 13, 15:48


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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We begin this week with a clutch of links to poems about and dedicated to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Even last week, a day after the tragedy, we had one on our Back Page. They are still coming in. On this subject too, scroll down and check out the articles by Great Regulars Jeff Baker, David Biespiel, and E. Ethelbert Miller.

It's a week with a variety of topics. The second story in News at Eleven is about poet Liu Xia reminding the world, "I'm not free." This is followed by a clutch of links to poems at Indian Country in celebration of National Poetry Month. Our Back Page brings you to an item about Poetry in Unexpected Places, or PUP.

We link to dozens more poetry items and reviews this week. I'll let you get to your reading. Thanks for clicking in.

Yours,
Rus

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Posted on: Apr 16 13, 18:40


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Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds, which in the past year has received more good press than any other poetry book, has now just earned her a Pulitzer. This is our top story in News at Eleven.

It is followed by the story of David Wevill's papers showing up for auction without his okay. He was married to Assia Wevill who became the common law wife of Ted Hughes who was married to Sylvia Plath, the latter relationship being a big reason the writings might pull a pretty penny. His objection to their being auctioned is in the first of two links, the second is a later story with resolution.

Today is the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, so I cannot move on, without mentioning that Dan Chiasson has presented a poem for Boston in the New Yorker. That's on the Back Page of News at Eleven.

I clicked the wrong button in the Blogger dashboard, and with no preview to warn me, the Google people have Blogger programmed such that the blog can be dramatically changed. All sidebar poetry links are missing. I spent years collecting and ordering them. The entire color scheme is a flat white and gray now. And Blogger will not accept the template that I have been using all along. They are also not getting back to me on this issue.

We have many more stories than the three mentioned above, spread out in our three sections: News at Eleven, Great Regulars, and Poetic Obituaries. I'll let you get to your reading, and thanks for clicking in.

Yours,
Rus

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Posted on: Apr 9 13, 15:49


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In our previous two weeks, two very important writer-poets have passed away, first Chinua Achebe and then Daniel Hoffman. So we have led with stories in our last of three sections, our Poetic Obituaries. This week, quite the reverse. Our top story is not a burial, but an exhumation. In Chile, they are exhuming the body of Pablo Neruda. Featured at the blog is a video of this from the Chilean Judiciary.

It must be National Poetry Month in the U.S., because there is an abundance of articles and poems coming out. The one on our Back Page does not seem to have anything to do with this, however. It is the announcement and link to the Best New Zealand Poems from 2012, each online, some with audio.

I'll let you get to your reading. There's lots to do. And thanks for clicking in.

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Rus

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Posted on: Apr 2 13, 12:24


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Daniel Hoffman, the twenty-second U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, nowadays known as U.S. Poet Laureate, has died 4 days short of his 90th birthday. A wonderful man and a brilliant poet, the stories on his life are just starting to come out. John Timpane in our Great Regulars section covers this, and so does WHYY NewsWorks in Poetic Obituaries. R.I.P. or, as he wrote, "let's welcome the oncome of days that will not feel as though we're living in a beaker atop a bunsen burner."

In our first section, News at Eleven, we begin with our new month April being National Poetry Month. One article is calling for International Anti-Poetry Month, and a second is questioning whether it is an oxymoron. This is followed by two articles on Caroline Kennedy's new book, one saying that she "has become ambassador to world of poetry."

Many very interesting articles on poetry and poets this week, from all over the world, and lots of poetry to surf into. Thanks for clicking in.

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Posted on: Mar 26 13, 20:13


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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

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Chinua Achebe died this past week. Aside from being a great novelist, he was also a poet. You will find a clutch of links in our Poetic Obituaries section on this, each article lending its own point of view, to paying tribute to him. That is our third section, right after Great Regulars. In Great Regulars, Jeffrey Brown remembers Achebe, and so does Alison Floood and David Ulin. Lots of good reading if you can surf through.

Turns out, D.H. Lawrence's poetry was censored, and is better than has been thought. Apparently, he was quite talented. We begin News at Eleven with this story. Ten stories later, on our Back Page is a happy birthday wish to 139-year-old Robert Frost. Both The Christian Science Monitor and Huffington Post came out with items with quotes of his, the Monitor one has good photos too. Time sure flies this week.

Congratulations to the poets and boards who sent in IBPC's winning poems for March. And thanks very much to Deb Bogen our Winter 2013 judge. What a wonderful job she has done for her three-month stint. You can read her commentary after each poem:

1st Place: Altoona by Dale Patterson, of conjunction
2nd Place: Hansel Ties the Knot by Laurie Byro, of Desert Moon Review
3rd Place: Tool Shed by Arlin Buyert, of Wild Poetry Forum
Honorable mention: And Maybe Sleep by Fred Longworth, of PenShells

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Posted on: Mar 19 13, 17:16


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We begin this week with Anne Carson's new book. Both the New York Times and the National Post bring us interviews with her. Michael Lista in our Great Regulars section also has an article on her.

In our first section, News at Eleven, if you're seeing double, it's because poets are coming in pairs. We have two articles on two poets each, one on R.S. Thomas and Dylan Thomas, the former Welch poet having his 100th birthday this year and the latter next. But our back page article is on both Lemn Sissay and Benjamin Zephaniah, the former taking part in the latter's play. If that is not enough, we have a separate article on R.S. Thomas. Pablo Neruda shows up a couple times as well, once as being one of two Spanish-speaking poets who have made the "crossover to English-language audiences", the other being Federico Garcia Lorca, the subject of the article, and the second lending his name as the dedicatee of a remarkable new work by artist Ai Weiwei, called "A Pablo."

Speaking of Great Regulars, one has passed this week, John Mark Eberhart, from cancer. The news is coming out today. There is an obituary followed by an audio of him reading one of his poems, these in our Poetic Obituaries section. I was hoping to see him emerge somewhere, even as a freelancer since he left The Star as their book editor. His contributions to the poetry community have been, and will be missed. We are dealing with a big John-Mark-Eberhart-shaped hole right now.

I leave the rest in all three sections to your discovery, poems, essays, and all. Thanks for clicking in.

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Our first story in News at Eleven is about Tsering Woeser and how China won't let this Tibetan poet and blogger come to the USA to accept her award for courage on International Women's Day. That courage has to do with being under the arrogant and tyrannical rule of China, and blogging about the Tibetans who are self-immolating in protest. (China, guys, walk away. It's a mistake. You're looking to the world like overly-armed idiots.) In our Great Regulars section, Luisetta Mudie also covers this story with two articles, a third has to do with Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's wife. Of course, he's the Nobel Peace Prize Winner that China has locked up. They put her under house arrest when he was awarded the prize. (See what I mean about overly-armed idiots?)

Our first seven of eleven stories in News at Eleven all have to do with female poets. The excellent Sylvia Plath stories continue to come out, this year being the 50th anniversary of her death. She is also written about in a Smithsonian article called Poetry Matters: Women's Work: Toward a New Poetic Language, as are several female poets, including Adrienne Rich, who also has a separate article in this section.

Lot's more excellent articles, interesting topics, and some excellent poetry as well in this week's links. I'll leave them all to your discovery. Wait, here's one about discovery, the one about how to get $2 million worth of gold and other gems and trinkets from reading a poem, and getting out your walking stick. Yes, a hidden treasure, with a poem that has nine clues for you.

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We begin News at Eleven this week with a story that was breaking through an Alison Flood article last week, 50 Rudyard Kipling poems have been found. We then hit continents and countries around the globe, until getting to our back page article: not only do they censor poets in Tajik, they pull the plug on the entire television station that broadcasts the poet. What, just in case they might miss something else? Inept governments run by the bully factor. Speaking of which, amidst the other News at Eleven articles, is one on the viral bullying poem from Canada's Shane Koyczan.

Lots of excellent poems in both News at Eleven and our next section, Great Regulars, where you'll find, among the many, poetry by Mercedes Roffé, translated into English by Judith Filc, and brought to us by the Brooklyn Rail, followed directly by a link to three poems by Ruth Padel in The Caravan. A scroll through the next section, Poetic Obituaries, will reveal that some important world poets have passed this past week or so. Set some time aside, and check out the poetry news. It's a big week when so many of our Great Regulars come out with their columns.

Congratulations are in order once again, thanks to Deborah Bogen, whose IBPC results for February are up and ready for enjoyment at a click. Here are the winning poems:

First place: Gretel Grows Up by Teresa White, of Wild Poetry Forum
Second place: Parable by Allen Weber, of conjunction
Third place: The One by Kendall Witherspoon, of The Waters Poetry Workshop

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Rus

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Breaking news: the arrogant powers that be, in the little country of Qatar, are flipping the bird to justice by not freeing poet Mohammed al-Ajami. His life sentence was reduced to 15 years in prison for thinking freely and writing a poem, doing what all poets do. The first link, in our group of four, is from Amnesty International which calls its readers to immediate action. The other three links have different aspects of interest to the story.

Bookending our News at Eleven section is another story that has taken the poetry world, the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death Sylvia Plath. It seems each week for the past month, remarkable articles have been written about different aspects of her life and works. This week is no different. These links constitute our Back Page story, the eleventh in our News at Eleven section.

More breaking news is that 50 unpublished Rudyard Kipling poems have been discovered. In Great Regulars, Alison Flood brings us this story, and includes one of the poems.

Time has been passing by too quickly. I meant to note when the 500th issuance of Poetry & Poets in Rags came out. It was two weeks ago. What started on Saturday, July 26, 2003, has spanned nearly ten years. As I have mentioned before, I will stop doing this column this coming July.

More IBPC congratulations are in order. The results for January are up. And our new judge, which is a previous judge, Deborah Bogen, has selected a first, second, third, and an honorable mention. Thanks to Deb, and congratulations! to the poets and boards:

First place: Down the Street by Fred Longworth, of The Waters
Second place: for what is given by Dale McLain, of Wild Poetry Forum
Third place: An A-Z of fruit: A for Apricots by Marilyn Francis, of The Write Idea
Honorable mention: Christmas, Connecticut, 1960 by Christopher T. George, of Desert Moon Review

Thanks for clicking in. And be sure to click on that Amnesty International link.

Yours,
Rus

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Thursday was Valentines Day, the perfect occasion for the world's newspapers to publish articles on love poetry. In our News at Eleven section, we have four such articles, including our headliner. In our Great Regulars section, Shannon Doyne, Carol Ann Duffy, Garrison Keillor, Brad Leithauser, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Christopher Nield all bring us a heart-shaped look at love.

Still a great story in this world of poetry is the many looks at Sylvia Plath that are coming out this year on the 50th anniversary of her death. We have a clutch of seven articles on her life, loves, and poetry.

Last week, Polina Barskova's IBPC contest results for December went up on the site. The poems and her commentary make for excellent reading. Thanks to Polina, and congratulations to the poets and the boards that sent the winning poems in:

First place: Dying in Jerusalem by Daniel Abelman, of conjunction
Second place: Eating a Bruised Bosc Pear on Armistice Day by Christopher T. George, of FreeWrights Peer Review
Third place: I Used to Miss My Tail by Alison Armstrong-Webber, of The Waters

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Rus

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