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Poet Christian Wiman, author of Every Riven Thing, took part in a Q. & A. with The New York Times this week that touched on faith, health and his "slim and simmering book” book, My Bright Abyss. We loved his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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Rowan Ricardo Phillips (c) Sue Kwon Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of The Ground, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and a collection of essays, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. He also completed the first translation from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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Rowan Ricardo Phillips (c) Sue Kwon During Federico García Lorca's brief—but unmistakably prolific—residency in New York City, he wrote Poet in New York, one of his most important and beloved books of verse. To celebrate National Poetry Month and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
Happy Poetry Month! We'll be tweeting bite-sized bits of Federico García Lorca's poetry every day in April to celebrate the reissue of Poet in New York. Find us @fsgbooks and use #LorcaNYC to join in! Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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Join us for a poetry event! A Tribute to Louise Glück December 14, 2012, 7:00 PM Theresa Lang Center, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY Free and open to the public (limited seating) In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
Joseph Campbell once said that what we really seek is not the meaning of life but the feeling of being alive, the experience of the living moment. In page after page...Wiman renders such moments. The Sewanee Review in an review... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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I read poetry on the L train most mornings. It’s easier on my shoulder than carrying around a novel, and when you think about it, it's really the most appropriate thing to do. Crammed uncomfortably close or not, simply being... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
Everyone here at FSG is pretty jazzed up about the incredible Philip Larkin tribute planned for tonight to celebrate the publication of his collected poems. Readings will be given by Billy Collins, J.D. McClatchy, Zadie Smith, Andrew Sullivan and our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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The Poetry Society of America presents: A Tribute to Philip Larkin on the occasion of the publication of The Complete Poems, edited by Archie Burnett and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. with special guests: Meena Alexander, Martin Amis, Billy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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"There may be a perfectly serious poem, a good poem . . . and some other person writes a parody of it and one line of the parody may have more truth than the whole original poem, or at least... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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On the most recent episode of Mad Men, Ken Cosgrove sits down to lunch with an editor from FSG (yes, we blushed). Cosgrove calls the publishing house “Farrar, Straus,” though by 1967 it had been “Farrar, Straus and Giroux” for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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Yesterday was a very good day for Brooklyn-based poet Tracy K. Smith. It was her birthday and, around 3pm, she got the news her third collection of poetry, "Life on Mars," won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The prize... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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This summery weather calls for a Frank O'Hara lunch poem. During his lunch breaks at The Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara would walk around Times Square eating lunch, smoking Gauloises, and dodging "hum-colored" cabs. I love the line "Everything /... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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Nearly everyone who has reviewed the new Complete Poems of Philip Larkin has commented on Philip Larkin’s doggerel—the “frequently scatological, often crudely misogynistic” poems, the “disposable juvenilia, unpublished verses…oddments salvaged from letters and Christmas cards.” Does it really enrich our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
In honor of National Poetry Month, a pair of FSG's wonderful interns—Angela, a contributor to this blog, and Aurora—have been helping us procure examples of verse on video. Today's first clip is a heartwarmer featuring actor and comedian Bill Murray... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
NPR recently aired a 1989 interview with Adrienne Rich in which the poet discussed the role of autobiography in her poetry. Here's a highlight: I'm very much interested in the place of biography in poetry and in fiction, but I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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A very warm congratulations to Henri Cole, who has won the 2012 Jackson Poetry Prize! Photo courtesy of Susan Unterberg, Macmillan.com The Jackson Poetry Prize, established in 2006, honors an American poet who has published at least one major book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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We're feeling slaphappy here in the offices at FSG. In honor of National Poetry Month, of course, may we present you a clip featuring: 1. Important Cinematic Art from FSG poet Pier Paolo Pasolini 2. Orson Welles parodying Pasolini 3.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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In the spirit of National Poetry Month, we wanted to share some of our upcoming poetry titles from FSG: First up: two major bilingual anthologies of twentieth-century poetry: The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry and The FSG Book of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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Photo Credit: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times Adrienne Rich will be remembered for refusing to separate politics from poetry, or woman from woman. For those unfamiliar with the public poet's life or work, here's a favorite: her 1974 National Book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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FSG wishes you a very happy National Poetry Month! To kick off the celebration, why not go for an East Village Poetry Walk accompanied by Jim Jarmusch and John Zorn? Passing Stranger's audio tour is a "sound-rich chronicle of poets... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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POEMJAZZ featuring renowned poet ROBERT PINSKY and Grammy-winning jazz pianist LAURENCE HOBGOOD comes to Greater Boston, in concert and live at The Regattabar, Friday, February 24. POEMJAZZ treats a voice speaking poetry as having a role like that of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
The Q&A: Jonathan Galassi Why does art have to be mainstream to be significant? There is a good chance that you have read something published by Jonathan Galassi. One of the wunderkinds of the New York editing and publishing world,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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Elizabeth Bishop, 'Sleeping Figure' From the New York Times: The theme shared by the display of little-known paintings (at least on the East Coast) by the eccentric San Francisco painter and collagist Jess (1923-2004) and of artworks and objects made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER
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(c) Mathieu Bourgois 1. THE BOLAÑO LIGHT, THE BOLAÑO DARK In the event that you haven’t yet heard, there are a couple new and exciting Bolaño works available this season: The Third Reich (a brilliant and haunting novel translated by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at THE BEST WORDS IN THEIR BEST ORDER