Magazine Articles Tagged With poetry

YesYes Books

Posted 12.18.14

In addition to traditional poetry collections and chapbooks, independent press YesYes Books also publishes a number of experimental and multimedia works, many of which incorporate visual art. Since its founding in 2011, the press's innovative projects have included Poetry Shots, fully illustrated digital chapbooks; and Frequencies, Volume One, a poetry and contemporary music anthology. The Bones of Us, a graphic poetry collection by J. Bradley with art by Adam Scott Mazer, will be released in February. The following images highlight a selection of both past and forthcoming experimental projects from YesYes Books.

  • 1 of 7Frequencies, Volume One
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    Frequencies, Volume One

    Released in January 2013, Frequencies, Volume One is a chapbook and music anthology that features poetry by Bob Hicok and Phillip B. Williams and short fiction by Molly Gaudry, with accompanying music by indie rock bands Here We Go Magic and Outlands and singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. The cover art was created by Matthew Cusick, a painter and collage artist who creates realistic scenes and portraits using old maps.

  • 2 of 7Poetry Shots: American Poem
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    Poetry Shots: American Poem

    In The Blue Teratorn, released as part of the Poetry Shots series in 2012, Dorothea Lasky’s poems are illustrated by Kaori Mitsushima. In a post on her blog, Lasky describes this digital chapbook as "a flock of scary birds" meant to accompany her third full-length collection, Thunderbird, published in 2012 by Wave Books.

  • 3 of 7Poetry Shots: How to Survive a Hotel Fire
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    Poetry Shots: How to Survive a Hotel Fire

    Megan Laurel created illustrations for the title poem from Angela Veronica Wong's 2012 digital chapbook, How to Survive a Hotel Fire. Wong's full-length collection of the same name was published later that year by Coconut Books.

  • 4 of 7Poetry Shots: How We Molested the Sky
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    Poetry Shots: How We Molested the Sky

    Art for Dana Guthrie Martin’s collection, Toward What Is Awful, was created by Ghangbin Kim, a student of Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Martin, who has published two other chapbooks, edits the online poetry journal Cascadia Review.

  • 5 of 7The Bones of Us: A Letter to a Wedding Photo That's Not Mine
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    The Bones of Us: A Letter to a Wedding Photo That's Not Mine

    For the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us, artist Adam Scott Mazer illustrated J. Bradley's poems first in pencil, then overlaid in ink applied with a brush. In the poem "A Letter to a Wedding Photo That's Not Mine," Bradley writes, "May you never need / to throw your memories / out an airlock, watch / as they turn blue."

  • 6 of 7The Bones of Us: Cosmonaut
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    The Bones of Us: Cosmonaut

    In "Cosmonaut," Bradley describes a house as "a pulmonary system of pocket universes" where "we lose ourselves in the vacuum of Auto-Tune, drift toward the outer rims of conversations and plastic Dixie Cups." He writes, "In the morning, we will smack our lips, ruin the cotton in our cheeks; our heads are capsules with cracks in the seams."

  • 7 of 7The Bones of Us: Yale Street
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    The Bones of Us: Yale Street

    Mazer's illustrations provided inspiration for many of the revisions that J. Bradley made to his poems. In "Yale Street," Bradley writes, "When we traded electric currents through the tips of our noses, revenge evaporated from my body. I clutched your hip like the handle of a hammer, a box of nails; you are a home worth building."


Q&A: Benka Banks on Academy's Brand

by Cat Richardson

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.14

May/June 2014

The executive director of the Academy of American Poets discusses the forthcoming rebranding of its website,, in celebration of the organization’s eightieth anniversary.


First: David Tomas Martinez's Hustle

by Rigoberto Gonzalez

The Practical Writer

Posted 5.1.14

Rigoberto Gonzalez

A debut poet’s first collection examines ethnic identity, gang life, and masculinity. 


The Aha! Moment: Carl Phillips, Judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

Posted 5.1.14

Michael Bourne

The current judge for America’s oldest and most prestigious first-book prize for poets discusses his encounter with the poems from Blue Yodel, Ansel Elkins’s 2014 prize-winning collection, which will be published next year by Yale University Press. 


MacAdam Cage Authors Recoup Rights, David Foster Wallace Estate Decries Forthcoming Biopic, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.22.14

Salman Rushdie examines Gabriel García Márquez’s magic realism; ZYZZYVA’s one hundredth issue; Charlotte Brontë’s Google doodle; and other news.


New Survey Reveals E-book Majority, Samsung Launches Amazon App, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.21.14

A new app for remembering great ideas; a posthumous story collection by Maeve Binchy; meals from classic literature; and other news.


Mad Honey Symposium by Sally Wen Mao

Posted 4.15.14

Sally Wen Mao reads five poems from her debut collection, Mad Honey Symposium, forthcoming in May from Alice James Books.

Valentine for a Flytrap


Talkativeness by Michael Earl Craig

Posted 4.15.14

Michael Earl Craig reads four poems from his collection Talkativeness, published in April by Wave Books.

Quick Sketch of a Bullet

There is a bullet here on my desk.
Tipped over on its side.
Its jacket is brass
and perfectly cylindrical.
It is cool. It is smooth.
Its weight is satisfying.
The tip—the actual bullet—
is blunt, is gray, is made of lead
and looks handmade,
like a carefully shaped dab
of gray mashed potatoes atop
its beautiful rocket.


Authors Guild Appeals Judgment for Google, Amazon Smartphone Out in June, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.14.14

An Alice Munro short story becomes a film; a novelist gains new perspective on her husband’s disappearance; a new book on Barney Rosset; and other news.


TED Talks to Become Book Series, Philip Roth's Letter to the Editor, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.11.14

Writers at the Atlantic look at writing and marriage; the effects of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s writing on his personal life; the death of Michael Rockefeller; and other news.