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Our annual Inspiration Issue features a special section exploring the engine of ideas that drives our writing, including tips for generating more ideas faster, a quarrel over art versus life, our tenth annual look at debut poets, and fresh writing prompts for the new year; as well as a new column, Reviewers & Critics, featuring Dwight Garner of the New York Times; the art of reading John Berryman; and much more.

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Listen to "Too Young to Marry but Not Too Young to Die," an answer song by Ben Arthur, written and recorded in response to the poem by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Breaking Into the Silence: Our Tenth Annual Look at Debut Poets

by Melissa Faliveno

Special Section

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

In our tenth annual look at debut poets, we’ve asked the more than one hundred poets previously included in this feature to nominate their favorite debut collections of 2014. From that longlist of outstanding work, we’ve selected ten poets to feature here, who share their inspirations and influences, how their books began, and advice to those hoping to get their own books out into the world.

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Muradov's Accidental Inspiration

by Kevin Larimer

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

“My work is a lifelong celebration of futility.” Artist Roman Muradov, designer of this issue’s cover, discusses his various wells of inspiration, his relationship to the written word, and the importance of doing nothing.

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Answer Songs: Music as Muse

by Ben Arthur

Special Section

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

A songwriter responds to literature—such as stories by Jonathan Lethem and George Saunders—with music, carrying the creative conversation across art forms.

 

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