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Remembering John Ashbery

Remembering John Ashbery

September 13, 2017

John Ashbery was memorialized as one of America’s premiere poets upon his passing earlier this month. English professor James Longenbach reflects on a long friendship with Ashbery and his impact on poetry and literature.

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Walt Whitman is ‘More Important Now than Ever’

Walt Whitman is ‘More Important Now than Ever’

April 27, 2017

The 125th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s death came at the end of March. His is one of the most influential voices in American—and world—literature.

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‘Paying of respect to our inner life’

‘Paying of respect to our inner life’

April 25, 2017

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Galway Kinnell ’49 (MA) was often compared to Walt Whitman for his lyricism. When he died in 2014, Rochester Review remembered him with a selection of his thoughts on the practice of poetry.

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Literary lights

Literary lights

April 20, 2017

For more than 50 years, the Plutzik Reading Series has brought Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, and National Book Award winners to River Campus.

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Reading poetry, with intensity and pleasure

Reading poetry, with intensity and pleasure

April 18, 2017

Professor James Longenbach’s next books—Earthling  and Lyric Knowledge—will soon be released. This National Poetry Month, Longenbach reminds us, “the best poems ever written constitute our future.”

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An immortal hand: Romantic-era poet William Blake has left fingerprints all over pop culture

An immortal hand: Romantic-era poet William Blake has left fingerprints all over pop culture

April 13, 2017

The works of Romantic era poet and artist William Blake pervade modern writing, music, film and TV. The William Blake Archive, newly redesigned, has digitized nearly 7,000 images from Blake’s creations, making them more accessible than ever to scholars and fans.

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Opening a Window: a poet reflects on a monastic retreat

Opening a Window: a poet reflects on a monastic retreat

April 11, 2017

Poet Jennifer Grotz, just named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for poetry, reflects on place, inspiration, and the ‘vocabulary’ she found in a baroque French monastery.

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Anthony Hecht: A poet’s life, in letters

Anthony Hecht: A poet’s life, in letters

April 6, 2017

Pultizer Prize–winning poet Anthony Hecht was on the Rochester faculty for nearly two decades, arriving in 1967. Alumnus Jonathan Post ’76 (PhD) published Hecht’s correspondence in a book that sheds new light on his poetry.

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Poetry in the age of the tweet

Poetry in the age of the tweet

April 4, 2017

Can poetry thrive in an age of instant communication? As April’s National Poetry Month begins, University’s poetry faculty and students have found that the answer is an emphatic “yes.” The pace of digital life has only quickened over the last ten years since Twitter was founded, but the slower process of reading and crafting poetry continues, robustly, at Rochester.

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Walt Whitman ‘more important now than ever’

Walt Whitman ‘more important now than ever’

March 23, 2017

On the 125th anniversary of the poet’s death, Ed Folsom ’76 (PhD) looks back on the legacy of Whitman’s work, many examples of which have a home in the Rochester’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

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