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Michael Hofmann on Benn, “the greatest German poet since Rilke”

Though Gottfried Benn can scarcely be said to exist in the English-speaking world, there are a surprising number of prominent mentions of him. T. S. Eliot for instance, in his essay “The Three Voices of Poetry” goes so far as to associate one such voice—the first, “the voice of the poet talking to himself—or to […]

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Elmer Diktonius—Swedish/Finnish radical on the road

Was it poetry I wrote? I thought I exploded and hurled my iron-splinter into the world. Truly, I even wanted: to sow discord to beget discontent to bite reluctantly into tremendous leaps— but most of this was perhaps a “must.” My sacredness: that I was burnable. • I’m not pretentious enough to call this poetry. […]

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Iran: Poems of Dissent

This week in Little Star Weekly we feature “In this Blind Alley,” by Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou, a poem dating from the days after the revolution of 1979. Shamlou  (1925–2000) was born in Tehran and raised in the Iranian provinces, spending time in prison during World War II and after the British- and American-led coup of […]

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Welcome Tadeusz Dabrowski

Writes Tomasz Rozycki of this week’s Little Star Weekly poet Tadeuz Dabrowski: “Tadeusz Dabrowski’s poetry is a child of its times, born of the two prevailing trends in recent Polish poetry, of two wonderful parents, who are nevertheless very different, often antagonistic, and occasionally at war. It is no accident that I use the word […]

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Welcome Basque Poet Kirmen Uribe

Little Star’s own Kirmen Uribe will be appearing at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2013 (12:00, noon, in the Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room, 209 Joralemon Street). He will be reading and joining a panel on “Cities and their Ghosts, Past and Future: What phantoms continue to haunt the landscape of our […]

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Three Ways of Looking at Rilke: Cadora, Snow, Brodsky

This week in Little Star Weekly a new translation of Rilke’s New Poems by Joe Cadora, with an introduction by Robert Hass, prompts us to revisit one of its most startling and enduring poems, “Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes.” We offer Cadora’s translation: That was the fantastical mine of the soul. Like the reticent ore of silver, […]

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Louis MacNeice’s poems get some fresh air

This week in Little Star Weekly we feature “The Revenant,” a twenty-one-part song cycle that Louis MacNeice composed as a wedding gift to his bride, Hedli Anderson, as they honeymooned in Ireland during the ominous year 1942. Hedli reports that hearing and not liking Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire had prompted MacNeice to try a song cycle of […]

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Anthony Madrid in NYC

Beneath your parents’ mattress is a stairwell leading downward. That bed is like a door on which your parents knocked to summon you. Moles are a kind of meteor. Their careers are knots in the earth… Read more in Little Star Weekly #11! • Anthony Madrid is in New York this week: WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE […]

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“for the marathon dead and wounded,” James Stotts

  mid april passing manchester the cherries have no stones washing their wings in the river wind not nearly as material as those bald merrimack pylons i am the maculate receipt of bestial capital and care barely thirty but i can already feel the worms between my legs the black mold fastened to my bones […]

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Welcome Les Murray!

photo by Graham Carter   Les Murray is in the States on a rare visit of reading and teaching. He will appear at the Poetry Foundation on April 25, details here. Little Star has been honored to publish lots of recent poems by Les Murray. To celebrate his visit, we reproduce the whole crop in […]

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