Every quarter, Harriet Books invites several poets to blog on a theme related to contemporary poetry and poetics. The theme for Summer 2022 is “Poetry and Politics.”
Featured BloggerBy Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley April 28, 2021
Again and again, we press the needle of experience into our body and push: You and I step onto the platform, one body inside another, consciousness to consciousness—upon a chalk-dusted stage—we...
Featured BloggerBy Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley April 14, 2021
An eighteen-gauge syringe teeters like a spent cigarette on the edge of a kitchen plate. The pinky-length needle is gently curved with reuse, sticky now with amber, the dark honey...
Featured BloggerBy Alice Notley March 23, 2021
This book forthcoming, my first art book, has happened so quickly, as “written” and as published, that I can scarcely describe it. As I say in my intro, I bought...
Featured BloggerBy Alice Notley March 4, 2021
I live alone in a culture that speaks a language, French, that's not my native one. My work, writing poetry, is solitary. Most of my professional activity that involves meeting...
Featured BloggerBy Asiya Wadud February 25, 2021
(read Part I of Asiya Wadud's "Drift" here) Songe: think, consider, dream Josué Guébo’s Think of Lampedusa is a threnody for the 366 people killed in the 2013 shipwreck of a boat...
Featured BloggerBy Asiya Wadud February 16, 2021
In the Merriam Webster Dictionary, drift the noun and drift the verb are defined in a handful of interlocking and overlapping terms. Each time a new meaning is offered, the...
Featured BloggerBy Taylor Johnson January 26, 2021
"there is no absolute, only / surface rise on top of rise" —Christopher Gilbert, “Blues/The Blue Case against the Lack Of” Not necessarily an urge, not immediacy, not definition as truth,...
Featured BloggerBy Taylor Johnson January 12, 2021
“On the streets there was word / of a presence. You were among / the throng caught up in the moment.” – Christopher Gilbert, “You, the Piece That Was There” Some...
Featured BloggerBy Alec Finlay December 22, 2020
(read Part I of Alec Finlay's "On Not Walking" here) II. Coronavirus has, once again, collapsed my cycle, scratching my lungs and tightening my heart. Six months in and there’s no easing, no...
Featured BloggerBy Alec Finlay December 8, 2020
In March of this year I found myself unable to walk – a bout of coronavirus in the week before lockdown (UK) turned chronic and hasn’t lifted. Unable to walk...