From November, 2017

“The Rider”: Five Questions with Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso was born Newton, Massachusetts in 1974. She earned her BA at Harvard University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has won the Rome Prize form the American Academy of Arts and Letter, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She also…

The Great Poem Series: Tom Clark’s “Fidelity”

Tom Clark is an American editor, biographer and poet. He was born in Chicago in 1941 and attended the University of Michigan. Clark won the Hopwood Award for Poetry in 1968. His poem Fidelity appears in the 2010 version of the BAP. Fidelity describes the loyalty he has to past friends that he won’t see…

Completely Subjective: Louise Gluck’s “Reunion”

After browsing through the 2002 volume of BAP, I came across one specific poem that stuck out to me more than others.  “Reunion,” By Louise Gluck displayed a simple message that I could relate to on multiple occasions, and expressed these ideas through writing that required thought and time to understand. While growing up, I…

The Great Poem Series: Billy Collins’s “Grave”

In New York City, 1941, arguably the most popular poet in America to this date was born. That man was the infamous Billy Collins.  After having a successful career in teaching, Collins shifted his focus to the world of poetry.  He went on from then to compose numerous amounts of successful poems; many of which…

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“Citrus Freeze”: Seven Questions for Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander is an award winning poet, essayist, novelist, critic, and translator. Born in the Mojave Desert to a single mother, Gander’s childhood was financially difficult. Gander developed his love for travel, language, and culture when he and his family would tour extensively across the United States on summer road trips. He is known for…

Completely Subjective: Jericho Brown’s “Hustle”

I find that it is necessary for a poem to address a topic that all readers can connect to in a negative or positive way. I call topics that can do this timeless topics. Jericho Brown is renowned for addressing such topics, some which are race, sexuality, and judgement; All of these topics are brought…