Sailmaker’s Palm

Ansel Elkins

“Since the Day I Was Kicked by Master Ma, I Have Not
Stopped Laughing”: Buddhism and Comedy in Philip Whalen

Max Ritvo

Parnassus in the New York Times

Volume 34 of Parnassus was mentioned in the July 6, 2015 New York Times article, “The Forgotten Man Behind William Carlos Williams’s ‘Red Wheelbarrow’” by Jennifer Schuessler! Read about it here.

Take a course with editor Herb Leibowitz on Berryman, Lowell, Plath, and Sexton at the 92Y

  Editor Herbert Leibowitz will be teaching a literary seminar titled, “Reading Berryman, Lowell, Plath, and Sexton.” It begins on Tuesday, November 4th, at 8PM at the 92Y. You can learn more and register for the course here.     This seminar proposes to examine the phenomenon of Confessional poetry. What did these four poets […]

Review: Black Aperture by Matt Rasmussen

Matt Rasmussen. Black Aperture. LSU Press 2013. 63 pp. $17.95 (paper)   Black Aperture, Matt Rasmussen’s first book, is the 2012 winner of the Walt Whitman Award and a National Book Award finalist. Any volume so heavily laureled is bound to raise suspicion, at least among poetry’s small and often cynical readership. It is my […]

Bridget Lowe Interviewed by Peter Mishler, with Two Poems from Vol. 33

  PM: In your first collection of poems At the Autopsy of Valsav Nijinsky you write from the perspective of a number of public figures. How did you choose these subjects? BL: I honestly don’t feel like I did choose these subjects. It always seems to happen naturally for me. It was at the thrift […]

“The Winter of This Endless Era”

Today, February 7, is the birthday of Regina Derieva, the Russian poet who died last December in Sweden. To mark the occasion, here is her “Tattooed Mnemosyne,” a poem that is as scathing a summary of Stalinism as one can imagine. In this translation by Daniel Weissbort, one sees her gift for startling imagery and her mind of winter (one that rivaled Stevens’).

The NYC Poetry Festival is this weekend!

The Poetry Society of New York is throwing its third annual poetry festival on Governor’s Island this Saturday and Sunday.

A note of congratulations to Kay Ryan

A salute to Kay Ryan, a Parnassus contributor and recent recipient of a National Humanities Medal.

The work of poets

On John Foy’s “Poets & Jobs” at Best American Poetry, with a special guest appearance by STC.


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