Poets on Poetry

Interview with Poet and Professor Philip Metres

by Kathryn Beaton October 1, 2018

Our new Fulcrum Community Manager, Emma DiPasquale, studied under our author Philip Metres at John Carroll University. Below, she interviews him about his new book The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance, which was released in September. He also will be visiting Ann Arbor to read (with author Aimee Bender) on November 15.   You join over a hundred other poets who have contributed to the Poets on Poetry series. What drew you to it? When I was in graduate school researching poets and the peace movement, I first encountered the series through volumes by the poet William Stafford: You […]

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Charles Wright named Poet Laureate

by Shaun Manning June 12, 2014

Charles Wright, author of nearly two dozen books of poetry as well as two volumes in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series, has been named America’s Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, as reported by the New York Times. Wright’s books of criticism with the Press include Quarter Notes: Improvisation and Interviews and Halflife: Improvisations and Interviews, 1977-87. “I’m very honored and flattered to be picked, but also somewhat confused,” Wright told the Times. “I really don’t know what I’m supposed to do. But as soon as I find out, I’ll do it.” Two years ago, the Poet […]

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Kazim Ali guest blogging for the Poetry Foundation

by Meredith Kahn January 10, 2014

Kazim Ali, co-editor of the Poets on Poetry series, is guest blogging for the Poetry Foundation this month. His first post, “If Time and Space Both Bend Then Who am I,” is available now: Time is ordinary, invented and defined by poets and scientists. But any poet and any scientist, the really good ones, the ones that know their arts to the core, will tell you it is a fiction, that it is not real. You can read all of Kazim’s posts on the “writing life of a poet” here. Poets on Poetry collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the […]

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From the Vault: A Glimpse at the Original Poets on Poetry Volumes

by Mikala Carpenter July 8, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press.  One of the Press’s most […]

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Inside Higher Ed on ‘Available Surfaces’

by Brianne Johnson December 14, 2012

John Griswold, writing under the pen name of Oronte Churm in his blog on Inside Higher Ed, begins his review of Available Surfaces: Essays on Poesis, T. R. Hummer’s recently released collection, by considering how he might want to pass time spent on a desert isle: “One of my own wishes might be to read through the entire Poets on Poetry series from The University of Michigan Press.” We can’t argue with that! Griswold goes on to state that “Hummer’s ability to create turns of phrase and images makes every piece in the collection interesting,” and says “The whole is…entertaining and meaningful.” […]

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