”When John Ashbery, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, first learned that the digital editions of his poetry looked nothing like the print version, he was stunned. There were no line breaks, and the stanzas had been jammed together into a block of text that looked like prose. The careful architecture of his poems had been leveled.”
Citerat ur ”Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly” av Alexandra Alter i New York Times, 14 september 2014. Om förbättringar av e-böcker så att de funkar bättre för poesi, med radbrytningar och typografiska finesser.
”Something is brewing in Brooklyn, something far more inspiring than another batch of artisanal organic ale. There is a revival of left-wing intellectual thinking on a level unseen since the 1960s. Young people are starting magazines and engaging in serious, substantial critique of the status quo. In addition to The New Inquiry there is Jacobin, ‘a magazine of culture and polemic’ launched in late 2010 with an avowedly socialist perspective. Dissent, a socialist journal founded in 1953 has seen a revival, with a new crop of young staff. The hip literary magazine n+1 has also taken a decidedly political turn in recent years. And while many people launch publishing projects with earnest enthusiasm only to see them fail quickly, this new crop of journals seems to have enjoyed unprecedented success.”
Citerat ur Max Strassers ”Who are the new socialist wunderkinds of America?” i New Statesman, 9 november, 2013
Vi hittade artikeln genom en länk på Flavorwire, i Jason Diamonds inspirerande artikel ”The Joys of Rediscovering Dead Socialist Writers”, som till stora delar är en hyllning till Carl Sandburg.
Igår skulle Sandburg, född 1878, ha fyllt år och i år det 100 år sedan hans dikt ”Chicago” publicerades i Poetry. Den börjar så här:
Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
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