I don’t know, you guys. There’s some really ugly things happening in contemporary poetry right now. Here are a few links to help you sort through the conversation, in addition to Hamilton .GIFs and other goodies. I know you need some. Be kind to each other. Big brains, full hearts, can’t lose, etc.
–>The New Yorker profiles poet Kenneth Goldsmith. Cathy Park Hong, who was interviewed for the piece, responds. There’s also a pretty amazing interview with the Mongrel Coalition Against Gringpo in Brooklyn Magazine, if you’d like some context.
–>Speaking of Brooklyn Magazine, Molly McArdle is killing it over there. Her essay on Elena Ferrante and her interviews with 30 amazing writers and artists under 30 are especially wonderful.
–>The Paris Review has a great essay about the work of poet and collagist Robert Seydel.
–>Patrick DeWitt talks with BuzzFeed about disconnecting from the internet in order to write Undermajordomo Minor.
–>President Obama interviews Marilynne Robinson!
–>President Lin-Manuel Miranda made a musical and the rest of us just get these .GIFs.