Susan Swartwout:Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit (Poetry)

Susan Swartwout’s exquisite poetry collection, Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit, captures, under dirty mason jar glass, a visceral, grotesque, and, at times, beautifully demented circus of Southern Gothic aesthetics. “When our eyes have opened to shadows in mote-thick air of the circus tent, when old men’s droning of what circus once was and mothers’ sibilant scolding to... Continue Reading →

William Carlos Williams: Young Woman at a Window

Another essay I wrote for my poetry class, this time analyzing "imagism" in two different versions (the original upublished draft vs. the revised published version) of William Carlos Williams' "Young Woman at a Window." "Young Woman at a Window" by William Carlos Williams Show, Don’t Tell: Analyzing Imagism in Williams’ “Young Woman at a Window”... Continue Reading →

Crystal Good: Boom Boom

Crystal Good is West Virginia's (and possibly America's) coolest poet. I've talked about her poetry to everyone I know offline and mentioned her a few times on Muruch's Twitter, but just realized I've neglected to post about her here on Muruch until now. Here's my fave Crystal Good poem/spoken word performance, "Boom Boom." Crystal Good... Continue Reading →

Katie Ford: Blood Lyrics (Poetry)

Katie Ford's upcoming poetry collection, Blood Lyrics, possesses an authentic fierceness of emotion coupled with a literary eloquence that is all too rare in modern poetry. Blood Lyrics will be released by Gray Wolf Press on October 21st. [ O where has our meadow gone? that which swept us here? the orange cosmos and aster?... Continue Reading →

Free Online Poetry Course

You can sign up for a free, no obligation, 10-week course on Modern American Poetry from the University of Pennsylvania at Coursera. There are no college credits awarded, but you can get a certificate of completion if you successfully finish the course. The class started two days ago, but it's fairly easy to catch up... Continue Reading →

Saranpreet: My Brilliant Image

By: Brendan This astounding song appears to be an original composition with words by Sufi poet Hafiz. You can stream or download "My Brilliant Image" by Saranpreet (a.k.a. N.C. folk musician Liz Mundy) at Soundcloud... One day the sun admitted, I am just a shadow. I wish I could show you The Infinite Incandescence That... Continue Reading →

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