beer-battered fish and poetry

About 50 illustrious writers gathered in the basement of the Breslin at Ace Hotel on Tuesday night for an evening of fried chicken, beer-battered fish and poetry. The guests included rocker-writer Patti Smith and guitarist Lenny Kaye; poets Louise Glück and Natasha Trethewey; novelists Amy Tan, Colm Tóibín and Colum McCann; and “Top Chef” star […]

Poems That Make Your Skin Bristle

April is Poetry Month—and a good time to celebrate one of our finest exponents of strict form, elegant diction and clear thought. By Adam Kirsch/Wall Street Journal Clive James has excelled at many trades during his long career—critic, memoirist, television presenter—but his first and longest-lasting love has been writing poetry. His poems enjoy a high […]

Library of Congress Posts Poetry Readings

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress has posted online some 50 recordings from its Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, including readings and lectures by Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Czeslaw Milosz and Paul Muldoon. The library, which administers the nation’s poet laureateship, has more than 2,000 recordings in that collection, […]