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2015 Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Gregory Pardlo

Everyone here at Tin House is excited to give a giant congratulations to Gregory Pardlo upon the announcement of his book “Digest” receiving the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. We were honored to publish his poem “Philadelphia, Negro” in our 2012 Winter issue.   Philadelphia, Negro   Alien-faced patriot in my Papa’s mirrored aviators that reflected a […]

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Game of Totes: A Song of Myself

“I swear to you, sitting a throne is a hundred times harder than winning one.” —some probably dead king Yesterday’s big announcement may have drowned out some of the excitement around Electric Literature and Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s epic Game of Totes competition. The best of the best literary tote bags were brought before a panel […]

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Second Empire

It’s time for another entry in our digital broadside series recognizing poets under thirty years old via poems under thirty lines. This week Richie Hofman brings us the title poem from his upcoming collection. Second Empire   The water, for once, unmetaphysical. Stepping over the stones, you pulling   your shirt over your shoulders. The […]

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Of Amplitude There Is No Scraping Bottom: An Interview with Jane Hirshfield

The poems in Jane Hirshfield’s The Beauty take measured steps across a wooden floor. Rolling between the real and the remembered, the interior and the exterior, The Beauty cuts to the heart of our shared existence.While I’ve always been a fan of the tenderness and mystery in Hirshfield’s work, there’s something about these new poems and essays that go even deeper. Released in tandem […]

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The Do-Over: An Interview With Kathleen Ossip

Kathleen Ossip’s The Do-Over, her fourth book of poems, is a study in poetic crosshatching as it slashes moments of recollection and longing with that of inquiry and curiosity. The speaker functions as a character within her own life, a character in the life of long-lost relatives, (too old for her to remember), and a […]

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Goodness

It’s time for another round of Broadside Thirty, our showcase for poems in thirty lines or less by poets thirty or younger. Today, we present a new poem by Soren Stockman. Goodness   She lies across your legs, open to the open window, and after promising not to ask, does not. She tells you to […]

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Dimension 5

From our Science Fair issue, Donna Hunt dons an identity crisis. Dimension 5 ddd In this dimension you are not in love with me anymore. I wish it were another. In infinite dimensions you are not in love with me. Those donnas handle it better. Other donnas accept the cycles of relationships. Some donnas dye […]

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The Rapture

From issue #44, Christopher DeWeese gets all puritan on us. The Rapture When they take all the lovers out of this park only you and I will be left as well as the flowers. We won’t be bewildered: we’ll ransack picnics, thousands of them until darkness touches everything at once, a perfume only poor women […]

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Absolution

It’s time for another round of Broadside Thirty, our showcase for poems in thirty lines or less by poets thirty or younger. Today, we present a new poem by Zoe Dzunko. Absolution   I adopted the voice of somebody very hungry before a mountain of choices, and never stepped out of her. How unfair that […]

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The Girl Banned from Saying No: On the Death of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh

Like many of you, we here at Tin House have just learned of the death of Egyptian poet Shaimaa el-Sabbagh. Ms. Sabbagh, age 31, was shot down by masked riot police while trying to place flowers in Tahrir Square on January 24th.

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The Tin House Podcast: Kevin Young

Kevin Young drops by our classroom to discuss some of the more notable modern poetry hoaxes, glimpsing into the secret history of the poem as something conceived to tempt or even trick. By understanding the ways the hoax works, Young suggests that we may better know our own assumptions, habits, and hurts, and how to […]

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The Melting Process

The Melting Process, a new poem by Molly Dickinson.

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The King Won’t Kill Me

From issue 46, Winter Reading. gg   The King Won’t Kill Me gggg today. He’s cleared the court, torn up the last treaty, trounced the villages bordering the empire’s southern- most state, shackled their dark denizens and given the hundred skinniest to split among his governors. I wore shackles once on a boat across the […]

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Secret and Invisible Folds into the Visible

Time for another round of Broadside Thirty, our showcase for poems in thirty lines or less by poets thirty or younger. This time around, we present a new poem by Elisa Gonzalez.   SECRET AND INVISIBLE FOLDS INTO THE VISIBLE after Augustine   Lately I have been lullabying myself to sleep with erotic fantasies. Familiar […]

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The Doubling of Self: An Interview with Richard Siken

It has been ten years since Richard Siken’s first collection Crush was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Since its release, I have turned to Crush many times to take pleasure in the images and voices that populate its poems. Pleased to discover that Copper Canyon Press will soon release his second book War of […]

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Hector

It’s time again to plaster the digital streets with Broadside Thirty, our showcase of poems in thirty lines or less by poets thirty or younger. This installment features Jameson Fitzpatrick.   HECTOR at the window throwing the keys down in the doorway in black athletic shorts legs the same shape as yours but thicker with […]

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The War Came As If a Dream

Welcome to the second installment of Broadside Thirty, our new feature for young poets. Each digital broadside will feature one poem under thirty lines by a poet under thirty years old. Today we feature a poem by Michael Prior. The War Came As If a Dream Our children volunteered our eyes, for they had seen […]

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Paradise

Tin House is thrilled to congratulate the poet Jay Nebel for recieving the 2014 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Chosen by poet Gerald Stern, Nebel’s book “Neighbors” is a guide to the underworld of neighborhoods, family life, friendship and addiction. These poems are full of the blood and guts that make up our smallest interactions as […]

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Urban Puberty

That there’s no heat in my bedroom / (sexual or otherwise).

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Tin House Nooner: Bianca Stone

On Today’s Nooner, newlywed Bianca Stone goes back to the altar as she reads from her collection Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House Books/Octopus). hhhh gggg gggg Bianca Stone grew up in Vermont, graduated from NYU’s Creative Writing Program, is the author of several poetry chapbooks, and a poetry comics series. She is the illustrator […]

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Layover

From Saint Friend (McSweeney’s Poetry Series / August 5)

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Texas, Being

where blind catfish cruise / limestone caverns // from deeper we drink / while a man sweets tea

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Poem for Wine

We’re all emerging from whatever reclusive hole we burrowed into after the end of our Writer’s Workshop, facing the light of day with bleary eyes, wondering who these strangers are who walk the streets. When we close our eyes, though, we still see visions of debauchery and beauty in equal measure. We’ll let workshop faculty […]

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The Sadness of the Yankees Fan

During yesterday’s fourth straight loss for the New York Yankees, we were reminded of this David Shields poem, from Issue 43, Games People Play. May the “gorgeous dream” never die . . .   THE SADNESS OF THE YANKEES FAN   The sadness of the Yankees fan lies in his knowledge that his gorgeous dream […]

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Tin House Reels: Abigail Warren & Scout Cuomo

This week’s feature from Tin House Reels, A Field Guide to Salmon, is the sort of collaboration between visual and verbal artists that we get excited about—a playful interaction between words and pictures that changes the spirit of both. Looking to collaborate with a painter, poet Abigail Warren found Scout Cuomo at an art show: “Scout […]

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