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Tin House Reels: Kate Jessop

This week’s featured filmmaker, Kate Jessop, started off as a visual artist and musician and “accidently ended up as a filmmaker after being slipped a copy of Final Cut Pro.” At the age of 26, armed with her new toy, she made a narrative film called Desires, which would go on to be shortlisted for the […]

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The Order of Things

From Issue 49, The Ecstatic, Jay Nebel speaks of the spiders we often find within the predictable order of things. I hate spiders. There, I’ve said it. I hate walking face and teeth and nose into their webs while they spin and wrap and suck the blood out of flies. My mother brushes them into […]

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You’re Mine: A Valentine from Bianca Stone

In the 1990′s, it seems I was only laboring over which Valentine to give Peter MacIntyre. It was a delicate matter, as subtleties are not lost on 3rd graders. Should I choose something terrifying, like the one that said (simply) “I Love You” inside a Ninja Turtle heart? Certainly not “Cowabunga, You’re Neat,” which would go to […]

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Tin House Reels: Afroditi Bitzouni

Tin House Reels is pleased to screen Afroditi Bitzouni’s animated interpretation of the Greek poet Tasos Livaditis’s “Night.” Bitzouni conceived her video “when my laptop was broken.” “At that time,” she explains, “there was nothing better to do other than flipping the pages of my fairytales and reading my favorite poems.  I was reading [the […]

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Desiderata: Our Favorite Poetry of 2013

“Let’s just take a sec to acknowledge that if 2013 was about anything, it was about defining, or really re-defining, the reader. Personally, I was redefined by some poems. Tony Hoagland and Mary Ruefle and Mary Szybist and Frank Bidart, in particular.”- Cheston Knapp (Managing Editor, Tin House Magazine) Veronica Martin (Columnist, The Open Bar): Soul in […]

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Richmond

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for introductions to the cities in which they write, […]

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Greenville

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for introductions to the cities in which they write, […]

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A Toast to Mary Szybist

A Poem by Mary Szybist

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Minneapolis

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for an introduction to the city in which they […]

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Tin House Nooner: Matthew Dickman

On Today’s Nooner, our own Matthew Dickman reads from a selection of his work (including a few from Mayakovsky’s Revolver, his excellent 2012 collection) that both starts the party and helps heal the wounds that inevitably occur when it ends.

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3′ x 9.999˝

From Issue 53, The Portland/Brooklyn Issue, a reminder of why we love our Portland poets, even after they leave. hhhh 3′ x 9.999˝   Remarking remarks on a peg republic of wall, I can resist my own weight on braided wire. Double it, in the eggy heath.   Tinny whack to the dowel, occurring flat […]

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Boston

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for an introduction to the city in which they […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Richard Brautigan

The Weather in San Francisco

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What We Write Will Last Longer Than Our Skins: An Interview with Rachel McKibbens

My mother was a more fantastic and unobtainable creature than any mermaid to me; my father more terrifying than a minotaur.

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Seattle

One of the fantastic things about calling Portland home is being able to partake in our kinetic and flourishing poetry scene. Not only are there a number of ridiculously well-curated reading series (Bad Blood, Sleep, If Not for Kidnapped, to name drop a few) but our poetry and poets can be found in the fabric […]

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This is Not Imitation: An Interview with David Greenberg

I met David Greenberg almost twenty years ago, at Johns Hopkins; he was attending the Writing Seminars and I was in the first year of a Ph.D. program there. We had several seminars together with our common mentor, Allen Grossman. At the time, I was struck by the intense beauty and ethical force of David’s […]

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Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013

We at Tin House morn the loss of the great poet, Seamus Heaney, but also want to take a moment to celebrate his spirit and work. I can’t tell you, my brothers and sisters, how many times I have turned to Heaney’s poems in moments of loss and love. Every time I visit the Oregon […]

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Song of Myself: The Paradox of the Project

Song of Myself is what philosophers call a “performative” utterance (like a promise or an oath).

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Pound, Drunk on A Forty, Goes Off

This mid-summer day we bring you back to Winter Issue 30, where Jillian Weise’s potent and imploring words make our spine tingle in the cool of our air conditioner.    Pound, Drunk on A Forty, Goes Off by Jillian Weise   See here, what are all these birds doing in your verse, am I to think flight or fear? […]

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Wild Plum

In honor of the mysterious  stranger who left a box of plums on our office doorstep, we bring you this quiet gift from Issue 39. hhhh Wild Plum ggggg by Jane Hirshfield llll A gray squirrel tests each plum with his nose, moving from one to another until he feasts.   It is like watching […]

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Night is Simply A Shadow

Greta Wrolstad (1981-2005) was a poet and vital presence in the M.F.A. program at The University of Montana, where she held a teaching assistantship in English and served as poetry co-editor of CutBank.  Greta was my student.  She was not only tremendously talented but at-home in herself, in ways that are utterly elusive to me.  […]

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Smudge

This living brushstroke of a poem by Thomas Sayers Ellis was written in response to David Stern’s paintings at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York City. Sayer’s haunting language comes together, a graphite blurring, smearing and distorting, bringing us through the words on the page and into an eddy of ink, pooling into sinister, […]

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The Poetry Across The Pond

London, England May 19, 2013 Dear Friend, I’m sitting in the garden of an old house here in Notting Hill, reading an anthology of young British poets called Dear World & Everyone in It: New Poetry in the UK. It’s amazing how similar and how different the poetry of the United States and The UK […]

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On Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg

As I sit here at my desk in Northwest Portland, in a lime-green apartment full of skylights, sandwiched between Tin House Magazine and Tin House Books, reading the dynamic and very brave poems my grad students at Portland State are writing—I find myself thinking, in the most basic terms, about what it means to be […]

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Our Own Collaboration

Berlin, Germany May 7, 2013 Dear Friend, I have arrived in Berlin after a short stay in Reggio-Emilia, Italy. There at the Collezionemaramotti, I attended the opening of Jason Dodge’s first permanent sculpture titled “A Permanently Open Window”  and joined him in conversation about the piece, our ongoing collaboration in conversation about visual art and […]

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