A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: Etheridge Knight was born in Mississippi in 1931. He began writing poetry as an inmate in the Indiana State Prison during the 1960s and published his first collection, Poems from Prison, in 1968. The capsule biography available on the Poetry Foundation’s website describes Knight as an accomplished reciter of … Continue reading A Poem For Saturday

A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: Michael Longley’s The Stairwell, just published by Wake Forest Press, the premier publisher of Irish poets in America, is his thirteenth collection. He has also edited 20th Century Irish Poems and selections of the work of some of his favorite poets—among them Louis MacNeice, Brendan Kennelly, and Robert Graves, … Continue reading A Poem For Saturday

A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: The Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie, born in 1962, is the author of seven collections, including The Overhaul, just published here by Graywolf Press and shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize when it was published in 2012 in Great Britain. Too few poets from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales are published … Continue reading A Poem For Saturday

A Poem For Friday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn – giving us a brief respite from all the mayhem in France right now – builds on this poem and this one from last weekend: Our last choice (so far!) from the Irish anthology, Lifelines: New and Collected, Letters from Famous People About Their Favourite Poem, is Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “Manners,” chosen … Continue reading A Poem For Friday

A Poem For Sunday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: In the appealing anthology Lifelines: New and Collected, Letters From Famous People About Their Favourite Poem, contributors range from novelists on the order of Doris Lessing and Penelope Fitzgerald to actors and scientists on the order of Rosaleen Linehan and Richard Dawkins. One choice surprising to me was made … Continue reading A Poem For Sunday