Poetry a Go Go

A few recent poetry newsbites…

— The San Francisco Chronicle has a nice review of Book of Sketches by Kerouac.

The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis has announced that it will cease publication of its print magazine, Speakeasy. The last issue is due out this summer. The center plans to expand its online presence as a way to continue its excellent standard of promoting and recognizing great poetry and prose.

— British novelist and poet Muriel Spark died on Friday in Florence, Italy. Spark is best-known as the creator of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Her tightly crafted work is often noted as being bizarre or dark — she remarked, “I’m often very deadpan, but there’s a moral statement too, and what it’s saying is that there’s a life beyond this, and these events are not the most important things. They’re not important in the long run.”

— This Sunday’s edition of The Washington Post Book World focuses heavily on poetry, including a list of the top ten poets (according to traffic stats at poets.org), as well as reviews of the latest by poets Donald Hall and Seamus Heaney.

— Publisher’s Weekly has noticed that poetry is alive, well and thriving online with blogs, zines, newsletters and resource archives. Poetry online? You don’t say

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