Asking After Recent Poetry
interviews by H. L. Hix

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Uncoverage assembles eighty short interviews with some of the most exciting poets at work today, toward surveying the range of poetry being written now. The poets offer in these interviews insights to resonate with the wisdom and pleasures and challenges of the books about which they are interviewed. Those insights pervade the book, from the very first response in the very first interview, Ali Alizadeh’s reflection on the repressed Real “that undermines/subverts the ‘official,’ conscious layer of discourse, and…could have revolutionary impli-cations,” to the very last, Linda Stern Zisquit’s observation of Yona Wallach’s shift near the end of her life from an earlier interest in swirling, almost manic language “towards a point of stillness—to get to the source, not to be swayed anymore by appearances.”
H. L. HIX recently collaborated with Jüri Talvet to translate a collection of the poems of the Estonian peasant poet Juhan Liiv, entitled Snow Drifts, I Sing. His own “selected poems” is First Fire, Then Birds.



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Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.