A Month of FSG Poetry

A Month of FSG Poetry

The heralds are sounding their horns: It’s National Poetry Month. For the next thirty days we will have poems for you in all shapes and sizes, credos and conceits. And this year, we’ll have them for both your eyes and ears. Each day, a friendly bookseller, critic, or publisher will share one of their favorite FSG poems. And, drawing inspiration from John Giornio’s classic Dial-A-Poem, each day you will be able to call 949-DIAL-FSG (949-342-5374) to hear our President and Publisher (and poet himself) Jonathan Galassi recite one of his favorite poems from a recently published collection. We’re putting new poems on the answering machine every weekday, so keep calling!

To mark the occasion, we will also be offering to three lucky winners an enviable bundle of poetry from FSG poets both new (Louise Glück, John Koethe, Carl Phillips, Eleanor Chai, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Henri Cole) and old (Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, John Berryman, and a very special reissue of Marianne Moore’s Observations). Sorry, US Residents only.

And come back here often: We’ll be adding links to all of our poetry-related content as it is posted throughout the month. At FSG, April is far from cruel, and we’re delighted to celebrate this—maybe our favorite—month with you, Dear Reader.

Enter to Win a Collection of Books from the Masters, Old and New


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A Month of FSG Poetry Sweepstakes

  1. To Enter: Submit your entry by fully completing the sign-up form found at http://www.fsgworkinprogress.com (the “Site”). Sweepstakes begins online at 8:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, March 31, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, May 02, 2016. Your entry will sign you up to receive emailed news related to FSG Work in Progress as well as enter you into the sweepstakes.

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  3. Prize: Three (3) Grand Prize winner(s) will receive A collection of FSG poetry books including Marianne Moore’s Observations, A Ted Hughes Bestiary, John Berryman’s The Heart Songs, Elizabeth Bishops’s The Complete Poems 1927-1979, Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, John Koethe’s The Swimmer, Carl Phillips’s Reconnaissance, Henri Cole’s Nothing to Declare, Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s Heaven, and Eleanor Chai’s Standing Water.. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Prize: $230.00.

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Poetry Sweeps

FSG Poetry Month

Classics Homework: A Translator’s Note from Seamus Heaney on Book VI of the Aeneid

The Uses of Beautiful Places by Ange Mlinko

The Uses and Abuses of Criticism by Michael Hofmann

On the Notions of Innovation and Influence by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

On Vocation by Karen Solie

Island Verses: A Cuban Poetry Primer

Ange Mlinko’s Cabinet of Curiosities by Sinéad Morrissey

Recommended Poems

“For Night to Fall” by Carl Phillips. Selected by Elizabeth Lund.

“Houston, 6 p.m.” by Adam Zagajewski. Selected by David Biespiel.

“Dream Song 90: Op. posth. no. 13” by John Berryman. Selected by Adam Thirlwell.

“Wind” by Ted Hughes. Selected by Stephen Sparks.

“The Singing” by C. K. Williams. Selected by Patrice Nganang.

“Sleepless City (Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne)” by Federico Garcia Lorca. Selected by Molly Rose Quinn.

“Shrike” by Henri Cole. Selected by Garth Greenwell.

“Jerusalem” by James Fenton. Selected by Darryl Pinckney.

“The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop. Selected by Ian S. MacNiven.

“In despair or in trouble, trouble” by Aleksandr Kushner. Selected and translated by Robert Carnevale and Carol Ueland.

“Politics” by Carol Ann Duffy. Selected by Erin Goss.

“Haunt” by Maureen N. McLane. Selected by Brett Fletcher Lauer.

“Following Thoughts” by Wang An-Shih. Translated by David Hinton. Selected by John Rossiter.

“Dream Song 29″ by John Berryman. Selected by Miranda Popkey.

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