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Adrienne Rich
With Poets Respond, Rattle gives us the news from poems
With Poets Respond, Rattle gives us the news from poems

“It is difficult,” William Carlos Williams wrote, “to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” This could be the motto of Poets Respond, a web feature developed by the Studio City-based poetry journal Rattle. Since June, Rattle has asked poets to submit poems “written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week.” The result is something of a scrapbook in verse, rewiring the vicissitudes of the news cycle into something more elusive and personal. For Rattle’s editors, the motivation is simple: “On average, poems in Rattle are published six...

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