Dorthe Nors's So Much for That Winter comes out next month, and five lucky readers will receive free copies signed by the author! Subscribe to A Public Space for a chance to win!

Gretchen Marquette's debut poetry collection May Day arrives this week, just in time for the spring celebration that partially inspired its name. Here Gretchen shares how this day—in particular, the way it is experienced in her Minneapolis neighborhood—has influenced her life and work.


After reading Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, novelist Jesse Ball was kind enough to share this video, in which he reads an excerpt and describes his experience of reading the book.


“A short talk with a long list inside it. . .” We're thrilled to share here Robert Polito's recent address at AWP 2016 in LA, in which he praises the power of works that “operate along the seams of poetry, fiction, and essay”

of the Week
May 23, 2016
John Burnside

This poem is just as melancholy as its title promises, but so, so lovely, with its flowers and birdsong and fading light. In its articulations of the various paradoxes of loving, and growing away from, it takes its leave of the reader by means of another paradox still: how it's what cannot be said that means most to us. — Susannah Sharpless, editorial assistant

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