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”

Poem
of the Week
May 30, 2016
by
Elizabeth Alexander

Sidewalks are the grounding image of this poem, separating pedestrians from the street as they come and go — locals, tourists, men, women — all seeing and being seen in the human bustle of our nation's capital. With its heavy alliteration and regular stanzas, the poem harnesses the tension between similarity and difference to show both how much we have in common, but also how little we share. It unites and divides its subjects, blurring the line between the public and the private self, and the strangely separate worlds that each inhabits. —Susannah Sharpless, editorial assistant

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