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The Best American Poetry 2012. David Lehman and Mark Doty. Simon & Schuster, 2012. Over the last twenty-five years, The Best American Poetry has become an annual rite of the poetry world, and this year's anthology is a welcome and essential addition to the series. Painting used on cover: Jane Freilicher on 21st Street (1953). Nell Blaine. Oil on paper.

from The New Yorker

Bring Back the Illustrated Book!

"'What is the use of a book without pictures?' wondered Lewis Carroll's Alice..." Sam Sacks urges the return of the illustrated novel: http://nyr.kr/13ttzsy

NELL BLAINE Jane Freilicher on 21st Street 1953 oil on paper 24 x 19 inches Private Collection

Dennis Miller Bunker Painting at Calcot (1888). John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). Oil on canvas. Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston. Bunker stands back from his own painting with Sargent's sister Violet sitting at the edge of a creek. It is painted in a free style, heavy and unfinished in the impressionists sense. Blacks and browns and muted greens predominate and there is a heavy contrast with the whites in the foreground.

so beautiful. "... the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds." love me some mary oliver.

Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice, by Daisy Fried

AmeRican by Tato Laviera. La Casa Azul Bookstore loves #latinolit