Articles by Nick Ripatrazone

September 11, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: September 2017 1

Isn’t that one of the purest goals of poetry—to justify our breaths? To recognize that we matter?

September 1, 2017

We Are Not Alone: ‘Close Encounters’ Turns 40 0

A new biography reveals how J. Allen Hynek’s life and legend exemplify a lost era. UFO sightings still make the news, but Hynek was something different: a public intellectual who told us to watch the skies.

August 18, 2017

Better Experienced than Explained: On ‘Why Poetry’ by Matthew Zapruder 4

Poetry is not the only genre that requires resident apologists, but poetry’s form and function inherently require defense. Simply put, prose is our default mode. Poetry is a process of selection, of white space and rhythm. If prose is prayer, poetry is hymn.

August 15, 2017

Trapped in Purgatory with Stephen Dedalus and Anse Bundren 9

Get over yourself, Anse—and quit jabbering about your new teeth.

August 7, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: August 2017 0

This is a book to share, a poetic window into someone “standing in line / behind you / the girl you’re pretending not to notice.”

July 24, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: July 2017 1

2017 is a banner year for poetry: debuts, new takes by established authors, and collections that span careers.

June 28, 2017

Fifteen Summer Assignments for Teachers 11

Teachers, I want you to enjoy the summer. Sleep in. Lounge by the pool. Go to the beach. Watch Netflix. Read books that you can never teach in school. Embrace the freedom of these months, but save a little time for healthy reflection.

June 15, 2017

Don’t Talk About Your Book Until It’s Published 14

Am I writing a book now? That’s between me and my hypothetical manuscript. I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut, hunker down, and get to work.

April 19, 2017

The Video Word Made Flesh: ‘Videodrome’ and Marshall McLuhan 1

Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s classic 1983 film, is perfect viewing for 2017 — the year a man baptized by television becomes president.

April 6, 2017

The Language of Poets: 10 Notable Forms 1

Each poetic form is an opportunity. A new house for words.