Poetry


John Foster
The Thin Line
Mann(ish)



Carrie Olivia Adams
When Your Body is Another Stranger: A Poem
When Your Body is Another Stranger: A Poem


Adam Plunkett
On Sylvia Plath’s Drawings
The drawings of Sylvia Plath cause our poetry editor, Adam Plunkett, to revisit her poetry.


Rick Poynor
Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Typewriter
Typewriters are making a comeback and, as a wide-ranging new survey book shows, so is typewriter art.


Adam Plunkett
How to Visualize Poetry — And How Not to
Design Observer's poetry editor, Adam Plunkett, gives us a primer on visual poetry.


Jess
An Aposiopesis of Black Honey: or Variations on Dürer’s Melancholia I
A visual poem from Jess.


Philip Schultz
Why
A poem by Philip Schultz.


Tarpley Hitt
Speaking Typography: Letter as Image as Sound
Just as a poet weaves the intent of his poem into its sound and craft, so did Lissitzky, as designer, hope to marry intent with the typography and the design of the book itself. But did he?



Daisy Fried
Women’s Poetry
A poem by Dairy Fried.



Debbie Millman
Card Shark (a Poem)
A visual poem from Debbie Millman's new book Self Portrait as Your Traitor.


Stephen Dunn
Promiscuity
A poem by Stephen Dunn.


J.D. McClatchy
J. D. McClatchy on Relationships
J. D. McClatchy is the author of six books of poetry and many texts for musical settings, including eight opera libretti.


Roshanak Keyghobadi
Composing in Space: Tactile Poetry of Farhad Fozouni
A review of work by Iranian graphic designer Farhad Fozouni.


Karen Green
Bough Down
An excerpt from Bough Down, Karen Green's transcendent book about surviving her husband's suicide.


Observed
A Nearly Perfect Book
The poetry critic, the publisher, and the art of bookmaking in a digital era.


Kwame Dawes
Coffee Break
A poem by Kwame Dawes.


Dennis O’Driscoll
Memoir
A poem by Dennis O'Driscoll.



Bob Hicok
Life
A poem by Bob Hicok.


Joshua Weiner
At the Next Hospital
A poem by Joshua Weiner.


Ben Lerner
Didactic Elegy
A poem by Ben Lerner.


James Arthur
Poem from Behind a Gorilla Mask
Poem from Behind a Gorilla Mask by James Arthur.



Observed
National Poetry Month Poster
The 2013 National Poetry Month Poster, designed by Jessica Helfand.



Observed
Happy Holidays from Robert Frost
A brief history of the collaboration between Robert Frost and Joseph Blumenthal as well as many top woodcut and engraving artists of the day.


Rick Poynor
Dom Sylvester Houédard’s Cosmic Typewriter
Dom Sylvester Houédard: Benedictine monk, champion of concrete poetry, and master of the “typestract.”



Jack Gilbert
Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina
A poem by Jack Gilbert.


William Butler Yeats
Memory
A poem by William Butler Yeats.


Fernando Aguiar
Ecologic Sonnet
'Ecologic Sonnet', a visual poem by Fernando Aguiar.


Claudia Rankine + John Lucas
“Situation 5”
A poem on film by Claudia Rankine and John Lucas.






Michael McGriff
When the Spirit Comes to Him as the Voice of Morning Light
A poem by Michael McGriff.


Rick Poynor
J.G. Ballard’s Terminal Documents
A speculative visual interpretation of one of the surreal image lists in J.G. Ballard’s experimental novel The Atrocity Exhibition.



Debbie Millman
The Art of Poetry
Debbie Millman interview Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman, plus a slideshow of 67 Poetry covers.



J.D. McClatchy
"A View of the Sea"
A poem by J.D. McClatchy.



James Merrill
"b o d y"
A poem by James Merrill.



Christian Wiman
"Five Houses Down"
Five Houses Down, a poem by Christian Wiman.



Sharon Olds
"Q"
Q, a poem by Sharon Olds.



Chase Twichell
"Negligent Worldicide"
Negligent Worldicide, a poem by Chase Twichell.



Franz Wright
"Visiting the Library in a Strange City"
A poem by Franz Wright.



Debbie Millman
Spoken Word Broadcast
All spoken word show featuring poems, prose and a short story.



Observed | August 25

Great discoveries in the annals of UI: boosting empathy through Botox? (Yes, you read that right.) [JH]

In Washington, Federal agencies are starting to use design thinking to creatively address mission objectives and improve processes. (Not sure whether this is a good thing.) [JH]

Open to any resident of one of the 16 UNESCO “Cities of Design”a design competition focused on eliminating homelessness. [JH]

Design as a synonym for feelings? Forbes India says so. [JH]

The Rational Dress Society introduces Jumpsuit, an ungendered, multi-use monogarment for everyday wear. [MB]

Sci-fi typography obsessives, look no further! [JH]


Observed | August 24

177 film critics from around the world pick the 100 greatest films of the 21st century (so far). [MB]

Collage is cool again. (Was it ever not?) A new book from Thames and Hudson tells us why. [JH]

The amazing Anne Trubek on handwriting, and why it matters. [JH]

Susan Gardner started "gluing things" to the front of her Cobble Hill home as a therapeutic exercise after 9/11. Fifteen years later, it’s a Brooklyn landmark. [MB]

Boston’s Museum of Science announces a design competition launched by the U.S. Department of Defense. [JH]

Looking for something meaningful in these last, dog days of summer? Help San Francisco design its future transit system! [JH]

A visit with Jennifer Kinon, design director of Hillary for America. [MB]

When bad design leads to bad things. [JH]


Observed | August 23

Engineers at Princeton University have designed a scalable microchip that promises to boost efficiency and slash energy consumption. [JH]

Forget 3D Printing: at MIT’s aptly-named Self Assembly Lab, they’re onto the fourth dimension. [JH]

The Huffington Post alerts the public to the value of white space in design. Cue the modernists! [JH]

True to form, Mozilla is (sort of) open sourcing their new brand identity, inviting the world to comment on seven possible directions developed by Michael Johnson of Johnson Banks. [MB]

While in NYC, Pratt gathers kids from low-income neighborhoods to tackle tough, current issues through design. [JH]


Observed | August 22

This is the last week to see Beatriz Colomina and Pep Aviles’s Playboy Architecture: 1953-1979 at the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum, a mere 18 miles from the original Playboy Building. [MB]

Shocker: T.G.I. Friday’s, the most over-decorated restaurant chain in the world, goes minimalist. What will become of all that clutter? [MB]

Back to School! University of Nebraska-Lincoln adds graphic design major to compete with the “big ten”. [JH]

This is a book, but it screams to be a movie. Who doesn’t want to watch the scene where 40 of the world’s most famous architects are sequestered in a Stanford White hotel, only to be interrogated (about their creative genius) by a group of brainiac psychologists? CUT TO: the war room at the US Department of Defense—who funded part of the study. Unbelievable—but true. [JH]

"Now, everyone at MoMA PS1 probably has more to think about than a couch, but this couch is very important.” [MB]


Observed | August 20

Northeast Ohio is built like New England because it used to be owned by Connecticut. [MB]

Modernism goes to the movies: director Kogonada is currently shooting “Columbus,” a film inspired by the Indiana town’s modern architecture and starring Parker Posey and John Cho. [MB]

Design doesn’t scale. [BE]

The IBM Think Pad duly recognized in an exquisite cover from the new Phaidon book on industrial designer Richard Sapper. [JH]


Observed | August 19

From AIA, initial resources for architects and designers to respond to the flooding in Baton Rouge. [MB]

Ivanka Trump’s unpaid intern explains how to survive as an unpaid intern. Really. [MB]



Jobs | August 26