“A poet’s poet’s poet,” as acclaimed poet John Ashbery described her, Elizabeth Bishop, one of the finest mid-twentieth century American poets, is masterfully portrayed in Megan Marshall’s new biography, “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast.” Marshall, a former student of Bishop’s, interweaves a richly descriptive account of Bishop’s personal life and artistic output with sections about Marshall’s own life.
Bent Shapes are, perhaps, the consummate Boston-based band—a self-described “hyperliterate, tightly-wound, and irreverent” quartet, performing jangly garage rock with a healthy dash of critical theory. In advance of the Mar. 11 release of their second album “Wolves of Want” on Slumberland Records, The Harvard Crimson had the chance to sit down with frontman Ben Potrykus and drummer Andy Sadoway.
Aislinn E. Brophy ’17 is the president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. The Crimson sat down with her and discussed her plans as the head of Harvard’s largest student theater group, her experiences in the new TDM concentration, her ongoing theatrical work, and the current HRDC season.
In advance of Guerilla Toss's upcoming album release, The Crimson had the chance to talk with lead singer and lyricist Kassie Carlson about the creation of their mind-bending music: from their dense yet danceable sonic arrays to their psychedelic, imagistic, almost mythic lyrics.
Written in the wake of a hit-and-run accident that left Sprague severely injured and impacted her ability to play and perform music, “The Birds Outside Sang” is an album about wounding and healing, vulnerability, trauma, recovery, and growth.
As a child, you loved Alvin & The Chipmunks. As a slightly less-discerning young adult, you loved Brian Borcherdt’s (of a very holy band) versions of old Chipmunks classics played at 16 RPM. Now, you might be wondering: What demented, ostensibly child-inspired music can I listen to next?
Liu Xia has seen her husband and her brother repeatedly arrested, jailed, and imprisoned, for likely politically-motivated reasons, and has herself been placed under house arrest and constant surveillance. It is no wonder that Kafka is a recurring figure in her poetry.
Ross Gay, one of the this year's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellows and recent finalist for the National Book Award in poetry, sits down with The Crimson to talk about his recent and upcoming work.
Equi takes her play and her poetry seriously, hitching her humor and wit to beauty and insight. She is a poet of an incredible dynamic range, and her poems range from lighthearted to serious, sometimes several modes being activated in a single poem.